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Update 2009

January 8th, 2009

Coming soon —-
IMEC presentation, Leuven
in.tangible.scape.s exhibition, Antwerp

Liminal Update

January 8th, 2009

Well hi - has been forever. An update on what has been happening. I had my liminal exhibition on 6-22 November at RMIT Gallery. The work looked really great and the response was strong. Here are some pics:


The Latest:::

October 21st, 2008

An exhibition of jewellery + artefacts generated by Leah Heiss through the Subtle Technologies residency.

RMIT Gallery
Opening 6-8pm Thursday 6 November
RSVP 03 99251717/rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 6 to Saturday 22 November 2008
RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000
Tel: 61 39925 1717 HOURS: Monday - Friday 11-5, Saturday 2-5
Closed Sundays and public holidays. Lift access. Free admission.
Email: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au / www.rmit.edu.au/rmitgallery

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New Inventors

I will be on ABC’s New Inventors on Wednesday 5 November. The segment is called Designing the Future.

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ABC Radio National TRENDS on ByDesign

I will be on ABC Radio National By Design program, TRENDS segment.
Wednesday 5 November - approximately 3.30pm

Projects featured in Sydney Morning Herald

August 27th, 2008

My work was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald today - find link here

Am really pleased - it really contextualises my practice work leading up to the residency outcomes. Yay!

liminal exhibition November 2008

August 25th, 2008

I’ll be having a solo exhibition at RMIT Gallery in November opening on the 6th and running until the 27th. Here is the official blurb:

liminal of or relating to the limen or threshold

liminal is a body of work that has been developed at the threshold of art + science. Leah Heiss has spent the past 10 months working with nanotechnologists to develop wearable works which address the emotional in therapeutic design. The outcome is a collection of jewellery scale artefacts and vessels which are both delicate yet compelling in their curative applications.

Two primary collections will be exhibited during liminal: diabetes + arsenic. diabetes is a range of jewellery which works in tandem with NanoVic’s transdermal patches that allow insulin to be administered through the skin, replacing syringes. arsenic encompasses a series of vessels which act to remove arsenic from water and are designed for people in transit in areas where arsenic is prevalent in well water (e.g. India, Bangladesh, United States).

As an artist Leah is interested in augmenting the emotional relationship between people and their cherished possessions through the agency of nanotechnology. liminal questions how we might ‘enable’

our personal artefacts with extra functionalities above and beyond the aesthetic – the power to heal, correct, and treat our physical ailments?


in.tangible.scape.s exhibition + book launch

August 25th, 2008

I will be heading to Belgium in November to be part of the in.tangible.scape.s exhibition in November. I have been invited to exhibit the outcomes of my recently completed AIR residency with Nanotechnology Victoria (supported by ANAT + Arts Victoria) at the in.tangible.scape.s exhibition, being held as part of the conference. The exhibition will also be the launch of the in.tangible.scape.s book being published by Addict Creative Labs http://www.addictlab.com) which features my residency prototypes.

I’ll also present at IMEC in Leuven a couple of days after the conference. IMEC is a leading international nanotechnology research centre which focuses on next generation technologies. They have partnered with Addict Creative Labs to develop the in.tangible.scape.s exhibition and book. This event will be open to the public, the research community and Addict Lab’s extensive creative network.

The latest - Material Poetic Grant

August 8th, 2008

I have just had confirmation that I have received a $10,000 Australia Council Visual Arts Grant to develop new jewellery based projects with Nanotechnology Victoria. This project has a really different focus to the Subtle Technologies residency as it is more focused on material exploration. Here is the meta-blurb (blog coming soon):

Material Poetic
In this project I will create jewellery from materials engineered at the nanoscale. As an artist I am interested in augmenting the emotional relationship between people and their cherished possessions through the agency of nanotechnology.

The intimate scale prototypes I will develop utilise materials that exist at the extremes of the poetic spectrum: Aerogel - which is 99.8% air; carbon nanotubes - one of the strongest materials on earth; shape change alloys - which manipulate form when warmed; and magnetic fluids - which change shape in the presence of a magnetic field. Thus the jewellery to be created will defy our understandings of matter and its expected behaviour. It will draw from and intensify ideas of delicacy, longevity, fragility and mutability which intimate jewellery often symbolises.

‘Material Poetic’ will build from an existing body of work that I have developed over the past 8 months as an artist in residency with Nanotechnology Victoria. This current project ‘Subtle Technologies’ has investigated imbuing jewellery with therapeutic applications. My residency has necessitated that I develop new modes of artistic practice. This innovation in tools and techiques will intensify through ‘Material Poetic’ as the materials I will be working with require a completely new arsenal of working methodologies.

Through this project I am seeking to develop a series of small scale artefacts for exhibition in addition to a broad range of less tangible outcomes: innovation in arts practice, new ways of engaging in arts/science
collaborations, the potential demystification of nanotechnologies, and innovation in technical and material processes.

Object Exhibition

June 24th, 2008

I have just returned from the opening of the Refashioning the Fashion exhibition at Object gallery in Sydney. The opening coincided with How You Make It a show curated by Kate Rhodes + encompassing works by a range of contemporary fashion practices. The opening went well and the refashioning show was a really eclectic mix of work by offbeat jewellers (Tiffant Parbs, Julia de Ville etc).  Anyhow - here are some pics:


Here is a link to the residency website which is coming together, from here you can download a pdf that shows all the images: Subtle Technologies


June 15th, 2008

Well - I have basically, roughly, technically finished my residency. There are of course a few bits and bobs that still need to be tidied up - as ever - however, the bulk of the work has gone baby gone. On Wednesday one full set of prototypes were couriered to Sydney for the refashioning the Fashion exhibition which opens this Friday 20 June at Object Gallery. Another set of diabetes projects were taken to BIO2008 conference in the US (a huge biotech conference that gets around 20000 attendees).

Here are a few pics of the finished prototypes. Photography by Narelle Sheean - she comes highly recommended!

Images: Left - diabetes applicator + reloader necklace set
Right - stack of diabetes rings

Image: diabetes applicator necklace

 Image: diabetes 2-part ring 

Needless to say the past few weeks have been really chaotic - deadlines tend to bring about this kind of mayhem. I am really happy with the outcomes though and the experience of working with NanoVic and also Catapult Innovations (product engineers on the diabetes project) has been enourmously exciting. There are a whole range of project refinements that need to be thought about to bring these pictured prototypes to their optimum operational ability - however, for the time being I am going to slowly tidy things up and have some much needed time out. Hooray…


June 5th, 2008

At last - I can show the world some pics of the vessel I have been labouring over. After many attempts we have decided that this crazy form is too blobby and resembles a computer mouse too much to register. So - here are some pics. The latest vessel (top pics) is the SLA print that I had done at ARRK in Melbourne. The outcome is really beautiful though the process is costly.

The pics below are some of the works in process. These are plastic prints that show the range of variations I’ve been through. This one is known as the gourd:

Below is the stone model - an early prototype:

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