Sarah Jane PellAssociate Professorat Monash University
Award-winning artist in using themes of human-aquatic and space adaptation in her work. Pell is a fully qualifed and experienced occupational diver and suborbital mission specialist best known for pioneering the practice of Aquabatics as new works of Live Art. She is a Chief Investigator of Digital Aquatic Performance and Associate Professor (Research) in Human-Centred Computing and Creativity at Monash University, and Bioastronautics and Art researcher working with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences: a citizen-science institute specialising in aeronomy, bioastronautics, operational science, and science education. By engaging aesthetics and extending her practice by participating in exploration from Sea, to Summit, to Space, Pell builds and tests tools for novel expression and live transmission of discovery for the purpose of amplifying human factors and improving extreme-performance design. Formerly Artist-in-Residence of the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, and Adjuct Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering, Office of the Engineering Dean, and the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Pell and her team developed tools for affective visualisation and processing large data between global sites for future Space-Earth 360 transmissions; using CAVE2, Virtual Reality, Dome and Future Control Room technologies. Valued as an octagonal thinker, and practice-based-researcher, Pell strategically works in high-risk operational sea and space domains to establish new access for artists in the extremes and to establish transdiciplinary field convergences and cooperation. Vice Chair of the International Astronautical Federation (ITF) Technical Committee on Cultural Utilisation of Space, and former Co-Chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Elipse Program Topical Team Art & Science, Pell is working to establish new opportunities for Space Art leaders in Australia. Dr. Pell delivers practical workshops, symposia, curates exhibitions and keynote lectures on the power of an arts framework for igniting technology transfer and new discovery across academic and technical domains to solve real-world problems. She is a former member of the RMIT Exertion Games Lab, SymbioticA: the Art & biotechnology laboratory at UWA, Simulation Astronaut of the Project MOONWALK European subsea lunar analogue trials, Host of the Tektite2020: 50th Anniversary Undersea Mission and lead of the NASA supported research Luna Gaia: closed loop habitat for the Moon. Her work has been featured in exhibitions, conferences, films, documentaries, popular media, industry journals and academic books. Associate Professor Pell has received the honours of TED Fellow, Australia Council Fellow, and Gifted Citizen.