‘Magnetic stirring’ is the term given to a laboratory process used in researching the creation of intelligent polymer fibres at the Australian Institute for Intelligent Materials of the University of Wollongong. Elizabeth Eastland is currently Artist-in-Residence where this work is filmed. Her subject is a research student on the brink of a breakthrough in intelligent polymer fibre research. The film is a meditation on work in the laboratory and its similarities to the work in the artist’s studio – concentrating on the processes, discipline, patience, and determination of both the artist and the scientist. Elizabeth’s film work reveals the contrast between theory and research practice, and explores the sublime as a metaphor for the boundaries of knowledge of both art and science.

Elizabeth Eastland is a PhD Candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. She is also Artist in Residence at the Australian Institute of Intelligent Materials at the University of Wollongong. Her art practice bridges art and science, and her research and creative work encompass new computer architectures and languages, film, digital art, installation, video and painting.

Wendy Suiter is currently working towards a PhD in Music Composition at ANU. In 2009 she was awarded the Fellowship of Australian Composers Postgraduate Composition Prize. Her research is concerned with modeling creativity through the application of fuzzy logic principles to compositional decision making algorithms.

Elizabeth Eastland, Stirring