Based at the University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute, which aims to increase pioneering research collaborations with creative sector partners, the fellowships will run from this month for up to two years.
Professor Frank Finlay, Director of the Cultural Institute, said: “For most of us, the Arts and the Sciences are traditionally separated from the start of our formal learning.
“With these fellowships we aim to spark conversations between the two practices, prompting science researchers to ask new questions and adopt new approaches to their work, while artists are inspired to create extraordinary outputs for the benefit of all.”
Dr Terry Key from the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds has worked with artists in short-term collaborations instigated through the Cultural Institute. He said: “I firmly believe working with artists is a way to explore the power of science to change us, because for me engaging in both science and art are transformative processes.”
Christophe de Bezenac
New Cultural Fellows
Kat Austen is an artist and interdisciplinary researcher with a passion for the environment, digital media and understanding the world’s complex networks.
Her work focuses on understanding our decision-making in terms of our relationship to the environment, with a particular focus on climate change.
She said: “Interdisciplinary research is a particular focus at the University of Leeds, and I’m very much looking forward to working with its Priestley International Centre for Climate and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music.”
Christophe de Bezenac and Dave Lynch are Leeds-based artists and makers who have frequently collaborated both with each other and other people through scientists/artist collection The Superpostition.
Dave is an artist, director and inventor working internationally at the intersection of art, science, business and technology across large scale interactive installation and performance. His work has been broadcast on BBC2 and the BBC World Service, and featured on Wired.co.uk, the New York Times and Vice.
Christophe is a composer who has performed at world class venues and festivals in the UK and around Europe, and is also a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience, with a particular interest in the dynamics of social interaction in health and psychosis.
They said: “We’re excited to be working with the Cultural Institute at the University of Leeds on such an ambitious project, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to share scientific research through virtual spaces.”