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June 04, 2004— Ottawa, Ontario


NRC-IFCI Artist-in-Residence Alan Storey immerses himself in fuel cell research and technology.
NRC-IFCI Artist-in-Residence Alan Storey immerses himself in fuel cell research and technology.

Did you know that although best known for his work in theoretical physics, Einstein was also a gifted violinist? Artists and scientists share a similar sense of curiosity and drive to explore the world around them. Whether they express that drive through laboratory experiments or a media installation, creativity is an element common to both the sciences and the arts.

Latest AIRes Recipients

Two new AIRes fellowships will begin in 2004. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will be working with NRC Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC) in Ottawa and Lily Yung will be doing her residency with the NRC Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute (NRC-IMTI) in London.

Lozano-Hemmer plans to use new industrial materials to develop one or more large interactive installations reflecting NRC-IRC's activities. Together they will be examining applications within the Building Envelope program, particularly as they relate to Intelligent Buildings. Yung will be concentrating on a smaller scale. She will be developing and applying manufacturing technology, such as virtual and rapid prototyping technologies, to create customized jewellery. Working with Yung, will allow NRC-IMTI to develop a number of machine intelligence techniques that may have applications to industrial design.

The National Research Council Canada (NRC) is proud of the excellence and creativity of its staff and nurtures these values through novel approaches, such as the Artists-in-Residence for Research (AIRes) program, which works to facilitate interactions between the arts, sciences and technology. AIRes encourages collaboration and knowledge transfer between artists and researchers at NRC facilities. The purpose is to learn from each other, explore new perspectives and possibly discover innovative research applications and tools.

Jointly funded and administered by NRC and the Canada Council for the Arts, AIRes has provided two rounds of funding for participating artists. Chosen among many candidates through a rigorous selection process, each artist-in-residence receives a two-year fellowship at an NRC institute. The first AIRes recipients, in 2003, were Alan Storey and Catherine Richards.

Alan Storey

Alan Storey, a visual artist, has immersed himself in fuel cell research and technology at NRC Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) in Vancouver. With his help, Dr. Simon Liu, Group Leader for the Modeling team, hopes to be better able to describe the micro-morphology of the catalyst layer of the

Fluid Motion
Fluid Motion

Membrane Electrode Assembly, the most critical component of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell. Alan hopes to integrate this new knowledge into a new site-specific installation being planned for the new NRC-IFCI research facility.

Catherine Richards

Charged Hearts
Charged Hearts

Ottawa-based media artist Catherine Richards also started her residency at NRC Institute for Information Technology in 2003. With researchers Guy Godin, Marc Rioux and Janice Singer, she is studying our "willing suspension of disbelief". The goal is to develop and evaluate new interaction modes in virtual reality and collaborative virtual environments. The ultimate goal is to make virtual reality seem more realistic.

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