Living Data

Living Data
Response to change

















Living Data


Disclaimers, Copyrights and Citations

Living Data are responses of living things (including us) to our changing climate.

Living Data is an independent programme for making known the similar and different ways we understand and respond, as scientists and as artists.

Living Data principles are to be:
true to science
clear in language,
appealing to senses,
evolving and surprising (showing something new) through
respect for art and science as vital aspects of our creative natures.

Contributorsto the program interact through Conversations, Presentationsand Research.
As our interactions deepen and expand, it is clear that many scientists are also artists,
and that our work attracts the interests of people from other fields including design, engineering, curatorial practice, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, psychotherapy, art therapy, and education. This broad appeal suggests that art and science reflect aspects of human nature, and that we use both aspects to process information and respond according to our roles and values.

     About Living Data in 3 minutes Video by journalist Jen Ng
with Living Data collaborators at University of Technology Sydney:
Anthropologist Dr Jonathan Marshall,
Scientist Professor William Gladstone,
Artist Lisa Roberts

Associated programmes include:

Sur PolarBuenos Aires
Cape FarewellLondon
Ku-ring-gai PhSydney
Manly Art Gallery & MuseumSydney


Living Data builds on Antarctic Animationresearch (UNSW 2010) that identified gesture as an essential component of accurate communication.

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.

Living Data contributes to the imaginative featof sustaining humanity in a changing natural world.


Dr Lisa Roberts 22 February 2017
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.

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