Artist CV

Education, Exhibitions, Performances, Collaborations, Artist Residencies, Collections, Clients, Awards, Grants


‘Life Under Pressure‘ is due in 2021. NAVA and the Australian Copyright Agency protect Pell's IP and creative publication. Contemporary Arts Media distribute 'Walking with Water' 2006.

About Me

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Suborbital Mission Operations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2016
Space Biotech and BioInformatics, Singularity University, NASA Ames 2010
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD Visual Arts, Edith Cowan University 2007 (Leonardo, MIT 'Best PhD Art & Science' Award)
Space Life Sciences, International Space University, FR 2006
Occupational Diving, The Underwater Centre, Fremantle 2002
Masters of Arts, MA Human Movement, Victoria University of Technology 1997
Bachelor of Fine Art, BFA Drawing, Victorian College of the Arts 1995

Current Positions/Purpose

Artist Explorer, Planet Earth
Associate Professor, Monash University
Visiting Faculty, International Space University
Chair, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Technical Committee Cultural Utilisation of Space


Australia Council Fellow, AU 2016-2018
Gifted Citizen (Highly Commended), MX 2016
Australia Council Arts Leader, AU 2016-2017
TED Fellow, US 2010

Creative Publications

Art in Outer Space

[4] Pell, S.J., Barnes, D. (2018) SPECTRA [Spatial Performance Environment Command Transmission Realities for Astronauts] TRL6 Moon-Earth-Moon Performance Art Transmission. Successful transmission of a 64 Billion Pixel LiDAR-1 Art Tableaux of the Lunares MoonMars Station in Poland to the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, AU CAVE2. Choreography by Richard Move in CAVE2 captured in Virtual Reality, transmitted back to the Airlock, and the Astronaut learns an in-situ VR dance to then perform on a spacewalk EVA.
[3] Pell, S.J. (2018) SISTER MOON. A a global participatory cosmic art project. Curator Martine-Nicole Rojina creates vocal compositions by using radio signals to send artist messages to the Moon. They echo back in 2.5sec to the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope (Jan van Muijlwijk) producing sound art installations with CAMRAS (Harry Keizer).
[2] Pell, S.J. (2014) OPTICKS: Moon Bounce During this live performance radio signals are used to send Artist images and Poems to the Moon from radio antennas in one of three locations around the world, Brazil (Bruce Halász), the UK (Howard Ling) or Switzerland (Daniel Gautschi). These signals bounce off the Moon and return to Earth where they are played live by the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope (Jan van Muijlwijk). Artefacts are printed and sent to the artists. Curator Daniela de Paulis (IT/NL), Astronomers without Borders.
[1] Pell, S.J. (2009) Cosmic Interdependance SPRITE-SAT (RISING) Exhibition Micro-Etching Art in Outer Space, Curators Yoshida San & Ayako Ono, Tohoku University secondary payload to GOSAT, successfully launched by Japan's H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center 12:54:00 (JST) Jan 23, 2009 to 670km sun synchronous orbit. Active transmission 12-days.

Major International exhibitions, performances

[17] Pell, S.J. (Curator) ITACCUS Artists, astēr risque, STM2020 IAA & University of Texas, Austin US 2020
[16] Pell, S.J., Barnes D.G., Daniel Waghorn (2018) Lunar Parliament (Mixed reality performance) 15:00, Kosmica Curator Miha Turšič, 2018 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz AS. 6-9 Sep.
[15] Pell, S.J., Barnes D.G. (2018) MDRS 188 Rock Stars (VR) 8:10. Life at the Edges, Curator Ainsle Murray, Science Gallery Dublin, UK. 6 Jun - 22 Sep.
[14] Webster, K., Innocent, T., Pell, S.J., Mohne, A., Kopp, U. (2017) How on Earth can we live together? Curator Annie Ivanova. Art Taipei, Taipei World Trade Center, TW 19-23 Oct.
[13] Pell, S.J. (2014) Mission 014: Art & Space Exhibition, Spartnic - Weightless Artists Association, Curators: Max Grüter & Kay Kaul. Ostrale, Desden DE 18 Jul-28 Sep 2014.
[12] Pell, S.J., Burke, B.P. (2014) Ocean Synapse 3WSD14 World Water Day Symposium, Curator Suzon Fuks. Live Waterwheel interactive global event 25:00 US-to-AU. 21 Mar.
[11] Pell, S.J., Mueller, F.F. (2013) Gravity Well CHI’13 Interactivity. Palais de Congress, Paris, FR 28 Apr – 3 May
[10] ESA Topical Team Art & Science (2012), Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration, Curators Marko Peljhan, Tyler Stallings. Culver Center of the Arts, US 19 Jan- 23 Mar.
[9] Waldvogel, C., Pell, S.J., Hill, A., Vermuelen, A., Ono, A., Frenais, A., Johanssen, K., Peljhan, M., Otto Roth, T., Pitts, B. (2012), ETTAS Space-related Art Showcase, Curated by Barbara Imhof & Bernard Foing, ESA-ESTEC, Noordvijk, NL. 13–16 Nov
[8] Pell, S.J. (2007) 2007 International New Media Arts Festival, Chief Planner of Art Festival Prof. Huang, Kuang-Nan. Kuandu National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, TW. 5 Jun – 8 Jul.
[7] Pell, S.J. (2007) BOOM! An Interplay of Fast and Frozen Permutations in New Media, Australian-Taiwan New Media Arts Festival, Curators Eleanor Gates-Smith, Lyn, Pey-Chwen. NTUA International Exhibition Hall, Taipei, TW. 28 May – 8 Jun
[6] Pell, S.J. (2006) Hydrophilia III TRACT live art festival, Curators Andy Whall and Blair Todd. Newlyn Art Gallery & South Wharf, Penzance, UK 2006.
[5] Helyer, N., Pell, S.J., Catts, O., Zurr, I. (2004) LifeBoat Project ISEA04 International Symposium of Electronic Arts, onboard ‘Opera’ Silja Liner (Finland, Sweden, Estonia) The Baltic.
[4] Helyer, N., Pell, S.J., Hodgetts, S., (2004) LifeBoat Project Riks Utstillinger, Olso Fijord, NO 2004. Lifeboat, scientific and AV installations, and aboard S.S. Innvick. Duration 4 hours.
[3] Pell, S.J. (2004) UnderCurrent V Dance 4, Curators Annette Foster, Stella Couloutbanis and Stephen Fossey. The Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham UK
[2] Pell, S.J. (2004) UnderCurrent IV Emergency Live Art Festival, Curator Tamsin Drury. GreenRoom Theatre, Manchester UK
[1] Pell, S.J. (2003) Second Nature: Second Skin New Territories incorp. The National Review of Live Art, Curator Nikki Milican. NRLA Platform Performance, The Arches, Glasgow UK.

Major Australian exhibitions, performances, events

[21] Pell, S.J., Barnes, D.G. (2023) Spacious Living: Could home be 225 million km away? FLEX, Director Kristan Alford. MOD Museum of Discovery at UniSA, Adelaide AU 17 Jan-24 Nov.
[20] Pell, S.J. (2020) Ringing Change Liberty: from Here to Here, Curator Rosie Dennis. A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) & the City of Hobart Biennial Exhibition, 3-30 Sep.
[19] Pell, S.J. Barnes, D.G., & Waghorn, D. (2019) Rock StarsThe Adelaide Festival Centre, Moving Image Program Curator Sebastian Calabretto. Adelaide AU 1-31 Dec.
[18] Pell, S.J., Barnes, D.G., Move, R., & Waghorn, D. (2018) Stellar Corpus, Live interactive performance in the New Horizons CAVE2, Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform 13 Oct.
[17] Pell, S.J. (2017) ’How to Survive...on the Moon’, Keynote Performance 25:00, Presented by The Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Arts House, North Melbourne AU. 8 Oct.
[16] Pell, S.J., Loveday, J., Henden, C.(2017) The Agency of Human-Robotic Lunatics , Keynote Performance 25:00, Commissioned by QUT Robotonica, Brisbane AU. 20 Aug.
[15] Pell, S.J. (2013) Deep Performance Enhancement Perth International Arts Festival at Fremantle Arts Centre, 2 Feb.
[14] Pell, S.J. (2013) Inside Running, the sport of art, Curators Richard Lewer and Dr. Ric Spencer. Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, AU. 2 Feb – 7 Apr.
[13] Pell, S.J. (2005) Walking with Water Western Australian Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, WA. 17–25 Jun. [Major Solo Exhibition & PhD Viva/Performance]
[12] Pell, S.J. (2004) Hydrophilia Biennale Electronic Arts Perth BEAP04 Directed by Dr. Paul Thomas. Perth Institute Contemporary Art, Duration 111mins each. 25 Aug & Sep 11.
[11] Pell, S.J. (2004) Sea of Live(d) Dreams, Studio Residency. SameDifference exhibition curated by Bec Dean. Perth Institute Contemporary Art, Perth, AU. 26 Aug – 26 Sep, 2004.
[10] Pell, S.J. (2004) Trans.Port TERMINAL Closing Event, Curator: Kirsten Hudson. The Space Between Conference, Fremantle Passenger Terminal, AU 17 Apr.
[9] Pell, S.J. (2003) UnderCurrent III Busselton Jetty, Courthouse Artist Residency, Busselton AU
[8] Pell, S.J. (2003) UnderCurrent II Artist Foundation of Western Australia Fremantle Festival Exhibition "Fools & Folly", Moores Building Art Gallery, Fremantle AU
[7] Pell, S.J. (2003) UnderCurrent II Putting on an Act, Curator Sarah Miller. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth AU
[6] Pell, S.J. (2002) Training National Review of Live Art, Curators: Sharon Flindell, Andrew Beck. Midland NRLA Platform Performance, Midland Railway Workshop, City of Swan, AU
[5] Pell, S.J. (1999) Breakfast, The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, City of Melbourne, Live Performance, AU. 19 Mar.
[4] Abramovic, M. (1998) Escape, Remanence Exhibition, Old Melbourne Magistrates Court & City Watch house, Melbourne Festival. 15-31 Oct. [First International Artist Production]
[3] Pell, S.J. (1997) Substance and Transparency, The National Gallery of Victoria, Forecourt, Melbourne AU. [First Major Public Art Commission]
[2] Pell, S.J. (1997) The Many-to-Many World II, Hotel Sofitel, Authur Streeton Auditorium, Melbourne AU.
[1] Pell, S.J. (1996) The Many-to-Many World, The National Gallery of Victoria, Great Hall, Melbourne AU. 4 Jun. [First Major Performance Commission]
[0] Pell, S.J. (1996) 9" x 7" Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong AU. [Winner Mixed Media Prize]
[-1] Pell, S.J. (1995) VCA Graduate Dean's Art Award Winners exhibition, VCA Gallery, Melbourne AU. [Winner, Irene Sutton Mixed Media Award]
[-2] Pell, S.J. (1994) Removed Materials, Live Painting Performance with soundscape by Patrick Mangan & Instrumental Peter Humble, VCA Gallery Opening Night, Melbourne AU.
[-3] Quick March! (1994) Wired for Thought, Live Painting Set on Stilts with musicians Georgie Veevers, Gus McMillian, Patrick Mangan, Adelaide Lion Arts Theatre, AU. 14-26 Mar.

Feature Films

[7] Sarah Jane Pell (2016) We are all Explorer Fish Co-produced by TEKS with production support from RMIT Media & Communications. Premier Meta.Morf, NO 2016.
[6] Sarah Jane Pell & Benjamin Perkins Burke (2014) Ocean Synapse Co-produced with support from WaterWheel & RMIT. Premiered World Water Day 24 Mar 2014.
[5] Shaun Wilson (2014) The Tailor of Autumn, The 51 Paintings Suite, Uber Memorial Collection, Honeyhouse Films, AU. Filmed Dec 2013-Feb 2014. Pell, S.J. Played: Aqualias. Pre-Launch to SONY March 2014. Full Release May 2014. Single and Multi-Channel work. Longest running cinematic work of all time: Run time 51 days.
[4] Waldvogel, C., Pell, S.J., Hill, A., Vermuelen, A., Ono, A., Frenais, A., Johanssen, K., Peljhan, M., Otto Roth, T., Pitts, B. (2012), ETTAS Space-related Showcase, Produced by the European Space Agency Topical Team Art Science & Liquifer Systems, LLC, Vienna. Edited by Christian Waldvogel. Released 2012. Run time 60:00.
[3] Alex McDowell, Eric Matthies (2013) The Science of Fiction // World Building In Action Pell, S.J. Collaborator The Reality of Fiction // Unfiction: the Triumph of the Quoditian. (Development of The Leviathan, released Intel 2014). Hosted by USC and the 5Di Institute. USC, School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, US 13 April 2013.
[2] Saeed Taji Farouky (2012) …Even That Void, is an experimental, ecological documentary for the 21st century, based on the film There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear That Void (2010) Conceived by Saeed Taji Farouky, Sarah Jane Pell & Connor Dickie, Arctic Expedition 2010 Producer Tourist with a Typewriter, Released 2013.
[1] Pell, S.J. (2006) Walking with Water, Produced by Contemporary Arts Media, Perth/ London, (DVD) Released 2006. Run Time 54 mins.

Film Screenings

[12] Rock Stars (incorporating Bubbles on Mars) (2019) 03:33 The Adelaide Festival Centre, Moving Image Program Curator Sebastian Calabretto. Adelaide AU 1-31 Dec.
[11] We are all Explorer Fish (2019) IVAFM’19 International Video Art Festival Madrid, Kosmica Films, Curator Nahum, Madrid ES. 24-27 May 2019.
[10] Mars Olympiad (2018) VR 7:11, 360 Dome 11:36 World Premiere: Cineglobe Festival, Mars Dome Curators: Neal Hartman & Angelo Vermuelen, CERN, CH. 29 Jun - 6 Jul.
[9] We are all Explorer Fish (2016) Beyond the Beyond: ZGAC Space Art Screening Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, Curator Frank Pietronigro. Space Development Congress, MX June
[8] We are all Explorer Fish (2016) Premiere: TEKS Trondheim Art & Technology Biennale Curators: Espen Gangvik & Rachel Armstrong. Tronheim Kino Cinema, NO 8 Mar - 10 May.
[7] RawSpace (2007) [In, Walking with Water] Yuri’s Night Bay Area, Hangar N211 Curators Loretta Hidalgo, George T. Whitesides and Trish Garner. NASA ARC, US and NASA TV. 12 Apr.
[6] Hydrophilia (2006) [In, Walking with Water] SPARTEN: Space, Art & Environment Curators, Edward H. Huijbens, Ólafur Páll Jónsson. Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik IC 2006
[5] Hydrophilia & Revolution (2006) [In, Walking with Water] FREEDMAN AWARDS Stepps Gallery Sydney AU 2006
[4] Hydrophilia & Revolution (2006) [In, Walking with Water] HATCHED 06 National Graduate Show Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, AU. 12 May – 25 June 2006.
[3] Hydrophilia (2005) [In, Walking with Water] HANDS FREE Dorchester Arts Centre UK 2005
[2] Hydrophilia (2005) [In, Walking with Water] HANDS FREE 2m2 Gallery Stavanger NO 2005
[1] Hydrophilia (2005) [In, Walking with Water] MAF05 Thailand 3rd New Media Art Festival, Bangkok TH [postponed by Tsunami]. ICECA Online Gallery Digital Skin 24–28 Jun 2006.

Audio Recordings

[3] Pell, S.J. (2020) Ringing Change, In Production for since 2019. See Hobart Current TMAG (CD). Run Time (not yet known).
[2] Pell, S.J. (2013) Deeper, Deeper, Deeper , Produced by Alister Morley, Staccato Melbourne. Also see Perth International Arts Festival (CD) Released 2013. Run Time 60:00.
[1] Pell, S.J. (1997) Telecommunications Symphony, Produced by Matthew Gingold, Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria, Public Programs (CD) Performed 1997. Run Time 11:00.


Weaving Waters @Yarun, Int. SciArt Water Residency, Bribie Island, AU 2023
Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, Clayton, AU 2018-2019
Ars Future Lab, QUT Creative Industries, Queensland AU 2017
Time_Place_Space NOMAD National New Media Residency, Natimuk, AU 2016
Exertion Games Lab, Melbourne AU 2012-2015
freshwatersaltwater, Central TAFE Gallery, Perth, WA 2007
TRACT Art Surgery, Newlyn Gallery, Penzance Cornwell, UK 2006
RAW Studio Residency, New Farm Brisbane, Queensland 2005
Time_Place_Space 3; National New Media Residency, AIT Arts Adelaide 2004
Live Art Development Agency Study Room, London UK 2004
Riks Utstillinger, National Touring Exhibitions Organisation, Oslo Norway 2004
Old Court House Arts Centre Studio, Busselton Western Australia 2003
AFWA, Old Customs House Studio, Fremantle AU 2002-07

Workshops (select)

BtS 2023, Breaking the Surface, International Field Robotics Underwater Workshop, Kumbor, MT 2023
Co-creative AI workshop, SensiLab interdisciplinary AI Workshop, Prato IT, 2023
Research [in] Action workshop, SensiLab Workshop, Monash University Prato, IT 2023<
Planetary Mattering, More-than-Planet Workshop, Ars Electronica Post City Linz, AS 2023
Space Art Science 21st Century, Leonardo Olats Workshop, Paris, FR 2019
BienalSUR, Muntref Centro de Arte y Ciencia, Buenos Aires, AR 2019
SPECTRA Moon-Earth-Moon Performance Art Transmission TRL6, Melbourne AU<->Pila PL 2018
iFloat, iFall, iFly: the body, technology and performance workshop, between BalletLab, Exertion Games Lab & Aquabatics, Melbourne, AU 2013
EVA Simulation Training underwater with remote mission control Workshop, International Space University, ISU-SH SSP Adelaide, AU 2013
Tissue Engineering & Art, SymbioticA the art & science laboratory, School of Anatomy & Human Biology, University of Western Australia, AU 2006

Grants, Fellowships, Prizes

2020 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant, AU
2016 Australia Council Fellowship, AU
2007 Best PhD Art & Science, Leonardo LABS, MIT US
2006 Singularity University Scholarship, US
2006 Heinlein Scholarship, FR
2006 ArtsWA Distribution Grant, AU
2005 BEAPWorks R&D Grant, AU
2004 ArtsWA Artflight Grant, AU
2004 The Freedman Foundation Travelling Arts Scholarship, AU
2004 The City of Fremantle, Artist Grant, AU
2003 Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Australia R&D Grant, AU
2003 Australian Network for Art & Technology Grant, AU
2003-5 Pro Vice Chancellor's Award, Edith Cowan University, AU
2002 Western Australian Performing Arts Academy WAPAA, Post Graduate Award, AU
1995 Irene Sutton Mixed Media Award, AU

Technical Collaborators

Monash Immersive Visualisation Lab
Cinema Swarm
Space Garden Company
Lucy Electric LLC, and Practon Group
Integrated Spaceflight Services
Final Frontier Designs
World Building Institute (USC Cinematic Arts)
Pacific Commercial Divers
Liquifer Systems Group
Comex SA
Exertion Games Lab
SymbioticA: the art and biotechnology Laboratory

Past Clients

European Space Agency
Leonardo OLATS
Sparks and Honey, & Red Bull High Performance Team