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Sarah Jane Pell

Artist Researcher, Aquabatics

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Sarah Jane Pell

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Artist, Post-doc Researcher, Explorer, Consultant, CoChair, Director

Current Organizations:

Icarus Interstellar, European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science, RMIT University, Maritime Union of Australia, Society of Underwater Technology.


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TEDxSydney - Sarah Jane Pell - Aquabat Explores Extreme Environments. Global Hydrotherapy.

Sarah Jane is an artist-researcher inspired by the creative potentials of extreme environments, making use of undersea conditions to carry out human performance and behaviour studies and poetic events. She uses various interdisciplinary tools and protocols, from dance and performance technology to live art and commercial diving, to further our understanding of humans in these spaces. She explores connections between the "neoaquatic" human endeavours and the emergence of the 21st century "lunarsapien". Dr. Pell is an official aquanaut/artist/researcher crew member of "The League of New Worlds' ATLANTICA 1 Expedition". ------------------- TEDxSydney 2010 was organised by General Thinking and took place on Saturday 22 May 2010 at CarriageWorks. Almost 2,000 people enjoyed the day live, over 700 in the theatre and the rest via big screen simulcast in The Forum. Thousands more watched the lives webstream. It was a grand day. About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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SubSpace- from underwater to outerspace

Sarah Jane Pell artist-as-astronaut in training....

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Sarah Jane Pell and her water-wheel antics!

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Lifeboat biotech arts mobile performance lab - Catts, Helyer, Hodgetts, Pell, Zurr

Undertaking its maiden voyage across the Baltic for ISEA 2004, the LifeBoat project was a collaborative trans-disciplinary work by Dr. Nigel Helyer (Sonic Objects) Dr. Sarah Jane Pell (ARTi), Oron Catts and Dr. Ionat Zurr (SymbioticA) and Dr. Stuart Hodgetts (UWA). "LifeBoat" is a prosaic title indicating both the physical reality (the project is contained within a fully weatherproofed ship's lifeboat) and somewhat more conceptually, as the lifeboat has become home to a Biotechnology and performance lab; a home to the processes of life itself. On a metaphorical level, this project is designed to deal with concepts of sustainability, survival and notions of biological, cultural and ideological re-generation, and naturally its obverse, the degradation of life and all its manifestations. Visit the LifeBoat at http://www.life-boat.org/

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TEDxISU "Every Space Project Needs an Artist!" Sarah Jane Pell

"It is time for new energies. It is time for new languages. It is time for new ideas. To match the radical technological advancement and entrepreneurial fervour of activities in space. As you architect new dreams and boldly explore new frontiers in search of answers and resources, find the inner resources. Be a champion of true diversity. Be open to the arts Be a part of open source space.I am here because of your vision, your courage and your dreams and I am deeply grateful to have such a muse. From inner space to outer space, from ocean space to deep space, from cyber space to real space, every space project needs an artist! That is why I will live and work underwater on Earth for your next space mission!"

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Dr. Sarah Jane Pell - The Artistic Aquanaut | London Real

SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/TnKeLh Dr. Sarah Jane Pell meets London Real TED Fellow and Artist Researcher Dr. Sarah Jane Pell talks about her unique fascination with all things underwater, how she maintains a dual role as both an artist and scientist, her involvement with the Atlantica Undersea Colony, and her thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding TED. http://www.sarahjanepell.com/ VISIT us @ http://www.LondonReal.tv LIKE us on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/LondonReal FOLLOW us on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/LondonRealTV LISTEN IN ITUNES http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/london-real/id474722933 Music by: Kevin MacLeod & The Edenites http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/welcome-to-london/id528293203?i=528293272

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European Space Agency [ESA] Topical Team Art & Science
06/07/2011 – 12/31/2014
The ESA Topical Team Arts & Science [ETTAS] has been established to develop cooperations between the arts, sciences and ESA. We aim to foster and expand the human and cultural aspects of space exploration, and at the same time, offer a means of communication with a reach beyond traditional space-related channels. The arts offer alternative insights into reality - which is explored by science in general, and broadened by the activities conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and other space agencies. Similar to the way the members of ESA are ambassadors for spaceflight and science, artists and cultural professionals are ambassadors for human expression, experimentation and exploration.​​ It is the preliminary findings and consensus of the ETTAS members that establishing and sustaining a trans-disciplinary professional community consisting of ESA representatives, scientists and artists would fuel knowledge transfer, and mutual inspiration towards mutually beneficial discovery. CoChairs: Dr. Barbara Imhof, Dr. Sarah Jane Pell, Christian Woldvogal, Dr. Michelle Kotler, A/Prof. Marko Peljhan. ETTAS = artists, curators, scientists, philosophers, ESA members & an Astronaut.
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Artist-researcher and natural adventurer, I became a fully qualified commercial diver and founded the Aquabatics Research Team in 2002 to explore commercial diving and creative practices together in a unique union. Originally focused on making underwater performances, my work now spans aqueous live art, digital media, installation, prototype pneumatic technologies, philosophies and experiments with advanced life support and living systems. I often collaborate with artists, scientists and architects to create a new experimental space to invent, design and explore imagined futures with the intent to re-engage with the fundamental creativity of humans working at the extremes. A question that keeps reoccurring in my work is: If I were to imagine the architecture of the future to be adaptive to the bio rhythms of the human species, how would we account for the specific bio rhythms of people living and working together underwater and in extreme environments on Earth as an analogue to outer space? Furthermore, what countermeasures or embraceable panaceas would be appropriate for quality of life? My journey has just begun...!

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Fresh barramundi or kangaroo served with a white wine and sage butter; on a bed of pepper-berry beetroot, sweet potato, a mix of crisp & wilted greens covered with delicate wattle seed...served under the stars and by the beach of course! In the mornings, an elegantly strong coffee with a toasted croissant dripping with warmed fresh berries, completely melts me. Or, just a good apple. And I am so very happy.

A funny story about me:
I once won a pineapple in French class. It is funny because my language skills are so poor. I won for my drawing abilities.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Italian - a little to get by
Living in
Sydney, Australia
Working in
Melbourne, Australia
Born in
Melbourne, Australia


www.sarahjanepell.com www.esaartscience.com

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