Visualising Top End Research


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Presenter:  School of Creative Arts & Humanities

Date: Sep 08, 2016 to Sep 10, 2016

Time: 9:00am to 10:00pm

Contact person:  Dr Aaron Burton
T: 8946 6321
E: aaron.burton@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Casuarina campus

Target audience:  This is a RSVP event. Please contact Dr Aaron Burton to register.

Visualising research is fundamental to academic innovation and knowledge production.

To 'visualise' is to bridge the cognitive antipodes of imagination and information. Dictionary definitions highlight this nexus of understanding: 1) to form a mental image, and 2) to make (something) visible to the eye (Oxford Dictionary)

As a mode of inquiry or methodology, imagination has traditionally been the totem of the arts, whereas the sciences have treasured empirical data. Yet as technology and epistemology have flourished, these associations have become increasingly porous.

Over the last few decades, creativity has come to the forefront of scientific investigation and streams of data are permeating artistic expression. 

Visualisation is truly interdisciplinary. From early predictions through to research methodologies and communicating final conclusions, all disciplines bridge imagination and information. Regardless of complexity, communicating academic research demands accurate and accessible manifestations.

Here in the Top End our disciplines co-inhabit a unique environmental and cultural place. It is a spiritual place, where visualisations can be given from the country or endowed from distant forces. Many of us are fortunate to work alongside the natural environment, but face the challenges of a changing climate and ecological crises.

Indigenous knowledges, and traditional owners of this land inform and enrich our Northern research mosaic.

The aim of this conference is to showcase current research projects that are utilising innovative visual research methods at CDU: employing creative collaborations; exhibiting significant cross-disciplinary material; and /or demonstrating significant potential for future cross-disciplinary engagement.

It aims to encourage the role of visual arts and humanities in facilitating connections and in communicating research. More broadly, addressing the theme of 'interdisciplinarity' within Charles Darwin University aims to highlight regional connections between the sciences, arts, and indigenous knowledges. 

The conference will contribute to the identity of CDU research and community engagement. Visualising Top End Research will colour the dreams and propel the predictions that “change our world”.

Themes

  • Communicating complexity - imagination or information?
  • Modelling, mapping, and manipulating the future
  • Rethinking visual research methodologies
  • Interdisciplinarity and the Top End
  • Beyond Transcription: Written versus Visual Ethnography
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