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Watt, Y ORCID: 0000-0002-0857-4821, Juliff, T, Krebber, A, Riedinger, M and Holck, A 2019 , OktoLab19.

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RB: The OktoLab project interrogates the octopus from a range of perspectives in Animal Studies, contemporary art, biological sciences, and literature through exhibitions and symposia. Initiated in 2017 as a DAAD/UA funded international collaboration between Dr Yvette Watt (UTAS), and Dr Andre Krebber and Maike Riedinger (University of Kassel, Germany), the team was expanded to include Dr Toby Juliff (UTAS) and independent curator Anne Hölck.RC: Recognising Australia as a centre of excellence in cephalopod studies and with partners in the scientific community (IMAS), the project proposes the octopus as a powerful global subject for modelling interdisciplinary research across the arts, humanities, and the sciences. The OktoLab19 exhibition is the first non-traditional iteration of the project, with a second iteration to take place in Cologne in 2020. The octopus’ intelligence, adaptability, and resilience were examined and tested across a broad range of creative and speculative processes, including a student exhibition at Entrepot Gallery, and symposia in both Hobart and Germany, presenting a model for global research that is collaborative and interdisciplinary.RS: HERDC (CAT1 and 3) reportable funding for OktoLab19 of $38 422 was received from the Australia Council and Regional Arts Fund (Tasmania) with a 14%. success rate in the CAT1 application round. Successful competitive funding was also received from DAAD/UA ($17240) for travel, and internal UTAS grants of $11357 for the symposia. OktoLab19 was also accepted into the Moonah Arts Centre program, with the Plimsoll Gallery the eventual venue of choice. The exhibition was reviewed positively in The Mercury, with media appearances on 7News Evening News and ABC radio Hobart. The exhibition was submitted as part of a successful competitive funding bid for future international iterations, winning €45,100 (NRW Arts Foundation North-Rhine Westfalia & Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft).

Item Type: Creative Works
Authors/Creators:Watt, Y and Juliff, T and Krebber, A and Riedinger, M and Holck, A
Keywords: interdisciplinary, animal studies, contemporary art, octopus
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