About the Artist:

Chris Henschke is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working with digital media for the past fifteen years. His main areas of research are in art / science relationships, interactive and hybrid media and experimental audio. His works have been shown in Australia and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, MILIA (France), etc etc.

About the Synchrotron:

The Australian Synchrotron, opened in 2007, houses a 3GeV third-generation circular synchrotron that accelerates electrons to almost the speed of light. As the electrons are deflected through magnetic fields they create narrow beams of extremely bright light, which is channelled down beamlines to experimental workstations where it is used for research. Synchrotron light is advancing research and development in fields as diverse as the biosciences, medicine, the environmental sciences, agriculture, minerals exploration, engineering, forensics and the development of advance materials.

Synchrotron radiation is in theory ‘tuneable’ to a wide range of energy frequencies enabling us to ‘see’ an object in an extremely wide range of wavelengths. With a range of material analysis and mapping techniques, a vast amount of visual data about an object can be obtained, revealing its many different properties. During his residency, Chris Henschke will investigate an everyday object using the synchrotron’s beamlines to analyse the object using various methods and resolutions in the range from the macroscopic or everyday scale to the micron scale (one millionth of a metre). The resultant data will be combined to create a series of images, animations, sounds and sculptural forms.

About ANAT:

The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT): generating new creativities, bridging art, science & technology and enriching culture & industry.

ANAT is Australia’s leading cultural organisation working at the intersection of art, science & technology; networked & emergent art practices; experimental music & sound arts; mobile & portable platforms. Operating locally and globally ANAT delivers initiatives enabling connection & collaboration, enrichment & inspiration, research & development. ANAT fosters enterprise, sustainability & dialogue across art, culture, science & technology.

In partnership with the Arts Victoria Arts Innovation program, the Australian Network for Art and Technology has established an AIR (Arts Innovation Residency) Art and Science Residency program to support three residencies enabling Victorian scientists and artists to develop collaborative research and projects during 2007. 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. A three month residency has been set up with the Australian Synchrotron, which has been undertaken by Chris Henschke.