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Congratulations Erica – Finalist of the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year – Science in the Arts

The Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year ( 1-10 November) will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world. Over the past months, they have received over 900 nominations from 111 countries.

They are delighted to introduce the finalists and present their science breakthroughs of the year in these ten categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Science in the Arts, Digital Education, Science and Innovation Management, Emerging Talents, Science Start-Ups, Science Engagement Initiatives.

Breaking the Wall of Disabled Access to Science – Erica Tandori (Artist in residence, Rossjohn lab, Monash university)

Lying at the intersection between art, science and blindness, Tandori’s exhibitions use interactive sculptures to engage and inspire audiences of all ages and abilities. Her breakthrough is making art and science exhibitions inclusive, accessible and available to everyone globally.

Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Discrimination, Diversity, Education, Science Communication

Watch Erica’s presentation of her breakthrough below:

Erica Tandori is a legally blind artist, researcher and academic. She explores the intersections of art, vision loss and science. Tandori’s PhD focused on capturing the entoptic effects of her retinal disease through art, conveying an ‘eye-witness’ account of blindness. As resident artist at the Rossjohn Lab, Monash University, Erica creates multi-sensory, multi-modal artworks communicating biomedical research to blind and low-vision audiences. This inspires people of all ages and abilities to learn, understand and appreciate the wonders of science.

 

Other Science in the arts finalists

Further information:

FALLING WALLS AND BERLIN SCIENCE WEEK, THE WORLD SCIENCE SUMMIT:

Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week invite you to this year’s World Science Summit, held remotely from 1 – 10 November 2020. This year we shift from physical events to a global virtual showcase, with free digital access for everyone. We acknowledge the combined effort of scientists worldwide to overcome the pandemic, and its many effects. Make sure to attend this event, where some of the world’s best researchers gather to discuss and celebrate the most recent breakthroughs in science and society from all over the world.

WHEN

1 – 10 November 2020, with a daily science highlight programme at Noon GMT (13.00 Berlin Time) and the Grand Finale on 9 November

WHAT

500+ speakers, 200+ sessions, 1 digital platform with live-streamed breakthroughs, expert panels, workshops and lectures

WHERE

Completely remote – Free digital access from wherever you are plus selected physical events in Berlin

Vision Australia Radio interview – Erica on accessibility in the arts

Kenneth Phua recently invited Dr Erica Tandori of Monash University onto his program ‘Seeing Without Eyes’ to discuss accessibility in the arts. Art can be and should be accessible to the total population and not just a select few. If you love the arts, this is an interview highlight from Vision Australia Radio in Perth that you shouldn’t miss.

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Vision Australia Radio interview – Erica on Art & Ophthalmology

Kenneth Phua recently invited Dr Erica Tandori of Monash University onto his program ‘Seeing Without Eyes’ to discuss accessibility in the arts. Kenneth enjoyed the discussion so much he invited Erica back once again to hear more about her career. Erica discusses her vision loss, her experience of dealing with the medical industry and finding a way forward with her passion for visual art.

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Congratulations to Erica Tandori

Our artist in residence, Erica is one of eighteen local creative practitioners and collectives that have received support through the Creators Fund to undertake intensive research, experimentation and development that will take their careers, practice and businesses to a new level.

An initiative of the Creative State strategy, the Creators Fund takes inspiration from initiatives in the science and technology sectors by offering practitioners support to undertake the R&D that underpins major new projects, products and discoveries.

The latest Creators will take between 3-6 months out from their regular practice to focus on learning new skills, working with mentors, exploring new technologies and undertaking creative experiments.

154 applications were received for the latest round. The 18 Creators will share in grants totalling $679,086.

Erica Tandori, Total funding $30,270

Development and exploration of ways to incorporate interactive, novel display and robotic technologies, as well as living organisms, into future sculptural artworks that use food, clay and paper to convey key biomedicine concepts to low vision and blind audiences.

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Jamie and Erica join Jon Faine on The Conversation Hour

Word nerd David Astle is Jon Faine’s co-host.  He is a cruciverbalist, author, columnist, and star of the inexplicably discontinued Letters and Numbers (SBS TV). His books include WordburgerRiddledomCluetopiaPuzzled, and most recently David Astle’s Gargantuan Book of Words Puzzles, games and stories for wordy whiz-kids! David will be presenting Evenings, ABC Radio Melbourne & Victoria for a couple of weeks from next Wednesday. He is also host of the 2018 Albury-Wodonga Winter Solstice for Survivors of Suicide and Friends featuring poet Les Murray, actor Samuel Johnson, and NRL footballer Ian Roberts at QEII Square, Albury on Thursday 21st June from 5:00pm.

Their first guest is Psychoanalyst and Organisational Consultant, Phil Stokoe. He is a Training Analyst with the British Psychotherapy Foundation, and was the Clinical Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Phil is in Melbourne for the 2018 Freud Conference: populism and the attack on knowledge elites – psychoanalytic and political science perspectives at The Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville tomorrow (Saturday 26th May 2018) 8:30am to 6:00pm.

Then they are joined by immunologist Prof Jamie Rossjohn and artist Dr Erica Tandori.

Jamie is Head of the Infection and Immunity Program at Monash University, an ARC Laureate Fellow, and Professor of Structural Immunology at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. He is the 2018 Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Lemberg Medal recipient.

Erica Tandori is Artist in Residence for the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s Sensory Scientific Exhibition and Discovery Day on Thursday 31 May2018, 8.45am – 1pm (G54, Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton). She is legally blind and has been making tactile models of various molecules to make understanding of their form possible for those who can’t see them through a microscope.

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Listen to interview (skip to 29mins for Jamie and Erica).