The Zurich Node of the Planetary Collegium. Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Jill Scott

About the Research Since 1975, She has exhibited many video artworks, conceptual performances and interactive environments in USA, Japan, Australia and Europe. All of these works have required research into biology and the body, but her own PhD, was entitled "Digital Body Automata" and focused on the environmental and technological factors which have recently affected human body interpretations. Her most recent works involve the construction of interactive media and electronic sculptures based on research she has conducted in neuroscience- particularly the somatic sensory system artificial skin (e-skin) 2003-2007 and on neuro-retinal behaviour in relation to human eye disease (The Electric Retina-2008) and on dermatome and skin behaviour in relation to the "skin" of the landscape and UV radiation (Dermaland- 2009). About the Researcher Jill Scott is Professor for Art and Science Research in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and Founder of the Artists-in-Labs Program, which places artists from all disciplines into physics, computer, engineering and life science labs to learn about scientific research and make creative interpretations. She is also Vice Director of the Z-Node PHD program on art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK-a program with 18 international research candidates. Her recent publications include: Neuromedia: Art and Science Research together with Esther Stöckli (2012), The Transdiscourse book series: Volume 1: Mediated Environments, (2011), Artists-in-labs: Networking in the Margins,(2011) and Artists-in-labs: Processes of Inquiry (2006). All publications are with Springer Press. Her artwork spans 38 years of production about the human body, behaviour and body politics, but in the last 10 years she has focused on the construction of interactive mediated sculptures based on studies she has conducted in collaboration with neuroscience labs at the University of Zurich. These include-artificial intelligent skin at the Artificial Intelligence Lab, human eye disease and cognitive interaction in Neurobiology, nerve damage in relation to UV radiation at the Dermatology Lab the development of neural networks in the pre-natal stage at The Institute of Molecular Life Sciences. Recently she finished a new project called Aural Roots about the neural system of hearing, inspired by a residency with neuroscientists at SymbioticA, University of Western Australia and inspired by the work at on hearing at the Universities in Basel and Zurich. Websites www.jillscott.org

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