The course goal is to introduce students to new sciences that influence the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the environment we reside in. Students are challenged to think outside the box, explore divergent and convergent thinking, and seek out knowledge and inspiration from ideas that drive nano and biotech while encouraging peer collaboration and theory to practice translation. Usually a studio class, due to the extraordinary circumstances, we will be meeting online. All topics will be addressed in context of the current situation with COVID 19 and we will be joined by artists, scientists and others who are creatively addressing the urgent times we live in.
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 2 - 4:50 pm PDT
Location: ZOOM Online
Professor Victoria Vesna, Thursdays, 1 pm PDT
Teaching Assistant, Emma Akmakdjian, Wednesdays, 2-3 pm PDT
Professor and TA will be available at these times using class zoom link that will be emailed out at noon Tues / Thur.
Professor Victoria Vesna
Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies.
Although she was trained early on as a painter (Academy of Fine arts, Belgrade, 1984), her curious mind took her on an exploratory path that resulted in work can be defined as experimental creative research residing between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (Ph.D., Planetary Collegium, 2000). Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume - Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.
Teaching Assistant Emma Akmakdjian
Emma Akmakdjian is an installation artist that collaborates with scientists to translate processes of complex ecosystems, scientific laws, and object personifications in her woven art. Her creative research draws comparisons between systems of the body and the environment to understand how we personify place and develop identity through our interactions with non-human nature.