In this first edition, we have selected 11 specialists from diverse fields in science, art, and technology. We aim to develop collaborations in the short and long term. This group will come together during the activities of Clubes de Ciencia México 2019 and our first goal is to design and deliver two intensive laboratories at the interface of art and science. With this group we also aim to nucleate diverse collaborations that will results in multiple products.
University of Chicago
Andrés Moya is a biophysical sciences graduate student interested in the hemodynamics of venous systems. He has previously worked in projects across disciplines such as biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology and virology. Currently, he employs 3D printing in his current project, a technique with great potential for designing and fabrication of artistic pieces with relevant scientific and engineering purposes. Andrés is also interested in sketching and digital media 2D animation which can be integrated into sciences by using tools which facilitate converting sketched pieces into 3D printing compatible files. Also, he was a mentor during Clubes de Ciencias de México 2018 in Chihuahua, which speaks for his interest in training a future generation of researchers able to think critically about science without neglecting the advantages of cultivated artistic creativity which, together, would generate truly exciting and innovative projects. As a member of the WATS team, Andrés is very excited to explore the project possibilities that sprout from integrating arts and sciences!
Dr. Joanne Bristol’s artistic practice, research and teaching engage with a range of analog and digital materials and methods to deepen art’s capacity to articulate relationships between nature, culture, the body, and language. She has presented performances, installations, text-based works and single-channel videos internationally, and has taught at a number of Canadian universities. Her recent practice and research explore the spatial and material dynamics of urban interspecies relations. Curious about animal agencies for shaping built environments, her work studies the often unforeseen sensory, material and inscriptive forces by which urban habitats are produced. Using a performative writing practice, she considers perspectives on the ways in which discourses of species are entangled with those of space. Situating this practice in relation to feminist architectural theory and critical animal studies, her work expands upon writing’s potential to animate a more- than-textual biopolitics. Through a desire to contribute to environmental well-being and decolonizing imperatives in the arts and humanities, she is currently addressing questions of species belonging within the Treaty 4 territory of the Canadian Prairies.
Fernanda Vizzuet is a Mexican independent actress, director, photographer and producer. Her main professional interest is the co-relation between art and different disciplines. Since 2017, she has specialized in the field of experimental theatre, creating new narratives based on new technologies and physical experimentation. Co-founder of the creative and producing Lab Crisopeya. With TONOMX (production company), she has been a creative input and line producer for specific projects dialoguing with postproduction systems and new experimental production designs for their clients. As a recognition in the ECOFILM International Festival Awards in 2019, Fernanda won a scholarship in the Vancouver Film School. As an actress, Fernanda has developed emotional skills that nurture new creative production systems. Ongoing projects: Holographic Narrative Experimentation (HNE); Juana y la Loca (theatre play), Medealand (Theatre play) Violentos (film).
Interdisciplinary (Ph.D.), University of Maine
Fine Arts Full Time Professor Universidad de las Americas Puebla
Siglinde Langholz is an interdisciplinary artist and a research- creation practitioner, working on the intersection of experimental arts, microbiology, new media and rhizomatic experimental practices. Her creative work and research interweaves philosophical concepts within relational and processual processes in different mediums such as bio art installations. Her research culminates in interdisciplinary work processes with practical, relational and poetic intersections between disciplines. She is currently collaborating, and researching silkworms within an interdisciplinary group, where technology, biology, zoology, sound art and contemporary art are interweaved into social and relational explorations. This project will be exhibited in 2020. Langholz’s work has been exhibited in Mexico, United States, Canada and Qatar.
Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero
Laura Olalde is a visual artist and educator working in the intersection across Art, Science and Technology. Some years ago she incorporated living matter processes in her artistic practice. Since 2013 she is part of PROTEUS, a sci-art collective formed with molecular biologists and social scientists. She is involved with the Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community, as a key party for equitable access towards scientific research, communitarian science and constructive learning processes across disciplines. She is an enthusiastic practitioner of creation experiences that reveal the sublime beauty beneath the submicroscopic world. She lives and works currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Research Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nathan Tyrell is from Boston and interested in the interface between the analog, the digital, and the human, especially as relates to imaging and audio. Someone of personal importance once told him something along the lines of "what you have accomplished in the past doesn't matter; you need to keep making things", the gist of which he tries to keep to heart and also to share with interested others. That said, he spent some valuable time at Princeton and MIT making (and using) cameras and machines, and tries to keep that stuff relevant currently as an electro-opto-mechanical r+d engineer. To borrow a list of interests he once made for himself: Interested but not necessarily expert in analog technologies (very generally), microcontrollers, bicycles, electric circuit design, applied physics, fluid dynamics, group theory, robotics, punk rock (esp. the Clash), science fiction, satellite design, exoplanets, design (abstract and applied sense), photography (esp. German), baseball, the ocean, and art, of course.
Media artist and interdisciplinary researcher in ArtScience
Andrea Rassell is a filmmaker, and interdisciplinary researcher in science art. An expert in nanoart — artforms that engage with nanoscience and nanotechnology — she creates experimental films and moving image installations that explore scale, technological mediation, and the multisensory perception of the sub-molecular realm. For the project Wildly Oscillating Molecules, she turned nanoscientific instrumentation into cinematographic tools, ultimately creating immersive sonic and tactile experiences of the nanoscale environment. Her work has been shown internationally at the New York Imagine Science Festival, the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico, New Zealand International Film Festival, White Night in Australia and Sónar+D in Spain, and has been recognised by awards and grants from the Australian Government, the Australian Network for Art and Technology, the Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Australia), St Kilda Film Festival, and Oaxaca FilmFest. Andrea is the 2019 recipient of the Australian Network for Art and Technology's Synapse residency, where she is developing moving image works that explore the social and cultural implications of diagnostic systems in collaboration with the Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Laboratory. In 2020 Andrea will be an artist-in-residence with Arte + Ciencia, UNAM, Mexico City.
Musician, Creative Technology Developer, Audio Programmer
Santiago Renteria is a computer scientist and audio engineer working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and biology. As part of his masters he developed a “Shazam” for birdsong based on siamese neural networks, a few-shot machine learning technique capable of recognizing birds’ complex melodic sequences. Beyond machine learning one of his main interests is to develop and understand non-human forms of intelligence through artistic experimentation. In his practice, he plays with different media such as virtual reality, immersive audio and biosignal sensors. Currently he is part of WATS, an interdisciplinary initiative generating projects at the interface of art, technology, and science. Furthermore, his work as a creative developer has been showcased at Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Carnaval de Bahidorá and Tecnológico de Monterrey. Santiago pictures a future in which the breakthroughs of cognitive science, art and artificial intelligence drive new interfaces extending human perception, learning and creativity.
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Rodrigo Gamboa is a maker based in Mérida, Mexico, fascinated with the intersection of art, science & technology, antidisciplinary work, education and inclusion. His background is in mechatronics engineering and has been working at Fab Lab Yucatán for 2 years, developing prototypes, educational programs and methodologies with the vision of democratizing technology. He has collaborated with Clubes de Ciencia México running the workshop Citizen Science: Monitoring Public Health in your City. Having previously worked in Fab Lab projects, he has just begun his journey in the FabAcademy at Fab Lab IED Madrid, with the dream of developing the prototype of an easy-to-use open-source digital art tool.
Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago
Google scholar website: https://goo.gl/y5TGwZ
Sylvia Ortega Martinez is a passionate Spanish neuroscientist. In her background, she worked in six different countries focusing in Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis (AHN) as a key target in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases. From July 2017, she is working at The University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar. Her current project aims to elucidate the role of microglia in Alzheimer ́s disease through its influence in AHN. In addition, Sylvia is enthusiastic about scientific divulgation. Indeed, she has participated in Clubes de Ciencia (Chihuahua, 2018), Soapbox Science, and has given multiple interviews in newspapers, radio or TV shows. Coming from Spain, and with the huge influence of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Sylvia always projected Neuroscience as her major artistic field, where neurons and brain create the perfect landscape. This is the reason why her most loved lab technique is to do immunofluorescences and obtaining brain pictures with microscopes. Sylvia has exposed some of her Micrographies in different art exhibitions. WATS is a challenging project where Sylvia wants to learn from other experts as well as transmit her motivation toward the brain and neuroscience.
Ph.D. Student in Entomology at University of California Davis
Joanna Bloese is pursuing her Ph.D. in Entomology and is a teacher for an Art-Science Fusion program at University of California Davis. There, she teaches undergraduate student’s skills in creative-problem solving and critical thinking through hands-on learning. This program aims to explore the conceptual realm where art and science intertwine and innovation both reside. Joanna’s Ph.D. thesis explores integrating different techniques to manage invertebrate pests in California rice systems. She seeks to understand the complex interactions of insects and their relation to art, science, culture and innovation.
The University of Hong Kong
Ana Karen G Barajas is graphic designer, artist and art researcher. She developed the first research of Outsider Art in Mexico. She is part of the directive committee of the academic magazine Bric-à-Brac. She conducts art-based and art therapy workshops for women and children in rural communities and people with behavioural, developmental, psychological, and cognitive disorders. She collaborates as image advisor of the educational movement and civil association Clubes de Ciencia Mexico. She is currently a PhD student in the research group of “Arts Therapy and Alternative approaches in human services” where she studies creative process through qualitative and computer science tools focusing on individuals under the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder.