Joanna Griffin

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Joanna is an artist researcher who is interested in the experiential dimension of space technologies and interventionist creative practice. She finished her Doctorate in 2014 with Transtechnology Research at Plymouth University. Much of her doctoral work was based in Bangalore, India where she led a project called Moon Vehicle for several years that was initiated as a response to the launch of India’s Chandrayaan-1 Moon mission. Her practice addresses problems that require transdisciplinary collaborators such as scientists, artists, designers, educators, hackers and scholars in which artworks and creative practice are often a catalyst for exchange and dialogue.

In 2006-7 she was recipient of the International Arts Council Fellowship at NASA Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley, and after this worked on a number of commissions for The Arts Catalyst in the UK including a performative guided walk with scientists at the Mullard Space Science Lab, University College London. In Bangalore she was instrumental in creating a major astronomy festival, Kalpaneya Yatre: Journey of Imaginations. Joanna contributes to the work of the artist/hacker collective Orbitando Satélites and has presented at the International Astronautical Conferences in Beijing, Naples and Glasgow and at the Indian Institute of Science. As a writer her work has appeared in the journals Leonardo, Cultural Politics and Space Policy.

She has worked with print, drawing, film, video, radio and online, showing work internationally including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was for many years a lecturer in fine art printmaking.

Art & Research Interests
Academically her work addresses visual culture and aesthetics, however she has made a particular study of the Indian space programme and discourses within India of science and technology that highlight postcolonial readings of science and its visuality. This draws on social science writing in the context of India such as by Ashis Nandy, Sundar Sarukkai, Arundhati Roy and also the writings of the Subaltern Studies group, together with discourse from science and technology studies, history of science and perspectives on postcolonial science, such as from Sandra Harding, Itty Abraham and Kapil Raj.

Keywords: technology, science, socially engaged

Advisor: Studio/Research