Living Data

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that this program contains images and voices of deceased persons.

Living Data

2014 Conversations

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"Every interaction is a risk you might be transformed.
Creation is conversation, as is human life."
Jonathan Marshall, Anthropologist

Artists respond to each other.

Art responses recorded 22nd September 2014
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Dance: Dean Walsh
Video: Jason Benedek, Jen Ng
Photography: Paul Sutton
Drawing: Lisa Roberts

Art responses to exhibits by scientists and other artists are conversations without words. Many artists enjoy opportunities to try new things, to step into new spaces and find the unexpected. Here artists volunteer their responses to the Living Data: Evolving Conversations exhibition, and are open to their responses becoming a part of it.

Science cannot tell us about the things beyond words, that are beyond human conception, but we make forays, and expand the words and the conceptions. Likewise with art. And that requires dialogue, have we achieved anything - can people we respect tell us something about what we have done, are they capable of developing things beyond what we have done, so that we too can develop?

Dr Jonathan Marshall 2014. Science and Art as conversation: A series of fragments

What attracts people to freely contribute to Living Data? Hugh Macaky's research suggests that key people involved have already developed friendships. It also reflects that volunteers come and go and work on their own terms.

Offer [friends] a group to belong to for a while - long enough to get the job done, but not so long as to seem interminable (ghasp!) permanent - and they'll respond. Ask them to do something on the basis of 'we'll see what happens' and they'll get on board - particularly if it's something they can do with their friends. They like to hunt in packs. They are as community-minded as anyone else; they'll be as willing to volunteer as anyone else; but their terms will be different. Think of them as herd animals constantly seeking fresh pastures.

Hugh Mackay 2014. The Art of Belonging: It's not where you live, it's how you live p. 81. Pub. Pan Macmillan Australia