Jane Pell, Ph.D.
Underwater Artist, Founder/Director,
Aquabatics Australia 2002
Adjunct Lecturer, School
of Anatomy & Human Biology, University of Western Australia
The primary function
of Dr. Sarah Jane Pell's research praxis is to critique and extend the
human condition through the physical and psychological limits of the body
and aesthetics of care operations and life support in extreme environments
- from underwater, on earth and in outer space. It is her intention to
make vital interventions and inventions in the form of design, culture,
new media performance and philosophy. Furthermore, Pell considers the wider
terms of engagement with what may, or what may become, the spectrum or
site in/of/for contemporary performance exploration, particular to the
body in future weightless environment training (WET) and digitally real
immersive (DRI) space.
On her website, www.sarahjanepell.com
introduces current projects including: ‘Sub Culture' and 'Hydromedusa'
among others, to describe the Art-Life-Lab aesthetic which is being designed,
or cultivated as a consequence of artist-researchers re-positing living
systems into a cultural domain and/or the critical forums of art and science
collaboration. Similarly, other examples under development around the globe,
notably biotelemetry used in dance, VR gaming, innovative biotechnologies,
telepresence and acoustic architectures as new art, suggest that art and
science projects – extreme or otherwise - are tempered with a deep respect
for our need to be human and, as such, compels diverse communities to consider
the world that surrounds us. The stimulus for illumination draws on the
knowledge, protocols and technologies of the body and the wider life support
system: from health care to the defense and military, information and surveillance
systems, the mechanisms of public and private institutions, and the design
and technology of living systems in, and of themselves.