Science and Art as Conversation

If you wonder how conversations we have with people and places can inspire new ideas, you may enjoy Science and Art as Conversation: A series of fragments written by UTS academic Dr Jonathan Marshall.

You may also like to witness the video recorded and written conversations below:

Watch the promotional material and The Making of a Symphony video for the symphony ex Oceano at the Lynchpin website ( <

The work is a collaboration between PhD candidates from the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Australian Composer, Matthew Dewey. The work was recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, in the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, Prague, 24-27 September, 2013.

Learn more about the video New Species from Andrea Juan, who made it after years of working as an artist in Antarctica alongside scientists from all over the world.

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2 Responses to Science and Art as Conversation

  1. Lisa Roberts says:

    My first response to ‘Fragments’ was a desire to see examples of every statement made. Without examples the statements seemed preachy – appealing to authority without question. Then I started to enjoy the rhythmic flow of words and the images they drew in my mind – along the lines of threads between nodes – something organic. I started to enjoy how the spaces between lines appealed for other words to fill in the gaps. Whose words? Could the fragments come together with examples that we bring?

  2. Sue says:

    Thank you Lisa, for including me in your Ice Lab meeting, at distance!

    I value the opportunity to hear responses from a group of people who are also committed to harnessing the arts in ways that help make climate change visible.

    There are many ways of seeing and knowing – ex Oceano is just one; symphonic form seemed an appropriate way to try to express the grand narrative of the ocean as life blood of the planet. In its final form we visualise panels with image/text etc as part of an all round/immersing experience of ocean science.

    Step one has been to have the symphony written in response to the science narrative – and safely recorded and the promo piece made!

    I’ll be watching the works as they emerge for this years UTS arts science event with much interest and hope. I’m sure there will be many creative thoughts.

    Sue Anderson
    Coordinator Lynchpin