A great opportunity to bring SciArt to the rainforests of Puerto Rico and the desert landscape of the American Southwest is happening this summer. ART+BIO collaborative is a non-profit organization that works between the disciplines of art, biology, and life sciences. The work of the organization is focused on social practice and interdisciplinary collaboration, with their portfolio including public installations, festival participation, and educational events. This network for collaboration offers a platform for artists and scientists to exchange ideas and enhance each other’s practice.
By Allison Palenske
The working context for projects hosted by ART+BIO brings scientists out of the lab, and artists out of the studio, with a collective goal of responding to the natural environment. ART+BIO will also host two fieldwork travel programs this summer--
· ISLAND LIFE is a field study in the “diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments”
· DESERT LIFE is a field study set in a dramatic landscape of “white sand dunes, black lava rock, underground caverns, and mountain landscapes of West Texas and New Mexico”
ART+BIO Collaborative co-founders Stephanie Dowdy-Nava and Saúl S. Nava lead the field studies. As the founders of ART+BIO Collaborative, the partnership between the two speaks volumes of the organization’s integrative approach. Stephanie Dowdy-Nava is a visual artist whose work focuses on narrative and social issues, often inspired by the natural world and geography. Saul S. Nava is a biological scientist whose “research focuses on the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, communication and vision.” Working as a pair, the couple has established ART+BIO to function symbiotically between both of their backgrounds, with outputs mainly focusing on early educational and academic audiences. While the organization is based in Cambridge, MA, the projects produced by ART+BIO span internationally across borders.
ISLAND LIFE will take place in June 2014, with registration closing May 19. DESERT LIFE will take place in August 2014, with registration closing July 21.