Sara Morawetz’s practice explores the processes that underpin scientific action. She is interested in the manner in which the constitute elements of the ‘Scientific Method’– namely observation, experimentation, method and standardisation – are recounted within artistic practice and how these concepts can be further leveraged by artistic enquiry. Thus, derived from the core principles of science, Morawetz’s work examines experimental investigation as a way of thinking and a mode of working, utilising the philosophy of science as a means of critically interpreting systems, actions and processes. Her work is both research and process-driven, often employing durational, repetitious and participatory components – elements akin to a scientific experiment. These performative actions, that either become or create the work, are devised to test and expose the internal processes of methodological labour – the exhaustive, the obsessive, the poetic and the absurd – aspects that are all inherent to scientific practices.
Morawetz’s recent projects have involved collaborations with scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Centre, NY, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). étalon
Morawetz is also PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and an Australian Postgraduate Award recipient. She was the 2016 winner of ‘the churchie’ National Emerging Art Prize and receipt of the 2017 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship (QAGOMA Foundation). Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally, including exhibitions at the Museé des Arts et Métiers (France), Australian Consulate-General New York, and RAPID PULSE International Performing Arts Festival (Chicago, USA). She notably delivered a TEDx talk on her monumental performative walk from Dunkirk to Barcelona titled étalon.
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