CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi
Sam Kriegman (Harvard Medical School) on "Computer-designed Organisms"
Rachel Rossin (Media Artist) on "TBA"
Laura Marks (Simon Fraser Univ) on "Soul-Assemblage Media"
Sam Kriegman is a computer scientist with a joint postdoctoral appointment at the Wyss Institute at Harvard and the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts. His research draws inspiration from the origin and subsequent evolution of life, and applies the underlying mechanisms of self-organization ("order for free") and natural selection ("survival of the fittest") to the creation of novel autonomous machines: robots, in all manner of shapes and sizes, that act on their own, without remote control. These machines can in some cases perform useful work, or they may be used as scientific tools to understand how animals evolve, grow, move, sense, and think. A Cozzarelli Prize recipient, he is the co-creator of the world's first computer-designed organisms ("xenobots"), co-developer of the ultra-low-cost robot kit Voxcraft, and a leading expert on AI-driven design as applied to robotics and biology.
Rachel Rossin, who lives and works in New York, is a multimedia artist and self-taught programmer who works in painting, installation and virtual reality. In her work she draws together traditional art-making techniques, such as painting, with new technologies such as virtual reality and hologram projections to examine the slippage between the real and the digital, between perceptual and embodied space.
Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus and an emphasis on appropriate technologies. She is the author of four books, most recently Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image, and her Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics: From Your Body to the Cosmos is under contract with Duke University Press. Marks is co-founder of the Substantial Motion Research Network. She led the research group Tackling the Carbon Footprint Streaming Media and founded the Small File Media Festival. She programs experimental media art for venues around the world. Marks teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. www.sfu.ca/~lmarks
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