Sarah Jane Pell is an artist, commercial diver, and astronaut candidate exploring embodied approaches to understanding the body in ever increasingly extreme natural and technologically mediated environments. Sarah Jane has danced with underwater rovers, flown space art payloads, designed futuristic re-breathers and helmets, and broadcast Earth-Moon-Earth performances. Pell grounds her practice-based research in the traditions of live art, and yet by virtue of newly combined languages, technologies and territories, she is disrupting the operational dictums of exploration and experimentation contexts as varied from the lab to the field. Expositions of live work and artefacts include Ars Electronica, Robotronica, CERN, Science Gallery Dublin, Oceanic Performance Biennale, National Gallery Victoria, National Taipei Museum, Western Australian Maritime Museum, ISEA, JAXA, ESTEC, NASA, and ACM CHI. Pell also collaborates with choreographers, engineers, scientists, misfits, mavericks and polymaths including TED Fellows and teams at the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, Space Garden/LunAres, MDRS, Cinema Swarm, Comex S.A. & Liquifer Systems Group, Exertion Games Lab, and SymbioticA.
She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) at Monash University (Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture) and Vice Chair, International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Technical Committee for Cultural Utilisation of Space [ITACCUS]. A/Prof Pell is an Australia Council Fellow. Australia Council Arts Leader. Gifted Citizen – Hon. Mention. TED Fellow.