Senior lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design
The focus in my creative practice is in collaborative, transdisciplinary projects, crossing boundaries between Science and Design. In my work I’m exploring how biomedicine can be communicated through creative technology.
Specifically I’m looking at novel ways of communicating Cancer Science, Aging and Metabolism, and Mechanisms of Disease, how diseases develop and new ways of diagnosing, prevention and treatment. For me the nexus between biomedicine and design offers a vibrant opportunity to connect different ways of knowing and in communicating the unique insights gained through scientific research in molecular and cell biology, computational and structural biology and chemistry; proteomics; genomics; biostatistics and advanced digital microscopy.
My practice uses light and movement realised through custom built hardware and software, to explore ways in which Design and Science can intersect. I see the creative exploratory energies of scientists as analogous to the impulse I have as a creative researcher. We both investigate phenomena and interpret it through our distinctive ‘lenses’. I’m excited about bringing the design and scientific world views together and using creative technology and scientific visualisation techniques in novel manners, finding new audiences and ways of sharing scientific insights.
Practice based research, Human centred design, Transdisciplinary, Immersive and interactive installations.
Lighting, installation, light festivals, human centred design, Transdisciplinary research, interactivity, practice based research
Exhibited at ISEA, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; The Balloon Fiesta, Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum; IDEA, Perth, Australia; Fab8, Wellington, New Zealand; WGTN LUX, Wellington, New Zealand.
Belugas is a participatory installation that transforms our experience of human interaction into another mode - one of visible light and movement. The installation investigates what Usman Haque calls 'the poetries of interaction': how people interact with each other and with a responsive environment. Belugas explores the potential of responsive environments to create surroundings that can act as mediating devices for social interaction.
L.E.D Zeppelin (2011)
Exhibited at WGTN LUX, Wellington, New Zealand.
L.E.D Zeppelin is an installation that transforms the invisible electromagnetic field into another mode - that of visible light. This takes place using the electromagnetic fields generated through mobile phone use. The installation aims to make visible something that is invisible, yet has become a major part of the contemporary landscape.
Exhibited at The Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; NORDES: Engaging Artifacts, AHO, Oslo, Norway; BLOW Festival, Wellington, New Zealand.
Lightbox is an installation that appears to relocate the Southern Hemisphere’s Aurora Austalis to the northern hemisphere. It uses dynamic data sourced from Antarctica and a purpose built giant walk-in camera obscura. The Lightbox project was created in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the American NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Anthony Powell (McMurdo Station).
- 2005 - Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia
- 2003 - Master of Arts in Animation and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
- 2000 - Post Graduate Diploma in Animation and Interactive Media, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
- 1988 - Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch Teachers College, New Zealand
- 1987 - Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting), Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art, New Zealand