Drilling down on climate change issues in The Cube's 2019 Residency

20 September 2019

Climate change and the human impact on earth will be explored in a new digital project at QUT’s The Cube.

Amanda Kay and Jerome Dobinson of T3D Studios, Tasmania, have been announced as The Cube’s 2019 Artists-in-residence with their project The Great Acceleration focusing on the impacts of human endeavours like agriculture and industry on global ecosystems.

Image courtesy of Geoff Hargreaves, National Science Foundation - Ice Core Facility

The project is supported in an advisory capacity by The Australian Antarctic Division, while the National Science Foundation - Ice Core Facility will provide a photo library to enable the artists to create a 3D-modelled ice core to suit The Cube’s interactive environment. 

Since 1945, ice cores have been used to monitor changes in earths atmospheric conditions dating back 800 000 years, and they play a significant role in understanding the effects of global warming.

Image courtesy of Dr Tas van Ommen, Australian Antarctic Division

The multi-disciplinary artists from Tasmania aim to inspire future generations and enable visitors to engage with and contemplate how we directly impact the natural balance of the planet.

Visitors will be able to navigate their way through a digital environment filled with interesting facts, figures and data of human activity on the earth's geology and ecosystems.

“We are delighted to be The Cube’s 2019 Artist-in-residence and hope that this project allows visitors to formulate their own conclusions and reflect on their relationship with nature,” said Jerome Dobinson.

"We hope that by engaging with The Great Acceleration, visitors will feel more connected to the world around them and gain deeper insight into the issue of climate change,” said Amanda Kay.

Amanda Kay and Jerome Dobinson’s arts practice has a strong focus on environmental, community and site-specific works. Recent works include Out of Nowhere at The Wilderness Gallery in 2018 which highlighted the wide scale damage to native species on Tasmanian roads and public installation at Beecroft Station Sydney which worked with school children to design a day in the life of Beecroft’s native wildlife.  

QUT’s vision is to provide outstanding learning environments and programs and The Cube is central to this as a hub for scientific and digital exploration. The residency, now in its sixth year, aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue between creative practice, technology and science using one of the world’s largest interactive display spaces, located at QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre.

The Cube's residents have commenced at QUT this month and The Great Acceleration will open to the public in November 2019.



Amanda works as a contemporary artist, using modern and traditional techniques. Applying abstract representation and conceptual thinking to convey simple yet deep connections with herself and the world around her. Amanda asks the viewer to contemplate through feeling, with the use of colour, construction and composition.

Recently Amanda has been working primarily on commissions to create artworks for public space with life partner, Jerome Dobinson and co-founder of The 3rd Door. Spatial relationships within their work create experiences between people and place. Endeavouring to establish synergy within our physical surrounds, applying colour and design to space, enabling art to meet architecture. Amanda is inspired by new technologies and new techniques, creating a more colourful environment for people to work, live and play. 

Amanda was born in Sydney and relocated to Tasmania in 2007 in which her life as an interdependent artist began with poetry published in Artscapes, a Photographic journal of Tasmanian Wilderness by the Photographer Wolfgang Glowacki. She also worked producing objects, here she explored colour and texture in a tactile environment. Applying colour and design principles to each and every hand-made work. Exhibiting these objects in the Sustainable Living ExpoMaterial GirlBicrolageArt from TrashWeld Echo and the Furnished Exhibition as part of Ten Days on the Island. 


Jerome specialises in public art installation, contemporary art, and graphic design. His style and subject matter are heavily influenced by computer technologies and processes not normally associated with the act of making art and serve as a vehicle to explore the role of painting and fine art in contemporary culture.

Jerome’s deepest passions lie in painting, drawing and design. A recent example of this can be seen in a work titled ‘Medusa’, selected as a finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Art Prize and makes up part of a series of ongoing bitmap paintings. Using pixelation to depict a life-size female nude, the work raises issues related to gender whilst challenging the role of traditional figurative painting in today’s society.

The studio’s workflow is divided equally between commercial and self-initiated projects. Servicing a wide range of clients from Government departments, organisations and commercial businesses helps to finance and inform creative projects. Where freedom and inspiration take precedence over the usual parameters associated with commercial work.


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