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.
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.
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.
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 Wordburger, Riddledom, Cluetopia, Puzzled, 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.
Listen to interview (skip to 29mins for Jamie and Erica).
Outreach programs at universities often involve displays, exhibitions, lectures and other forms of public engagement. Researchers within the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) are developing an innovative program targeted at those who have low vision or are blind, by hosting a Sensory Scientific Exhibition and Discovery Day at Monash University Clayton on Thursday 31 May, 2018. Complete with tactile 3D models, 2D graphic displays, olfactory displays, large print and braille formats, the event will be specifically geared to a low vision/blind audience.
Professor Jamie Rossjohn, Head of the Infection and Immunity Program at the Monash BDI and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Investigator within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, considered it was important to hold an event that would engage the blind and low vision community with biomedical research. A conversation with his administrative assistant, Ms Sabrina Constantin, who has low vision, reinforced Professor Rossjohn’s desire to hold such an event.
“Just imagine how great it would be for kids with vision impairment to be inspired and be given the chance to follow a career path in science,” Ms Constantin said.
Professor Rossjohn recruited an artist in residence, who is legally blind, to produce art that could explain infection and immunity to the blind and those with low vision and provide expert advice for the activities for the exhibition.
The artist, Dr Erica Tandori, has a PhD in visual art and ophthalmology, where she used art to articulate the processes of her own vision loss caused by juvenile macular degeneration.
In collaboration with researchers at the Monash BDI, Dr Tandori is producing tactile art and models that detail aspects of vaccination, the evolution of flu viruses, and the process of how our bodies recognise pathogens.
Exhibition visitors will have access to 3D models of viruses, different immune molecules and antibodies as well 3D model displays of parts of the human body. Participants will also be able to experience Monash University’s CAVE2 facility which is a 360 degree immersive experience that will have immune molecules projected onto enormous surround-screens.
“The exhibition includes soft toys of bacteria and antibodies, so that people can experience different textures,“ said Dr Gabby Watson, who is coordinating the day.
“All of the models will be accompanied by descriptions in both large text and braille. One of our small group activities will involve smelling different microbes – we are trying to engage as many of the senses as possible! We are encouraging everyone to attend, as we have activities that will appeal to all,” Dr Watson said.
When: 8.45am – 1pm, Thursday 31 May
Where: G54, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton (accessibility and parking information can be found on the event flyer, click to download)
Register: Click here