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CREATEC Weekly Seminar Series - Ronniet Orlando and Annette Nykiel

Monday, 15 May 2017

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Presenter: Ronniet Orlando

Title: Use of Salivary Biomarkers to Compare Live to Recorded Music

Biography: Ronniet is a 2005 WAAPA graduate, and subsequently studied Psychology at ECU. Her previously profession was as an Occupational Therapist in the 1970s. This PhD study, nearing completion, draws together three strands of her academic, professional and personal interests. She also teaches violin and performs in a range of genres, including classical, gypsy jazz, and Klezmer.

Abstract: We know that music brings health benefits, but is it better to listen to live music or recorded music for positive health outcomes? I sought answers using the emerging science of saliva analysis, which examines chemical markers that indicate stress and immune function. I compared the saliva of listeners before and after hearing recorded or live music or stories. Results indicated that overall more health indicators arose from live music than recorded music, particularly in the clinical setting. These findings support my belief in the many benefits of bringing live music into hospitals and other caring environments.


Presenter: Annette Nykiel

Title: A creative practice-led bricoleuse and questions of the Country.

Biography: Annette Nykiel is a bricoleuse, maker, critical thinker and practice-led researcher. She is a doctoral candidate, at Edith Cowan University, exploring questions of the Country. Annette wanders between urban, regional and remote areas in a variety of roles as a geoscientist, arts worker and maker. Her textile, fibre and photographic work is held in the John Curtin Gallery and numerous private collections and have been exhibited in a variety of spaces in Perth and regional Australia.

Abstract: This practice-led, creative research draws on many years of wandering and yarning — ‘mapping’ the inland and experiencing the Country (a place) through the multifaceted lenses of the bricoleuse, the geoscientist, the artist and the artsworker. Experiencing the Country is spatial, kinaesthetic and tactile engagement over long periods of time in the midst of the social, physical, material and biotic elements of specific ‘places’. This is a more embodied, entangled, relational experience of ‘landscape’ than the visual engagement and objective gaze of the spectator or the tourist. The Country being questioned in this research is in the arid lands of the North-Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia with its deep time and the stories of the people — Aboriginal, settler explorer, missionary, pastoral, mining, nomadic. As a bricoleuse, this practice-led research is ethically embodied by piecing together seemingly unrelated fragments of methods, conceptual frameworks and materials in simple and complex, old and new ways. The making and the thinking utilise gleaned, recycled, repurposed bits and pieces gathered while wayfaring — physically in the Country and literally between critical thinking, art theory, craft-based making, geoscience and ecology. Yarning about and creatively mapping, these situated experiences, may encourage connections between the city and the Country. The deep ecology of the inland benefits from stories being told, in place, and shared in other places. The main challenge in conducting this research is language — verbally and visually mapping the storytelling in rigorous and imaginative ways. A shared language can be created and expanded in ways that interest and engage a distanced audience.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10, Room 10.308
Cost: Free
Light lunch will be provided

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