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Leah Heiss

b. 1973

Collaborating with specialists across nanotechnology, microelectronics, fashion and manufacturing, Leah Heiss uses advanced technologies to explore the connection between art, design and science. Heiss utilises her background in design to integrate nano-engineered materials with personalised items such as clothing, jewellery and small-scale interactive devices to explore the complex relationship between person and artefact. For Heiss, the allure of using advanced technologies is not the technology itself, rather the communication and emotional engagement engendered by its artistic application.

From the artist's website:

"I am a Melbourne-based artist and designer whose practice is located at the nexus of art, design and science - utilising advanced technologies to develop potent human scale projects. My process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology through to manufacturing. My current projects include new forms for hearing technologies; biosignal sensing jewellery; emergency jewellery for times of crisis; swallowable devices to detect gas fluctuations within the body; and on-going experimentation with next generation materials such as magnetic liquids, memory metals, and electricity conducting textiles."

Birth place
Melbourne, Australia
Period of activity 
from 2005