The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is Australia's peak body supporting artists working in collaboration with scientists and researchers. For the past decade, ANAT has provided opportunities for artists and scientists to work together, most recently through residency programs delivered in partnership with state and federal government, industry and academia. Currently ANAT has artists in residence at the Affective Computing Lab at MIT, AI Lab at the University of Zurich, the Queensland Brain Institute and the Garvan Institute in Sydney. Participating artists maintain blogs for the duration of their residency, providing a unique insight into their experiences. These can be found at www.anat.org.au
In addition to the residency program, ANAT runs the Synapse website, www.synapse.net.au, a hive of information for researchers and others interested in contemporary art/science practice. The site is home to a database of collaborative projects between artists and scientists from across the world, as well as being the subscription gateway to the Synapse elist, a moderated exchange between international experts and practitioners around leading edge art/science practices.
Collaborations between the arts and sciences have the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives, leading to new experiences and interpretations of the world around us.
ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, by the South Australian Government, through Arts SA and by the Visual Arts & Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.