EP#12: 'The Soil' with Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams and Simon Mattsson

Fertilizer, sediment, and pesticide run-off from sugar cane farming are among the major causes of degradation to the Great Barrier Reef. Between 2015 and 2019, artists Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams have been collaborating with local farmer Simon Mattsson to explore tactics for grass-roots cultural change to support regenerative farming practices within the cane farming community of Mackay, Queensland. In the final episode of the DLUX Constellations Podcast we hear about this innovative project that bridges the gap between land art, creative practice, contemporary commercial agriculture and community.

The Constellations is a live podcast recorded at 107 Projects in Redfern. We acknowledge that this recording took place on Gadigal Land.

Sugar Vs The Reef Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams and Simon Mattsson, 2017

Sugar Vs The Reef Lucas Ihlein, Kim Williams and Simon Mattsson, 2017

EP#11: 'The Plants' with Cat Jones & Monica Gagliano

This episode we’re talking with Cat Jones about her project Somatic Drifts, a one on one sensory experience exploring empathy and transgression. Somatic Drifts enables participants to experience the body of another entity through touch and illusion. What realm does the human exist within? How far can we drift? What can this drift enable us to change? During the project Jones worked with neuroscientists specializing in brain plasticity and chronic pain. The team recently published a new study that came about as a result of her findings.

Joining her to talk about the crossovers of this project with vegetal philosophy and her own research in plant intelligence, will be evolutionary biologist, Dr Monica Gagliano, who Jones spent time with towards the beginning of the project.

Somatic Drifts, by Cat Jones 2014

Somatic Drifts, by Cat Jones 2014

EP#10: 'The Atmosphere' with Joyce Hinterding & David Haines

Sound Ship (Descender 1) is a custom-built spacecraft designed to drop a sound from the edge of space, 33,722 metres into the stratosphere, with a payload of aeolian harps, tracking devices and recording equipment designed to capture both audio and moving image.

Its creators, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, are our guests on this episode of The Constellations, talking about their work that incorporates sound art, performance, science, photography, computer game technology and more.

Sound Ship (Descender 1), Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, 2016.

Sound Ship (Descender 1), Joyce Hinterding and David Haines, 2016.

EP #9: 'The Robot' with Mari Velonaki & Maurice Pagnucco

Computers and machines are full of knowledge and information... but can they be intelligent?  ‘Intelligence’ describes the brain’s ability to reason, learn, plan, deploy abstract reasoning, experience emotions and exercise self-awareness.

On this episode of The Constellations, host Bec Dean is joined by artist and researcher Mari Velonaki, who creates poetic human-machine interfaces exist within a broad field of AI research, pursuing the creation of truly intelligent non-human objects. We are also joined by her collaborator, Maurice Pagnucco is Deputy Dean (Education), Engineering and Head of School, School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW


EP #8: 'The Smell' with Jo Burzynska & Anina Rich

This episode we do a deep dive into the senses and talk to the artist/scientist team behind Osmic Resonance, an audio-olfactory project that sought to harness sympathetic vibrations between sounds and aromas. The work tapped into a phenomenon of sensory cross-over — how does smell effect our perceptions of sound? Working closely with the cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Anina Rich and her work on synaesthesia, artist Jo Burzynska created a multi-sensory chamber in which the aesthetic, scientific and therapeutic potential of sensory interactions were explored and experienced through intensifying and shifting, entwined sound-and aroma-scapes.

Do you have Synaesthesia? For more information and to sign up to participate in Dr. Anina Rich’s research please click here

Or to get involved in Jo Burzynska’s upcoming studies you can sign up here


EP#7: 'The Bees' with Nigel Helyer & Jon Drummond

This episode, were talking with the artists behind the project: Oratorio for a Million Souls. Collaborating with thousands of bees, this large scale project created three ‘green' architectural structures, in the form of traditional bee ‘skeps’ in botanical gardens in Buitenpost (Fryslan) and Oldenburg and Emden (Germany). To generate empathy with the dire state of bees in the face of commercial farming, pesticides and global warming, these three ‘Oratorios’ contain Bumble Bee nests equipped with audio and data sensors that create a multi-channel realtime ‘opera’ audiences could participate in. In a unique inter-species situation visitors experience the uncanny sensation of being located in the heart of a massive bee city, a citizen meditating with their fellow beings, all working, all buzzing!

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EP #6: 'The Data' with Baden Pailthorpe & Aaron Coutts

This week we’re talking about Baden Pailthorpe’s work, ‘Clanger’. Exploring the aesthetics of data and technology, ‘Clanger’ pairs statistical tracking data of AFL player performance with the emotional intensities of the crowd to create 3D virtual artworks.

In statistical terms, the word ‘Clanger’ refers to a turnover or a silly mistake made by a player in an AFL match. The criteria for each player’s usefulness is defined wholly by the data they generate during the game— AFL players are tracked using micro wearable devises. The amount of data generated from these devices in a given game is immense; every movement is tracked, stored and interpreted in an effort to understand performance, mitigate injury and measure value. Joined by scientist and sports researcher, Aaron Coutts, to discuss the challenges and success of their collaboration.


EP #5: 'The Cells' with Helen Pynor & Dr. Jochen Rink

This Episode, we talk with artist Helen Pynor about her project, ‘The End is a Distant Memory’. Working with cells from supermarket bought chicken breast, Pynor’s work explores the philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, of the life-death boundary and organ transplantation. Her practice draws on her dual backgrounds in the biological sciences and the visual arts to engage directly with the materiality of human and non-human bodies using the mediums of photography, sculpture, video and installation. We are also joined by scientist and collaborator on the project, Dr. Jochen Rink, from The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden.

For more information on Helen Pynor’s work, click here

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EP #4: 'The Earth' with Grayson Cooke & Emma Walker

On EP #4 ‘The Earth’ DLUX is joined by the artists behind "Open Air". A visual setting of the 2013 album "Open" by Australian cult band The Necks. It is also a form of creative earth imaging; it combines timelapse Landsat satellite imagery of Australia, with motion-controlled aerial photography of the paintings and processes of Australian painter Emma Walker. Together, these two vastly different forms of aerial earth imaging combine to produce a complex picture of a changing planet.

EP #3: 'The Stars' with Michaela Gleave, Amanda Cole & Astronomer Michael Fitzgerald

On Episode #3 of The Constellations Podcast we talk to the team behind ‘A Galaxy of Suns’ an app for your smart phone that connects you with the unseen motions of our galaxy. Created by artist Michaela Gleave, composer Amanda Cole and programmer Warren Armstrong, A Galaxy of Suns gives your smart phone the ability to ‘play’ the skies, turning each star into music, as it rises above the horizon in front of you.

For more information and to download the app to try for yourself, click here

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EP#2: 'The Pain' with Eugenie Lee & Dr. Tasha Stanton

Episode #2 of The Constellations Podcast — We talk to artist Eugenie Lee and Dr. Tasha Stanton on 'Seeing is Believing'. A performance/installation work that combines the latest research, scientific development and virtual reality technology to allow audiences a visceral 'taste' of Eugenie's lived experience of Chronic Pain. 

For images and information on the ‘Seeing is Believing’ installation, click here

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EP #1: ‘The Heart’ with George Khut, Angie Morrow & Katarina Ostojic

In our first episode, 'The Heart', we take a look at The BrightHearts Research Project, developed by George Khut with researchers from Kids Rehab. This art and medicine collaboration investigates the application of George Khut’s heart-rate controlled artworks  during medical procedures performed on children in hospital. 

For more information on the Bright Hearts research and to see the app in action, click here