Living Data

Living Data


Disclaimers, Copyrights and Citations

Living Data: Nature forming through relationships

About Living Data in 3 minutes
Video by journalist Jen Ng
with Living Data collaborators
Anthropologist Dr Jonathan Marshall and
Scientist Professor William Gladstone.


Living Data is an independent program of Conversations, Presentations and Publications. These reflect knowledge of the natural world expressed by scientists, artists and other scholars. Although I may lead the story-telling of Living Data, the story does not belong to me or even to the association of contributors. Guided by Wilson (2008)I recognise the story as part of the relationships between us and the living world, and the iconography we share as primal expressions of connection that are available to everyone. My view is shaped by experience as an Australian with Aboriginal and European ancestry, and by experience of Antarctica and its scientists and artists.

The Living Data logo is a drawing I made while watching live Antarctic krill, or Euphausia superba, the keystone creatures of the Southern Ocean that I first encountered in Antarctica. As Stephen Nicol writes in The Curious Life of Krill(2018), Euphausia is the Greek word for "true shining light". My hope is that the individual and aggregating behaviours of krill cast light on the distinctive and collective capacities of humans to recognise, understand and mitigate harmful impacts on natural climate systems..

Living Data builds on Antarctic Animation,the PhD research (UNSW 2010) that resulted in a lexicon of animated primal forms that I still use to combine scientific data and subjective responses. Living Data contributes to the imaginative featof knowing our selves as part of nature.

Associated programmes include:
Sur PolarBuenos Aires
Cape FarewellLondon
Ku-ring-gai PhSydney
Manly Art Gallery & MuseumSydney

Dr Lisa Roberts 30 December 2017
Visual artist/interactive author/Living Data program leader
Associate of the Faculty of Science,University of Technology Sydney

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