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Curtin University
Collaborative Research in Art, Science and Humanity

Nanoessence by Paul Thomas


Collaborative Research in Art, Science and Humanity (CRASH) is a unique concept for creative research across art and design, science and the humanities. It has developed from existing interests in nanotechnology, locative media and mediated networks and seeks to explore ideas across the scientific disciplines such as chemistry and wider into technological applications and the broader humanities.

The continued expansion of the arts economy has seen an exponential increase in the need for art-science specific research in an Australian context. Plugging into the importance of research & development and developing strategic alliances between universities, governments and the corporate sector are critical in an increasingly networked environment. The rise and rise of creativity, its application and dual social and economic value is unprecedented. Fresh ways of working creatively will result in inventive ways of understanding the rapid and inevitable changes in the world. This will see both intangible and tangible notions of creative production and science for the first time in history sit side by side.

CRASH links with College of Fine Art at UNSW and facilitates the development of research within the areas of culture, art and science. Our goal is to link the creative ideology associated with the arts, to the social and cultural impact of new scientific research. We envisage the development of more collective partners investigating areas such as ecology, robotics, chemistry, augmented realities, nanotechnology, the spatial sciences, biology, locative media and artificial intelligence.

CRASH is an investment in developing a trans-disciplinary hybrid facility, which will have specialised research foci in such areas as:

screen-based hypermedia
digital film
digital aesthetics
multi-media installations
intelligent architecture, smart products
robotics, telepresence systems
computer modelling of behaviour
located media, remote sensing devices and GPS
data visualisation
augmented reality
cyberspace and virtual reality
artificial life
popular culture
artificial intelligence

It provides support to researchers in the School to achieve ERA concordant creative research and aims to develop a significant and continuing artist in residence program.