Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox is a visual artist based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Long-term interests in existential risks posed by emerging technologies, cosmology, age-old symbols and landscape inform her paintings. Kathryn has a B. A. [double major Art History] and a Master of Philosophy [Cultural Studies & Art History research degree], both from the University of Queensland. Her post-graduate research into issues surrounding contemporary militarised technology has influenced her creative practice. She invites viewers of her paintings to fly into cosmic landscapes, to hover above, below and beside airborne militarised drones or indications of their presence. She sees this as a way to re-establish surveillance as a human activity, rather than an increasingly predominant machinic one. The age-old transcultural/religious tree-of-life is often placed as a beacon, albeit one under threat. Kathryn has exhibited her work in Australia and overseas. Her paintings have received prizes or been finalists in many art competitions. She has been asked to present about her paintings at various Australian and international conferences where topics such as art and war, visual politics, war preparedness, notions of witnessing and machine vision are discussed. Kathryn is currently a Hon Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland.
Svetlana Trefilova is a Brisbane-based artist, currently a doctoral candidate at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her main research interest is in art and science collaborative practice, studying microscopic structures of native botanical species. At present she is focused at Myrtle Rust as a new and invasive fungal disease which can be fatal for many native Australian plants of Myrtaceae family, including eucalyptus, willow myrtle, turpentine, bottlebrush, paperback, tea tree and lilly pilly. She uses a microscope to study the internal systems of individual plant species, and transfers that visual information into semi-abstract art. For over a decade Svetlana experimented with a broad variety of art media and techniques, and most of her recent works are based on running watery media, video and photography. She regularly participates in art events in Australia and overseas, and has earned multiple awards.