Would you be brave enough to track your exposure to air pollution and become part of an artwork? Or would you want to experience the air quality of global cities within a single exhibition space? Science Gallery Melbourne and Environment Protection Authority Victoria established a partnership to address these questions as part of Science Gallery’s season DISPOSABLE.
The experience from our partnership revealed a promising opportunity for ‘citizen art/science projects’ that enable members of the public to participate in scientific practice by engaging with artistic exhibits. Is this the new model to help answer urgent, wicked problems?
In this presentation we discuss the motivations behind our partnership, the projects we collaborated on, and we illustrate the impact of joining forces with government agencies, academia and the cultural sector. Driven by a collective goal to increase scientific literacy, we have identified how these partnerships also benefit civic engagement, academic practice, cultural exposure and policy-making.
What will participants gain from attending your session?
Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of the exciting partnership between EPA, SGM and The University of Melbourne. Our talk will be light and accessible, and will unpack how we established our partnership, its driving forces, and the significant opportunities that we believe exist for citizen art/science projects as society participates in seeking answers to urgent, wicked problems.
Niels Wouter, Head of Research and Emerging Practice, Research Fellow, Science Gallery Melbourne
Laura Boland, Program Coordinator – Applied Science, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Geraldine Davis, Program Coordinator – Citizen Science, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
When: Wednesday 19th February, 12:05pm-12:50pm
Where: Room G21, Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton