Jane Grant


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  • Plymouth University, Artist, Writer, and Associate Professor

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  • ISEA2020

    Jane Grant is an artist and writer. Her work explores ideas in art and science, specifically astrophysics, neuroscience and the history of scientific ideas. Jane writes about noise, the mutability of matter, desire and astrophysics. She is Associate Professor (Reader) in Digital Arts at Plymouth University (UK) where she is co-director of the research group Art and Sound and Principle Supervisor in the Planetary Collegium, CAiiA-Node.

    ISEA2019

    Jane Grant‘s artworks explore scientific mythologies concepts ranging from neuroscience, black holes and the multiverse. Her artworks engage the phenomenological aspects of these systems in order to create ‘other worlds’. Her work engages directly with the invisible, the unfathomable, the distant and the miniscule, developing site based artworks that allow participants to inhabit these other worlds, often in acts of co-creation. Her artworks focus on the interdisciplinary with special interest in habitation, immersion and non-human phenomenon.

    Jane sometimes works collaboratively creating award-winning works such as The Fragmented Orchestra, a sonic artwork based on neuronal firing patterns which won the PRSF Award for New Music and a PrixArs award and Plasticity which was premiered at the BFI, onedotzero festival and Google Campus, London. She has exhibited work at the National Portrait Gallery London, The Roundhouse, FACT Liverpool and others. More recently, she exhibited Fathom, a huge artwork that immerses participants in an underwater sonic environment and her sonic artwork This Excited Surface sited in camera obscuras.

    ISEA2016

    Jane Grant is an artist and writer. Her work explores ideas in art and science, specifically astrophysics, neuroscience and the history of scientific ideas. Her sonic artwork Ghost was premiered at ISEA Istanbul, this work explored the temporal, topological networks and pathways of the cortex in conjunction with brain hallucination or ‘neural ghosts.’ Jane sometimes works collaboratively creating award winning works such as The Fragmented Orchestra, a vast sonic artwork based on neuronal firing patterns in the brain, which won the PRSF Award for New Music and an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars and Plasticity which was premiered at the BFI, onedotzero festival and Google Campus, London. She recently created Fathom, a huge artwork that sonically immersed participants in an underwater sound environment by creating a sonic surface 6ft above the floor.

    Jane is currently working on a triptych of artworks, Other Worlds, One Hundred Million Ghosts and How to Disappear Completely, which are about longing, black holes and the multiverse. Jane writes about noise, the mutability of matter, desire and astrophysics. She is Associate Professor (Reader) in Digital Arts at Plymouth University where she is co-director of the research group Art and Sound and Principle Supervisor in the Planetary Collegium, CAiiA-Node.

    ISEA2013

    Jane Grant, Plymouth University, UK

    ISEA2011

    Jane Grant is an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist and aca­d­e­mic. Her work often draws on sci­en­tific ideas, both con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal. Her col­lab­o­ra­tive work with sci­en­tists, mu­si­cians, com­posers and de­sign­ers has re­sulted in award win­ning pro­jects in­clud­ing, The Frag­mented Or­ches­tra with John Matthias and Nick Ryan which was win­ner of the PRSF New Music Award, 2008 and re­ceived an Hon­orary Men­tion at Prix Ars Elec­tronic 2009, Hy­brid Arts Cat­e­gory. The Frag­mented Or­ches­tra was ex­hib­ited at FACT and 23 sites across the UK.

    Re­cent work in­cludes Soft Moon and Leav­ing Earth, both films in­flu­enced by as­tro­phys­i­cal sci­ence and lit­er­a­ture with spe­cific ref­er­ence to the writ­ten work of Italo Calvino and Stanis­law Lem. Her forth­com­ing pro­jects in­clude the in­ter­ac­tive sonic art­work Ghost, one of the de­vel­op­ments of The Frag­mented Or­ches­tra. In Ghost the tem­po­ral, topo­log­i­cal net­works and path­ways of the brain are ex­plored in con­junc­tion brain hal­lu­ci­na­tion or ‘sonic ghosts’.

    Other new works in­clude a se­ries of pho­to­graphic draw­ings re­gard­ing dark mat­ter that seek to ex­plore ways to rep­re­sent the un­seen in art and sci­ence. She was awarded an AHRC grant for the pro­ject Thresh­old – Merg­ing the Human Voice with Neu­ro­log­i­cal Time Pat­terns, and she has re­ceived fund­ing for her work from the Arts Coun­cil and the British Coun­cil.

    Jane is As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor (Reader) in Dig­i­tal Arts in the School of Media and Pho­tog­ra­phy, Prin­ci­pal Su­per­vi­sor, CiiA Node, Plan­e­tary Col­legium, and co-di­rec­tor of the art + sound re­search group, Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth, UK.


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