Space Mastery


Artist, Explorer, Associate Professor (Research), Human-centred computing & creativity.

Sarah Jane Pell, Ph.D.

Award-winning artist in using themes of human-aquatic and space adaptation in her work. Pell is a fully qualified and experienced occupational diver and human-aquatic researcher best known for pioneering the practice of Aquabatics as new works of Live Art. Currently Chief Investigator of Digital Aquatic Performance (ARC Discovery Grant) and Associate Professor (Research) in Human-Centred Computing and Creativity at Monash University; and a Bioastronautics and Art researcher working with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences: a citizen-science institute specialising in aeronomy, bioastronautics, operational science, and science education in the US. By engaging aesthetics and extending her practice by participating in exploration from Sea, to Summit, to Space, Pell also builds and tests her own tools for novel expression and live transmission of discovery for the purpose of amplifying human factors and improving extreme-performance design. Formerly Artist-in-Residence of the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering, Office of the Engineering Dean, and the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Pell and her team developed tools for affective visualisation and processing large data between global sites for future Space-Earth 360 transmissions; using CAVE2, Virtual Reality, Dome and Future Control Room technologies. Valued as an octagonal thinker, and practice-based-researcher, Pell strategically works in high-risk operational sea and space domains to establish new access for artists in the extremes and to establish transdiciplinary field convergences and cooperation. Vice Chair of the International Astronautical Federation (ITF) Technical Committee on Cultural Utilisation of Space, and former Co-Chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Elipse Program Topical Team Art & Science, Pell is working to establish new opportunities for Space Art leaders in Australia. Dr. Pell delivers practical workshops, symposia, curates exhibitions and keynote lectures on the power of an arts framework for igniting technology transfer and new discovery across academic and technical domains to solve real-world problems. She is a former member of the RMIT Exertion Games Lab, SymbioticA: the Art & biotechnology laboratory at UWA, Simulation Astronaut of the Project MOONWALK European subsea lunar analogue trials, Host of the Tektite2020: 50th Anniversary Undersea Mission and lead of the NASA supported research Luna Gaia: closed loop habitat for the Moon. Her work has been featured in exhibitions, conferences, films, documentaries, popular media, industry journals and academic books. Dr. Pell is recognised as a TED Fellow (US), Australia Council Fellow (AU), Arts Leader (Oceania) and Gifted Citizen (Latam).