When art and science collide: panel discussion

When art and science collide: panel discussion

Bringing together arts leaders, changemakers and artists, join us as we unpack how art and science together play a pivotal role in leading climate change action.

Through art, science can be experienced and engaged with in a deeper, more meaningful way. In a time where issues of climate change loom over our heads, will art push us to act in ways science alone can not?

Hear from our panelists Jenny Newall, Kate Riedl, Vicki Sowry and Martin Taylor as they reveal ways they push the boundaries of art and new technology and how it combats climate change.

Presented as a part of Conversation Starters 2019: Temperature Rising, a weekend of art, discussion and action.

Guest speakers

Jenny Newall has been exploring Pacific history and culture for over 20 years, and she is currently the Manager of Pacific and International Collections at the Australian Museum. Jenny has worked in museums and with Pacific communities in London, New York and Australia. Her research focus has been on relationships between Pacific people, environments and material culture. Her particular focus is on cultural dimensions of climate change, including Pacific Islander activism and changing relationships to the ocean.

Kate Riedl is a director of film, television, documentary and commercials, with a background in producing and writing. Her work has been broadcast globally, won awards and nominations and screened at many international film festivals including: Palm Springs International Film Festival; the Dendy Awards at Sydney Film Festival and St. Kilda Film Festival. She graduated with an MA (Hons.), winning the Kenneth Myer Fellowship, from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She jointly owns production company Dragonet Films.

Vicki Sowry initiates and delivers programs for artists to work with science and technology partners resulting in interdisciplinary research outcomes and innovative creative practice. She is a peer and industry advisor to the Australia Council for the Arts, and has contributed to sector capability and policy development through the roles she has held for close to 30 years. She has been Director of the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) since 2012, providing sector leadership, expanding opportunities for artists, and advocating for the critical role they play in how we imagine and shape our future.

Martin Taylor is a Sydney-based UK writer director, specialising in spatial narratives for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content. Following a prolific 20-year career as an award-winning filmmaker and creative director, Martin found his true calling in the rebirth of VR in 2013. He is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sydney and LA based content studio Start VR, where he oversees production and forges new storytelling techniques; having helped shape over 120 immersive projects in the four years since the studio’s formation. Recently, Martin created and directed ground-breaking VR film AWAKE: Episode One, which Premiered at SXSW and has gone on to MIFF, NYFF and Raindance film festival where it won Special Jury prize.


  • 01 Jun - 01 Jun, 19
  • Regular price $0.00 Playwave Price

  • All Ages
  • Lecture theatre: Level 2
    140 GEORGE ST
    THE ROCKS NSW 2000

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