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Scientific Speculations: Panel Discussion

Scientific Speculations: Panel Discussion

Explore the rich intersection of art, science and technology in a conversation between artists, technologists, astrophysicists and researchers at PICA’s Scientific Speculations. Hear about new developments in science and technology, how it shapes our future, and the ways artists are incorporating it into their practice. 

Learn from Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker, a Noongar technologist, writer and digital rights activist; Dr Andrea Rassell, a filmmaker, media artist and researcher in science art and Dr Kat Ross, an astrophysicist, science communicator and activist for women in STEM, as they discuss the generative relationship between art and science.

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About the Artists

Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker is a Nyungar technologist, writer, and digital rights activist currently living on Whadjuk Noongar boodjar. She is currently leading an initiative at Thoughtworks to grow and nurture a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander technologists. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia and sit on the board of Overland Literary Journal. In 2023, she will be participating in Australia Council for the Arts’ Digital Fellowship Program. Gledhill-Tucker writes poetry, science fiction, and occasionally essays. Her work has appeared in Cordite, Running Dog, Red Room Poetry, and the short story Protocols of Transference features in the blak speculative fiction anthology This All Come Back Now, published by UQP in 2022. She likes to explore the intersection of activism, science-fiction, and technology in imagining radical futures and ushering them into existence.

Dr Andrea Rassell is a filmmaker, media artist and interdisciplinary researcher in science art. Working in nanoart — artforms that engage with nanoscience and nanotechnology — she creates experimental films and moving image installations that explore technological mediation and the multisensory perception of the sub-molecular realm. Her work has been shown at the New York Imagine Science Festival, Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico, the New Zealand International Film Festival, White Night in Australia and Sónar+D in Spain. Andrea was the 2019 recipient of the Australian Network for Art and Technology’s Synapse residency, where she developed moving image works that explore the social and cultural implications of diagnostic systems in collaboration with the Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility. In 2020 Andrea was an artist-in-residence with Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), and a member of the ANAT Ideate programme. She is currently a Forrest Prospect Fellow at SymbioticA and the School of Molecular Sciences, University of Western Australia.

Dr Kat Ross is an astrophysics post -doctoral researcher using the novel technique of spectral variability to study active galactic nuclei and galaxy evolution. She has a PhD working with telescopes around Australia, in particular, using the Murchison Widefield Array, a radio telescope based in the remote outback of Western Australia. She has worked extensively as a science communicator and activist for women in STEM including leading a national campaign, #IncludeHer, to correct high school courses to include a more diverse representation of scientists. Kat has also appeared as a host in the documentary “A Hidden Universe”, which aired on Channel 7 in 2022. Kat is a proud bisexual woman and is looking to help create safe spaces for other LGBTQIA+ individuals in STEM.


Rosa Barba, Drawn by the Pulse, 2018, 35mm film sculpture, silent; 03:08 min, exhibition view, Emanations, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2023, © Rosa Barba, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, photo: Dan McCabe