|Title of Lecture: NeuromediaSpeaker: Prof. Dr. Jill Scott:(Australia/Switzerland) Co- Director of the Swiss Artists-in Labs program, Professor for Art and Science Research in the Institute Cultural for Studies in the Arts, Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK), Zürich ( see bio below)Time & place: 15th of March, 2013, faculty of Architecture, rm 302
Neuromedia is Scott’s term for “hybrids of artistic interpretation and neuroscience research”. It applies to artists who wish to demystify the complexity of perception through non–linear interactive media narratives and use feedback from images, sounds and electronics to compliment the complexity of brain plasticity and scientific information about the nervous system. The results are mediated artworks that directly allow viewers to use their own perceptive modalities to access this neural complexity and its behaviour. This talk will be illustrated by the work of three artists who have undertaken residencies inside neuroscience and cognitive science labs in Switzerland, sponsored by the Swiss Artist-In-Labs program. These artists have directly collaborated with scientists. Luca Forcucci and Nicole Ottiger, with VR-neuroscientist Olaf Blanke and Sandra Huber with sleep geneticist, Pail Franken. In this talk, Scott will also feature some of her own hybrid results with scientists from the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Zurich (Stephan Neuhauss and Ester Stockli). Through these comparisons, she suggests that interpretative reflections about neural research can be combined with poetic metaphors to create unique levels of communication that embody the human into his or her immediate environment. In this way hybrids results from Neuromedia can serve to inform and extend Human Computer Interaction (HCI) as well as concepts of space in the future.
Jill Scott is originally from Australia, but has been working and living in Switzerland since 2003. Currently she is a Professor for Art and Science in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and Co-Director and Founder of the Artists-in-Labs Program (a collaboration with the Ministry for Culture, Switzerland) which places artists from all disciplines into physics, computer, engineering and life science labs to learn about scientific research and make creative interpretations. She is also Vice Director of the Z-Node PHD program on art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK-a program with 16 international research candidates. Her recent publications include: 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 Springer/Vienna/New York, Artists-in-labs Processes of Inquiry both from Springer/Vienna/New York. Her education includes: PhD, University of Wales (UK) MA USF, San Francisco, as well as a Degree in Education (Uni Melbourne) and a Degree in Art and Design (Victoria College of the Arts). Since 1975, She has exhibited many video artworks, conceptual performances and interactive environments in USA, Japan, Australia and Europe. A monograph entitled: Coded Characters Hatje Cantz 2002, Ed. Marille Hahne documents this work. Her most recent art works involve the construction of interactive media and electronic sculptures based on studies she has conducted in residence in neuroscience labs at the University of Zurich, called “Neuromedia” (a Springer Publication in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name in KULTURAMA Science Musuem in Zurich) These particularly relate to the somatic sensory system and artificial skin (e-skin) 2003-2007, molecular and retinal behaviour in relation to human eye disease (The Electric Retina-2008), nerve damage in relation to UV radiation, in the skin and on the landscape (Dermaland- 2009) and Somabook (2010) about the problems in the development of neural networks in the pre-natal stage. Currently, she is working on two new projects about the neural systems of hearing and taste, inspired by a residency with neuroscientists at SymbioticA, University of Western Australia.