Extreme art adventures: will this be first artist-in-residence in space?
Monash University (2018-2019) Clayton AU
Adjunct Associate Professor (Research)
Faculty of Engineering; Office of the Engineering Dean; Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Artist-in-Residence, Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform [MIVP]
For the term of my Monash University Appointment, I have collaborated with the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform [MIVP] and various remote partners including choreographer Richard Move, Lucy Electric LLC and Space Garden Company. MIVP have helped create tools for spatial awareness during simulated EVAs in terrestrial analogue sites, and post-processing large data transmission between global sites through the CAVE2 and the Monash Future Control Room. Together we designed tactical laboratories for experimental arts to support performance within extreme operational isolated confined environments. We seek to enrich and extract the human factors of extreme performance sites. Artefacts have included immersive media, mixed reality, human-robotic interaction design, and new systems for live art and translocation communication and interdisciplinary human performance research published in Live, and VR formats. Outcomes are real and speculative, poetic and practical with high technical cultural value and human factors benefits during and post-mission. Creating works of art, and design tactics for engaging space phenomena within a mission simulation increases opportunities for enabling discovery and legacy. As Principal Investigator, I employ performance-as-research and transdisciplinary practices to explore affective visualisation by interactions with new media dance technologies. These engagements support forums for reflexive analysis of our human ambitions, and our cultural assumptions about a human return to the Moon and budding extra-terrestrial culture. As Artist-in-Residence, I encourage transmedia interactivity and iterative performance investigations within and from MIVP. Barnes and I are trying to discover new tools for embodied immersive performance, and affective performance translation across and between sites. Artworks arising from our experiments symbolise our collective human-scale existence, our hopes, dreams, reflections and ambitions.
Top Tier Research & Publication Venues
Practical research highlights collaborating with Assoc. Prof. David G. Barnes and the Monash Immersive Visualisation Lab, Monash University, Clayton AU.
Adelaide Festival Centre, AU 2019
Screening Artists: Video Art + Digital Media Programme 1-31 Dec 2019. Curator Sebastian Calabretto.
Human Spaceflight Performance, 2019 IAC Paper
70th International Astronautical Congress, Washington D.C. Global Technical Session and IAF-TV Livestream.
MAU-NEPAL 001, Kagbenni NP 2019
Immersive Visualisation of a Mars Medical Mission Simulation in Lower Mustang, NP Mar 2019.
Alien Park, Clayton AU 2018-2019
Play and performance experiments to test motion-capture technology integration for space analogues.
SouthStart 2018, Adelaide AU
Keynote Speaker plus Projection Mapping the interior of the Adelaide Town Hall, 22-23 Nov 2018.
ACM SIGCHI (Keynote) CHI Play 2018, AU
Federation Square, Melbourne 28-31 Oct 2018
eResearch Australasia (Keynote) 2018, AU
Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park 15–19 Oct 2018
SPECTRA: art + science (Keynote) 2018, AU
MOD + UniSA, Adelaide 10-12 Oct 2018
Ars Electronica, Linz AS 2018
An mixed-presence performance 'Lunar Parliament' for Ars Electronica Festival Space Art Kosmica Parliament.
Stellar Corpus, Clayton AU 2018
A cosmic mixed-presence performance at the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform live CAVE2.
SPECTRA, Moon-Earth-Moon 2018
SPECTRA [Spatial Performance Environment Command Transmission Realities for Astronauts].
Moonhenge, Pila PL 2018
A 64 Billion Pixel LiDAR-1 Art Tableaux of the Lunares MoonMars Station in Moon-Earth-Moon transmission.
GreenHab, Utah US 2018
360 monitoring of MDRS ScienceDome & GreenHab NASAs Orbital Aquifer System for VEGGIE (OASYS).
Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland 2018
Virtual Reality of Mars Analogue Rock Art installation: Life at the Edges Exhibition. Curator: Ainsley Murray
Cineglobe Festival, CERN CH 2018
MDRS188 Mars Olympiad 360 VR & 180Dome. Curators: Neal Heartman, Angelo Vermuelen
Bubbles On Mars, 2018 IAC IP
69th International Astronautical Congress, Bremen DE. Interactive Presentation.
- Pell (2019) Apollo and the Muses: cultural and technical inspirational knowledge embedded in lunar space arts. 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Washington D.C., US, 21-26 Oct 2019.
- Pell, Kobrick & Barnes (2018) Human Spaceflight Performance: bootstrapping the intersection of biometrics and artistic expression through planetary mission analogue EVAs. 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Washington D.C., US, 21-26 Oct 2019.
- Pell (2019) The Artist, Astronaut, and Avatar in Space Exploration, In ACM SIGGCHI DOI:10.1145/3242671.3271486 CHI PLAY ’18, October 28–31, 2018, Melbourne, VIC, Australia Proceedings.
- Pell, Barnes & Mueller (2018) Bubbles on Mars: 360 Play and Performance on EVA. 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, DE, 1-6 Oct 2018.
- Pell, & Barnes (2018) The Agency of Human-Robotic Lunatics. 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, DE, 1-6 Oct 2018.