Uncanny Valley (2019-). Image Keith Armstrong)
Uncanny Valley (2019-). Image Keith Armstrong)
Uncanny Valleys, Forthcoming, 2019. (Image EcoDrones)
Uncanny Valleys, Forthcoming, 2019. (Image EcoDrones)

Uncanny Valleys: Super-site

WHAT?
'Uncanny Valleys: Super-site' is a forthcoming speculative art-science project to be developed during a two year long, art/science 'creative incubator' at the Samford Ecological Research Facility in SE Qld (a member of the National Network of Intensive Eco-System Observatories named 'Australian Super-sites'). During that time I will engage with their visiting ecological field scientists to deeply understand their experiments and methods, identifying and beginning to collaborate with one or more scientists – establishing shared questions that span ecological science and philosophy. Findings will be presented as experimental hybrid art forms, to be completed by mid 2020. In 2021 I will then seek to replicate this model, by pitching a ‘National Network of Intensive Eco-Cultural Observatories/Super-sites’.

WHO?
Collaborating Scientists: tbc
Tania Leimbach: Critical Writer
Luke Lickfold: Sound Artist

PARTNERS?
SERF (Samford Environmental Research Facility)

CREATIVE RATIONALE?
In this time of ‘State Shift’, that Elizabeth Kolbert names the '6th Great Extinction', well-incubated art/science outcomes must engage ‘unthinkable’ ideas that deeply challenge public imaginations, exposing the deep interconnections & inconsistencies between how we think about science, society, politics & preserving the future. Grounded both in field work, art & eco-philosophy Uncanny Valleys: Super-site will speak to the profound strangeness of all that is unfolding around us, as we increasingly sense the presence & violent effect of nonhuman interlocutors on our lives; & as changing climatic phenomena remind us all how in some way, great or small, we contributed to their making. Now that the mysterious work of our own hands is returning to haunt us, where better a place to ‘re-direct it for change then at this newly imagined ‘Super-site’ - where rich, uncanny media arts & science together engage unthinkable histories, possibilities & future pathways.

Artists are well placed to broker such ‘unthinkable’ experiments, especially when science is framed as ally & equal. This concurs with Art-Science luminary Jill Scott’s assertion that 'creative incubators', based in the field, create particularly powerful opportunities for ideas & skills exchanges - building trust & ensuring access to high-end resources that support ensuing collaborative journeys. Scott also asserts extending this process through national networks further builds critical real-world impact & value.

Project blog (request link)
Preview presentation, Aerial Pitfalls for Synapse Art+Science, 2018  Event Details
Podcast discussing collaborations with Tania Leimbach (11/18)