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In active response to the novel coronavirus and its unfolding, we offer ArtSci PARTICLES 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. 


Clarissa Ribeiro sits down with Victoria Vesna to have an informal interview about her recent work - creating open-source face shields and masks so that everyone can have a means for protecting themselves. Clarissa distributes this work widely, but not through sharing materials – instead through sharing media so there is no contamination in the exchange. She also muses critically and philosophically about the separation humans create between us and other species, and even the language we use to further drive that separation. For example, she reminds us that we are not fighting the virus or at war with it. We are hosts for the virus and have a type of intimate relationship with it because our molecular bodies facilitate its development. Rather than being divisive, Clarissa believes we “must allow the virus inside” to promote adaptation, and a recognition that we are all one.   
Clarissa Ribeiro has been involved with the ArtSci Center as a research fellow. She has also been a vital force in the Sci|Art Lab + Studio summer program, working as a lead instructor and facilitator. It was great to catch up with Clarissa in Brazil for this episode.


Clarissa Ribeiro, Ph.D. in Arts, M.Arch, B.Arch, former Fulbright Scholar in Arts and Science, LASER talks’ chair in Brazil. With an interest in generative strategies in nature and in the algorithmic realm of computers, Clarissa Ribeiro explores form, effectiveness and consciousness as emergent phenomena in the most diverse systems and scales in both media arts and architecture. In her artistic practice and teaching, she navigates the universes of morphogenetic design in dialogue with robotics and digital fabrication, visual/media arts in dialogue with bioart/art and science strategies, exhibiting and working in collaboration with other artists, scientists, research groups and art collectives in her home country and abroad.

Learn More about Clarissa's Work Here! >>

TONIGHT! CLARISSA RIBEIRO is hosting a Global Hox Zodiac Quarantine Dinner! 
The Global Hox Zodiac Quarantine Dinner celebrating Earth Day (today, April 22nd) 7pm local time is the date Brazilians remember the arrival of Europeans in 1500 in Brazil's tropical lands. As the host of the group, Clarissa invited friends who represent the Brazilian Media art and Science movement. The dinner will take place on Google Meet platform. Additionally, "The Global Hox Zodiac Quarantine Dinner" is an open invitation to friends from all over the world to join, jump in the Google Meet and share short reflections about the use of the animals they represent in the Chinese Zodiac by science, since the link will be shared at the Facebook event’s page. She invited her friend and video artist Mujin Bao to host the online dinner in China and she will be the first to start the move around the globe streaming from Shanghai soon!
Clarissa Ribeiro “Performing Quantum Entanglement: Subtle Apparatuses for Extrasensory Affectiveness” Exhibition (June 5, 2014):
What does it mean to be entangled? In this experimental work, composed of three interactive video installations, Ribeiro invited us to think about ourselves and our affective dimension from a semi-material and non-local perspective.
2019 Sci|Art Lab + Studio UCLA, Eco-Sensing and Collection (with Mick Lorusso):

Clarissa and Mick invite students to tune their senses into the nuanced expressions of ecosystems. Through guided meditation, slowing forms of movement and perception, and conscious collection, students learned different ways for engaging with data collection.
2018 Sci|Art Lab + Studio UCLA, Lecture + Workshop: “Physchobiotonica”

In this workshop Clarissa explored ancient methodologies of the process of collective fermentation, using saliva. She reimagines this ancient technique as a means for psychologically connecting the human species with one another through our bacteria 
2015: Nanolab Art|Sci UCLA, Lecture  + Hand-On Workshop: “Cross-scalar: Sensing Devices in Medicine + Vibrational Affection (psi)"
"Quantum physics presents a picture of reality in which observer and observed are inextricably interwoven in an intimate way the idea is to explore non-local effectiveness in experiences that, involving the built of subtle apparatuses, are structured by a cross-scalar idea of an infinite regression of the multiple selves we are."
2014: Nonlocalaffectiveness (with Mick Lorusso, HNRS 177 SEM 1 CLASS, Professor Victoria Vesna, 2014)


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

Open Call for short audio submissions on the theme: Uncovering. The word uncovering feels particularly relevant right now. The etymology of apocalypse is an uncovering or revelation.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 27th April at 12 noon Central European Time. The episode will be broadcast on Tuesday 27th April at 12 noon Central European Time.

Submissions should be sent to:

The fellowship will be six months in length (June - December 2020), culminating in an individual and group online exhibition, with the potential for future in-person exhibitions. Participants will receive a $50 monthly stipend for art materials. Send your cover letter and a portfolio of 5-10 images to Submissions are open until May 20, 2020.
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