FEMeeting Acquired Immunity Videos Web Bios:
Aggarwal, Vidhu (collaborator with Kathy High) – video: “Avatar of the Virus”
Vidhu Aggarwal’s poetry and multimedia practices engage with world-building, video, dance, and graphic media, and draw mythic schemas from popular culture and ancient texts. Her poetry book, The Trouble with Humpadori (2016),imagines a cosmic mythological space for marginalized transnational subjects. Avatara, a chapbook from Portable @Yo-Yo Labs Press, is situated in a post-apocalyptic gaming world where A.I.’s play at being gods. She has published in the Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, Aster(ix) Journal, Poemelon, Leonardo, among other journals. A Djerassi resident and Kundiman fellow, she teaches at Rollins College.
Clouston, Nicole – video “FEMeeting”
Nicole Clouston is a practice-based researcher currently completing her Ph.D. in Visual Art at York University in Toronto. In her practice, she asks: What happens when we acknowledge, through an embodied experience, our connection to a world teeming with life both around and inside us? Nicole has exhibited across Canada and internationally, most recently in Detroit, Michigan. She was the artist in residence at the Coalesce Bio Art Lab at the University at Buffalo and the artist in residence at Idea Projects: Ontario Science Centre’s Studio Residencies at MOCA Her work can be found at www.nicoleclouston.com.
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal. http://martademenezes.com
de Paulis, Daniela – video: “FEM video #3”
Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer, a trans-disciplinary artist, licensed radio operator and trained radio telescopeoperator. From 2009 to 2019 she has been artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope, where she has developed an international art scene around the facilities, as well as the Visual Moonbounce technology and as a series of innovative projects combining radio technologies with live performance and neuroscience. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with a number of international organisations, including Astronomers Without Borders, for which she is the founder and director of the arts programme. She is member of the permanent international SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) committee, the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists, and member of the METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) advisory panel. She is a regular host for the Wow! Signal Podcast. She has published her work with the Leonardo MIT Journal, Inderscience, Cambridge University Press and RIXC amongst others.
Dumitriu, Anna (collaborator with Alex May) – video: “Dum Spiro Spero”
Anna Dumitriu is a British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology and robotics. Past exhibitions include ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, HeK Basel, Science Gallery Detroit, MOCA Taipei, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, and Eden Project. She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society, as well as artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England.http://www.annadumitriu.co.uk
Affiliation: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Hertfordshire
Gogo, Ada or Gogová, Andrea – video: “covid19_2020”
Andrea Gogová is currently a PhD. candidate of Multimedia and Design at FMK Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech rep. She was born in Martin, Slovakia.
Andrea Gogova was educated at Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava Slovakia and graduated both a Masters degree in Design and Bachelors degree in Visual Communication. In 2019 she was an Erasmus doctoral student in the Metatechnicity research group at Cardiff Metropolitan University in UK and also a Freemover doctoral student at Ionian University in Corfu in Greece. As the part of her research she practised at “f.e.a” – Forum Experimentelle Architektur – Museums Quartier in Wien in the position of Erasmus doctoral student. In her transdisciplinary research, spanning Art & Design, Science,Technology and Electronic Literature, she focuses in the process based theoretical paradigm into digital typography. In her arts practises she is interested in creative possibilities of a digital text layout which is based on the transition from grid to rhizome.
Gordon, Tamar – video: “zoom_0”
Tamar Gordon is a cultural anthropologist in the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches and publishes in the following areas: documentary film and video; the politics of ethnic display; and religious globalization through media. Her award-winning, feature-length documentary video, Global Villages (2005) is a deep dive into the discourses and politics of ethnic theme parks in China and Japan. Tamar has done extensive fieldwork in the South Pacific and the U.S. She is currently immersed in the social worlds of spiritualist mediums who inhabit two modalities of spiritualist practice and reception: traditional in-person and digitally mediated.
Haughwout, Margaretha – video: “Medicine in My Country”
Margaretha Haughwout collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, to enact possible worlds: worlds that generate abundance, presence and relationship, and in doing so, antagonize proprietary regimes, colonial temporalities, and capitalist forms of labor. Installation, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, intervention, speculative fabulation, and biological processes articulate stages of her worlding processes.
Recently, Haughwout’s collaborative work was featured at Stadwerkstatt in Linz Austria, at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, and as a part of SLSA’s Experimental Engagements exhibition at UC California Irvine. Haughwout received her MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz, her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute, and she holds a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies. She is Assistant Professor of Digital Studio at Colgate University (Oneida territory, Susquehanna River watershed).
High, Kathy (collaborator with Vidhu Aggarwal) – video: “Avatar of the Virus”
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working with technology, art and biology. She collaborates with scientists and artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and surrounding industries. She has received awards including Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for Arts. Her art works have been shown at documenta 13 (Germany), Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Exit Art (NYC), UCLA (Los Angeles), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), Fesitval Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Para-site Gallery (Hong Kong), and Esther Klein Gallery, Science Center (Philadelphia). She has had residencies with SymbioticA (2009-10), Finnish Society of Bioart (2013), Coalesce UBuffalo (2016-17), Djerassi Scientific Delirium Madness (2019), DePaolo Lab, UW, Seattle (2016-2019). High is Professor in Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY. She also has a faculty appointment and a laboratory (BAT Lab) in RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is project coordinator for urban environmental education center, NATURE Lab, with the community arts and social justice organization The Sanctuary for Independent Media.
Honorato, Dalila – video: “Love Letter to a Virus”
Dalila Honorato, Ph.D, is Tenured Assistant Professor in Aesthetics and Visual Semiotics, Ionian University, Greece, and collaborator at the Center of Philosophy of Sciences, Univ. Lisbon, Portugal. Cofounder of the Interactive Arts Lab, she is the head of the interdisciplinary conference “Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science”, and, together with Marta de Menezes, the conceptualizer and developer of the project “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology”. She is a full member of the Board of Directors of the “Municipal Gallery of Corfu” (2020-2023). She was a guest speaker at: festival Extravagant Bodies: Extravagant Love (Croatia); ASFA Lectures Series, Athens School of Fine Arts (Greece); a.pass Research Center (Belgium); CIAC, Univ. Algarve (Portugal); Coalesce Center for Biological Art, Univ. Buffalo (USA); BioDesign Seminar Series, Parsons (USA); symposium Arts Based Research in Times of Climate and Social Change, CNSI – UCLA (USA); Penny Stamps, University of Michigan (USA), etc. Website:https://inarts.eu/en/lab/staff/honorato/
Lindemann , Anna – video: “FEMeeting COVID Vid”
Anna Lindemann, University of Connecticut, calls herself an Evo Devo artist. Her work combines animation, music, video, and performance to explore the field of Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo Devo). Her work has been featured at black box theaters, planetariums, galleries, concert halls, film festivals, and natural history museums. She graduated from Yale with a BS in Biology before receiving an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media & Design Department at the University of Connecticut where she has pioneered courses integrating art and science. www.annalindemann.com
Lipton, Mark – video: “cov19 33120”
Louise Mackenzie works across contemporary visual art practice, film, sound, performance and new media (bio) art. Her research explores the more-than-human concept of lively material through process-based and participatory art practice and feminist science studies. Recent projects have included the The Stars Beneath Our Feet, an audio-visual installation commissioned by Artichoke for Lumiere Durham, the short film, Zone of Inhibition, which explores a speculative space of encounter between microbes and humans and Tentacular Resonances, a sculptural and sound based performance. Mackenzie is a member of the Cultural Negotiation of Science research group, Northumbria University, an Associate of the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University. Mackenzie was recipient of a fully funded PhD in Fine Art from BxNU, a BALTIC and Northumbria University partnership (completed in 2018). Her artworks and performances have been shown at the National Library of Spain (Madrid), Lumiere (Durham), Summerhall (Edinburgh), Word of Warning (Salford), BALTIC39 (Newcastle), Charles Darwin House (London), Basement 6 Collective (Shanghai), National Taiwan University of the Arts (Taiwan), Fort Process (Newhaven) and Generator (Dundee).
May, Alex (collaborator with Anna Dumitriu) – video: “Dum Spiro Spero”
Alex May is a British artist creating digital technologies to challenge and augment physical and emotional human boundaries on a personal and societal level in a hyper-connected, software mediated, politically and environmentally unstable world. Alex has exhibited internationally including at the Francis Crick Institute, Eden Project, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, LABoral, the Museum of Contemporary Art Caracas, the Science Gallery Dublin, University of Calgary (international visiting artist 2016), Texas A&M University, and the Beall Center for Art + Technology. He is a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence with the School of Computer Science of University of Hertfordshire.
Affiliation: University of Hertfordshire
Domenica Mediati is a Windsor based mixed media artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor and a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Wayne State University. Domenica’s art practice involves traditional and non-traditional mediums such as bacteria and living organisms, printmaking, animation software, and drawing. Domenica uses drawings, soundscapes, and digital videos to create Installations. These video installations represent her interest in the subconscious mind and the dream experience. Currently Domenica teaches Animation part-time at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. http://www.domenicamediati.com
Miller, Branda – video: “Jittery”
Branda Miller is a media artist and educator, dedicated to art, ecology and community interdisciplinary arts. She is the Arts and Education Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, where she has developed numerous media literacy/community arts/youth media and creative place-making projects. She is a Professor of Media Arts at Rensselaer, teaching courses in documentary, art, community and technology, and independent art production. Miller is an Emmy award-winning editor who worked in the media industry of L.A. and N.Y.C., and whose media art works have been screened, exhibited and broadcast nationally and internationally. Branda Miller has three decades of experience in participatory design and praxis, and a history of transdisciplinary collaborations created to stimulate cultural animation, build community, and create dialogue around freedom of expression and environmental justice.
Lila Moore, of the Cybernetic Futures Institute, is an artist film-maker, technoetic ritualist, screen choreographer, theorist and lecturer. She is the founder of the Cybernetic Futures Institute, which constituted her post-doctorate project at the Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University (2015). She holds a practice-based PhD in Dance on Screen, Middlesex University (2001) and MA in film from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is a lecturer at Alef Trust/ LJMU and at the Department of Mysticism and Spirituality, Zefat Academic College. She currently curates the White Empathy Box gallery on White Page Gallery/s and develops technoetic concepts in mixed media.
Nettleton, Claire – video: “FEMeeting”
Claire Nettleton, Ph.D., is the Academic Curator at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College and a former visiting professor in French at Pomona College (2016-2020) and Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna (2012-2016). Her book The Artist as Animal in Nineteenth-Century French Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and articles integrate the fields of visual culture and biology from the nineteenth-century to today. She organized the colloquia “Revolutions in Medical Genetics,” “Frankenstein at 200” and “Viral Culture: How CRISPR and the Microbiome Transform the Humanity and the Humanities” at Pomona College and “Viral Culture II: Bioart, COVID-19 and Society” online.
Irena Paskali was born 1969 in Macedonia, she currently lives and works in Cologne, Germany. Before studying at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she finished her Master of Arts in 2007, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Skopje, Macedonia. The artist works in a variety of media, photography, video, drawing and experimental film. At the center of her work is always the human being. So she deals with the fragmentation of cultures and religions, questions of identity and alienation. She received many international Scholarships, Awards, Solo exhibitions and she has been a participant in many group international exhibitions. www.paskali-i.de
Rapp, Regine – video: “Singing to the Trees”
Regine Rapp is an art historian, curator and director of Art Laboratory Berlin. Current research focus: installation art, artist books, hybrid art, art & science collaborations. As a research assistant at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art in Halle, she taught art history. As a co-founder and director of Art Laboratory Berlin has researched, curated and published for more than ten years on the art of the 21st century at the interface to science and technology (series Time & Technology, Synaesthesia, Nonhuman Subjectivities), including the internal conference Nonhuman Agents (2017). Recent publication: Das Konzept »Nonhuman Subjectivities«. Aktuelle künstlerische Praktiken im Posthumanismus, Berlin 2019. www.artlaboratory-berlin.org
Rothenberg, Stephanie – video: “The Beauty Spot”.
Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary art draws from digital culture, science and economics to explore relationships between human designed systems and biological ecosystems. Her recent work examines the ethics and economics of bioengineering non-human life for human survival within the context of natural capital and ecosystem services. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally in venues including Eyebeam (US), Sundance Film Festival (US), House of Electronic Arts / HeK (CH), LABoral (ES), Transmediale (DE), and ZKM Center for Art & Media (DE). She is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at University at Buffalo in New York State.
Siembieda, Danielle – video: “Oakland Mother-Daughter Artist Duo Beats Social Distancing”
Danielle Siembieda is an Alter Eco-Artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works at the intersection of community, emerging technologies, and the environment. Currently, she is an artist in residence at the University of Santa Cruz Genomics Institute through UCSC Open Lab and the Managing Director of Leonardo/The Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). http://siembieda.com
Colette G. is an emerging artist whose focus is on flora, fauna, rocks, and minerals. She gains inspiration from her superpowers.
Steinman, Dolores – video: “Through Layers of Cloth: Life Along Cov-2”
Dr. Dolores Steinman was trained as a Paediatrician and, upon relocating to Canada, obtained her PhD in Cell Biology. Currently she is a Senior Research Associate in the Biomedical Simulation Laboratory, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT), part of an interdisciplinary team, also affiliated with the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). She is as well a volunteer Docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). In her research, Dolores is driven by her keen interest in placing the ever increasingly technology-based medical research in the larger context of the humanities. She observes the rapport and the connection between medical research and its non-medical counterparts.
Whittaker, Elaine – video: “Touch Coronavirus”
Elaine Whittaker is a Canadian visual artist working at the intersection of art, science, medicine and ecology. She considers biology as contemporary art practice, creating site-specific installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings and digital mixed media. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in art and science galleries and museums in Mexico, France, Italy, UK, Ireland, China, South Korea, Australia, the U.S and Canada. Her work has been featured in literary, medical and art magazines and books, including Bio Art: Altered Realities (2015) by William Myers.
Willet, Jennifer (collaborator with Domenica Mediati) – video: “COVIDFEM”
Dr. Jennifer Willet is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology and an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor (Canada.) Willet is Director of INCUBATOR Art Lab an art/science research laboratory and studio in downtown Windsor. She is an internationally successful artist and curator in the emerging field of bioart. Her work resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field. http://www.incubatorartlab.com
Youngs, Amy M. – video: Get Grounded – make soil with worms”
Amy M. Youngs, Associate Professor of Art, The Ohio State University – creates eco artworks that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She exhibits nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, and the parks in New York City. She received a BA in Art from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the Ohio State University where she leads interdisciplinary grant projects and teaches courses in digital art, eco art, and art/science.
Żyniewicz, Karolina – video: “untitled”
Karolina Żyniewicz — artist (2009 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Department of Visual Arts), and researcher, PhD student (Transdisciplinary PhD Program at Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw). Working in a laboratory (mostly at the Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw) locates her works in the field of bio art. She tries to use her artistic projects as a research method. Her artistic activity is focused on life in its broad understanding (its biological and cultural meaning). Her projects have mostly conceptual character. Their visual side is rather limited and based in laboratory practice. The main point of her research interest are multilevel relations emerging during realization of bio art projects. She tries to put her observations, as an artist, in the context of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Actor-Network Theory by Bruno Latour.
Elizabeth Littlejohn – video: “Keeping Quiet”
Elizabeth Littlejohn is a communications professor, urban activist, photojournalist, and documentary film-maker. She has written for Rabble.ca, for the past thirteen years on social movements, sustainable urban planning, and climate change. As a running gun social movement videographer, she has filmed internationally. Her articles, photojournalism, and videos have been published widely on social movements, including the Women’s March on Washington, the Occupy movement, and Climate Justice. Her photographs have been printed in NOW Magazine, the Toronto Star, and Our Times. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film Program, and the Canadian Film Center’s Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program (Habitat). She is presently teaching a new course on Immersive VR Journalism.