Sarah Jane Pell
Artist Astronaut Visiting Associate Professor, RMIT University Adjunct Associate Professor (Research), Monash University
Dr. Sarah Jane Pell’s experimental practice transits from Sea to Summit to Space. A commercial diver and founder/director of the Aquabatics Research Team initiative 2002-12, she expanded creative research of human performance underwater by building extensive experience in a remote isolated confined environment (ICE) maritime and diving operations. Sarah attempted to summit Mt. Everest (2015) and began civilian spaceflight training (2016) to investigate ‘Performing Astronautics’. Dr. Pell collaborates with artistic, scientific and technical partners to understand and support the body and cultural expression of extreme performance. Awards include Australia Council Fellow. Australia Council Arts Leader. Gifted Citizen – Hon. Mention. TED Fellow.