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Internationally renowned artist and academic Olga Kisseliva to work on digital kauri dieback project as part of 12-week AUT residency 

Olga Kisseliva is an internationally renowned artist and academic. She will be hosted at Colab for 12 weeks from early August to work on EDEN, a global research creation project at the intersection of science and art. The project will address issues of kauri dieback by attempting to connect kauri trees to a digital network, allowing them to communicate between themselves and humans.

Professor and Director of the Art & Sciences Department and of the Art & Medium program at Panthéon – Sorbonne University, Olga Kisseleva has an extensive research practise and publication record. Her work explores the links between creation processes and contemporary sciences and technologies. As a plastic artist, Olga Kisseleva has achieved a national and international recognition in the field of contemporary arts. Her artistic work has been rewarded on many occasions and is part of some of the most prestigious museum’s collections, such as Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (France), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Getty Center in Los Angeles, among others.

Digital artist hosted by AUT

During her three months in New Zealand, Olga will collaborate with local researchers and practitioners to develop her current research project called EDEN and adapt it to the New Zealand environment. EDEN is a bio-artistic device that sparks and studies interactions between trees themselves and between trees and humans thanks to a specifically designed technology.

The Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand and AUT‘s Colab began the Te Ataata programme in 2015, to build linkages, share knowledge and understanding between New Zealand and French creative technologies fields.

“Te Ataata provides an opportunity to see our own world reflected through the eyes of an antopidean guest," says Harry Silver, Te Ataata programme coordinator. "It enables staff and students and our wider community to engage and respond to our place in the world.”

For inquiries, suggestions and collaborations opportunities please contact: Te Ataata programme coordinator, Harry Silver


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