Garth Paine is a composer, scholar and acoustic ecologist. He is an associate professor in interactive sound and digital media in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and associate professor of composition in the School of Music at Arizona State University. He crosses art-science boundaries with his community embedded work on environmental listening and creative place-making in addition to his environmental musical works and performances. In 2018 he was researcher/artist in residence in Europe at IRCAM (Centre Pompideau) and Center for Arts and Media (ZKM).
BioBAT Art Space is the first exhibition space in New York City that is entirely dedicated to the intersection of Art and Science. Their inaugural art exhibit, ‘Spontaneous Emergence of Order’ features four interdisciplinary artists who create works based in science and technology.
Spontaneous emergence of order is a form of self-organization out of seeming chaos, the organic forming of systems mastered by no one person or thing, but the unfolding, natural order of a collective of events and actions. The four artists in this exhibit are sifting through this ordered chaos and creating their own new order based on their findings. Whether their interest is in the biological or the technological their artworks are all connected through the messiness of life itself and our connections to the natural world.
For over 40 years, Diane Burko has investigated monumental geological phenomena. Her practice at the intersection of art and science focuses on issues of climate change. Originally basing her imagery on research and visual data from scientists, she soon moved to bear witness directly in the Polar regions. In her painting projects such as ‘Politics of Snow’ and ‘Polar Investigations’ she explores visual strategies, translating data into imagery.
Thomas Cronin is Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research interest is in Visual ecology: the evolution, adaptation, and specialization of visual systems of animals ranging from the simplest marine invertebrates to complex animals like mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, whooping cranes, and right whales
James Sprittles is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick, who studies the mathematical modelling and computational simulation of technologically-relevant interfacial flows, which are particularly relevant in the emerging fields of nano- and microfluidics.
“In the past we tended to imagine that water was a scarce and precious resource. But as we learn more about our place in the Universe, we are becoming ever more aware that water is everywhere.”
Professor Jonti Horner, an astronomer and astrobiologist who currently works in the Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre at the University of Southern Queensland, in Toowoomba, Australia.
“Water takes a central place in my view of the world. It is the container of life and the connective element in the landscape.”
Siobhan McDonald is a visual artist working in the medium of paint, film and sound. She is interested in the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to time. Many of her works seek to merge the poetic and the scientific to delve into a field that’s unknown to her.
“My art is literally created by water, and imbued with its dynamics of movement, fluidity and flow, through my “floating colors” art-making process.”
Laura Ferguson has made her own body the subject of her art, finding beauty in a curving spine and exploring the connections between pain, consciousness, and creativity. “Floating on inner seas” will be part of a book-in-progress about her own art and the process of making it, ‘The Consciousness of the Body’.
“If we each have responsibility for our own safety, we also have responsibility for our own adventure. Each time we swim in a city river, we re-imagine our city from the inside. Our skin is a permeable boundary, letting in the water and the city, feeling the soft impact of the seasons and the water.”
Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker who invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. She has making work about people and water for 10 years.
“We are all bodies of water! What we do to water, we do to every body, including ourselves.”
Astrida Neimanis writes mostly about bodies, water and weather, in an intersectional feminist mode. Her most recent monograph is Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology. She is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies and Key Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, on Gadigal land, in Australia.