Cultural Institute Fellows

Congratulations to international artists: Kat Austen, Christophe de Bezenac and Dave Lynch who have been named as Cultural Institute Fellows.

International artists: Christophe de Bezenac (left) and Dave Lynch (right)

International artists Christophe de Bezenac and Dave Lynch 2017

The Cultural Institute awards fellowships to support and develop emerging creative talent in a variety of different art forms. Cultural Fellows work with scientists at the University to explore areas of science research and emerging technologies.

The artists will collaborate with research scientists to create new work in an innovative new programme supporting outstanding talent in contemporary art. The fellowships will run from December 2017 for up to two years.

Our Cultural Fellows

Kat Austen

Kat Austen is an artist and interdisciplinary researcher with a passion for the environment, digital media and understanding the world’s complex networks. Her work focuses on understanding our decision-making in terms of our relationship to the environment, with a particular focus on climate change. 

Image courtesy of Kat Austen

Kat said: "Interdisciplinary research is a particular focus at the University, and I'm very much looking forward to working with its Priestley International Centre for Climate and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music."

Christophe de Bezenac and Dave Lynch

Christophe de Bezenac and Dave Lynch are Leeds-based artists and makers who have frequently collaborated both with each other and other people through scientists/artist collection The Superpostition.

Dave is an artist, director and inventor working internationally at the intersection of art, science, business and technology across large scale interactive installation and performance. His work has been broadcast on BBC2 and the BBC World Service, and featured on, The New York Times and Vice.

Christophe is a composer who has performed at world class venues and festivals in the UK and around Europe, and is also a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience with a particular interest in the dynamics of social interaction in health and psychosis. 

Dave and Christophe said: "We're excited to be working with the Cultural Institute at the University on such an ambitious project, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to share scientific research through virtual spaces."

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