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Nina Sellars

Biographical Notes

Nina Sellars is an artist and Research Fellow at the Alternate Anatomies Lab, School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Sellars lectures on anatomy for artists and is a trained Prosector (i.e. dissector of cadavers for medical display). Her artwork hybridizes the disciplines of art, science and humanities and focuses on the contemporary and historical influence of anatomy on our understanding of the body, identity and subjectivity. Classically trained in drawing her artwork now extends into multimedia light installations, as her interest in anatomy has taken her from working in wet anatomy labs to working in physics labs here she explores the cultural implications of clinical imaging modalities.



GALLERY REPRESENTATION

  • GV Art, London, UK

GV Art gallery promotes artworks that explore the relationship between the arts and sciences and which interrogate how the disciplines cross over and inform one another and influence social ideologies


NATIONALITY

  • Australian/British (Dual Nationality)

2014 GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • GV Art, London, UK — Encyclopedia Galactica
  • Zakynthos Cultural Centre, Greece — Fabrica Vitae (touring exhibition)

2014 PRESENTATIONS

  •  School of Art , Australian National University — invited speaker  — Driving Forces: The Role of Artists and Designers in Interdisciplinary Research conference
  • Zakynthos Cultural Centre, Greece — invited speaker — Vesalius Continuum conference

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • optics (art medium -genealogy -physics)
  • installation art
  • drawing
  • photography
  • new technologies and new media
  • human anatomy and imagine
  • debates around 'the posthuman'
  • teaching (best practice)



Selected Curriculum Vitae

Education

2008 - 2012
Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne
Doctorate of Philosophy, funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award.
Thesis title: 'The Optics of Anatomy and Light: A Studio-based Investigation
of the Construction of Anatomical Images'
(Drawing/Multimedia Research)
2000 - 2001Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney
(Classical Drawing/Anatomy)
1994 - 1999Australian National University, Canberra School of Art
Bachelor of Arts (Visual), Honours — First Class (Photomedia)
1996 - 1997
Akademie Vύtvarnύch Uměnν, Prague, Czech Republic
Exchange student (Figurative Sculpture/Anatomy/Drawing)
Funded by a Westende IOF Travelling Scholarship


Extra Curricula

2009 Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne
Convenor of one-day international symposium
'Solid States/Liquid Objects: Discourses of Mediation'
1997National Gallery of Australia Curatorial Internship
Australian Photography (Gael Newton)
National Gallery of Australia Curatorial Internship
International Photography (Kate Davidson)
1995 - 1998National Gallery of Australia Volunteer: photographer and darkroom technician
Photographic Department


Solo Exhibitions

2012
Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne The Optics of Anatomy and Light
2011
Australian National University, Laser Physics Centre Lumen
2010
Online interactive exhibition Anatomy of Optics and Light
2008Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne Oblique
2002PhotoAccess Arts Centre, Canberra Pendulum
1997Australian National University, Photospace Gallery Silent Figures


Selected Group Exhibitions

2014GV Art, London Encyclopedia Galatica

Zakynthos Cultural Centre, Greece Fabrica Vitae (touring exhibition)

GV Art, London Fabrica Vitae (touring exhibition)
2013
GV Art, London Art and Science

Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City Biomediations: Transito_MX05

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Brains: The Mind as Matter

Washington State Convention Centre, Seattle Subjective Resonance Imaging

Photomediations Machine (curated online space) Scan
2012
GV Art, London Graphite

Wellcome Trust, London Brains: The Mind as Matter

GV Art, London Polymath

Melbourne University, Ian Potter Museum of Art A Body of Knowledge: The Anatomy Lesson
2011GV Art, London Art and Science (curated by Robert Devcic and Professor Arthur I. Miller)

Trinity College, Science Gallery, Dublin Human +: The Future Of Our Species(in collaboration with The Long Room Hub and the School Of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the Wellcome Trust)

University of Otago, Dunedin A Medical Perspective
(hosted by the Dunedin School of Art at the Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin School of Medicine)
2010Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide Duetto

Palazzo Vaj, Prato Between Bodies
2009 Shifted Gallery, Melbourne Solid States/Liquid Objects(joint exhibition with Joanna Zylinska)
2008Pilchuck Glass School Gallery, Seattle Artists in Residence/Staff Exhibition

Shifted Gallery, Melbourne Convergence
2007Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gallery 111, New York In the Presence of the Body

Centre d'Art Santa Mςnica, Barcelona Dνas De Bioarte '07

Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne The Postcard Show
2005TekniKunst 05 Contemporary Technology Festival,Meat Market Gallery, Melbourne Blender — bioart installation
(collaboration with Stelarc)

Curtin University, John Curtin Gallery Perth International Arts Festival: BEAPworks

2003University of Western Australia, Anatomy and Human Biology Department Bodyscapes

Church Gallery, Perth On the Line: Drawings
2002Art Gallery of New South Wales Dobell Prize for Drawing (Finalist)

PhotoAccess Arts Centre, Canberra Encapsulate
2001Australian National University, CSA Gallery Wild Sheep Chase

Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Nikon Summer Salon
2000Merchant House, The Rocks, Sydney Julian Ashton Art School Exhibition

ANCA Gallery, Canberra 168 Hours: EASS Award Exhibition

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Hatched
1999Australian National University, Canberra School of Art Nineteen Ninety Nine
1997Australian National University, CSA Foyer Gallery – CSA Drawing Prize (First prize)

Performances

2013 Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico — Biomediations: Transito_MX05

SAE Institute, Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico — Biomediations: Transito_MX05

Centro Nacional De Las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico — Biomediations: Transito_MX05

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK — Dark Matter

Advisory Roles and Honorary Positions

2013Photomediations Machine — Advisory Board Member

Curated by Professor Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmith University, London), and established in 2013, Photomediations Machine is an online space in which the dynamic relations of mediation as performed in photography and other media can be encountered, experienced and engaged. Photomediations Machine is a sister project to the online open access journal Culture Machine, established in 1999

Monash University, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology — Adjunct Lecturer

Conferences/Presentations

2014Australian National University, School of Art Driving Forces: The Role of Artists and Designers in Interdisciplinary Research — one-day conference

Zakynthos Cultural Centre, Greece Vesalius Continuum — three-day conference
2013 Festival of New Media Art and Video in Mexico City Biomediations: Transito_MX05 — invited panel speaker —"Living Media and Creative Ontologies" — Centro Nacional De Las Artes

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK— invited speaker, artist's talk — Brains: The Mind as Matter, Wellcome Trust (touring exhibition)
2012Melbourne University, Ian Potter Museum A Body of Knowledge: The Anatomy Lesson — invited guest speaker for gallery floor talk

Wellcome Trust, London Brains: The Mind as Matter — invited guest speaker for 'Perspective' gallery floor talk

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE Creative Forum — invited speaker
2011 Whitechapel Gallery, London Performing Medicine: Screening The Body — invited panel speaker. Mediator: Dr Roberta McGrath; invited speakers, Christina Lammer, Dr Richard Wingate, Nina Sellars

GV Art, London
Art and Science
—invited panel speaker
Mediator: Professor Arthur I. Miller, invited speakers: Stelarc, Oron Catts, Nina Sellars

University of Otago, Dunedin Art and Medicine symposium (hosted by the Dunedin School of Art at the Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin School of Medicine) presenting
— Lumen: Bodies Constructed From Light
2009 Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Melbourne Solid States/Liquid Objects: Discourses of Mediation — one-day international symposium; symposium convenor and speaker, presenting — Almost Seeing: the Anatomical Body Between Light and Shadow

Swinburne University, Melbourne Respondent to Darren Tofts paper
—you can tie me up if you wish, but there is nothing more useless than an organ
2008
Coventry University Photographic Mediations symposium — invited speaker presenting— Recording the Anatomical

Trinity College, Science Gallery, Dublin Lightwave Festival, invited speaker presenting — Anatomy and Light

Bellevue Arts Centre, Seattle In Translation lecture series, invited speaker presenting — Anatomy and Pathology in Glass

Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle
Artist's talk

Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle
Demonstration class
—Life Drawing/Anatomy for Artists
2007Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture 'Women in Research' Honorary Research Fellow — Artist's talk
2005Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, AustraliaTekniKunst '05 Contemporary Technology Festival — Artist's talk

Curtin University,
John Curtin Gallery, Perth Exhibition floor talk, for BEAPWORKS

Centre of Living and Electronic Arts Research (CLEAR), Perth, Australia Presentation for Siggraph and BEAPWORKS

Publications (as author)

2013
Photomediations Machine Scan (curated online space)
2010
Culture Machine Volume 11. Creative Media -Anatomy of Optics and Light

Selected Media, Reviews and Citations

2014W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Colliding Worlds: How Cutting Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art — Arthur I. Miller
2013
2012
MIT Press Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process — Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska, pp 86 - 95

ABC Radio National Body Sphere with Amanda Smith (interview with artist)
— 23 September 2012

USA Today Brains: London exhibit looks inside skull
— 29 March 2012

BBC News, UK Brain exhibition explores thinking about grey matter
— 27 March

Sunday Times, UK
Soul Searching - Bryan Appleyard
— 18 March 2012

The Urban Times, UK Polymath Exhibition, Ruth Garde
— 2nd March 2012

Exhibition catalogue Wellcome Trust, Brains: The Mind as Matter pp 158 - 159
2011New Scientist Culture Lab: Escape Artists: Breaking Out of the Lab, Tiffany O'Callaghan

Wired magazine 3D-Printed Brain Scan Just One Exhibit At London Bio-art' Show, Olivia Solon

Guardian newspaper HUMAN + Explores The Technologically Enhanced Future Of Our Species, Michael John Gorman

Nature Art: Body work, Anthony King, Volume 473, p 451 — 26 May 2011

Trinity College, Science Gallery, Dublin Human +: The Future Of Our Species (in collaboration with The Long Room Hub and the School Of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the Wellcome Trust) exhibition catalogue p 30 - 31

Trinity College, Science Gallery, Dublin Human+: The Future of the Species, exhibition website

GV Art, London 'Art and Science: Merging Art and Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Form'
— online catalogue,pp 27 - 31
2010Thames and Hudson: London Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics- Stephen Wilson, p 78

Ashgate, Surrey Art Practice in a Digital Culture- eds. Hazel Gardiner & Charlie Gere, pp 113 and plate 6.3

Australian Experimental Art Foundation Duetto, exhibition catalogue, p 40
2009
Independently produced exhibition catalogue Solid States/Liquid Objects, catalogue essay by Dr Melissa Miles.

Litteraria Pragensia: Prague Pornatopias: Image, Desire, Apocalypse - eds. Andrew Mitchel, Jane Lewty & Louis Armand. Book chapter by Darren Tofts, p 4 - 23
2008Photofile: Journal of Photography, Issue 85 Oblique Strategies: Nina Sellars article - Ashley Crawford, pp 20-25

Independently produced exhibition catalogue The Cut of the Artist: Sellars' Anatomy Lesson,
catalogue essay by Dr Joanna Zylinska.

Routledge: New York 'The Digital Musician' by Andrew Hugill, 2008 (anatomical illustrations)

Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand edited by Art and Australia,
Dott Publishing: Australia,
pp 302 - 303
2007Stelarc website — Blender; Extra Ear on Arm

Stelarc: Extra Ear portrait - photographic portrait of the Australian performance artist Stelarc, which has been printed in over one hundred publications worldwide, including on the cover of 'Inside: Art and Science' Agency Ciκncia Viva: Lisbon, 2008 and in 'Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love' Mori Art Museum: Tokyo, 2009
2006Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology Corporeal Melange: Aesthetics and Ethics of Biomaterials in Stelarc and Nina Sellars Blender — Julie Clarke, pp 410 - 416
2005ABC Radio, The Deep End Interview with Stelarc and Nina Sellars

Teknikunst 05 Contemporary Technology Festival Flesh vs Machine Festival, festival poster and catalogue (front cover image, pp 3, 4, 5, 26)
2002The Canberra Times review by Myra McIntyre, June 21

PhotoAccess Arts Centre, Canberra Encapsulate, exhibition catalogue, pp 8 - 12
2000Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Hatched, exhibition catalogue, pp 6 - 7
1999Australian National University, Canberra School of Art Nineteen Ninety Nine, exhibition catalogue, p 53
1997National Library of Australia News Journal, Canberra Arts Supplement, March issue, pp 38 - 39


Collections

2008
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle (Vitrography print)
2003 Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney (Drawing Studies)


Awards and Residencies

2011
Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Postgraduate Research Travel Grant (to undertake research at the Wellcome Trust library, London and to participate in the panel debate 'Art & Science: Merging Art and Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Form' at GV Art gallery, London)

Australian National University, Solid-State Spectroscopy Laboratory Artist in Residence
2010
Monash University, Commercialisation Training Scheme Award to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Commercialising Research, Faculty of Business and Economics
2009
Monash University, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology Travel Sponsorship; to travel to Italy as Arts Tutor for 'anARTomy 09'
2008
Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Artist in Residence

Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Australian Postgraduate Award
2007Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture 'Women in Research' Honorary Research Fellow
2006Australia Council for the Arts Skills and Arts Development (Out of Time) Grant
2004ArtsWA BEAPworks grant for research and development of electronic arts
2003University of Western Australia, Department of Anatomy and Human Biology Artist in Residence
2002Art Gallery of New South Wales Dobell Prize for Drawing — Finalist

ArtsACT Emerging Artist Grant

PhotoAccess, Canberra Artist in Residence
2001 ArtsACT Development Fund Grant
2000Julian Ashton Art School David Wilson Award for Drawing

Emerging Artists Support Scheme Leichhardt Street, 3-Month Residency Award
1998Australian National University, Canberra School of Art CSA Drawing Prize — First prize
1996University of Canberra Photographic Award — First prize

Australian National University, Canberra School of Art Westende IOF Travelling Scholarship (to study as an exchange student at the Akademie Vύtvarnύch Uměnν, Prague, Czech Republic)


Selected Arts Employment

2014Curtin University, School of Design and Art, Alternate Anatomies Lab
Research Fellow
(2 years fixed term contract)

DUTIES: Independent research of the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of the posthuman, in addition to working collaboratively as part of the Alternate Anatomies Lab team. An arts initiative led by the world-renowned performance artist Stelarc, the Alternate Anatomies Lab focuses on interrogating the aesthetics, ethics and engineering possibilities of human and machine interfaces. The lab is interdisciplinary in approach and engages artists, engineers and philosophers in trans-disciplinary projects
2013Curtin University, School of Design & Art
Technical Officer (5 months fixed term contract) Immersive Environments Project Manager

DUTIES: Research and development of the blending of real world teaching spaces at the School Of Design & Art with 3D multi-user virtual environments; the aim of the project being to actively engage students in both realms, synchronously. The outcomes of the research presented alternatives and practical options for the implementation of a blended, mixed reality, teaching space uniquely defined and informed by arts practice.


Monash University, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
Adjunct Lecturer
2010Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Associate Lecturer (5 week fixed term contract)

Unit Coordinator: undergraduate unit 'Anatomical Drawing' (Monash University Prato Centre)

Monash University, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
Sessional Advisor Co-organizer: undergraduate unit 'anARTomy 2010' (Prato, Italy)

The anARTomy program aims to explore the interrelationship between art and anatomy by investigating their shared history. The students research collections held in various Art and Anatomy museums throughout Florence, Bologna, Padua, Arezzo, Siena, Rome and Venice as well as participate in practical drawing classes and attend art history and anatomy lectures. The unit is a collaboration between the Faculty of Art & Design and the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, Monash University and is led by Adina Kleiner (anatomist), Bernard Hoffert (art historian) and Nina Sellars (artist)

DUTIES IN PRATO

•
Preparing, coordinating and presenting lectures for undergraduate medical and art students at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy. The lectures focus on the history of anatomical illustration, the depiction of anatomy in art (historical and contemporary), perspective (techniques and history) and Renaissance art

•
Conducting practical classes in figurative and anatomical drawing, as well as linear perspective

•
Advisor for medical students for SPC (Special Project Case) essays and presentations conducted as part of the anARTomy program, Prato, Italy

• Assessing and grading student's work for the 'Anatomical Drawing' unit

• Curating exhibition of 'Anatomical Drawing' students work at the MUPC

• Promoting and coordinating a visiting artist talk by the performance artist Stelarc at the MUPC
2009 - 2010Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, Monash University
Sessional Lecturer
Physiotherapy (Drawing, Art History & Anatomical Illustration)

DUTIES: Preparing and presenting a series of practical drawing lectures for Physiotherapy students as part of Anatomy classes conducted by Adina Kleiner (anatomy lecturer), Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology. The lectures focus on the history of anatomy/illustration/art, physiology of visual perception, drawing techniques & life drawing
2009Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, Monash University
Arts Tutor 
anARTomy 2009, (Prato, Italy)

DUTIES: Accompanying medical students
along with Adina Kleiner, Lecturer in Anatomy, to Monash Prato as arts tutor for 'anARTomy 2009'. An initiative of Adina Kleiner the anARTomy program aims to explore the interrelationship between art and anatomy; students research collections held in various Art and Anatomy museums throughout Florence, Bologna, Padua, Arezzo, Siena, Rome and Venice
2008 - 2010Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Sessional Lecturer
Anatomical Drawing

DUTIES: Preparing, presenting and assessing an undergraduate degree course, which focuses on drawing the anatomy of the human body, with instruction in anatomy/physiology, life drawing, physiology of visual perception and drawing techniques. Classes are held at the Faculty of Art and Design, Caulfield campus, and Monash Medical School, Clayton campus. The lectures are presented in collaboration with Ms Adina Kleiner (anatomist)
2006 / 2009Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University
Guest Lecturer
Corporeal Constructions

DUTIES: Preparing, presenting and assessing an undergraduate degree course, in collaboration with the performance artist Stelarc. The course incorporates aspects of both performance and drawing. The seminars and practical sessions are centred on an anatomical, philosophical and performative examination of the body exploring issues of awareness, identity, intentionality and action and investigate how the boundaries of the body contract and expand depending on social, cultural and technological influences
2006October Films, London
Videographer

DUTIES: Melbourne filming for the Discovery USA documentary 'Medical Mavericks', featuring the performance artist Stelarc and the surgical construction of his 'Extra Ear' project. An ear was surgically constructed on Stelarc's left forearm and a microphone implanted with the intention of making it blue-tooth enabled to allow for internet connection
2003 - 2005Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Drawing Lecturer general drawing, life drawing, illustration for costume and design

DUTIES: preparing and developing a drawing program for the Costume, Production and Design and Lighting Departments and being responsible for teaching and assessing Advanced Diploma and Degree students.
2002 - 2004University of Western Australia, Department of Anatomy and Human Biology
Prosector/Artist 
human dissection for anatomy lectures, illustrator and anatomical model maker

DUTIES:  Preparing detailed human cadaver dissections for the University’s Anatomy classes; as part of my training I attended the 2003 2nd year medical lectures — Designing and planning the construction of display cases for a human biology display with a view to designing the exhibit; this involved liaising with different groups from museum curators to the fabricators and joiners — Making anatomical models and teaching displays as well as anatomical illustrations for publications


CTEC Centre for Surgical Skills

Prosector human dissection for surgical lectures

DUTIES: preparing detailed human cadaver dissections suitable for surgical training courses
1999Australian National University
Guest Curator, Hedda Morrison Photographs, Exhibition on loan from Powerhouse Museum

DUTIES: liaising with the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and overseeing the exhibition installation at the Menzies Library, ANU
1997 - 1998National Gallery of Australia
Personal Assistant to Gael Newton, Senior Curator, Australian Photography

DUTIES: assisting with curating exhibitions, proofreading, editing and publication layout. Creating 4” x 5” diapositives of selected exhibition photographs in preparation for NGA exhibition catalogues. Creating B/W hand-printed photographic prints from 300 NGA collection glass plate negatives 
1992 - 1995Adam Visser Photography
Photographer's assistant and Darkroom Technician

DUTIES: to assist with wedding and formal photography — shooting medium format B/W film and hand-printing from film negatives — preparing and packaging wedding photos and preparing invoices



1991 - 1992Art Neon: Fyshwick Canberra
Apprentice
Neon Sign Maker

DUTIES:  glass blowing and bombarding of neon signs