The Frankenstein GRID has been supported by an extraordinary number of extraordinary individuals. Artists' biographies are listed below; deep gratitude goes out to each contributor for sharing their work with this installation and making it something worth seeing! I would like to thank Daniel Cadigan, technical director, for being a true life force from the beginning. None of it could have happened without Daniel, and certainly not with such fun. Thank you to Ramin Ahmari and Euan Yang for founding ArtX at such a timely moment and joining forces with the Frankenstein GRID :) and thank you to Brandon Truong for this excellent website. Thank you, Eilaf Osman, for granting us a glamorous debut! Thank you also to Angrette McCloskey and Stephen Hamman for being consultants always ready with invaluable insights. We have also been the lucky recipients of many volunteers' time and expertise. Particular mention goes to Mike Edwards, Stephen Hitchcock, Craig Manno, and Keenan Molner for hours too exhausting to count. The construction process did indeed turn out to be monstrous, but, thanks to their generosity and good company, its monstrosity will be remembered fondly. Thank you to the departments who supported us with their equipment and thus made the enterprise feasible--the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Finally, thank to Audrey Shafer and the Frankenstein@200 committee for including us in their mission of integrating arts and sciences.
With gratitude, Charlotte
CHARLOTTE THUN-HOHENSTEIN (creative director, curator) is a PhD student in Stanford's history department. She works on early modern Europe with Paula Findlen and is especially interested in cartography and the Society of Jesus. Art constitutes a double life. This has hitherto largely involved performance, which she pursued professionally in New York City before graduate school. She hopes to continue fostering dialogue between the arts and sciences.
DANIEL CADIGAN (technical director) is a local theater technician and Carpenter for Stanford's Theatre and Performance Studies Department. He enjoys working on new projects that challenge him to learn anything that sounds interesting, from light-up costumes, video walls, special effects, laser grids, rain curtains, puppets, theater, circus, dance and sculptures.
ARTX is a student club recently borne of a group of students with the purpose of cultivating and sustaining a community for those interested in bridging their interests in both the arts and the sciences, creating art with tech, in an effort to bridge the ‘techie-fuzzie divide’ which currently defines Stanford’s student culture.
ArtX, by name, is constructed with reference to the mathematical notion that the exponent is more powerful than the base. In this case, ‘X’ can be any variable, for example, virtual reality, sound, light, structural engineering, artificial intelligence, or bioluminescence, to name a few. Intersectionality is the core constituent of our student organization and is thus represented by our exponentiation and intercrossing with the ‘X’.
DR. ONN BRANDMAN grew up in the Bay Area and has been playing music since he was a 13. He is an assistant professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University. In his job, Onn tries to explain properties of cells that seem magical because we don't understand them. In his music, he tries to create magical experiences that are free from any explanation.
DR. ORON CATTS is the Director of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia, which he co-founded in 2000. SymbioticA has won numerous awards under Dr. Catts’ leadership, including the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica (2007), the WA Premier Science Award (2008), and was recognized as a Centre for Excellence in 2008. As artist, researcher, and curator, he has continued to define innovation in the biological since his pioneering ‘Tissue Culture and Art Project’ (1996). He is interested in our ever-evolving perceptions of life and seeks to foster new cultural articulations of this concept. He has held research and teaching positions at Harvard Medical School, Stanford University (Art, Art History), and the Royal College of Arts, London. He has been recognized as one of Thames & Hudson’s “60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future” and Icon Magazine’s (UK) top 20 designers “making the future.”
CERE DAVIS grew up in west coast of the US fascinated with physics and real-world manifestations of dynamic imbalance. After researching volcanic lighting in Alaska and wintering over at South Pole, Antarctica she moved to the Bay Area of California in 2013. Inspired by her creative surroundings, she began using her creative energy and professional background in physics & engineering to explore her passion for creating improbable embodiments through fusing the worlds of sculpture, science and technology. Her works aim to inspire conversations which illuminate the magic and wonder of the physical world. She utilizes materials common to our everyday experience as a way of revealing what is hidden in plain sight and uses her exhibits, lectures and exploratory research to connect seemingly disparate fields of study. In doing so, she aims to broaden our normative utilitarian view of nature through re-framing phenomenon common to our everyday experience. Her work is best described as a form of neonaturalism, whereby inherent material properties are re-contextualized to reveal their natural response to surroundings. She aims to inspire creative learning through her interactive exhibits and offer a refreshing counterbalance to our increasingly isolating and sterile urban environments.
Cere has been awarded the People's Choice award in 2015 for Oakland Aeolian Day for her acousto-kinetic sculpture and in 2018 by the Awesome Foundation for her opto-kinetic sculpture, Liquid Loom. She produces, collaborates and participates in projects ranging from dance performance, science exhibits and art festivals. Her works have shown in galleries, science festivals, conferences and public outreach events throughout the USA and internationally. She a science educator, artistic director at Counter Culture Labs and science-artist at Chabot Space & Science Center, where she collaborates with scientists and artists to inspire scientific curiosity and participation through interactive art and critical making.
DR. JOSEPH A. DEGIORGIS received an undergraduate degree in Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brown University. During his undergraduate career, he worked as an intern at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute raising unicellular algae for aquaculture and designing an emergency rebreathing devise for the Johnson Sealink Manned Submersible. Joe was a SCUBA diver for the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, he worked on squid neurons and the process of axonal transport at Harvard Medical School, and worked as a neuroscientist on Alzheimer's disease at the National Institutes of Health. Currently, Joe is a Professor of Biology at Providence College and maintains a summer laboratory at the MBL where he is undertaking a project to photograph all of the species found in the waters surrounding Cape Cod and the Islands as well as in Narragansett Bay. Twice a year, Joe leads expeditions to remote regions of the world to photograph marine life. Both the expeditions and the Cape Cod imaging project are open to others including artists, scientists, naturalists, and anyone else who is interested. In addition, Joe teaches artists how to take images with microscopes at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AGENCY (EPA) is an artist collective founded in 2017 and named in response to the proposed defunding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appropriating the acronym EPA, the collective’s primary goal is to shift thinking around the terms environment, performance, and agency – using artistic, social, and embodied / kinesthetic practices to advocate for the agency of all living performers co-creating our environment, specifically through the lens of spontaneous urban plants, native or migrant. The Department of Weedy Affairs (DWA), a branch of the EPA, launched in Washington DC in May 2018 as part of the exhibition EPA meets EPA at Transformer Gallery. http://www.environmentalperformanceagency.com/
DR. MICHAL GAVISH is a multi-media artist, currently based in Washington DC. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Previously, she had earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry, which influenced her art and science projects. Gavish is a staff writer for SciArt, and wrote also for SF Artnews and for Intellect UK magazine. She recently gave talks at the National Academy of Science DASER and at LASER Leonardo events. She exhibits her art extensively including recent solo shows in New York, the Hungarian Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the arts, Spinnerei, Leipzig to name a few.
AMBER IMRIE-SITUNAYAKE was born and raised off-the-grid in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. She was home schooled throughout her childhood and first attended public school consistently at the age of twelve. She only attended school for three years before testing out. Less than a year later, she moved out on her own at age sixteen. In 2009, Imrie-Situnayake returned to higher education to pursue a bachelor's degree in visual arts.
In 2013, Amber received an BA in studio art from the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded Excellence in Sculpture of her class. Following graduation, she founded Venison Magazine, an online contemporary art magazine which she continues to run today. Amber has exhibited in galleries across the United States notably at Paseo Interactive Art Festival in Taos, NM in 2015 and a solo exhibition at Napa Valley Museum in 2016.
Imrie-Situnayake was awarded the Cadogan award and scholarship in 2017 to foster further exploration of her artistic potential in hybrid practice. She was a finalist for both the Summer SOMA residency and the Headlands Graduate Fellowship Award. Amber is a graduating MFA candidate from Stanford University and excited to announce she’s recently accepted a 4-year studio residency from Palo Alto’s Cubberley Art Studio Program.
DR. FRANÇOIS-JOSEPH LAPOINTE is an artscientist from Montréal (Canada) with a PhD in evolutionary biology (1992) and a PhD in dance and performance studies (2012). As a scientist, he has published 120 papers ranging from molecular systematics and population genetics to metagenomics. As an artist, he applies biotechnology as a means of dance composition, and has created the field of choreogenetics. For his most recent project, he is currently sequencing his microbiome (and that of his wife) to produce microbiome selfies. His work as a bioartist has been exhibited in Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Australia and the USA.
NOLAN LEM is an artist and researcher whose work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. His work examines issues related to emergent dynamics, machine learning and perception, and the synchronization of auditory phenomena.
He has premiered his work and research at a number of spaces both in the US and abroad including the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum (Manhattan, NYC), Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NYC), L'HOSTE Art Contemporain (Arles, France), and the Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires among others. He has held residencies at IRCAM, MassMoCA, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Pioneer Works. He holds degrees in saxophone performance, Electrical Engineering, and received his MFA at Columbia University where he studied at the Computer Music Center.
Nolan is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University where he studies at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.
LISA MA sees the subtle creations of new subcultures resulted from the geopolitics of the global production as the imaginative underbelly of tomorrow’s material culture.
For the city of Ghent, Lisa created a culture of consuming the invasive species that 'The Vegetarian Capital of Europe', would otherwise pay to poison. Belgium spent nearly a million Euros for the humane killing of invasive geese in 2013. Lisa brought together a community that included the mayoral office, scientists, chefs, ecologists, urban planners and the Belgian National Station Canvas TV, to explore the clash of values between the killing of animals for our environment and the killing of animals for our foods.
By combining fringe communities, ethnographic research and speculative design, Lisa Ma socializes activism through unusual platforms of engagement. These social events are perceived as activism but function as services, gatherings, transient communities that deeply resonate with the global technological community.
Lisa holds a MA in Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London and BA from Central Saint Martins. She worked as a designer/strategist with Pentagram and Deutsche Telekom's Creation Centre before making collaboration projects with TED Global in Edinburgh, Kanvas TV in Belgium and Broadway with Arts Council.
GREG NIEMEYER is Associate Professor of Art Practice at UC Berkeley. He received his MFA from Stanford University before founding the Stanford University Digital Art Center in 1997. At Berkeley, he is involved in developing the Center for New Media, which focuses on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His creative work focuses on the mediation between humans as individuals and humans as a collective through technological means, and emphasizes playful responses to technology. His most recognized projects are Gravity (Cooper Union, NYC, 1997), PING (SFMOMA, 2001), Oxygen Flute (SJMA, 2002), ar (Pacific Film Archive, 2003), Ping 2.0 (Paris, La Villette Numerique, 2004), Organum Playtest (2005), Good Morning Flowers (SFIFF 2006, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2006), blackloud.org, sevenairs.org, and polartide.org.
NATANI NOTAH is an interdisciplinary artist, poet, and graphic designer. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation (Diné) and is also of Lakota and Cherokee descent. In 2014 she graduated from Cornell University with a BFA in Fine Art and a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been widely shown. Notah currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find her online at www.nataninotah.com.
PERDITA PHILLIPS is an Australian artist most interested in the permeable boundaries between human and more-than-human lives. Her work revolves around ecological issues and social change. Working inside and outside gallery spaces, process and the creation of experiential events for audiences are strong elements in a wide-ranging and experimental conceptual practice. Walking, listening, mapping and exchange are used to traverse and integrate art, ecology and the concerns of nonhuman worlds. Whilst materially diverse, underlying themes of attention to ecosystem processes and a commitment to a resensitisation to the physical environment, are apparent.
Phillips completed a MA at Goldsmiths College (University of London, 1999) and has exhibited in Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Portugal and Canada. Phillip’s practice-based PhD was entitled fieldwork/fieldwalking: art, science and sauntering in the walkingcountry (2006, Edith Cowan University, Australia). She has undertaken two Australia Council-funded residencies at SymbioticA (Perth, Australia) about/with bowerbirds and thrombolites.
YULIA PINKUSEVICH is an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Kharkov, Ukraine. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, graduating both universities with highest honors.Yulia has exhibited nationally and internationally including site-specific projects executed in Paris, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yulia’s work is represented by Kent Fine Art in New York City, she has been awarded residency grants from Autodesk Pier 9, Facebook HQ, Recology (San Francisco Dump), Cite des Arts International (Paris), Headlands Center for the Arts, Redux in Charleston, South Carolina, Goldwell Open Air Museum Las Vegas and The Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. She was also the recipient of The San Francisco Foundations 2011 Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts as well as Stanford University SiCA’s Spark and ASSU Grants. Yulia is currently Assistant Professor of studio art at Mills College. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
DR. JILL SCOTT is lecturer, professor and context provider with many years experience the unique field of Art and Science research. Currently, she co-directs the LASER Salon in Zurich for Leonardo Society USA. She is professor emerita at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and founded their Artists-in-Labs Program in 2000. She was the Vice Director of the Z-Node program- Planetary Collegium with 16 PhD graduates in clusters of art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK (2000 to 2016). Her own artwork spans 38 years of production about the human body, behaviour and body politics, but in the last 10 years she has focused on creative media art experiments about neuroscience, ecology and sensory perception resulting in a series called Neuromedia. This current research is based on making interpretative interactive constructions of sculptural models with interactive film segments based on actual scientific research and imbedded with cultural metaphors. www. jillscott.orgwww.imls.uzh.ch/en/research/Stoeckli.html
STEPHANIE SHERRIFF is an interdisciplinary sculptor, performer, and media artist. Her artwork is experiential in nature and consists of sculptural, time-based installations and performances that are often living, changing, and sometimes dying. In her process, she observes, collects, deconstructs, and recomposes plants, light, sound, video, and scents in order to create abstracted, ephemeral forms and sensory experiences. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University in 2014 and has been actively performing and exhibiting work in the Bay Area since 2008.
RSITOY is a multimedia artist who was born in New York, NY. She studied English at Boston University and holds an MFA in Design + Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the recipient of the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship from 2005 to 2007. Her videos and installations explore the search for self and identity, influenced by media, technology, and the (in)accuracy of memory. Her work has been shown in Atlanta, Baltimore, New York City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Russia, and throughout the Bay Area. She has lectured throughout Northern California and was awarded a residency at the Philadelphia Art Hotel in 2009. She received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program for 2012-2013 and again for the years 2015-2016. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
ANDREW WATTS’ works, from chamber and symphonic to multimedia and electro-acoustic, are actively performed throughout the US and Europe. His compositions have been premiered at world-renowned venues such as Ravinia, the MFA Boston, Jordan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room. In the past few years Mr. Watts has written for top musicians and ensembles including Distractfold, RAGE Thormbones, Splinter Reeds, Quince, Line Upon Line, Tony Arnold, Séverine Ballon, and LAPQ. In 2017-2018 he will be writing a new vocal ensemble piece for Ekmeles and a large chamber piece for Proton Bern. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford studying with Brian Ferneyhough and working towards a D.M.A. in Composition. Mr. Watts received his master's with distinction from Oxford and his bachelor's with academic honors from the New England Conservatory. He has been a featured composer at Delian Academy (Greece), the Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands), Cheltenham Music Festival (England), the 48th International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt (Germany), the Composit Festival (Italy), the Biennial Ostrava Days Institute (Czech Republic), the highSCORE Festival (Italy), the Wellesley Composers Conference (USA), the Etchings Festival (France), Fresh Inc. Festival (USA), New Music on the Point (USA), and the Atlantic Music Festival (USA).