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ArtSci PARTICLES are interviews with members of our concentric network. We are deeply inspired by the thoughts, actions, and research-based responses made by our community in this unprecedented time. 



In this episode we are joined by the ever-inspiring María Antonia González Valerio a philosopher and professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who invites us to really look at and consider how we are responding to the pandemic in our institutions, in our bodies, and in our communities. María Antonia is interested in our incapacity to stop, to slow down and questions why we as humans have responded to this unprecedented circumstance with the mentality that we must continue business-as-usual. She proclaims, "Let the extraordinary be extraordinary! Why are we so afraid to stop?" 

María Antonia also strongly urges us to resist the normalization of online teaching and education. Within her experience, this platform greatly limits interactions and community-building which are the aspects of education that truly allow for learning to take place. When our eyes and sense of ourselves and one another are limited to a 2-dimensional screen, we lose our bodies, we lose our transmission of affect and connection. This conversation and ideas provoked by María Antonia and Victoria is a reticent call to action, reminding us to remember the phenomenology of our bodies, to step back into ourselves and to reconnect to the physical and each other. 


María Antonia González Valerio has a PhD in Philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with postdoctoral studies in the area of aesthetics. She is a full-time professor of the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature and of the postgraduate programs in Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Art History and Fine Arts UNAM. She works within the research line of ontology-aesthetics and the interdisciplinary line of arts, sciences and humanities, specifically in the field of art that uses bio-media.

She is the head of the research group Arte+Ciencia (Art+Science) which gathers artists, scholars and scientists in an interdisciplinary work that produces education at an under and postgraduate level, specialized theoretical research, artistic creation and exhibitions. She is also the leader of the research project Medium and Species: Ecology and Evolution within Philosophy of Nature", linked to the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature and the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM. She is the author of the books Cabe los límites. Escritos sobre filosofía natural desde la ontología estética (México: UNAM/Herder, 2016), Untratado de ficción (México: Herder, 2010) and El arte develado (México: Herder, 2005).


See more of González Valerio's Work Here >>
Arte+Ciencia Website >>

Understanding Arts Based Research in Times of Climate and Social Change (April 4-6, 2019):
This two-day symposium and exhibition on arts based research aimed to envision a future in which arts and design are understood to be central to the success of every complex problem. Focus in the program was to highlight the importance of art research and education, particularly in times of social unrest and climate change. It is through the arts that the scope of human experience around creativity, innovation, empathy, culture, and knowledge is learned, expressed, and distributed, both for the common good and the development of the individual. By highlighting collaborative research between artists, humanists, scientists and scholars at large, the symposium demonstrated the important role of art research in academia and beyond.
Understanding Arts Based Research in Times of Climate and Social Change Livestream
Philosophy + Art + Science (Lecture, May 26, 2016):
María Antonia González Valerio, PhD, spoke about her work as the director of the interdisciplinary collective Arte + Ciencia (Art + Science) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), aimed at producing art and knowledge in the intercrossing of humanities, arts and sciences.



COVID-19. Critique in Sick Times (article, 2020)

"It becomes impossible to think when COVID-19 turns into a synonym for one’s own death or, worse, for the death of a loved one or the hundreds of thousands of strangers, which is also painful. Uncertainty and anxiety cloud understanding and stifle speech. In spite of this, it is essential to think and to listen."
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Triage: Deciding the Ethically Undecidable (article, 2020)
"In Mexico, the worst is yet to come. Imagination fails us when we seek to picture what will happen in emergency rooms when, in triage situations, medical teams are forced to make the unbearable choice: who lives and who dies? They will have to make this choice over and over again."
Arte + Ciencia (current project):
The group Arte + Ciencia was constituted in 2011 under the direction of Prof. Dr. María Antonia González Valerio and it is based at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since the beginning its main objective has been to produce art and knowledge in the intercrossing of humanities, arts and sciences. It has reunited artists, scholars, scientists and students to creatively collaborate in several projects. It has been pioneer in Mexico in the production of interdisciplinary works. Arte+Ciencia has organized and produced the exhibitions: “Sin origen/Sin Semilla (first transgenic and biotechnological exhibition in Mexico)”, MUCA Roma-MUAC, UNAM, México, 2012-2013. “Bioartefactos: Desgranar lentamente un maíz” MACO, Oaxaca, México, 2014. “Bestiario del día final”, Quinto Piso, México, 2015. It has also organized some workshops about art and science: “Artistic investigations into Robots and Plants” (2015), “Antropología del cerdo” (2015), “Vida maquinaria: Limitaciones y transgresiones en la relación arte-vida-sociedad” (2014), “From Bioethics to Bioart: The Question about the Limits” (2014). It has edited two books about humanities, art and science, Sin origen/Sin semilla (México: UNAM/Bonilla editores, 2016) and Pròs Bíon: Reflexiones naturales sobre arte, ciencia y filosofía (México, UNAM, 2015). It has hosted lectures from well known artists, curators and academics such as Jens Hauser (DE), Marta de Menezes (PT), Ingeborg Reichle (DE), Nicole Karafyllis (DE), Suzanne Anker (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Laura Beloff (FI), Melentie Pandilovski (MK), Manuela de Barros (FR), Mónica Bello (SP), etc. The group has been linked and sponsored by two research project financed by the UNAM and whose leader has been González Valerio. Therefore, the group has a strong attachment to the university and works mainly from there, being the education of undergraduate and graduate students in arts, sciences and humanities a principal aim.
Arte y estética en la filosofía de Arthur Danto (2018)

"Arthur Danto es uno de los filósofos más influyentes de los últimos tiempos. Escribió alrededor de treinta libros sobre muchos y muy distintos temas, como la filosofía de la acción, de la historia, del conocimiento, y sobre Nietzsche y Sartre, entre otros; pero es en el ámbito de la filosofía del arte donde sus contribuciones han sido más importantes. En este libro, compilado por María Antonia González Valerio y Gustavo Ortiz Millán, se incluyen trece ensayos alrededor de la filosofía del arte de Arthur Danto, así como se publica por primera vez en español “El mundo del arte”, la reflexión inicial de Danto sobre el tema."
Transpiksel, México, 2016
"Todas las actividades de Transpiksel son de entrada libre y buscan promover el intercambio de saberes entre distintas disciplinas. Piksel es un festival anual e internacional para artistas, desarrolladores e inventores que trabajan con tecnologías libres y abiertas que se lleva a cabo desde hace 13 años en Noruega. Transpiksel es la nueva versión de este festival que generamos de forma conjunta los aliados de Perú, Ecuador, Colombia y México."
Bestiario del día final, Quinto Piso, México, 2015
Viral symphOny 
By Joseph Nechvatal

Date: Tuesday June 23, 2020

Time: 5 pm - 5:40 pm EST // 2 pm - 2:40 pm PST

Location: Twitch.TV/harvestworks  Note: chat will not be available

viral symphOny is a collaborative electronic noise music symphony created by the post-conceptual artist Joseph Nechvatal. It was created between the years 2006 and 2008 using custom artificial life C++ software based on the viral phenomenon model. Tonight, we will broadcast Audio Track #1 (28 min) bracketed by excerpts from interviews with the artist in 2009 by Anthony Masterson and in 2013 by Johan Westenberg.

The complete piece is 1 hour and 40 minutes in length. The first movement of viral symphOny – and raw viral field material – was released in 2006 as a CD by The Institute for Electronic Arts in Alfred, New York . –

In this challenging time for artists, art galleries, not-for-profit associations supporting artists, artist Joseph Nechvatal and Galerie Richard are donating one hundred viral symphOny CD’s created by Joseph Nechvatal (with Matthew Underwood, Andrew Deutsch, and Stephane Sikora) to Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in New York City.

Find out more information HERE >>


We are not subscribing to the industrial, linear model based on the past -- we assume that Engineering and Math are part of Science and Technology, that Ecology is at the heart of what we need to think and learn about and believe that Mindfulness should be part of every class. 

Science, Technology, Ecology, Arts and Mindfulness

 -- non linear quantum STEAM for the future leaders and teachers who will inherit the Earth. Our lessons are BOTTOM UP -- just like nature works and we move back and forth between analogue and digital. We start with nano and end up in space -- having fun all along the way -- as we believe PLAY and collaboration are the key.

"Artist and researcher Victoria Vesna talks about her latest work in conversation with Dobrila Denegri. In an interview published on Arhsake in 2014 in four parts, Vesna has crossed her research, from database aesthetics to molecular biology, exploring the relationship between man and the universe at any scale (Arshake, April the 3d, 2014April the 10h 2014April 24, 2014). Today, artist and critic continue their conversation to discuss her latest work: [Alien] Stardust, a research project on star dust that, invisible, falls on Earth from the sky." 

Our friends at Leonardo are offering virtual space, creative platforms and partnership to facilitate socially connecting, even while physically distancing. This includes a curated reading list of free articles from Leonardo journal, virtual LASER programming and community resources
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Issues in Science and Technology magazine and Leonardo/ISAST, have created a questionnaire to collect information about creative responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Collaboration and integrative ideas are critical now more than ever. Please help us collect information as we generate a time capsule of creative responses. Share your creative projects or add projects that have inspired you. Multiple responses can be entered by completing the questionnaire more than once. By collecting these stories, we hope to map activities and provide a marker in time of resilience through collaboration and creativity


FROM THE GREAT PAUSE PROJECT: "We are compiling a crowd-sourced story of your COVID-19 experience to share diverse perspectives of this important moment in history.

As we archive and record this period in time, you are contributing to a worldwide narrative. To tell your story, we created a platform that consists of the multiplicity of voices on this Earth. Your submission is planned to be planted on the Moon in 2022 as well as a digital repository with several time capsules distributed on Earth. Participate in 3 easy steps!

Step 1: Share your thoughts! // (9 questions)

Step 2: Take a photo from your window! // (upload here)

Step 3: Help us compile images of COVID-19 // (upload here)

Your responses will be anonymous and archived on our digital open-source platform to inform social sciences and the arts."

Learn More >>

CLOSES 30 June

Biofaction is seeking applications for new Artist in Residence programmes. Four artists will be invited to work for four to six weeks at various laboratories across Europe. The residencies will start in Fall 2020 and will conclude in May 2021. They will be held in two parts, and the exact dates will be set by taking both artist and laboratory schedules into account, and with an eye to the situation in each locale (e.g. travel, safety regulations etc.).

As an artist in residence, you will actively engage with scientists working on one of three Synthetic Biology related projects that delve into fascinating areas: plant molecular farming, new-to-nature reactions, and cell factories. We welcome applications from artistsdesignersbiohackersmusicians, or other cultural practitioners who want to carry out artistic work with biological media. The collaborating laboratories will make sure to provide space and personal interaction for mutual exchange with the artists. Biofaction is responsible for organising and curating the residencies. At the end of the residency programmes all works and/or their processes will be documented and compiled in form of a book, initiated by Biofaction and co-created together with the participating artists and scientists.

For each artist, a stipend of up to 7000 € is provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects MADONNANEWCOTIANA and SINFONIA. It covers travel, local expenses, living allowance as well as (partial) support for the production and showcasing of the artistic prototype or finished work.


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