Alinta Krauth is perhaps one of the most important women to come out of Art and Queensland at the moment, because of the way her art explores and conveys scientific data through digital installations, prose, sounds and music, but also because of this, her role as a woman in the ‘tech’ industry.
Her complex digital installations feature interactive sculptures, often combining visual and aural effects with digital poetry in public spaces. She is an expert at creating an environment that engages the senses to trigger physiological responses from viewers, sometimes inviting them to interact with a control box she has created herself. Her work transverses digital fields on and offline, whether it is by using code to create interactive maps of real geographical areas, encouraging people to explore their environment by sending messages to neighbourhood trees, or by taking real data, animating it and overlaying audio to provoke thought and discussion.
Her combination of art and technology is by definition pioneering as each work needs to be site-specific. She has grown accustomed to the challenges and restrictions that come with installations in an array of venues using her talents to prove time and time again, that being a woman does not impede her ability to create art within a technical industry.
Much of Alinta’s art is influenced by science and the environment and her work also opens up an important dialogue about the relevance of art and culture to explore and convey scientific data.
“In my head art and science is so intertwingled that I find it hard to separate them. To me, they’re different ways to explore the same data – that data being the world around us and the universe beyond. In the end, the sciences make an easy to read version, and the arts make an easy to love version, and both are necessary to allow the general public to be involved with, and find these topics important.”
Her experimentation with links between these fields is informed by her tendency to think visually and be influenced by music and prose. Which makes sense when you consider her background in the performing arts and creative writing.
“I think in chaotic, absurdist animation and macabre cinematography. I think in relations – how different people, themes, and imagery relate to each other. And from that comes some kind of messy interaction that I try to create between human and artwork… Creative writing influences my work a lot – some of my works are considered ‘digital poetry’ or ‘digital literature’ works, as they are centred around a narrative story or poem.”
See how stimulating Alinta’s interactive light projections and sound effects can be as she blends the art and science in Fish Lane, Brisbane as part of the World Science Festival 2016.
And explore more of Alinta’s work below: