Art-Science Collaboration: Blending the Boundaries of Practice

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Jenny Rock
Pam McKinlay


The Art + Oceans Project was the sixth in the ongoing ‘Art + Science’  Project series, where artists collaborate with scientists individually, or in pairs, to develop artworks for public exhibition relating to science interpreted in a broad context.

In Art + Oceans, collaborators tackled the complexities of our changing marine environment; working together over several months (from October 2017 to July 2018), they produced many generative interactions between art and science. The large group exhibition (held in the Otago Museum’s HD Skinner Annex, 23 July–5 August 2018) represented 26 collaborations between artists (including graduates, staff and senior students of the Dunedin School of Art and the School of Design at Otago Polytechnic) and scientists (from University of Otago science departments including Surveying, Physics, Anatomy, Chemistry, Botany, Marine Science, Physical Education and Science Communication; as well as the University of British Columbia; the Cawthron Institute; Landcare
Research; the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA); and research collectives including Coastal Acidification: Rate, Impacts & Management (CARIM) and the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge).

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Jenny Rock, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago

Jenny Rock is a lecturer in the Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Pam McKinlay, Otago Polytechnic

Pam McKinlay works at the Dunedin School of Art and Research Office, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.