Diana Scarborough signing the red list  Ackroyd and Harvey exhibition, Cambridge 2016


I work cross-discipline, creatively and collaboratively, taking inspiration from scientific practice that embraces concepts of data, code, mutable materials, rekindled history, technology and environmental concerns and rephrases them from an art perspective. Projection, sound, video installation, light, sensors, circuit design or sculpture is my current media of choice often working with scientists, dancers, composers, sculptors, performers and community groups to make the work increasingly tangible, surprising, relevant and inclusive.


Diana Scarborough is an artist-engineer whose collaborative practice is inherently cross discipline with a technology and contextual bias. She takes her inspiration from research and science, working with world leading researchers and scientists in the fields of astrobiology, nano- biotechnology, nano-microscopy, space weather data and DNA data.  Scarborough’s interest lies in revealing the beauty, playfulness, emotion and meaning in the science and make it present as art using film, sound, live performance projection combined with traditional fine art practices. She works with overlays of codes and text playing with the boundaries of perception looking at the point where pattern becomes transcoded. She was commissioned to create a bespoke necklace (using actual DNA) for a US client which held technical and artistic challenges and collaborated with a hi-tech company (Ubisense) to create an interactive sound and print installation using 3D mapping. She is part of Pivotal, a Cambridge based group who create art events combining the arts with top thinkers on environmental and social change.

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Recent work includes:-sound-video installation, ‘Water’ for the Technical Museum, Zagreb (2016), a ‘live’ art-science installation opening the Passion for Knowledge Festival, San Sebastian (‘Breaking Boundaries’, 2016) with Melissa Pierce Murray and continues her collaboration with British Antarctic Survey, (BAS) scientists working with data and scientific process. She was recently involved in  a ‘The Big Draw Project’ called ‘Transformation Animation’.

Diana Scarborough lives in Cambridge, UK and has worked internationally as an artist and electronics engineer.  She teaches Fine Art and Digital Fine Art (incl: painting, print, sculpture,drawing, animation, filmaking, photography) and STEM subjects at a local Secondary school and 6th Form college on a part-time basis.  She offers bespoke art tutoring from her studio and creates outreach projects, engagement workshops, CPD courses and promotes art-science through public art creation and lectures.

Diana Scarborough is a Chartered Engineer  (CEng) with a BSc Electronic Engineering (York, UK), BA Fine Art (KABK, Royal Academy of Art, Netherlands) and MA Printmaking (Cambridge School of Art, UK)

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