Principal Research Fellow in Interdisciplinary Art and Science
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Dr Nicola Triscott is a curator, writer, researcher, and cultural entrepreneur, specialising in transdisciplinary art and 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, with a London base near King's Cross. 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 Dreamed Native Ancestry - Mission//Misplaced Memory (London, 2017), 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).
Edited books include Ariel Guzik: Holoturian (Arts Catalyst, 2016), 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.
Dr Triscott has co-supervised two PhD candidates to completion.
She contributes to lectures and workshops at Westminster and other universities.
Dr 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.
At Westminster, she is a co-director of the 'Experiments in Art and Science' (EAS) research group, with Neal White and Tom Corby. She is also a member of the Nuclear Culture Research Group - http://art.gold.ac.uk/ncrg/people - based at Goldsmiths/Arts Catalyst.
Nicola's recently awarded 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.
An ongoing research project, The Live Creature and Ethereal Things, in partnership with artist Fiona Crisp, brings together cosmologists and particle physicists with artists to address the question of how to bring fundamental physics into the human experience and the role that contemporary art can play in this.