Artist and researcher based in LA
Art | Sci collective member
MFA UCLA Design Media Arts
An artist and creative director of London based studio Marshmallow Laser Feast
Expert in sharing knowledge via interactive and artistic experiences and Head of Communications at Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS
Patricia Olynyk Fellow and Chair
Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Affiliate Professor, Medical Humanities, School of Medicine, Performing Arts, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Faculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis Medicine + Media Art Fellow, UCLA
Co-Director, NY LASER (Leonardo/ISAST)
The Medicine + Media Art Initiative is a multi-layered artistic and scholarly endeavor that serves as a national and international hub for the artistic exploration of contemporary medical science and biotechnology. The fellowship will act as a conduit for advancing new projects and artistic research that reimagine the medicalized body, corporality, notions of embodiment, posthumanism, and the effects of our environment on our sense of bodily presence and well-being in the world.
In a time of pandemic conditions, the exchange between media art, medicine and the medical humanities in particular foregrounds the critical role of art practice in negotiating the human experience. And while medical science has evolved over time in culturally specific ways that are not value-neutral, media art and its related discourse have advanced the social, ethical, and humanistic investigation of medicine. Embedded in this network lies the interconnected categorizations of gender, race and class—intersectionality—as media art and medicine explore the corpus and its hidden landscape under the skin.
Through lectures, exhibitions, symposia, and the production of original creative work, The Medicine + Media Art Fellowship will bring together various collaborative partners that include: UCLA’s Art|Sci Center, the California NanoSystems Institute, and School of Medicine; the Sam Fox School of Visual Art, the School of Medicine, the Institute for Public Health, and Medical Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis; Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS, Bremen, Stuttgart; Angewandte University of the Arts, Vienna; Ars Electronica; Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology (ISAST); Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA); and Inter-Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA).
Art + Brain, reissue of limited edition printed publication. Co-organized by Patricia Olynyk and Victoria Vesna, Art + the Brain: Stories and Structures explored the complex histories, practices, and interconnections between art, architecture, medicine and neuroscience with the human brain as a central focus.
Dark Skies responds to the omnipresence of light pollution, defined by The International Dark-Sky Association(IDA) as an excessive amount of obtrusive artificial light, which affects brainwave activity and the circadian rhythms of human and non-human lifeforms alike. The work takes as its title an astronomical reference, referring to remote places free of hazy, human-made light that allow for an extended view into deep space and time as a unique perceptual and psychological experience. Due to the finite speed of light, stargazing offers us a view into the past.
Dark Skies consists of a digitally-sculpted video wall and a two-channel video projection: one which reveals a crepuscular sky and the other, a dark sky with milky streams of light. The installation also includes a complex soundscape, drawn primarily from field recordings captured at twilight in the Rocky Mountains during high summer. The sound design serves two functions: to sonically articulate the ambiguous space between micro and macro environments, echoing those depicted in video elements, and to add an interactive/immersive quality to the work.
Leonardo da Vinci, Inventing the Future, Automata, Art, Anatomy, Biomorphism
UCLA Art|Sci Center with UCLA School of Medicine, Caltech, and Cambridge University
This incredible symposium hosted jointlywithscholars, doctors, scientists, and artists together to discuss and view Leonardo’s influential work and legacy. His desire for new knowledge and understanding are examples of true interdisciplinary thinking, and this conference invites us all to consider approaching the future with expanded, Leonardo visions of what is possible.
Co-Organized by: Noel G. Boyle, Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, UCLA; Massimo Ciavolella, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, UCLA; Morteza Gharib, Professor of Aeronautics and bioinspired Engineering, Caltech; Francis Wells, Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital, and Cambridge University, UK, Victoria Vensa, UCLA
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Senior Curator, Weisman Art Museum University of Minnesota
Piroska Kopar, M.D. Center for Humanism and Ethics in Surgical Specialties, Assistant Professor of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Department of Surgery
Rebecca Messbarger, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and First Director of Medical Humanities, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian and Professor of Italian, Affiliate Professor of History, Art History, International and Area Studies, Performing Arts, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Hannah Klemm, Ph.D.
Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
St. Louis Art Museum
Herman J. Milligan, Jr. Ph.D.
Managing Partner, The Fulton Group
William Powderly, Ph.D.
Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health Washington University in St. Louis, Director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases Washington University School of Medicine
Shanti A. Parikh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology and African & African American Studies (AFAS) Associate Chair, AFAS Faculty Fellow, Institute of Public Health Washington University in St. Louis
Head of Communications at Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS
Aisen Caro Chacin, Ph.D.
Lab Lead + Device Designer | Developer, MakerHealth Medical Fabrication Lab University of Texas Medical Branch
Kenneth Wells, M.D. M.P.H.
David Weil Professor and Director of the Center for Health Services and Society, of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, and of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, Affiliated Adjunct Staff at RAND, and Staff Psychiatrist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Health System.
Carlo Ventura, M.D. Ph.D.
Full Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine (DIMES), School of Medicine University of Bologna, Italy Chief National Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering - Eldor Lab, Istituto Nazionale di Biostrutture e Biosistemi (INBB) Innovation Accelerator