Nicola Triscott

Principal Research Fellow in Interdisciplinary Art and Science

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Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator, writer and researcher, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She has over twenty-five years’ experience in senior positions in the arts and cultural sector, including in arts policy. 

She is the founder and Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst (www.artscatalyst.org), one of the UK’s most distinctive commissioning contemporary arts organisations. Founded in 1994, She has built Arts Catalyst into an international centre for art, science, technology and society, based in London. Arts Catalyst is an Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation, with an international reputation as a pioneer in the field of interdisciplinary art and research, known for its ambitious artists’ commissions, and extensive exhibitions and engagement programme. With Arts Catalyst, she has commissioned over 140 projects, including significant new works by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Aleksandra Mir, Otolith Group and Critical Art Ensemble.

She has curated numerous exhibitions and events in the UK and internationally. Recent curated exhibitions include Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima (London, 2017), Conflict Minerals (London, 2017), Graveyard of Lost Species - Critical Art Ensemble and YoHa (Leigh-on-Sea, 2016), Notes from the Field: Commoning Practices in Art and Science (London, 2016), Holoturian - Ariel Guzik (Edinburgh, 2015), and Sterile / Sensei Ichi-go - Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen (Berlin, 2015). She lectures and publishes internationally. Edited books include Ariel Guzik: Holoturian (Arts Catalyst, 2015), Arctic Geopolitics & Autonomy with Dr Michael Bravo (Hatje Cantz Verlag and API, 2011), Brandon Ballengée. Malamp: The Occurrence of Deformities in Amphibians with Miranda Pope (Arts Catalyst & Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2010) and Zero Gravity: A Cultural User’s Guide with Rob La Frenais (Arts Catalyst, 2005) She blogs at www.nicolatriscott.org.

Co-supervised two PhD candidates to completion. 

Nicola Triscott's curatorial practice and research creates new interdisciplinary and collaborative practice between art, science, and other fields. She has a track record of developing ambitious cross-disciplinary projects that extend artistic practices across the realms of science, technology, geography, sociology and law. As the Artistic Director of Arts Catalyst, she is lead curator for the programme of exhibitions, events and inquiries at the Arts Catalyst's Centre for Art, Science and Technology in King's Cross, London, and Arts Catalyst partnership projects nationally and internationally.

Her recently completed PhD by Published Work with University of Westminster, Art and Intervention in the Stewardship of the Planetary Commons: Towards a Curatorial Model of Co-inquiry, proposes a curatorial methodology of interdisciplinary co-inquiry, which can foster an ecology of practices, enabling curators, artists, scientists, specialist experts and people with situated expertise to coproduce knowledge around matters of concern. She situates this within a notion of the "planetary commons" and planetary commoning practices, drawing on the last decade of her curatorial work with artists and scientists within common and extraterritorial realms, including the deep seas, the atmosphere, biodiversity, geology, the Polar Regions, and outer space.

She is currently developing a series of extended co-inquiries, Test Sites, funded by the Wellcome Trust, to engage artists, scientists and communities in the UK in responding to complex environmental issues at a local level – such as flooding, water quality, pollution, species loss and climate change – and exploring and understanding the interrelationships with health, wellbeing, local culture and ecology. 

Her new curatorial inquiry Radical Ancestry brings together artists, scientists, anthropologists, thinkers and publics to examine contemporary understandings and imaginaries of race and migration, and critique the categorisation of race in contemporary science and politics.

2017

Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima (2017)
Triscott, N., Waite, J. and Lastra, C. 2017. Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima. Arts Catalyst, 74-76 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8DR
Conflict Minerals: Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Nabil Ahmed (2017)
Triscott, N., Autogena, L., Portway, J. and Ahmed, N. 2017. Conflict Minerals: Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway, Nabil Ahmed. Arts Catalyst, 74-76 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8DR

2016

Graveyard of Lost Species - Critical Art Ensemble / YoHa (2016)
Triscott, N., Harwood, G., Kurtz, S. and Lastra, C. 2016. Graveyard of Lost Species - Critical Art Ensemble / YoHa. Site specific, Leigh-on-Sea marshes, Southend, Essex. Ordinance survey grid ref: TQ 82738 85478
Notes from the Field: Commoning Practices in Art and Science (2016)
Triscott, N. and Steadman, A. 2016. Notes from the Field: Commoning Practices in Art and Science. Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology 74-76 Cromer Street London WC1H 8DR

2015

Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: assemble | standard | minimal (2015)
Triscott, N., Hauser, J., Cohen, R. and Van Balen, T. 2015. Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen: assemble | standard | minimal. Schering Stiftung, Unter den Linden 32-34, 10117 Berlin, Germay
Holoturian - Ariel Guzik (2015)
Triscott, N. 2015. Holoturian - Ariel Guzik. Edinburgh Art Festival

2014

SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe - Modern Ruins 1:220 (2014)
Triscott, N., La Frenais, R., Padilla Domene, A. and Puig Domene, I. 2014. SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe - Modern Ruins 1:220. Furtherfield Pavilion, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
Republic of the Moon (2014)
Triscott, N. and La Frenais, R. 2014. Republic of the Moon. Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London SE1 9PH

2017

Holoturian, Ariel Guzik (2017)
Triscott, N. and Simmonds, M.P. Triscott, N. (ed.) 2017. Holoturian, Ariel Guzik. London

2017

Curating contemporary art in the framework of the planetary commons (2017)
Triscott, N. 2017. Curating contemporary art in the framework of the planetary commons . The Polar Journal. 7 (2).

2016

Critical Art and Outer Space: a curatorial inquiry into space as a global commons (2016)
Triscott, N. 2016. Critical Art and Outer Space: a curatorial inquiry into space as a global commons. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. San Francisco 29 Mar 2016 to end of 02 Apr 2016

2016

Transmissions from the Noosphere: Contemporary art and outer space (2016)
Triscott, N. 2016. Transmissions from the Noosphere: Contemporary art and outer space. in: The Palgrave Handbook of Society, Culture & Outer Space Palgrave Macmillan.

2014

Self-Experimentation & the Nervous Culture: Neal White’s Ethics Committee of 1 (2014)
Triscott, N. 2014. Self-Experimentation & the Nervous Culture: Neal White’s Ethics Committee of 1. in: Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration Waag Society.

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