Diana Scarborough

MULTIMEDIA ARTIST, EDUCATOR & ENGINEER

Diana Scarborough is a Cambridge-based artist creating multi-disciplinary works that intersects art, technology, history and the environment. Referencing scale and time, data, ecology and the invisible sciences, her time-based collaborative practice reveals a bias towards process, visualisation and performance. Working directly with scientists she is able to understand the context of their research trajectory and outcomes with true understanding as she is also an engineer. Processes and implications of space weather, nanoparticle activity, historical developments of technology with social-economic implications all feature in works that highlight the unseen, the forgotten or global concerns transformed by a curiosity-led art lens.

Diana Scarborough as artist-in-residence at FRUKLAB at the University of Cambridge,UK. Photocredit: Fruklab

CREATOR OF SOUNDS OF SPACE PROJECT - ANTARCTICA & BEYOND

To find out to more on her space themed art-science collaboration with British Antarctic Survey Click here:

HER STORY

A British based artist, she lived and worked in Australia, The Netherlands and Texas, and these are strong influences in her work. As an eighteen-year-old early-career technical specialist at a naval dockyard in Sydney, Scarborough modified and repaired countermeasures equipment and sonar on ships and submarines. Upon completing the traineeship, she was recruited by an R&D company in the UK to develop receivers and electronics for airborne devices, another creative experience if somewhat less physical than her first job as it was designed on a millimeter scale.

Scarborough studied Electronics Engineering at York University, and in her final year designed an instrument for archaeological use. Although she was offered a cross-disciplinary PhD opportunity in subsurface radar technology, she chose to work first for a UK and then a US company designing and developing telecommunication infrastructures, process control systems, and telemetry systems for oil platforms, gas refineries, and remote monitoring. She even worked with NASA! Much of her current art practice is informed by this past.

She moved to the Netherlands in 2001, and the following year was accepted onto the Fine Art degree course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague  (https://www.kabk.nl). Being taught in Dutch was a challenge but, despite her lack of a formal art background, found the physical process and the creative opportunities inspiring. This prompted a career shift from engineering to art. Excelling as a student, Scarborough was fast-tracked, skipped a year and graduated in 2006.

 

Since moving to Cambridge she completed a MA in Printmaking, and continues to develop her art practice through the different modalities of teaching, exhibiting, studying and developing time-based art-science projects, the latter in collaboration with scientists, musicians and dancers.

She currently collaborates with British Antarctic Survey, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, and the School of Music at the Australian National University.

 

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 PUBLIC ART, EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS

2021 Celestial Incantations Album, Released on Bandcamp by Sounds of Space Project

2020 Aurora Musicalis Art Video, Ecoconciousness; an online exhibition by Ecoartspace, U.S.

2020 A Salt Journey, a ‘blue sky’ concept for Lion Salt Works Museum, Arts & Heritage, U.K.

2020 Aurora Musicalis, A Space Acoustic Ecology Album; Halley Station, Antarctica. Released on Bandcamp

2020 Sounds of Space Films; Hebridean Dark Skies Arts & Astronomy Festival, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

2019 Aurora Musicalis with Dance; Eddington for Festival of Ideas, Cambridge

2019 Art-Science Live; Performance with orchestra, lectures & new work, School of Music, ANU, Australia

2019 Alive in the Universe Exhibition; ‘Sounds of Space’ art films, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Pesarro Papafava, Italy 

2108 Sound of Space; Multidisciplinary performance (talk, dance, animations, live music) Aurora Centre, Cambridge

2018 From A-B. Solo Retrospective Exhibition; Yarrow Gallery, Oundle

2017 Journey into Velvet; Video for SRUK, Dr Ana Cabrera for Interwoven, V&A Museum, London

2017 Strike, Multiscreen Video Installation; Filmed/edited for Issam Kourbaj, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania 

2017 Creative Reactive; Projected Video Installation; Will Hill, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge

2016 Breaking Boundaries; Art-science multimedia performance for Nobel Prize-winners with Melissa Murray; DIPC, Spain

2016 WaterArt-science video installation, Technical Museum, Zagreb, Croatia with L. Fruk, Cambridge

2016 Exo-planets, Data as Print; Cambridge, Pint of Science, Cambridge 

2015 Amyloid Beta ShadowlandSound and video installation, Cambridge, Cavendish Labs with Dr. Laurie Young

2015 Laser Illuminations on a chimney; Museum of Technology, Cambridge

2015 Nano Art: Perceiving on the Smallest Scales; Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge

2014 Bespoke DNA necklace with actual DNA; Commission for USA based client

2014 Unearthed; Video portrait and sound piece for artist Issam Kourbaj P21 Gallery, London

2013 Typographia; Art installation with performance, Typography Conference, Cambridge

2012 Radio Dials; Interactive Sound & Print installation, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

2010 Print Exhibition (solo); Gainsborough House, Sudbury

2006 Degree Show; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES, GRANTS & PRIZES

2021 Artist Support Grant, DYCP, Arts Council England

2019 School of Music, ANU, Canberra – Visiting Artist

2019 A-N Artist Bursary 2019 Recipient

2019 Time to Stare Bursary and Artist Residency, Suffolk

2013 AA2A Artist Residency – Cambridge School of Art

2010 Gainsborough Graduate Print Prize 2010

 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & PUBLICATIONS

2019 Seminars, Lectures & Performance, School of Music, Australian National University, Canberra

2019 Sounds of Space, Lecture, Blue Dot Festival, Jodrell Bank

2019 Sounds of SpaceLecture, Polar Educators Conference, Cambridge

2018 Sounds of Space, A&G Journal, Astronomy & Geophysics, Vol 60, April 2019

2018 Sounds of Space, Lecture and Performance, Festival of Science, March 2018, Cambridge 

2016 Pivotal Environmental Festival, Artist, Film Organiser, Museum of Technology, Cambridge 

2016 Big Draw, Transformation Animation, Anglia Ruskin University 

2016 Data Floes, Polar Science as Catalyst for the Arts, Lecture, Festival of Ideas, Cambridge 

 

ART EMPLOYMENT

2020 – Professional Videographer Services, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London

2011 – Current – Freelance Art Professional, Bespoke Art Tuition, CPD, Lectures & Workshops, Commissions 

2010 – 2020 Digital Art Teacher (P/T), Stephen Perse Foundation, A-level, IB, Senior School, Cambridge

2016  Projection Fine Art Workshop, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London

2016 – Art Director for Documentary, Normal?, Festival of the Brain, Folkestone

2013 – 2015 Delivering CPD for Schools, Animation, Film Making, Photoshop

2014 – 2015 Life drawing Classes, Stephen Perse School, Cambridge

2011 – 2014 Aspirational Animation Courses, SHINE for Nth Cambridge Primary Schools

2008 – 2011 Art and Architecture Courses, Cambridge University Summer School

2008 – 2010 Sculpture Classes, Adult Education, Bottisham, U,K

2007 – 2010 3D Art & Design Tutor, 6th Form College, CATS, Cambridge

2003 – 2005 Bespoke Studio-Based Art Courses, The Hague, Netherlands

 

ENGINEERING EMPLOYMENT

2001 – 2006 Telecommunication Consultant, Netherlands

1994 – 2001 Lead Telecommunications Engineer, Brown & Root Inc, Houston, USA

1992 – 1994 Senior Telecommunication Engineer, AMEC Engineering, London

1990 – 1992 Instrumentation Engineer Marathon Oil, London

1984 – 1990 Electronics Design Engineer, Cossor Electronics Ltd, Harlow

1981 – 1984 Technical Officer-Naval Systems, Sydney, Australia

1980 – 1981 Trainee Technician, Centre Industries, Sydney, Australia

 

EDUCATION

2012 MA Printmaking, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge 

2006 BA Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague, Netherlands

1990 BSc (Hons), Electronic Engineering, University of York, U.K.

1984 Certificate of Electronic Engineering, Nth Sydney, Australia

 

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

C Eng Registered Chartered Engineer

M.I.M.C Member of Institute of Measurement & Control

 

CURRENT KEY COLLABORATORS

Dr Nigel Meredith, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Dr Kim Cunio, School of Music, Australian National University

Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, University of Cambridge 

Sue Bevan, Writer, Theatre Maker, Workshop Leader, Co-founder of Cambridge Impact

Issam Kourbaj, Artist

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