I’m an Australian/British computer researcher, media artist, experimental film-maker and occasional writer. I’m currently an academic research associate with the School of Maths and Physics at the University of Tasmania.
I’ve travelled around a bit – driving a motorbike across the Nullarbor a couple of times, 4WDs across various Australian deserts in recent years; been around the world a few times, travelling to every continent. I hitch-hiked a lot in my youth, meeting weirdos and kind people in strange places; lived and worked in a few Big Cities (Berlin, Melbourne, Hong Kong) and a few tiny hamlets (people really are more the same than they are different.) I’ve been to Antarctica several times and lived in a tent, fought through blizzards, sailed across the Southern Ocean in the biggest waves I’ve ever seen; tried to get to the North Pole, but only got as far as Krossneslaug swimming pool in Iceland and Tromsø in Norway. A bit disappointing, but the view was pretty good – and I was in the Arctic Circle, so that was OK.
The Far North and Far South of our planet fascinate me. And what lies deep inside it as well. What can I say? Marvellous, mysterious places. Too much to be synoptic in a paragraph or two. Similarly, I have lifelong abiding interests in planetary sciences, astrophysics, mathematics and computation, human-computer interaction, literature and the visual arts – in equal parts a specialist, a researcher, a dilettante and an enthusiast.
As time passes, I realise I don’t know very much about anything, really – “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me” (Newton). I’m interested in science, semiosis, visualization and art, so I’ve got a couple of PhD’s, one in Computational Geophysics/Data Science & Visualization, another in Art History and Semiotics. Transdisciplinarity is the connective tissue, in my experience it ensures that one will always be ‘between’ and not easily ‘fit in’ to the siloed world of Academe. That’s a good thing – it’s my synthesis. I make films and visualizations about the places I’d like to go and the things I’d like to understand, in reality and imagination – and I hope that can be a small contribution to Science and Art and the Greater Good, and be relatively impersonal.
I write software and stories, read a lot and look after the kids, when my better-half is away doing her stuff. I aim for a sustainable life of experience, intellectual and physical adventure and good humour.
Peter Morse is an Australian/British computer researcher, media artist, experimental film-maker and occasional writer. He is currently an academic Research Associate with the School of Maths and Physics at the University of Tasmania.