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Roberta Buiani is an interdisciplinary artist, media scholar and curator based in Toronto. She is the co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto) and co-organizer of LASER Toronto. Her recent project investigates emerging life forms exceeding the categories defined by traditional methods of classification.
Her artistic work has travelled to art festivals (Transmediale; Hemispheric Institute Encuentro; Brazil), community centres and galleries (the Free Gallery Toronto; Immigrant Movement International, Queens, Museum of Toronto), and science institutions (RPI; the Fields Institute). Her writing has appeared on Punctum, Space and Culture, Cultural Studies and The Canadian Journal of Communication among others. She is a research associate at the Centre for Feminist Research (York University); a Scholar in Residence at Sensorium, Centre for Digital Arts and Technology (York University); and a lecturer in STS at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) and New College (University of Toronto).
Giorgio Cipolletta is a transdisciplinary artist and scholar of digital culture and new media aesthetics. In 2012 he received his PhD in Information and Com- munication Theory. For seven years he has been an adjunct professor for the Photography and New Visual Technologies at the University of Macerata. In 2011 he has been visiting student at ZKM, Center for Art and Media Technologies in Karlsruhe. He is member of the editorial staff of Noema / <mediaversi> / Riviste di Scienze Sociali / ArShake. He has published in several academic journals such as Flusser Studies, Heteroglossia and Futuri. His first book is Passages metrocorporei. Per un’estetica della transizione, eum, Macerata, 2014. He is also a member of the scientific committee of art*science and Poetry and Narrative for eum (Macerata University Press). He has won many international poetry awards. He has also participated in numerous national exhibitions with multimedia installations and performances (Corpus 2012; Chaos 2013; Bookquake 2017; Suoni dal sisma. Paesaggi sonori; / Hybridisms / ClimaX, 2018, Rendere a vuoto, 2019).
Chimico con un dottorato di ricerca in biochimica e biotecnologie cellulari, si occupa dal 2005 di sostenibilità e di comunicazione della scienza con un approccio interdisciplinare che lo porta spesso a interagire con il mondo dell’arte.
Ha scritto libri e articoli divulgativi e scolastici. Nel 2016 è stato uno dei fondatori di FRAME – Divagazioni scientifiche. È coordinatore dal 2018 del progetto PiCS (Picturing the Communication of Science). Ha ideato mostre e installazioni multimediali come Human Rice (2018), Rizosfera (2019), Orgàna (2020), Embryonica (2021) e Lumen (2022).
È stato coautore dell’opera di arte-scienza Photosynthetic me che ha vinto il prestigioso STARTS PRIZE for Social Goods della Commissione Europea nel 2021.
Claudia Schnugg is artscience scholar and curator. She holds a PhD in social and economic sciences with an additional focus on cultural sciences and media arts. Her ongoing practice in the field of art and science is twofold: as scholar she is researching artscience collaborations, investigating effects and impact of such art-science exchange on actors, organizations involved and the relevance of the outcome. Thereby, she is also exploring new ways of employing artistic strategic strategies in scientific research. For example, she is currently principal investigator of the Digital-Sensemaking project at Johannes Kepler University Linz and is engaged in several international research projects.
As a curator, she works with artscience processes, projects, and programs, but also develops exhibitions at the intersection of art and science. Currently, she is curating and consulting artist-in-residence programs and artscience projects at European Space Agency/ESTEC, Institute of Stem Cells and Epigenetics at Helmholtz Center Munich, Science Gallery Berlin, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Most recently she was guest curator of “Cosmos Archaeology” at the EPFL Pavilions in Lausanne, Switzerland, and she is co-curator of Resonances IV “Naturarchy” of the SciArt Project at the JRC in Ispra. Her most recent book is Creating Art Science Collaborations (2019), published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Franco Torriani (Torino, 1942) sin dagli anni ’70 si occupa delle connessioni tra scienze e arti e, in anni successivi, dei rapporti fra nuovi media, linguaggi simbolici e scienze della vita. Laureato in scienze economiche (Università di Torino) ha lavorato, come consulente indipendente in relazioni esterne, in vari Paesi sulle interferenze fra iniziative economiche, strategie di comunicazione e organizzazioni di eventi. E’ stato membro del direttivo di Ars Technica, Parigi, di Ars Lab (co-fondatore), Torino, e – negli anni ’90 fino al 2017, in Francia – consigliere di amministrazione di Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes (presidente dal 1998 al 2007). Con Franz Fischnaller ha collaborato al Last Supper Interactive Project. Attualmente è nell’Advisory Board di Noema e del comitato scientifico della collana <mediaversi>. Dal 2018 è membro di Transcultures Europe – Pépinières de Création, Parigi. E’ autore di numerosi scritti pubblicati in vari libri e testate.
Judith van der Elst
Judith van der Elst holds degrees in archaeology/anthropology (M.A. University of Leiden, the Netherlands; Ph.D. University of New Mexico, USA), with a specialization in spatial thinking and geospatial technologies. She carried out her doctoral research in New Mexico, with a focus on the investigation of differences in spatial cognition within the human population. She was fortunate to learn different approaches to value our human heritage, and specifically important are the connections to the land taught through Native American land-based knowledge systems, through which this research branched out into questioning the spatiality of other forms of intelligence and interconnectedness of being. Thereafter, her interest in land-based knowledge systems, biosemiotics, and radical embodied cognitive approaches resulted in an exploration of research beyond academic boundaries for a number of years.
Currently she works as a researcher as part of the research group Art & Sustainability, Minerva Art Academy at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and as a postdoctoral researcher within the ELSA-Lab NN (University of Groningen), focused on the ethical and socially responsible implementation of A.I. applications in healthcare.