Spectra 2018, presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) in collaboration with the University of South Australia and Experimenta Media Arts, surveyed the current array of art-science practice and research across Australasia and interrogated the impact of inter- and transdisciplinary research and practice upon the arts, sciences and individual practices involved.

The Adelaide event consisted of a peer-reviewed symposium, a curated exhibition and performance program, workshops and a series of public events. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research differently; together, they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world. Spectra 2018 explored the increasing convergence of art and science and considered how each area impacts the other and how, together, they shed light on who we are and where we are going.

Spectra’s first iteration, in 2012, was instigated by artist Mary Rosengren and CSIRO scientist partner Cris Kennedy. Spectra 2012 brought...

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