UTS welcomes its first artists in residence

Amala Groom and Sidney McMahon have been announced as the university’s inaugural artists in residence. They will work closely with UTS researchers from January to July 2021.

Amala Groom will work with Professor Larissa Behrendt of Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, Dr Andrew Burrell from the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the UTS Law Faculty on a historical inquiry into the origins and implications of Western legal, political and social authority as a comparative analysis with Aboriginal systems of lore, governance and collectivity. Groom’s residency will support a new body of work to be presented using virtual technologies.

Sidney McMahon will work with Dr YK Wang in the Faculty of Engineering and IT to explore new possibilities of audience interactivity through the use of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology. Currently used most widely in medical fields, BCI poses future applications that will extend human experience through neuroprosthetics. McMahon’s residency will support the collaborative development of a new interactive sculptural installation.

The UTS Artist in Residence program is a valuable opportunity for knowledge sharing and cross-disciplinary collaboration of mutual benefit to the artist and university research, and recognises the vital role of the arts in fostering the economic, social and cultural prosperity of our communities.

The UTS Artist in Residence program is generously supported by the Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation and the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, and is administered by the UTS Gallery & Art Collection.