Artsactive is the international network of organisations involved in running artists' programs in science and industry research labs.
There are two Australian members: SymbioticA, an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences, located at the School of Anatomy & Human Biology, The University of Western Australia; and the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), which works with science, industry, academic and government partners to deliver programs of support to media artists.
SymbioticA will host an Artsactive think-tank from the 22nd – 24th of July 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. The participants will interrogate the issues impacting upon the success and sustainability of art/science residency programs now and into the future. A public forum “Artists in the Science Shrine” will be held on the 22nd for the Western Australian arts community to hear about Artsactive opportunities for artists’ residencies in science and research settings in Australia and internationally. Outcomes of the think-tank will include a set of best-practice methodologies for the delivery of inter-disciplinary residency programs in academic and industry settings. The findings will be disseminated immediately after the think-tank at the international conference, ISEA 2008, being held in Singapore..
As well as representatives from SymbioticA and ANAT, the think-tank will involve Denisa Kera (Transgenesis, Czech Republic), Marta de Menezes (Ectopia, Portugal) and Anne Kienhuis (Arts & Genomics Center, Netherlands). The participants will receive a guided tour of SymbioticA and the lab facilities at The University of Western Australia, as well as a field trip to Lake Clifton - home to largest lake-bound thrombolite reef in the Southern Hemisphere.