Friday 25th July 2014,
Imagine Science Films

2012 Artists in Residence

Mara Haseltine // Environmental Artist

Mara G. Haseltine’s love of the natural sciences and form has been a constant theme throughout her work. Her work is figurative in that even her most abstract forms are in fact megascopic renditions of microscopic or sub-microscopic images, often gleaned from sequences of amino acids. In the past decade she has taken the leap to combine her art practice with scientific experiments and environmental restoration. Working both in the field, the studio and the Lab.
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Patrick Jacobs // Sculptor

A kind of pseudoscience or homespun phenomena often characterizes Patrick Jacobs’ work whose protagonists seek to transcend their reality and achieve the impossible. Jacobs explores the world around us by borrowing from a mixture of scientific fact, cultural assumptions, wishful thinking or even magic.

Jacobs’ current work combines the use of concave lenses and meticulously constructed dioramas to present the viewer with a spatial and perceptual conundrum. The use of the negative focal length of the lenses and sculptural foreshortening suggests seemingly infinite depth within the limitations of a narrow space. This technique brings together apparently disparate elements such as popular home and garden manuals, historical landscape painting, and optics to create familiar yet uncanny worlds.

Jacobs received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in sculpture. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Teddy Lo // Lighting Designer

Teddy Lo began his exploration of LED as a mode of artistic expression while studying advertising design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Upon graduation, Lo relocated to New York City, and soon established himself as an artist leading numerous commercial design and development projects for technology companies around the world.

In 2003, Lo held his first solo art exhibition, Morphology, in NYC. Since then, Lo held solo exhibitions in prestigious locations around the world, including Russell Simmons’ Art for Life in NY, Luminale in Frankfurt and recently at MoCA for e-Arts Festival Shanghai.

As of 2010, Lo received his master’s degree in lighting offered by the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. In addition to continuing his artistic pursuits, Lo is the founder and Chief Vision Officer of LEDARTIST, a LED experience design company in Hong Kong, New York and design company in Hong Kong, New York and Shanghai.
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Cristina de Middel // Photojournalist

Cristina De Middel (Spain, 1975) is a photojournalist now based in London that has been working for different newspapers in Spain and with NGO´s such as Doctors Without Borders or the Spanish Red Cross for almost 8 years . She combines her strictly documentary assignments , which has been exhibited and awarded in several occasions (incuding a National Photojournalism Award Juan Cancelo and a special mention at the New Fnac Photographic Talent ), with more personal projects . This B-side of Cristina´s work deliberately asks the audience to question the language and the veracity of photography as a document and plays with reconstructions or archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction.
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Luis Nieto // Art Perversionist

Louis-Ferdinand Nieto Peralta Adams was born in Colombia in 1971. His work is influenced by the Latin- American philosopher Francisco Flores and the Perversionism movement. Nieto studied Physics and Mathematics in Bogota, before moving for a short period to the Theology Department, after which he specialized in animal physiology at the Academy of Surgery and Medicine. Prof Nieto’s passion for video has never left him and he continues to film all his experiences and experiments. In 2009, he co-directed with the primatologist Prof. Shibuya, an experimental protocol on animal communication in Japan. Together, they taught the cinematographic language to a monkey named “Capucine”. This successful process led to Capucine getting the title of the first monkey film-maker in the world.
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Julian Oliver // Critical Engineer

Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, artist and Critical Engineer based in Berlin. His projects and the occasional paper have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian’s work has received several awards, most notably a Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek.

Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, creative hacking, data forensics, computer networking, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.
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Zubin Pastakia // Photographer, Designer

Zubin is a media practitioner and interaction designer with a strong belief in the potential of storytelling to provoke a dialogue about the relationships between people and technology.

Having studied development economics in college, Zubin went on to work in film and photography thereafter. His personal photographic work, which has been influenced by contemporary urban theory, has been exhibited in India and other countries. He recently completed a degree in cultural studies and is currently attending the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design’s (CIID) IDP ’12 program.

Interested in the potential of design research and speculative thinking, Zubin believes that there is much to learn from the near-future science fiction of J.G. Ballard or the writings of Bruce Sterling to make sense of the complex techno-social everyday landscape that we need to design for.
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Tristan Perich // Composer

Tristan’s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim, called “sublime” (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His award winning work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Microtonal Wall) has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.
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Christine Sciulli // Video Installation Artist

Christine Sciulli is a New York based video installation artist. Her current body of work, “Intercepting Planes”, has developed through solo show sand projects at Causey Contemporary Gallery, AC Institute, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and, as well as group shows at Smithsonian affiliate Annmarie Garden and at the Islip Art Museum where Janet Goleas descrived her installation to be “a quiet riot of controlled chaos.” She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant to produce a roving outdoor video installation, Intercepting Planes X. Sciulli was nominated to submit for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2010 Invitational Exhibition.

She has worked as a video artist in theatre, collaborating with Phantom Limb at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center Residency and at Mass MoCA. Sciulli has collaborated with Mabou Mines on the waterfront production of, “Song for New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting”, and participated in their Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Residency at White Oak, Florida. Her video collaborations with composer Doug Geers, have been shown widely at European and American festivals.

Her 2005 solo show at Causey Contemporary (formerly Chi Contemporary), COVER, was a Village Voice Shortlist Choice: “projections…imbued with fresh, though enigmatic, meaning through intelligently deployed technology (RC BAKER).” Christine Sciulli holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State, and a BFA/ MFA from Hunter College. Sciulli’s work is part of the New Museum’s Rhizome ArtBase (Rhizome.org). She is represented by Causey Contemporary.
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Iori Tomita // Skeletal Artist

Japanese artist Iori Tomita graduated Kitasata University School of Fisheries Sciences. While working as a fisherman, he became interested in experimenting with the preservation and staining of fish. He gradually developed his mastery of the nuances of the process necessary for refining the form and colour of the pieces. Tomita has now transformed the scientific technique of preserving and dying organism specimens into an art form with his series, ‘shinsekai [toumei hyouhon]‘ (‘new world transparent specimens’). launched his launched his project “New World Transparent Specimens.” He currently creates these transparent specimens in his laboratory in Yokohama, Japan.

“People may look at my specimens as an academic material, a piece of art, or even an entrance to philosophy. There is no limitation to how you interpret their meaning. I hope you will find my work as a ‘lens’ to project a new image, a new world that you’ve never seen before.”