Synapse - Art Science Collaborations
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Collaboration between the arts and sciences has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.

For the past decade,the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) has provided opportunities for artists and scientists to work together. Our most recent projects, delivered under the Synapse brand in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, include residencies, the Synapse database and a moderated elist.

About the Database

The Synapse database contains comprehensive information on collaborative projects between artists and scientists. Such projects include the research, development and production of work through residency programs and other means, as well as exhibitions and publications concerned with this interdisciplinary practice.

If you have participated in such a partnership - either as an artist, a scientist, a curator, a science educator, a writer or as someone who works with an organisation directly supporting art/science practice - please submit your details for inclusion


Developed and moderated by ANAT, the Synapse elist brings together international experts and practitioners around topics including bioart, robotics, urban and outer spaces, AI and cognition, mapping, climate change and ethical issues arising from art/science practices

Each month between March-December 2008 the list is focusing on a specific area of collaboration between the arts and sciences

To subscribe, select Discuss from the menu bar above and follow the prompts.
Artist Profile
David Apfel

el club de los astronautas is a space advocacy group of artists. its mission is to promote a manned, interstellar voyage. its approach is to find and debate strategies that might make stand out this idea beyond fiction, hopefully during our life-time! therefore a hypothetical spaceship is suggested:
the mare...

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In addition to the Synapse database and elist, ANAT's art science program supports intensive partnerships between leading media artists and science institutions in Australia and beyond. To follow the progress of the most recent residencies, visit the artists' blogs at
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