Event Horizon Symposium

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A three-day online 'Event Horizon' Symposium hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Centre of Visual Art and the Science Gallery

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Australia’s seminal art journal, Art + Australia, will explore the conjunction of art and science in its next issue, Event Horizon #52.6, which will be released in August. The publication will coincide with a three day Event Horizon Symposium hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) and the Science Gallery Melbourne, 17-21 August.

The Symposium will bring together artists, physicists and cultural theorists to discuss what an ‘event horizon’ is, across topics ranging from black holes, dark matter, tipping points and new horizons. The Event Horizon Symposium will take place virtually, with new content released on the website across two days, 17 & 18 August 2020. Two live plenary sessions will take place on Friday 21 August via Zoom.


Day 1 (17 August) – Event Horizon: Astronomy and Dark Matter

  • Chris Henschke, an artist who works with digital and analogue media, sound and light, and high-energy physics which includes on-site practice at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland.
  • Karlie Noon, Gamilaroi astrophysicist, STEM communicator & advocate for Indigenous knowledge systems & agency.
  • Prof Elisabetta Barberio, Director, Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and previously a staff researcher at CERN, the European laboratory of Particle Physics.
  • Prof Alan Duffy, Astrophysicist and Lead Scientist at the Royal Institution of Australia
  • Dr Ryan Jefferies, Creative Director, Science Gallery Melbourne.

Day 2 (18 August) - Event Horizon: Space, Culture and Tipping Points

  • Stelarc, Legendary Australian performance artist who has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.
  • Prof Will Steffen, Climate change expert and researcher at the Australian National University. Has served as the Science Adviser to the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and was chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee.
  • Margaret Wertheim, Writer, Artist and Curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape, pioneer in communicating STEM subjects to women and whose global participatory art & science endeavor Crochet Coral Reef was most recently exhibited at the 2019 Venice Biennale

Register your interest here on Eventbrite to receive Zoom links for live plenary sessions 11am-12pm and 2-3pm Friday 21 August.

The CoVA website (click HERE) will be updated as schedule of speakers and contributions are confirmed.

Image credit: Black hole at the centre of galaxy Messier 87 (M87) 2019, courtesy the Event Horizon Telescope Project.

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