OpenLAB July

OpenLAB July sees some pioneering work in both animation and underwater environments presented. Interested in space, the deep sea or interactive animation? Come on down!

Each Open LAB begins with talks from fellow guests that seek to share their work with the group, and then end in an all out free-form open discussion and hands on tinkering space where guests can present a finished, or unfinished, work, seek collaborations, seek peer review, or make a call out to the community to help troubleshoot a problem they are having.


Dr. Sarah Jane Pell is an artist and researcher who has 17 years experience as a visual artist and interdisciplinary researcher working most notably large scale collaborative art & science research with a specific emphasis in the performing arts, human movement, and underwater diving and habitat technologies. She has since shown in over 50 exhibition/performance and festival programs. She holds a Bachelor Fine Art from the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters of Arts Human Performance from Victoria University. She received a PhD Visual Arts from Edith Cowan University, Western Australia and is the first “artist” alumni of the International Space University SSP06, FR and Singularity University GSP10, NASA Ames. Her first Space Art payload was launched on-board SPRITE-SAT Payload H-IIA JAXA Japanese Space Agency (GOSAT) 2009. She also holds a restricted coxswain and an ADAS commercial diver’s license for occupational diving operations air to 30m and is an active diver with over 1500hrs in-water time logged (excluding decompression). She is official Aquanaut crew of the Atlantica Undersea Habitat Expeditions. Dr. Sarah Jane Pell is the only Australian TED Fellow.

Van Sowerwine is a new media artist who works in the areas of animation, installation and interactives. She has collaborated with Isobel Knowles since 2001 on stop-motion animation films and interactive installations. It’s a jungle in here premiered at the 2011 Melbourne Festival and won an Award of Distinction in the Interactive Arts Category of Prix ARS Electronica 2012. Their 2010 installation You Were In My Dream won the 2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award and toured Korea, Taiwan and Thailand throughout 2011-2012. Both works featured at ISEA 2013 in Sydney. Van is represented by Stills Gallery, Sydney


This is a free event.

Date and time: Sunday 7th of July, 2-5pm

Venue: Media Lab Melbourne, 136a Cromwell Street Collingwood.

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