I am currently writing an abstract for the ArtsHealth conference at the University of Newcastle this October. Specifically I have been musing over the potential benefit to innovation through developing robust relations between artists and scientists. Within our context the collaboration has seen the art/science relationship expand from a reactive, representational model where the artist responds to pre-existing technologies, toward one which is focused on the simultaneous synergistic innovation. In this model the artist informs the development of the technologies from the outset and the scientists think more broadly about the human impact of their products prior to committing to particular directions.
Well - that’s what we are moving towards. Much of the project work I have been doing is working with existing technologies and developing ways to humanise their interfaces. Now, towards the end of this development we are starting to open up ways of creating new therapeutic technologies with a human-sensitive interface.