June 28 – July 26
Anna Davidson, Davis, CA. Biologist. Davidson is a scientist, visual artist and educator residing in Northern California. In 2016 she completed her M.F.A in Visual Arts following the completion of her Ph.D. in plant eco-physiology (2014), both from the University of California, Davis. She received her BA in Biology from Ripon College, and studied art at the Hellenic International School of the Arts in Paros, Greece, an affiliate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Davidson attended the Tropical Lab Artist Residency at La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore (2015) and the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway (2016). She is the founder and organizer for the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous Laser at UC Davis, in affiliation with Leonardo, the International Society of Art, Science and Technology. Her work lies at the intersection of art, science and the environment, as manifested in sculpture, video installation, performance and bioart. (www.annadavidson.org)
Ken Eklund, Corvallis, OR. Media Artist. Eklund is a game and experience designer; he creates authentic fiction, “immersive stories that seek to write themselves.” He orients games and game-based play and art so they serve the audience story, rather than dictate their own. In his games, people immerse themselves in exploring realistic futures and have fun collaborating democratically on positive solutions and action. The work springs from Eklund’s deep beliefs about the transformative effect of participation and collaboration, and that engaging people in play opens them to true learning. He received his BS in Political Science from the University of Santa Clara. (www.writerguy.com)
Katharine Hawthorne, San Francisco, CA. Dancer & Choreographer. Hawthorne is a San Francisco based dancer and choreographer who likes to watch thinking bodies in motion. She received early training through the Royal Academy in Singapore, and continued her studies at Ballet Arts Minnesota under Bonnie Mathis, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Summer Lee Rhatigan, and with master Cunningham teacher Diane Frank. Hawthorne is a current member of Liss Fain Dance and collaborating artist with Ledges and Bones and previously appeared with Hope Mohr Dance, Sharp & Fine, and James Sewell Ballet. She was recently nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in Individual Performance for her entire 2014-2015 season. Hawthorne has presented her creative work widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Nebraska, Brown University, Greece, Argentina, Canada, and Italy. She holds a BS in Physics and Dance, with honors, from Stanford University.
GinaRae LaCerva, Santa Fe, NM. Writer. Although trained primarily as a scientist, LaCerva considers herself first and foremost to be an artist. Her current work explores ideas of "wildness," the history of domestication, and the nature:culture divide. She received her MS from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her MA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. LaCerva has conducted field work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Borneo, Sweden, and Indonesia. Her research and writing have been supported by a number of grants and fellowships including the National Science Foundation and the Tropical Resources Institute Endowment Fellowship. She has held residencies at PLAYA, Summer Lake, OR. and at Grey Towers, Milford, PA. through the U.S. Forest Service.
Adria LeBoeuf, Geneva, Switzerland. Biologist. LeBoeuf is a multi-disciplinary scientist and a specialist in creating new stories about scientific research. She is the founder of The Catalyst (thecatalyst.ch), a cross-disciplinary group of scientists, artists and science communicators working to improve scientists' communication skills and create new science-driven media, primarily through theater, film, improvised performance and immersive experiences. In her work with the Catalyst she focuses on critical thinking and metaphorical layering of scientific and emotionally evocative content, giving viewers an intuitive understanding of scientific research and process. Scientifically, she studies the crowdsourcing of long-term decisions in social insect colonies through the oral exchange of fluids. This work on a form of ‘ant democracy’ itself spans proteomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, insect endocrinology, pharmacology, and automated behavioral tracking. Her PhD at Rockefeller University focused on electrostatics and nano-scale friction in the hair bundle within the vertebrate inner ear. Her scientific work has been supported by grants from (among others) the NIH-NIDCD, while her science communication has been supported by (among others) the Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss National Academies of Science. (http://thecatalyst.ch/)
Patrice Le Gal, Marseille, France. Physicist. Le Gal was first interested in pattern formation through his experimental work on Rayleigh-Bénard convection during his PhD and then was especially interested in the formation and the interaction of Von Karman wakes and also in the instabilities of the Ekman boundary layer over rotating disks. He has published more than 80 research articles in fluid mechanics, which are cited more than 2000 times. He is currently involved in laboratory experiments on stratified and rotating flows: strato-rotational instability, internal wave generation, wave breaking, vortex formation. All of these flows have applications in geo and astrophysics. Le Gal was awarded the Grand Prix EADS of the French Academy of Sciences (Paris) "Science and Engineering" in 2012 and was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013. These last 10 years, he has developed several art-science projects in collaboration with artist J. Tejerina-Risso. In the projects have been presented in museums, galleries, and exhibitions. Recently, this collaboration has led to explore the forms and dynamics of water waves. These art pieces draw their inspiration sources from both the scientific and artistic worlds and live exactly at the point of convergence of science and art requirements. (https://www.irphe.fr/~legal/)
Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, Highland Village, TX. Physicist/Composer. Nardelli is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, a computational materials physicist, a composer, flutist and a member of iARTA, the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics, a founding member of the AFLOW Consortium and a Parma Recordings artist. His current art/science project, materialssoundmusic, is based on a new computer-aided data-driven composition (CADDC) environment based on the sonification and remix of scientific data streams. Sonification of scientific data, i.e. the perceptualization of information through acoustic means, not only provides a useful alternative and complement to visual data representation, but provides also the raw data for potential artistic remixes and further musical interpretation. The initial process of sonification provides an abstract representation of the data that can be used for navigation and data mining of the datasets on scientific grounds. From there, the data stream is open for elaboration as principal element of a data-driven compositional environment for the composer: he uses these data as a sculptor would use clay (the raw data) to mold any object or create any design (the music).
Ainissa Ramirez, New Haven, CT. Materials Scientist. Ramirez is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. Before taking on the mission of “making science fun,” she obtained her PhD in materials science from Stanford University, was a mechanical engineering professor at Yale University, and a staff scientist at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, where she garnered 6 patents. In 2003, MIT’s Technology Review named Ramirez as one of “The World’s 100 Top Young Innovators.” Today, she is best known as one of the nation’s foremost science communicators—a “science evangelist.” She has appeared as a science expert on CBS News, CNN, NPR, ESPN, and PBS’s NOVA and SciTechNow. Ramirez is the author of Newton’s Football (Random House) and Save Our Science (TED Books), and the host of a science podcast for kids (Science Underground). She has written for Time, Discover, Forbes, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post and has served as a science adviser to the American Film Institute (AFI) and the Exploratorium. In 2012, she gave an impassioned TED talk on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She was awarded the 2015 Gemant award – the highest science communication award of the American Institute of Physics – for her work in making science understandable to general audiences. Currently, she is writing a book for MIT Press on the role of materials in history and she lectures widely on science and education. (www.ainissaramirez.com)
Heather Ruth Spence, Arlington, VA. Marine Biologist, Musician. Heather uses science and art to harmonize human-environment interactions. Her expertise and problem solving include developing new methods of studying living decapod crustacea, reducing noise pollution in dolphin habitats, innovating documentation of the MesoAmerican Reef, predicting aquatic invasive species dispersal, assisting shellfish aquaculture, examining coselection of communicatory traits, and deciphering nocturnal behavior of marine animals. She has designed and taught courses on animal behavior, behavioral neuroendocrinology, sensation and perception, personality, and motivation, and she continues educational outreach as a consultant for video games. Her Passive Acoustic Monitoring program on the MesoAmerican Reef is featured in the award-winning microdocumentary World of Sound (https://vimeo.com/thestillsagency/worldofsound), and is explored in her composition for viola da gamba trio, Vale la Pena? (Is it worth it?) derived from a technical study commissioned by the Mexican government (https://vdgsa.org/pgs/music_a.html#NEWMUSIC). She composes music inspired by, and inspiring, conservation and performs internationally as a cellist and gambist. (www.HeatherSpence.net)
Javiera Tejerina-Risso, Marseille, France. Media Artist. Tejerina-Risso is a french-chilean artist and researcher who interrogates the concept of flow and movement through films, photographs and installations. Her artistic research seeks to highlight the impermanence of nature and the possible traces that can be retrieved. Tejerina-Risso artworks question the plasticity of matter and time, which encouraged her to set up art and sciences collaborations. After audiovisual studies, she joined the SPEAP Master a program of experimentation in arts and politics at Sciences Po, Paris, under the direction of Bruno Latour. She is currently a PhD fellow in media art at Aix-Marseille University. Her works have been shown in France, Germany, USA and Turkey. Since 2009, Tejerina-Risso co-leads with Diego Ortiz, the interdisciplinary lab Flux(o) in Marseilles that develops, experiments with and produces artistic and audiovisual works. She plans to collaborate with Patrice le Gal while in residence. (www.javieratejerina-risso.com)
Peter Walter, San Francisco, CA. Biologist. Walter is currently a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF and an HHMI Investigator. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin in 1976, and received his MS in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1977. In 1981 he obtained his PhD in Biochemistry at The Rockefeller University. In 1983, Walter joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco, and served as Department Chair from 2001 until 2008. He was the 2016 President of the American Society of Cell Biology. His research program concerns the importance of protein quality control pathways in the cell and how they relate to human diseases. Work from his lab has been nationally and internationally recognized. His awards include the Eli Lilly Award, the Passano Award, the Wiley Prize, the Stein & Moore Award, the Gairdner Award, the E.B. Wilson Medal, the Otto Warburg Medal, the Jung Prize, the 2012 Ehrlich and Darmstaedter Prize, the 2014 Shaw Prize, the 2014 Lasker Award and the 2015 Vilcek Prize. (walterlab.ucsf.edu)