Disciplinary Convergence – An Artist-Engineer Practice
‘I am an artist with an electronics engineering background. This began at Garden Island Dockyard (Sydney) as a trainee technical officer specialising in radar, sonar and countermeasures. I was recruited to work as an engineer internationally in research and systems design first in the U.K and then U.S. After an exciting career designing control rooms and telecommunication systems I found myself in the Netherlands unable to work as an engineer. I was unexpectedly accepted by the Royal College of Art to do an art degree when I thought I was applying for a 10-session leisure course. Since 2006 my art practice has drawn up my technical skills and interests- art-science convergence and this seminar look s at how these two seemingly different methods of seeing and responding to the world can be combined to create a holistic interdisciplinary practice.
The discussion will be extended to share insights into several cross disciplinary projects I have created since completing my MA in Printmaking in Cambridge. They are inspired by a passion for old technology, data and history by acknowledging the past but making new work which is fresh, relevant, surprising or emotion. This is a multi-media collaborative practice that uses traditional and time-based media, projections, sound and music, interactive sculpture and/or dance.’
Diana Scarborough is an artist-engineer whose collaborative practice is inherently cross discipline with a technology and contextual bias. She takes her inspiration from research and science, working with world leaders in the fields of astrobiology, nano- biotechnology, nano-microscopy, space weather data and DNA data. Her interest lies in revealing the beauty, playfulness, emotion and meaning in the science and make it present as art using film, sound, live performance projection combined with traditional fine art practices. Overlays of codes and text in printmaking plays with the boundaries of perception at the point where pattern becomes decoded.
Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via this EventBrite listing.