LYNCHPIN is committed to encouraging arts/ocean science collaborations and wider interdisciplinary dialogue to promote critical, and not generally understood issues of ocean science in new ways. Art is a unique way of knowing, a special way of perceiving, conceptualizing and representing experience and phenomena. Art can generate an affective response - the fundamental condition for effective communication.
“…the eco response is akin to past struggles at times of social and political unrest. At certain times artists have chosen to engage with the issues of the day, from industrialisation to the struggle against fascism” - Matthew Taylor, Director, Royal Society of Arts UK, The Guardian 19 January 07
Fourth International Science Symposium on Bio-logging, held in Hobart, 15-18th March, 2011.
Symposium aims were:
- to advance the use of bio-logging technology to understand the behaviour, physiology and ecology of animals and their place in the environment, including the effects of climate change;
- to promote diversity, quality, originality and cross-disciplinary partnerships in the development of observation systems that integrate biological, ecological, physiological and physical data.
The 'Ephemeral Traces' exhibition held in conjunction with the Symposium focused on the synergies between art and science. LYNCHPIN was happy to assist the organisers to bring International recognised artist Nigel Helyer to Hobart for the event.
This positive and happy interaction with the marine science community spawned a special connection with Nigel, who agreed to become a LYNCHPIN Patron, supporting the project as it grows. Nigel's multimedia work sits well with LYNCHPIN's aim to encourage the Arts/Science dialogue, and builds on Bookend's existing links with such communicators as Chris Jordan and our literary Patrons including Neil Gaiman and Bryce Courtenay.
Nigel’s work inhabits the art/science domain and frequently relates to the marine environment, as reflected in particular through his Radiolarians and BioSonics works, through which he explores the morphology of microscopic marine organisms. Nigel will be Artist in Residence at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), Hobart in late 2011 to early 2012, collaborating with scientist Dr Mary-Anne Lea on a new series of work: Bio-Logging.
ABOVE LEFT: LYNCHPIN patron Nigel Helyer; ABOVE RIGHT: (l-r) Symposium co-organiser Dr Karen Evans, LYNCHPIN’s Sue Anderson, Ephemeral Traces Exhibition Curator Sean Kelly, and Symposium co-organiser Dr Mary-Anne Lea.
MUSIC: Interpreting the Oceans
LYNCHPIN seeks to draw on and encourage a range of responses from the arts in general to ecological issues.