Living Data contributes to the imaginative featof sustaining humanity in a changing natural world, through a global network of programs for expanding understanding through art and science.
These programs include Sur Polar(Buenos Aires), Lynchpin(Hobart), The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)(Hobart), Climarte(Melbourne), Ku-ring-gai Ph art-science project(Sydney), Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)(Sydney) and ArtCOP21 - Cultural Programme for Paris Climate 2015(London).
Living Data builds on Antarctic Animationresearch (UNSW 2010) that identified gesture as an essential component of accurate communication, and evolves to reflect understandings of scientists and artists shared through Conversations,Presentationsand Publications.
That first Antarctic study led to ongoing interactions between scientists and artists that have resulted in some ground-breaking visualisations. For example the animation Krill sexreveals for the first time how, when and where Antarctic krill have sex. The animation inspires public interest in how the ocean sustains us and informs policy makers to ensure protection of breeding grounds for future generations.
The Krill sex story is key to the animated installation Oceanic Living Datawhich, like a scientific model, evolves to reflect the latest consensus scientific understandings.
Living Data reflects Indigenous, biological and mechanistic views, of the natural world forming through relationships between parts, and our selves as part of that forming process. 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 forms of connection that are available to everyone.
New collaborations for Living Data contributors are forming through the innovative Ku-ring-gai Ph art-science project. This project brings together ten scientists and ten artists, each with unique experience and training, to collaborate in partnerships to expand understanding of Australia's fragile landscape.
Dr Lisa Roberts April 2016
Visual artist/interactive author/Living Data program leader
Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney
Visiting Scientist (a.k.a. Artist), Krill Biology, Australian Antarctic Division.