Alicia Sometimes - Director and Producer, Particle / Wave
Alicia Sometimes is a writer, director and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on 774 and Radio National and has produced segments for JJJ, RN, 774 and RRR. Alicia was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and writer and director of the science-poetry show, Elemental that toured extensively in planetaria around the world. In 2017 she co-produced ‘Chaos to Calm’ (Soundproof, RN) creatively exploring scientific processes and she was part of a team creating audio features for Science Gallery Melbourne.
Alicia was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years. She has been in Best Australian Poems, Westerly, Southerly, Meanjin, Overland, ABR etc. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world (including the Melbourne and Sydney Writers’ Festivals, Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, Festival Voix d'Amériques, Ubud Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Bloomsbury Festival). Alicia has produced and toured spoken word shows to Canada and New Zealand. She is one-sixth of ABC’s The Outer Sanctum. Alicia has two poetry collections, kissing the curve and Soundtrack.
Andrew Watson - Co-producer & Musical Director, Particle / Wave
Artist, Musician & Sound Designer
Andrew Watson is a Melbourne based video artist & musician who performs under the name, The Man Who Wasn’t There. He has helmed numerous musical projects such as Slow Dissolve & The Interim Lovers as well as working in collaboration with a wide range of musical acts. He has also contributed to soundtracks and scoring live theatre. He has performed with numerous bands including Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric, Waywardbreed and in late 2017 released a collaborative EP with French singer/songwriter, Jéhan.
Known for his contributions as a video artist to music videos, he contributed pieces to the planetarium multimedia show, Elemental. Watson recently worked with Science Gallery Melbourne on a series of videos in conjunction with their inaugural Australian exhibition, Blood.
Dr Alan Duffy
Associate Professor Duffy is an astrophysicist at Swinburne University creating baby universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form and grow within vast halos of invisible dark matter. He is attempting to find this dark matter as part of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere at the bottom of a gold mine in Stawell, Victoria.
Alan is also an Associate Investigator in two ARC Centres of Excellence investigating the origin of matter (ASTRO3D) and seeing the Universe with gravitational waves (OzGrav).
Most recently Alan presented two episodes of ABCs Catalyst and was a presenter on Stargazing Live produced by ABC/BBC. When not exploring simulated universes Alan lectures in physics as well as science communication at Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Katie Mack
Dr Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster. Throughout her career she has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. Alongside her academic research, she is an active science communicator and has been published in a number of popular publications such as Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine.
Dr Kendall Ackley
Dr Kendall Ackley has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2012. She joined the School of Physics and Astronomy at Monash in 2017 as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence (OzGrav) working on identifying optical counterparts to gravitational-wave events with the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) telescope. Her research interests include optimising follow-up studies for combined gravitational-wave and electromagnetic counterpart events, searches for gravitational waves from compact binaries, and finding astrophysical transients which may accompany gravitational-wave events discovered with LIGO.
Now in her last year of a PhD in School of Physics, University of Melbourne and OzGrav, mainly working on gravitational wave data analysis projects within the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, especially searching for continuous-wave signals from spinning neutron stars. She received her Master’s Degree in Communication and Information Systems in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and worked in IBM China System and Technology Lab before starting my PhD in mid 2014.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan,Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released four hip hop records (including Since Ali Died), three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published by Penguin Australia in 2014. Here Come the Dogs was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction. Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine's first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.
Camilla is an Australian audio producer, sound artist and field recordist. Her art and radio works have been exhibited, performed, installed and broadcast in Australia and internationally. Camilla’s work is centred on a deep fascination with the way in which we listen to our environment and how this listening impacts upon our micro and macro worlds.
Dee is the principal designer and director at Divadata Graphic Design etc. She is Melbourne born and bred but has studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada and travelled extensively in pursuits of her dual passions of yacht racing and photography/videography. Dee is currently immersed in producing a documentary about the Musou people of the Yunan Province in China - one of the world’s last remaining Matriarchal, matrilineal societies.
Tobias is a freelance motion designer and animator who calls Melbourne home. An average day will see him produce a range of digital media including film and television vfx, titles, animated content for music videos and holographic projection. Having collaborated with many established artists and producers from fine art through theatre to corporate and commercial spheres his output spans many creative fields, has a diverse fanbase and a growing international audience.
Isobel Knowles is an award-winning artist who works with animation, installation and digital media. Her artworks and short films have screened all over the world. Isobel's most significant awards include a Special Distinction at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Hugo at the 41st Chicago Film Festival, the 2010 Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award and an Award of Distinction for Interactive Art at the 2013 Ars Electronica Festival. Her previous planetarium piece, Stargazing for Beginners was adapted into a short series for ABC view.
Jordie Albiston has published ten poetry collections, and a handbook on poetic form. Two of her collections have been adapted for music-theatre, both enjoying seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Albiston's work has been recognised by many prizes including the Mary Gilmore Award, the Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the NSW Premier's Prize. Albiston works within formal boundaries: traditional, experimental, or self-imposed. She seeks the musical cadence while endeavouring to exact a mathematical sense of existence. Often she utilises archival sources from which to wrest a kind of documentary cataloguing; other times she refers to an internal witness of experience. Her poetics are highly charged with vertigo, and doubt.
Albiston has an entry in Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry, and is mentioned in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics.
Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir—Affection—and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, Wintering, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television. An Uncertain Grace was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize.
For 12 years Nat Bates directed Australia's premiere annual festival of sound arts, Liquid Architecture, since its inception in 2000. He has lectured in sound art from the National Gallery in Canberra to Melbourne’s RMIT University. Since the late 1990s he has produced and performed experimental music and has composed sound design for videos and animations. He has produced interactive sound works for online, CD-Rom and installation and has curated and coordinated group shows of CD-Rom, music-video and sound art. Nat lectures and tutors in sound for multimedia, studio recording and studio production at RMIT University and has completed a PhD in sound
Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne and writes poetry, fiction and essays. A Rhodes Scholar, she completed a doctorate on images of space and time in John Donne's writing at Oxford University. Her awards include the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry, the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, the Queensland Literary Awards Poetry Prize (shortlisting), the Western Australian Premier's Prize for Poetry (shortlisting) and the NSW Premier's People's Choice Award for her novel, The Life of Houses. Her most recent poetry collection Hotel Hyperion includes a sequence about space travel.
Sar is a motion graphics designer and illustrator based in Melbourne but with one foot in the Pacific North West of the USA. Her goal is to combine her classical fine art training with new technology and is currently working on projects involving AR and VR alongside traditional frame-by-frame animation.
Ai’s works are often created in computer environments and could be described as electronic based, abstract and melodic.he has been collaborated with many artists such as Lawrence English, Adam Gaucci AKA Curse of Daialect, Steve Law, Ben Sharman, Ben Frost, Pretty Boy Cross Over and more.
Benjamin Portas is a Melbourne based visual artist with a focus on motion and video. His digital animation, installation and live performance have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Digital Media and Marketing Officer at OzGrav, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery.
Outreach and Education Content Developer at OzGrav, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery.
Particle/Wave features elements of animated images provided by Frédéric V. Faure (aka Wavegrower) from Cahors.
French gif artist Frédéric Vayssouze-Faure explores mathematical concepts through short animations he publishes on a Tumblr called wavegrower. Sine functions, harmonic oscillations, and fractals are all core concepts behind his undulating and swarming animations.