Shahab ud din is a young nanotechnologist and studying as a doctoral student at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Bangkok) under Petchra pra jom klao scholarship and his future research work is about growing organs on a microfluidic chip. He is interested in designing and coding while public speaking, singing, traveling and entrepreneurship are some of his greatest interests. He wants to achieve professional excellence in his field of interest and he wants to utilize his capabilities and academic background for the possible contribution to his country and for the human welfare. He received his honours degree from Peshawar, Pakistan in the major of biotechnology. He is currently serving as a CEO of an education tech startup “science on wheels” based in Pakistan. He has attended several workshops and had been a part of several social societies in his hometown.
Issy Tweedie is a theorist whose work lies at the intersections of psychology, critical theory, feminist theory, and philosophy; her current interests center on altered states of consciousness and feminine subjectivities. She received her Master of Arts in Critical Theory from the University of Kent, where she completed a dissertation on sexuality in feminist science fiction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where she developed an interdisciplinary concentration in psychology, philosophy of mind, and psychedelic studies. Issy has presented work at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) and the Cognitive Development Society, participated in artist residencies at Cultivamos Cultura, and has extensive research experience in developmental psychology labs.
Oya Damla is a multimedia artist based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Her work explores the body in relation to thought formation, the experiential components of sound making, and the process of art /identity making as a first generation american. Founder of The Ear, a DIY community arts and performance venue, geared towards creating a neutral space for female and non-binary artists, primarily focused on showcasing women working in sound, performance & interdisciplinary arts.
Dates: 5-15 June
Architect and Maker / DK
PostDoc researcher at IT-University Copenhagen, Dept of Computer Science
Flora Robotica is an EU-funded project developing plant-robot hybrids. As part of the project research on electro-physiology from plants have come a long way with the commercially available Phytosensor developed by Cybertronica research.
I will bring a phyto-sensor to measure plant signals in various natural environments. We will translate electro-physical signals from plants residing in nature to other media of signals e.g. sound, to make them accessible to human cognition.
In turn we will use naturally occurring phenomena, sensed by the plant to trigger cameras or alert humans to capture these significant events.
A sensor-hub captures UV, light, temperature, gas and air-pressure along with images and electro-physical signals. Images, plant-signals and data are in turn processed to find patterns of events in the every-day-life of a plant.
In addition, I bring a waterproof programmable camera to capture underwater stop-motion movies, and movies of other projects in need of documentation. So give a shout if you need to document something under water between 5th and 15th of June 🙂
[Dates: May 30-June 13]
- Secret graphic novel project I’ve been working on with Andy and some other folks, which may make its debut at Dinacon
- Music video for a song called “Robot Language,” on my upcoming E.P. , “Beep Boop.” (I write/perform under the moniker Dezmediah)
- Short story inspired by what I see at the conference.
- Collecting soundscapes for my soundscape collection.
Writer and activist. I have a Master of Social Work degree, with a Health Policy concentration. I’m interested in system dynamics and how ecology intersects with social justice. I was a cofounder of 350 STL, a local chapter of 350.org, and have experience planning marches, sit-ins, and all sorts of fun stuff like that.
Lately, I’m concentrating more on my writing and will be attending Boston University’s MFA program in Fall 2018. I like to write science-fiction and literary-fiction and have been writing a young adult science-fiction graphic novel series with Andy for the past year.
Although my higher education background is humanities- and social-science-based, I am definitely a biology and science-writing nerd. Would love to geek out with fellow E.O. Wilson and Elizabeth Kolbert fans. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about mushrooms and am looking forward to checking out the fungal life on Koh Lon.
[June 10 – June 24 (maybe July 1)]
Kira deCoudres is a remix media artist and theorist specializing in topics of body-mind decay, mutation, and mutilation. deCoudres graduated from Hampshire College as a Five College Digital Humanities Fellow studying Science, Technology, and Media Studies. She has presented theoretical work at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), the Electronic Visualization of the Arts (EVA London), exhibited media work at the International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the Global Community Bio Summit at MIT. She has been an artist-in-residence at Cultivamos Cultura, worked at Wave Farm Radio, and performed at Rosekill Performance Art Space.
ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles
ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles is about underwater and semi-submerged experiences of Augmented Reality. What if we altered Augmented Reality Goggles to make the User Experience water resistant? The ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles team plots to evolve this into a durational performance of human & non human participants that could be fed/broadcasted live as it evolves throughout the duration of our presence at the conference.
The ImmerSea team plans to put a lot of work into making Novel Economies of sensual data. The ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles project engages with topics of behavioral immersion by connecting environmental and experiential bio datatics across human, animal, and technological populations. Here, media manipulation serves to make environmental/biological information experientially available, stimulating curiosity and interest previously inaccessible to large populations. Relevant themes are: Behavioral Immersion, Open-Ended Tools, and Technological Agency. This distinguishes our approach to both the media and the interface that AR provide people to feed their sensual data-bodies. We are studying obscurely in the realms of psychology, biology, art as research and free thought. The data of difference is most fabulous for the uncovering unique ideas about new technologies. So is a seaside retreat with a gaggle of fun funky creatives!
Dates: 21st – 27th June
Project: Citizen Naturewatch is a project being conducted at the Royal College of Art and the Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths University. We are aiming to create new interactions with nature for public audiences, via open source technologies. We are creating a series of low-cost, accessible, DIY devices, using off-the-shelf components, that collect content (video, audio, images, data) about animals, to excite and educate people about wildlife and technology. So far, the projects’ explorations, testing and prototyping, have been limited to the UK. In joining the Digital Naturalism Conference I will make, deploy and test new iterations of the devices taking inspiration from the more diverse ecology of Thailand.
Bio: Amina is an independent artist and Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London, within the Design Products department.
She graduated from the RCA with an MA in Design Interactions. She is interested in finding points where fiction can become reality and aims to disperse metanarratives to give way for a more diverse range of ideologies. She creates designed interactions, speculative systems and sonic fictions, using designed media to expand reality and broaden people’s notion of what design can encompass, manifest as and effect.
Amina has presented her work at the London Design Festival, Milan Furniture Fair, Venice Architecture Biannual and Critical Media Lab, Basel, Switzerland. Also, given lectures at Harvard University, America, Queen Mary University London, the V&A museum, to industry and government
Dates: 26-May to 2-June
Project: Ultraviolet Photography of Flowers and Critters on the Cheap
Zahid is working on modifying his old digital camera to image in the UV to be able to see the pollinator attractor features of flowers that are visible to bees. To make it more challenging, he has set a budget of £250 for the kit. He also hopes to have a play (I mean conduct serious scientific experiments) with fluorescence of plants and critters.
Bio: Zahid is a grey haired engineer with a limited attention span, who having got bored of design and manufacture of computer chips, has spent the last several years working on DNA based medical diagnostic device and other sensors. Not able to deal with good weather, after almost 20 years in Northern California, he moved to Cambridge, England in 2000.
4th of June until the 10th of June.
Plans: I’ll be working on adding on a low power data relay system to our acoustic monitoring stations (currently we use raspberry pi’s as a base). Currently our main issue is battery life so if we can get a system up and running that can survive on solar panels and that can relay data back to a main station we could figure out what is going on in the nature around us in real time, rather than having to wait several months to collect the data and analyse it.
The equipment for this project is funded by Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.
Bio: I just finished a PhD in ecology at National University of Singapore. I mainly use amphibians and tropical mountain systems for my research. Currently I work on community and co-occurence data and trying to assess why these change and what is a natural variation and what is not. Mountains present a special challenge, not only do they tend to hold a greater biodiversity and endemism, but they are inherently difficult to survey and collect data from. Tropical areas are also in dire need of extensive basic data collection (such as what species are where) needing to be done over the next few years, necessitating new approaches to be coupled with the old classical survey techniques. I thereby try to utilise technology and more automated techniques for data collection and work on standardisation of some of these techniques or how they compare to our classical methods. As I am currently based in Singapore this is an ideal location to try some of these out before we move testing of things like data relay from monitoring stations into more hard to reach areas. I am interested in why amphibian species are where they are? What other species are present and why and when does the amphibian community shift and is this due to the other species or variation in the environment around them?
I am here as part of the documentation team for DiNaCon 2 (2019) to help archive some of the collaborative interpretations of the digital + natural world through the perspectives of creative technologists, scientists, and hackers.
When I’m not at DiNaCon, I am based in Toronto where I run a series of community biology workshops in the basement of a mall in Chinatown and play in between the realms of food systems, culinary arts, biohacking, and crafting.
My dream is to run an experimental farm built on open source hardware + software that includes a biology lab and a greenhouse for experimental plant breeding.