Live in Conversation

Mel O’Callaghan and Dr. Daniel J. Fornari

Fri 29 Oct 2021
Live online via Zoom

Above: Mel O’Callaghan, 'Centre of the Centre', 2019, digital still, courtesy the artist and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney; Galerie Allen, Paris; Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon
Fri 29 Oct 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live online via Zoom



Join Glasshouse Regional Gallery online for a discussion between artist Mel O’Callaghan and Dr Daniel J. Fornari, as they reflect on their collaboration and experience during the making of Centre of the Centre. This conversation will be moderated by Bridget Purtill, Gallery Curator at Glasshouse Regional Gallery.

Centre of the Centre is a major commission by Australian-born, Paris-based contemporary artist Mel O’Callaghan. Exploring the cycles of regeneration, destruction, and the origins of life, Centre of the Centre was created by O’Callaghan in collaboration with a team of scientists, led by marine geologist Dr Daniel J. Fornari of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), during a research expedition involving the deep-sea research submarine Alvin and autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry at the East Pacific Rise near 9° 50’N, part of the global mid-ocean ridge system.

Dr Fornari is a leading researcher in deep sea geology and oceanographic mapping and imaging technologies. He has participated in over 150 research cruises, including over 100 dives in research submersibles like Alvin, and is the author of more than 130 scientific publications dedicated to volcanic and hydrothermal processes along mid-ocean ridges and on seamounts.

Do you have a question for Mel O’Callaghan and Dr Daniel J. Fornari? Submit your questions via the link below, and the answers will be revealed during the live conversation.


Mel O’Callaghan’s Centre of the Centre is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW, and is on view at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie until Sunday 7 November 2021.


Associated exhibition

Mel O’Callaghan’s Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. Centre of the Centre is co-commissioned by Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers; Artspace, Sydney; and The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. With Commissioning Partners Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron and Peter Wilson & James Emmett; and Lead Supporter, Kronenberg Mais Wright. The development and presentation of Centre of the Centre is supported by the Fondation des Artistes, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the US National Science Foundation. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.