Confirmed Speakers


  • Ana Baleia – PT
  • Ana Santos – PT
  • Ana Teresa Vicente – PT
  • Anna-Isaak Ross – USA
  • Anna Jakobsson – SE
  • Anna Rewakowicz – PL/CA/FR
  • Anna Lindemann – USA
  • Branda Miller – USA
  • Ebru Yetiskin – TR
  • Elizabeth Littlejohn – CA
  • Helena Loermans –
  • Jasna Jernejsek – SI
  • Johanna Rotko – FI
  • Julia Arimany – ES
  • Julia Bentz – AT/PT
  • Karolina Zyniewicz – PL
  • Katherine Behar – USA
  • Laura Benítez Valero – ES
  • Maria Francisca Abreu Afonso – PT
  • Manuelle Freire – FR
  • Maya Fernandes Kempe –
  • Michelle Lewis-King – CN
  • Miriam Simun – USA
  • Nicole Condon- Shih – CN/USA
  • Paulina Hubard – MX
  • Renata Rosado Alves – BR/PT
  • Rosanna Gunnarsson – SE
  • Stephanie Rothenberg – USA
  • Tanha Gomes – CA
  • Vanessa Toquero – ES

Ana Baleia is graduated in Fashion Design in Lisbon, 2002. She worked in Lisbon with several designers and fashion brands. After a brief period in Cape Verde, designing for a local brand, she returned to Portugal in 2008 and settled in São Luís. She is a founder and member of Ateneu do Catorze, an artistic and cultural space, where her studio is located. Her work includes  costume design, product design and visual art, as well as collaborations with performing artists, theatre companies and product brands. Her interest in a more organic and tactile approach to textile media has led her to explore craft techniques and handiwork including sewing, ripping, painting. Blending concepts with garments she creates special characters, pieces with a wearable story.

Ana Santos finished in 2014 a degree in Multimedia Design and Communication, later going on to Contemporary Artistic Practices at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto. Currently resides and works in Lisbon, where develops a PhD in Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL. As a Media Artist, works with performance and installation, focusing the work on body technology studies. Has exhibited and participated in several collaborative projects in Europe and South America. The current research links the fields of art, technology and sociology through an accidentally symbiotic assumption among Nature Cultures, resulting in a mediated prosthesis research among artists, scientists and amputees

Ana Teresa Vicente is an artist and a PhD student in Fine Arts (Photography) at the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA), Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (FBAUL) with a fellowship by FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology (2013-2017). She completed her Master Degree in Painting in 2011 with the thesis Body Rondo – The Illusion of Suspended Time, and graduated in Fine Arts – Painting in 2007, at FBAUL. She also attended several courses on the subjects of illustration, image in motion, ballet, contemporary dance, and photography. She presents her work through exhibitions, lectures, and publications regularly since 2005. She is currently one of the coordinators of the Post-Screen: International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures (Lisbon).

Anna Isaak-Ross holds a BFA from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. After working with several artists at Amorphic Robot Works in New York City, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado, and as an intern to Juan Quezada in Mata Ortiz, Mexico, she moved to Massachusetts. She has been a resident artist at Cultivamos Cultura in São Luís, Portugal. At present, Anna is the Studio Manager of the Art & Design Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Anna Jakobsson (Konstmusiksystrar) is an artist-researcher, stage-director and producer based in Stockholm. Her practice expands over the fields of contemporary performance, opera and theatre and is distinguished by an interest in feminine narratives and non-hierarchical working methods. Anna’s work often explores different modes of audience participation and she wants her work to be both gentle and challenging in once. She holds a MA in Performance Practice as Research from the Royal Central school of Speech in London. Anna also studied stage directing for opera under the supervision of prominent stage director Kasper Holten, former Director of Opera of the Royal Opera House in London. Since 2017 she is the producer of Konstmusiksystrar (Sisters in Art Music). 

Anna Lindemann is devoted to integrating art and science as both an artist and educator,. Her work combines animation, music, video, and performance to explore the emerging field of EvoDevo (Evolutionary Developmental Biology). She graduated magna cum laude with honors from Yale with a BS in Biology, where she worked in Dr. Antónia Monteiro’s lab conducting researchon genes involved in the patterning of wing eyespots during butterfly development. She received an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she was awarded the DeWitt Wallace Fellowship, the Ellis and Karin Chingos Graduate Fellowship, and the Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship. Anna’s work has been presented at such venues as the Center for Media, Arts, and Performance, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder; Imagine Science Film Festival, New York, NY; ISEA, Vancouver, Canada; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, NY; KLI Institute for Theoretical Biology, Klosterneuburg, Austria; EvoMUSART, Parma, Italy. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Digital Media and Design Department at the University of Connecticut where she has pioneered curricula integrating art and science, including the courses “Animating Science,” “Scientific Visualization,” and the special topics course “AntU Traveling Exhibit Development.”

Ana Rewakowicz is an interdisciplinary artist born in Poland, living and working in Montreal (Canada) and Paris (France). She received her BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto and MFA from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada and is currently pursuing her PhD in art and science at the École Polytechnique in Paris. Known for her stimulating, interactive, inflatable works that question our relationship with the environment, she is concerned with issues of sustainability and technology as an opportunity for social transformation. Presently her art engages in growing environmental complexities with a particular focus on water. She has works in permanent collections of the Musée d’art contemporain in Rome, Italy (MACRO), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée de Joliette, and has exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad, including Copernicus Science Museum (Warsaw, Poland), Bienal del Fin del Mondo, (Mar Del Plata, Argentina), ISEA 2014 (Dubai, UAE), Foundation Stiftelsen 3,14 (Bergen, Norway), Anchorage Museum (Alaska, USA), Pori Art Museum (Finland) and La Maison Europénne de la Photographie (Paris, France).

Branda Miller is an internationally recognized media artist and educator, dedicated to explore new visions, use media for social change and support independent voices. With three decades of experience in youth media, community media, media arts and education, she seeks to expand documentary form through participatory design. Professor Miller is a co-founder and Arts and Education Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. She has produced diverse events and educational workshops, with an interdisciplinary breadth including media and film, photography, public lectures and public art. She has developed and overseen dozens of community arts and education initiatives engaging teens, community members and professional artists, with a focus on the environment, sustainability and local voices. A tenured Professor of Media Arts in the Integrated Electronic Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1991-2015), she played a key role in the shaping and development of the graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary arts programs. Branda Miller is also an Emmy award-winning editor who has worked extensively in themedia industry of Los Angeles and New York City. Professor Miller’s media art works have been screened at festivals, museums and exhibitions, broadcast nationally and internationally.

Crystal Kershaw is an English cross-disciplinary artist and member of artist collective Ateneu Do Catorze, São Luis, Portugal; her work includes sculpture, painting, site specific installation and interior design. She studied Art & Design at Camberwell College Of Arts (UAL) and English Literature at King’s College London; mainly self-taught she has continued her artistic practice while living, exhibiting and teaching creativity led workshops internationally.

Ebru Yetiskin is an Istanbul based independent curator and media theorist who works on the interaction of sciences, technology, art and politics. She has been a full-time researcher and lecturer in Istanbul Technical University since 2003. She studied cinema (BA) in Istanbul University, Science, Technology and Society (STS) in University of Louis Pasteur and Istanbul Technical University(MA), and Sociology in Mimar Sinan Fine University (PhD). During her PhD research, she was a visiting scholar in Ecoles des Mines de Paris – Centre for Sociology of Innovation. As part of her research, she curated media art related exhibitions entitled, Cacophony (2013), Code Unknown (2014), Waves (2015), Contagious Bodies (2015), Illusionoscope (2017) and Interfaces (2018) in Istanbul. She also directed and curated Plugin New Media Section of Contemporary Istanbul (2015). Since then, she focused more on writing and making public talks as well as workshops, such as “Network Politics in Data Driven Worlds” in Akbank Art Center and “Today’s Art: Yet Another” in Borusan Contemporary Museum. In 2016, she edited a book of poetry, “Like The Others,” written by a robot, Deniz Yılmaz; curated its autograph session in Istanbul Art and Book Fair and developed a transdisciplinary curating conception: paratactical curating.

Elizabeth Littlejohn is a communications professor, human rights activist, photojournalist, and documentary film-maker, who teaches at Sheridan ITAL in Toronto. She has written for for the past eleven 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 to document the Occupy and Climate Change movements, LGBTQIA* rights, and Idle No More, and printed in NOW Magazine, the Toronto Star, and Our Times. She has an unending passion to protest the rise of the right in the U.S. and Canada, and has filmed on the frontline of the queer resistance of Work for Peace during the inauguration, and for five years, the reign of Toronto’s notorious right wing ex-Mayor, Rob Ford. Recently she has directed, filmed and produced ‘Leelah’s Highway’, a broadcast half hour focusing on the suicide of trans youth, Leelah Alcorn, and ‘Frolic’s Haunt’, a nine-minute film about a queer, accessible haunted house with its own unique scare system.

Helena Loermans is a former laboratory technician engaged in experimental research and is now weaving in her studio in Odemira. She studied Jacquard Design in Florence, including textile analyses. Lab O is a laboratory for the research and reconstruction of canvases of old master paintings, incorporated in her studio.

Jasna Jernejšek works as a freelance curator, project manager, researcher and publicist in the field of contemporary visual arts, especially photography, new media and related practices. She finished BA in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana (2007), where she also completed her M.Sc. in Communication Studies (2013). She completed curatorial course at the World of Arts, School for Curatorial Practices and Critical Writing at the Center for Contemporary Arts, SCCA-Ljubljana (2011–2013). She was the co-editor of the Art-Area radio broadcast about contemporary visual and related arts at Radio Študent (2012-2016). She was a curator and project manager at Photon–Centre for Contemporary Photography in Ljubljana and with the international festival Photonic Moments–Month of Photography (2013-2017). She regularly writes exhibition and catalogue texts and publishes articles in the magazines “Fotografija” and “Membrana”, both dedicated to photography. She is a member of the Sektor Institute for Networking, Research and Promotion of Media Arts. She lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Johanna Rotko is a visual artist who lives and works in Kotka, Finland. She has been working with Sac-charomyces cerevisiae since she learned the technique from Pavillon_35 art group in 2013. She lives with her man Tommi, two years old doughter Frida and a jackrusselterrier called Pulla (Bun) who does not know is she a man or not. Rotko’s laboratory is in their kitchen, exposure happens in her studio and the research area is in their balcony. Last November, her home laboratory expanded to Biofilia laboratory in Aalto University. Also the research area has moved indoors due to winter conditions. Projects main themes for the artistic research is Rotko’s own relationship with nature and how nature is affected by her actions. She got to know bioart first time when she was studying the MA degree in Aalto University and she was inspired to do minor subject (26 credits) with biological arts. These courses guided her to do the MA thesis work with yeastograms in 2014-2015. Her work has been exhibited in Oulu, Corvallis, Helsinki, Kotka, Dortmund, Tokyo and Paris. The Living images, yeastograms -project has been funded by City of Kotka, Art Promotion Center Finland, Bioart Society and Kone Foundation.

Júlia Barbany Arimany is currently finnishing her studies in acting at Institut del Teatre of Barcelona. Althought her studies are in acting, she is very interested in other ways of materializating her ideas like drawing, installation and videoart pieces. She has done some instalations and performances with her colective “LAS HUECAS” who are working in the fel of the political and social isssues about the urbanism of the 92′ olympic games from Barcelona. A comic-lover Julia is waiting for the end of the world, she is afraid of everything.

Julia Bentz is a postdoc researcher and integrated member of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes at the University of Lisbon. Her background in interdisciplinary social sciences (MPhil. Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria; PhD Economics, University of the Azores, Portugal) and personal interests have directed her research towards the interactions between social and ecological systems in a variety of research fields, including marine spatial planning, marine wildlife tourism, protected areas, sustainable mobility, climate change adaptation and transformation. Within her current project, ART FOR ADAPTATION, she aims to develop new understandings of how artistic and creative practices can contribute to successful climate change adaptation.

Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Department of Visual Arts, and currently in the third year of her doctoral studies in the Transdisciplinary PhD Programme 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, Karolina 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 broad understood life (its biological and cultural meaning). Her projects have mostly conceptual character. The visual site of them is rather limited and has sources in laboratory practice. The main point of her research interest are the multilevel relations emerging during the 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.

Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary media and performance artist who uses materialism and feminism to explore contemporary digital culture. She is known for projects that mix low and high technologies to create hybrid forms that are by turns humorous and sensuous. Behar’s works have appeared throughout North America and Europe. Pera Museum in Istanbul presented a comprehensive survey exhibition and catalog, Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi, in 2016. Additional solo exhibitions include Katherine Behar: Anonymous Autonomous (2018), Katherine Behar: E-Waste (2014, catalog/traveling), and numerous others collaborating as “Disorientalism.” Behar is the editor of Object-Oriented Feminism, coeditor of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art, and author of Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity. She is Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Laura Benitez Valero learned a PhD in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with a thesis on the relationship between artistic practices and biotechnologies (January 2014). An external collaborator of the teaching team for Aesthetics and Art theory at the Department of Philosophy of the UAB, and as coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona. She has worked as coordinator at the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona/CCCB. Guest lecturer at Master’s degree in Research in Arts and Design at EINA and Lecturer on Dystopian Thinking at ELISAVA, both Universities of Design. She has been guest researcher at the Ars Electronica arts centre, and researcher at the MACBA’s documentation centre. She has participated in cycles as a reader, teacher and guest researcher at different international institutions. She is currently collaborating on different research projects, academic and autonomous alike. Based as researcher in HANGAR, centre for arts production and research, her current research focuses on processes of bio-resistance, bio-civil disobedience and non-human agents.

Maria Francisca de Abreu Afonso lives in Lisbon and while studying dedicated herself to music, dance, theatre and illustration. Graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, with a degree in Biology (2012/2015). In 2014/2015, lived in Brussels and, as part of the study program, went to Guyana. This expedition shifted her and how she wanted to do as a practice in Biology. After graduation, she did a sabbatic year in which she worked with a scientific team of Marine Ecology and Climate Change (MARE Institute) and was involved in several projects, such as the short film Reich der Möglichkeiten: intermitências da percepção (with Clemens Schöll). She’s currently doing her masters in multimedia art, with a specialization in photography, in the Faculty of Fine-Arts of Lisbon. In December 2016, she represented Portugal in the jury at the first EUFA (European University Film Awards), category of the European Film Awards, held in Hamburg. She won the Faculty of Fine Arts’ scholarship for Cultivamos Cultura’s Summer School (2017) and has been exhibiting ever since. Her pieces are about identity, search for the self and the relationship with the other.

Manuelle Freire is currently postdoctoral researcher at EnsadLab – PSL (Paris). She is a lecturer and program developer in art-science-technology for academic and cultural institutions.  Her current work is inscribed in the “Chaire arts-science”, jointly created by Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, l’école Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, and l’école Polytechnique. Her research aims to propose institutional innovation strategies for academia in line with the emerging cognitive paradigms. She investigates specifically the institutional structures for art-based research involving transdisciplinary, cross-institution and/or cross-sector collaborations.
Through a 10-year practice as a designer, Dr. Freire transitioned to scholarly research and academic roles since 2008: Teaching assistant, part-time faculty in the department of Art Education at Concordia University (2008-2014); Several research assistant positions, namely to the dean of Fine Arts in the development of academic programs for Research-Creation (2009-2012); Programme coordinator of Hexagram: the international network dedicated to research-creation in media arts, design, technology and digital culture (2013-2016); Associate artistic director at ELEKTRA – BIAN (2016-2017).

Maya Fernandes Kempe is a ceramist, sculptress, art pedagogue. Founder of espaço azul in Lisbon, worked 9 years in several artistic and educational projects in the museums of Berlin, teaches art pedagogy and ceramic sculpture at the Lisbon based art school nextart. Founder (with Ana Baleia, João Veiga and Sérgio Fernandes) and member of the recent art-center Ateneu do Catorze in São Luis.

Michelle Lewis-King is a sound artist, acupuncturist and Senior Lecturer at Roy Ascott Studios, DeTao Masters Academy at SIVA, Shanghai, China. She currently works with 4DSOUND on projects involving spatial sound and embodiment-an article on this collaboration is published in the Red Bull Music Academy Daily (11/2016). Michelle’s own research is published in: Technoetic Arts (Vol 13, Iss.3), Digital Creativity (Vol 26, Iss. 1), Journal Sonic Studies (Issue 4), ELSE Journal of Artistic Research (Issue 0) and many conference proceedings. Her artistic research has been exhibited in: Digital Suzhou (2018), Reflections from the Inner Mirror (2017), PROJECT ANYWHERE (2015-2016), TodaysArt NL 2015, Drawing Towards Sound: with John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Aura Satz, etc. (2015), Digital Futures: V&A Museum (2014), Chinese Film Festival, Anatomy Museum London (2014), Disjointed: Digital Cultures, Ex-Teresa Museum Mexico (2013), Artist Games, Spike Island, UK (2012) and Experimental Notations, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland, CA (2011).

Miriam Simun is a research-based artist investigating the implications of socio-technical and environmental change. Simun is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. Her work has been the subject of numerous international presentations, including exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the DeutscheBank Kunsthalle, Berlin; The Contemporary, Baltimore; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Split; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; the Himalayas Museum, Shanghai; and the Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine. Simun is a recipient of awards from Creative Capital, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She was the recipient of the Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2015 Food Justice Residency in New Mexico, and the OMI International Arts Center’s 2016 Artist Residency in New York. Simun’s work has received extensive coverage in media outlets both stateside and abroad, including the BBC, The New York Times, The New Yorker, CBC, MTV, Forbes, Art21, and

Nicole Condon-Shih is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working between the USA and Beijing, China. Her practice intersects art and science and examines the dichotomy between the microscopic versus the macroscopic in thinking about biological systems, and, more recently, cultural and urban networks. She works both individually and collaboratively, such as with her local Chinese medicine doctor, and engages the community as a laboratory. Her work has been shown internationally in Hong Kong at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, in Beijing at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, and in the Reverse the Perspective exhibition at the Xiangsi Art Museum in Tianjin, China. She received her B.F.A. from Cornell University’s School of Architecture, Art, and Planning and M.F.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York. Nicole Condon-Shih recently joined the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) as an Assistant Professor of Foundations and previously spent eight years heading the Foundation Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.

Paulina García Hubard studied at the Active School of Photography (1990-1991 was a scholarship holder for 2 terms), then did a BA Hons. Photography at London College of Printing (1992-1995) and later completed an MA Applied Arts and Visual Culture at London Guildhall University (1996-1998). Between 1998 and 2001 she documented the villages of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in England and St. Feliu de Guixols on the Costa Brava of Catalunya. With the fruit of this work she made two solo exhibitions in Europe and participated in two collective exhibitions. In 2005 she founded and directed the Workshop “Abriendo Los Ojos-Afro México”, where more than 15 students from Costa Chica (Guerrero and Oaxaca) learned to express themselves through visual language using new photographic technologies. This project was sponsored by BIZAR and SONY of Mexico. During 2006 and 2009 she coordinated, photographed and edited the Graphic Memories of the IFE (Federal Electorate Institute). In 2009, she won the BANAMEX contest award, El México de los Mexicanos : 1st Place “Children in their Environment”, publishing her work in the book El México de los Mexicanos, name that also gave title to the collective exhibition in the Rejas de Chapultepec of 2009. In September 2011 she organised, promoted and exhibited again in the Rejas de Chapultepec the Project “Abriendo Los Ojos Afro-México” , curated by Francisco Mata Rosas . This exhibition was circulated from September 2011 to April 2012 in Mexico City. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a new exhibition in September 2012. Last year her work on the killings of Ayotzinapa was published on a book by F. Mata Rosas and the UAM University, called 43.

Renata Rosado holds a graduation in Biological Sciences at the public University of Alfenas (UNIFAL), Minas Gerais, Brazil. She is currently doing a master degree of Drawing at Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Lisbon, Portugal. As biologist she has experience with micro algae taxonomy, palynology and paleopalynology. Besides that, she also worked with public health, after college. Recently, as an artist, she is still seeking for a place between science and art, paving her way of an old passion on scientific drawing as well as experimenting many other expressions of art and means with the purpose of unite her investigative approach and her artistic aspiration.

Rosanna Gunnarsson (Konstmusiksystrar) is a composer and sound artist based in Stockholm. She has a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Royal College of music in Stockholm and studied under Pär Lindgren, Marie Samuelsson, Per Mårtensson and Henrik Strindberg. Her main fields of work are contemporary music, both chamber and larger ensembles/orchestras, as well as electronic music and sound installations. One of her latest works is an audio-visual installation at Stockholm Arlanda airport, chronicling a Swedish surfer’s experiences of riding waves in the Baltic sea. She is a board member in Konstmusiksystrar (Sisters in Art Music) since 2017.

Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary artworks make visible the physical and imaginary networks that create technological utopias. Moving between real and virtual spaces, she explores how new technologies mediate our everyday experiences and connect us to larger global systems. Her work has been exhibited in venues including House of Electronic Arts (HeK), MASS MoCA, LABoral, Sundance Film Festival, Transmediale and ZKM. In addition, she has participated in and organized numerous events and conferences on economic themes including Baltan Lab’s “Economia” in Eindhoven and MoneyLab #2 and #3 in Amsterdam, and co-organizing #5 in Buffalo April 2018. She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Creative Capital. Residencies include the LMCC Workspace program, Eyebeam and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and has been widely reviewed including Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic. Stephanie received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches courses in design and emerging technologies.

Tanha Gomes has a BFA in photography and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in art education (both at Concordia University, Canada). She has as a strong, diversified and international experience in contemporary art education with children, adolescent and adult populations (in Brazil, France, Argentina and Montreal). Her current research and expertise focuses on issues of inclusion in museums, galleries and artist-run centres, where she explores how art education serves to counter exclusion and foster intercultural relations and social justice. She lives in Montreal, where she works as an art educator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary art, OPTICA and the feminist artist-run centre La Centrale, where she serves on the board of directors.

Vanessa Toquero is an independent researcher and designer working at the crossroads of Art, Design and Biology. Trained as design engineer, media researcher, and biohacker (self and community trained), she creates fictional scenarios embedding people, living organisms and matter into devices forming new media ecologies. Also, she nourishes (from) and believes (in) the middle ground (communities of hackers / artists / citizens working in alternative spaces) to have the power to subvert the dominating role of traditional science and technology spheres and therefore, guide us towards a more inclusive knowledge production. She researches about the role of an artist to influence the social imaginary through workshops and interfaces that focus on the radical poetry of the nonhuman.

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