where The Block
when 19 July – 19 August
OPENING Tuesday 19 July, 5pm
tickets Free | No booking required
Femel_Fissions traces the historical influence of women on scientific discovery and research through newly commissioned works from leading Australian and international artists.
Featuring seven contemporary female art/science practitioners, Femel_Fissions will showcase works that have been created in response to groundbreaking discoveries by female scientists from the last three centuries, exploring the fields of neurology, biology, cytogenetics, psychology, primatology and anatomy.
Breaking down the boundaries and drawing commonalities between art and science, Femel_Fissions shows that both the artist's studio and the scientist's laboratory are sites for unrestricted inquiry and experimentation in this unique exhibition.
CONFLUENCE: Femel_Fissions Symposium
Join us for CONFLUENCE on 19 July, a one-day symposium that will present and discuss the dynamic ideas, hybrid outcomes and innovation that occur when art and science collide in practice.
Trish Adams has worked with several major science institutions to create work that poses questions about what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. At the School of Biomedical Science at The University of Queensland, Adams changed adult stem cells from her blood into beating cardiac cells in vitro, which underpinned the interactive artwork machina carnis. At the Queensland Brain Institute, Adams began her experiments on cognition and navigation strategies in the European honeybee, explored in a number of artworks including HOST (2008), Urban Swarming (2013) and Disordered Swarming (2014). A recent collaboration with a hearing specialist at RMIT's Institute of Health Sciences resulted in the Disconnections artwork, exploring the physiological and emotional effects of deafness. Adams is currently Adjunct Professor at QUT's Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation and a Visiting Research Fellow at RMIT's Health Innovations Research Institute.
Tarsh Bates is an artist researcher interested in how knowledge and experience are created and transferred through the relationships between material, bodies, environment and culture. She completed a Master of Science (Biological Arts) in 2012. Bates is currently completing a PhD (Biological Arts) at SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, where her current research is concerned with gentleness, the aesthetics of interspecies relationships and the human as a multispecies ecology.
Gina Czarnecki's art is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, and site specific works. A graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, where she studied painting, Czarnecki started her career making animated film and video in the 1980s that focused philosophical questions through engaging with the visceral, psychological and biological body. Since the mid-1990s this combined with her fascination with convergent developments in life sciences and technologies, their possible applications and how this shapes and informs identity. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Brisbane International Arts Festival (2009), Ars Electronica (1999) ISEA (1998) and Lumiere 2013. Solo exhibitions include Humancraft at the Moving Image Centre, New Zealand (2005) and a retrospective show at the Bluecoat (2010). Czarnecki was awarded a Creative Scotland Award (2002), Fleck Fellowship Banff (2004), Best Australian/New Zealand Dance Film (2005) and numerous other prizes. She is advisor to the Cambridge University Medical Humanities research project "Casebooks" and a mentor to artists. In 2015, Gina was supported by an arts grant from Arts Council of England (North) to develop a body of new works.
Svenja Kratz is a contemporary artist interested in transdisciplinary creative practice, particularly the intersections between science and art. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Contemporary Art and Creative Writing from Griffith University. Kratz recently worked in the area of cell and tissue culture at QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), where she produced three major bodies of creative work that mapped her engagement with contemporary biotechnologies including primary culture of human and fetal calf cells, tissue and genetic engineering. These projects include The Absence of Alice, The Immoralisation of Kira and Rama and The Human Skin Experience/Equivalent Project, which have been exhibited at local, national and international venues including Metro Arts, QUT Art Museum, Spectrum Project Space (Perth), Science Gallery (Dublin) and the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney). She also holds a PhD in Contemporary Art and Biotechnology from QUT, completed in a creative partnership between the Creative Industries Faculty and IHBI in 2013.
Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her videos, installations, and writing projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. For the past several years, she has been working on a series of experimental videos exploring the primate continuum entitled Primate Cinema. In 2011, she received a major arts grant from the UK-based Wellcome Trust to make original videos to entertain captive chimpanzees. The resulting project, commissioned by the Arts Catalyst, is called Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, which were selected in 2013 to show at Sundance, Berlinale, the True/False Film Festival, and the Transitio Mexico Festival of Electronic Art. The film premiered at Abandon Normal Devices, was featured at the Edinburgh Festival of Art and won a prize for hybrid art at Ars Electronica. Mayeri is currently Associate Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College.
Helen Pynor gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology at Macquarie University majoring in cellular and molecular biology, a BVA at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney majoring in photography, sculpture and installation, and a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. In her doctoral thesis, she sought the reconciliation of materialist understandings of the human body with understandings of the body as a culturally-constructed entity, a theme she continues to explore. Pynor's practice has included exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions in Australia, Europe and Asia. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious national awards in Australia such as the 2009 RBS Emerging Artist Award and the 2008 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, and has recently been awarded a number of Australia Council for the Arts grants. Her work is held in public and corporate collections in Australia as well as private collections in Europe, Asia and Australia. Pynor is currently undertaking a major project exploring organ transplantation in collaboration with artist Peta Clancy. Pynor draws extensively from the writings of scientists as well as philosophers of biology, in addition to working with scientists in both collaborative and consultative roles. Her practice is integrally tied to a questioning of the philosophical and material status of human and non-human organisms.
Jill Scott is Professor for Art and Science Research in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and Founder of the Artists-in-Labs Program and Vice Director of the Z-Node PHD program on art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK. Her recent publications include: Neuromedia: Art and Science Research together with Esther Stöckli (2012), The Transdiscourse book series: Volume 1: Mediated Environments, (2011), Artists-in-labs: Networking in the Margins, (2011) and Artists-in-labs: Processes of Inquiry (2006). All publications were with Springer Press. Upcoming publications include: Transdiscourse 2 Turbulence and Reconstruction and Recomposing art and Science- Artists-in-labs both with de Gruyter press. Her own artwork spans 38 years of production about the human body, behaviour and body politics, but in the last 10 years she has focused on creative media art experiments about neuroscience, ecology and sensory perception resulting in a series called Neuromedia: the interpretative constructions of interactive mediated sculptures with interactive film segments based on actual scientific research and imbedded with cultural metaphors.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12pm – 4pm
Thursday 12pm – 6pm
Sunday 31 July (QUT Open Day) 10am – 3pm
Liquid Ground 1 2010
C-type photographic print face-mounted on glass
160 x 110 cm / 100 x 68 cm
Edition of 5 + 1AP / Edition of 5 + 1AP
Image courtesy the artist, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, and GV Art gallery, London
Femel_Fissions has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.