Backscatter – Voyage of the Investigator is an exhibition featuring sculptural, photographic and moving image works by choreographer James Batchelor (pictured. below right), photographer Pete Harmsen and visual artist Annalise Rees.
The trio joined a scientific voyage led by IMAS to the volcanic Heard and McDonald Islands in early 2016 to explore the connection between iron produced by undersea volcanos and the Earth’s atmospheric oxygen.
The voyagers were lucky to witness the eruption of Big Ben on Heard Island during the voyage and the works featured provide artistic insight into Australia’s most remote marine territory by sharing their experiences of being at sea for two months aboard a scientific research vessel.
Part of National Science Week, the exhibition opens at the IMAS Exhibition Space in Hobart on Friday 11th August at 5:30pm and will be open 9am– 5pm, Monday to Friday at the IMAS Waterfront Building, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, until 8 September.
IMAS will also host a public forum as part of the exhibition on Wednesday 6 September, 6:30-7:30pm, discussing artistic and scientific collaboration.