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Visiting curator and writer Nicola Triscott

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Digital Arts Research Center 206

Nicola Triscott, Founder and Director of Arts Catalyst will visit DANM on November 14. She will share insights drawn from over 20 years experience leading an organization that supports research at the intersections of art and science. Her talk will focus on her vision for the future of collaborations joining science, engineering, art, and design (SEAD). Discussion will follow. 

Seating in DARC 206 is limited, so please select a lunch option and reserve a space:

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Sciences.


Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founder and Director of Arts Catalyst, for which she has curated numerous exhibitions and events. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. She blogs at on the critical inter-relationships between the arts, humanities and our technoscientific society.

Nicola is on the National Academy of Sciences Kecks Futures Initiatives (NAKFI) selection committee, the SEAD steering group, and the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) advisory group, a cultural program of the National Academy of Sciences.


Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and critically engages with science. We produce provocative, and risk-taking projects to spark dynamic conversations about our changing world. Our primary focus is commissioning new artists' projects, presented in a range of museums, art galleries and other public spaces in the UK and internationally. In its 21 years, Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 120 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, Yuri Leiderman, Stefan Gec, Otolith Group, Beatriz da Costa, Kira O’Reilly and Marko Peljhan, and has produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with major arts, science and academic organisations. In January 2016 Arts Catalyst opened its Centre for Art, Science and Technology in the King's Cross Area.  Recent Projects include:

Perpetual Uncertainty: Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene 

Featuring artists from Europe, Japan, the USA and Australia, and several new Arts Catalyst commissions. Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden. Accompanied by the Nuclear Culture Source Book.

Sun 2 October 2016 - Sun 16 April 2017

Graveyard of Lost Species

Visit Critical Art Ensemble & YoHa's anti-monument on Leigh-on-Sea marshes, Thames estuary Ends: when it sinks back into the mud. Tue 7 July 2015 - Mon 23 July 2018.

Selected bibliography:
Triscott, Nicola, ed. Arctic Geopolitics & Autonomy. Hatje Cantz, 2011.
Triscott, Nicola. "Performative science in an age of specialization: the case of critical art ensemble." Interfaces of Performance (2008): 153-66.
Triscott, Nicola, and Rob La Frenais. "Zero gravity: a cultural user’s guide." London: Arts Catalyst (2005).
2015 Lecture: "The Performance of Science in Art"