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Panel: The Biosphere & The Biosphereans

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The Biosphere and the Biosphereans Panel

Originally screened as part of EFFA Presents: Out of this World (29 Oct - 8 Nov 2020)

This compelling conversation takes cues from Spaceship Earth (2020) and Biosphere 2, bringing together leaders from the realms of art and science. 

We take a close look at the role of art mediating science, technology and space exploration, as our panel facilitates ideas for reimagining worlds that make up a vision of humanity expanding into the wider universe. Our speakers will give us an insight into the complexities of closed loop ecosystems, people’s psychologies and experiences in extreme environments, and collaborative events/experiments/projects at the intersection of science, art and technology happening around the world. 

This event was supported by Science Gallery Melbourne and was originally paired with the film Spaceship Earth.


Adam Grodeck | Adam Grodeck describes himself as a starry-eyed space nerd, with a keen curiosity for how things work, from why the sky is blue to how stars shine. He was inspired to follow his passion after finishing high school, completing a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne, followed by a Master of Physics. His research focused on discovering Earth-sized planets outside of our own solar system with conditions on the surface that can allow liquid water to exist - a precursor to life. Adam has worked as a member of the mediator team at Science Gallery Melbourne since its inaugural exhibition in 2017. He is currently following his passion for science communication, running away this year to join the ‘Science Circus’ (Master of Science Communication Outreach) at The Australian National University and Questacon in Canberra.

J.J. Hastings | J.J. Hastings is an extremophile and CEO of Analogica and Director of the SENSORIA Program. An alumna of New York University, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford with advanced degrees in both Biology and Bioinformatics, J.J.’s career in scientific research spans over 15 years at some of the world’s leading research institutions. She is also an internationally-acclaimed artist with an MA in Art & Science from Central Saint Martins. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Melbourne, with a multidisciplinary body of research that experiments with machine creativity, and machine-driven biological design, in an era of artificial intelligence.

Janet Biggs | Janet Biggs is an interdisciplinary artist known for her immersive work in video, film and performance. Biggs' work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, and navigates territory between art and science. She has collaborated with neuroscientists, Arctic explorers, aerospace engineers, astrophysicists and a robot. Biggs has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Neuberger Museum of Art; SCAD Museum of Art; Blaffer Art Museum; Musee d'art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Tampa Museum of Art, among others.

Angelo Vermeulen | Angelo Vermeulen is a space researcher, biosystems engineer, futurist and artist. He works on bio-inspired concepts for interstellar exploration at Delft University of Technology, bringing together a variety of disciplines. Since 2009 he has been collaborating with the European Space Agency’s MELiSSA program on biological life support. He is a co-founder of SEADS (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary collective of artists, scientists, engineers, and activists. Their goal is to reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation. In 2019 SEADS launched its first artwork to the International Space Station. In 2013 he became crew commander of the first NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawai'i, and lived in isolation with five other crew members for 120 days. Vermeulen also collaborates with several space companies such as LIQUIFER Systems Group and SEMiLLA Circular Systems, and regularly advises young space startups.

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