The Creative Exchange Institute (CxI) is an inter- and transdisciplinary research platform within the University of Tasmania. The institute consists of a dynamic mix of research groups and laboratories powered by experimental approaches in the creative arts and design. CxI seeks out new modes for responding to social, cultural, natural, technological, built and virtual environments in a constantly changing world. Through creative exchanges between science and art, social entrepreneurship, cultural development and community participation, CxI aims to lead creative research and creative community engagements through local and global partnerships. CxI is an affiliation of researchers from disciplines spanning the arts and sciences who create breakthrough solutions to problems that require collaboration across disciplines. The team includes researchers, creative practitioners and students from philosophy, history, creative writing, psychology, neuroscience, biology, marine and Antarctic research, health, computer and information science, human interaction technology, new media arts, theatre, music, architecture and design.
Being interdisciplinary, CxI research activities draw together all of the University’s key strategic research themes including Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Creativity, Culture and Society; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; Better Health and Data, Knowledge and Society. To strengthen alignment with the University’s research themes, CxI has established four research creative laboratories.
Science Art Lab+ (SAL+)
SAL+Lab fosters and supports interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations across the creative arts, design, health, science, engineering and the humanities, focusing on improved health and education outcomes and critical engagement with new and emerging technologies.
Performance Lab (P-Lab)
P Lab focuses on performance including new theatre practices and performativity by integrating laboratory, studio and workshop methodologies to reinterpret often complex problems through new work that helps communities rethink their challenges and to find solutions.
Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL)
RUSL investigates urban issues in regional centres through practice-based research. Responding directly to the Australian context, RUSL establishes projects that explore urban issues for small cities and towns, investigating the design of urban space to create socially sustainable settlements.
Transformative InterMedia Environments Lab (TIME-Lab)
TIME-Lab explores new ways of transforming digital technologies and their physical outputs, across design, art and performance, creating opportunities for social inclusion and diverse partnerships around shared issues of resilience, risk and rapid change.
The purpose of these theme areas is to establish multidisciplinary research clusters that will generate new research, as well as build upon existing research strengths. Establishing multidisciplinary research areas and partnerships, as well as collaborating on projects of strategic significance to stakeholders is crucial. The strength of virtual teams is the diversity of expertise that participants bring. By establishing networks of collaborators to share knowledge and set a mutually beneficial research agenda is a priority. CxI aims to lead the cultural imagination, enhance community wellbeing for the local environment whilst influencing and interacting globally through leadership and partnerships. We will explore opportunities to join forces with relevant local partners, as well as top institutions and organisations nationally and internationally to address issues of global significance that require interdisciplinary collaboration.