Here at the Department of Amphibological Research, we take image recognition on new expeditions in the natural world and tease out the limits of artificial intelligence. We invite you to collaborate with our team by providing new inspiration for our amphibological experiments.
How to get involved:
Submit a specimen for analysis by photographing something in your environment and running it through an AI image recognition software (like this or this e.g.) and sending us the results. We’ll use these to create new amphibological studies for the archive.
As a token of our appreciation, you’ll receive one of our snazzy official patches (below) and a credit on the site!
Additionally, we’d love to hear from participants that have expertise in machine learning and any artists interested in creating amphibological drawings.
Yours in ambiguity,
Pamela + Matteo
Dept of Amphibological Research
[May 20-July 15]
Yannick is the captain of the gorgeous Diva Marine. This is a vessel he and Tasneem have been working to develop into a marine makerspace on top of its normal duties as a commercial sailing and dive ship: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vessel-for-inquiry-a-marine-learning-lab-pilot#/
Lucky for us, we got Yannick to join our conference with his amazing ship. He will be docked off our island and generously providing
- Additional makerspace areas
- Solar Panels
- and his amazing experience and knowledge!
Project: Pom will be working on eco art, a combination of art and environment as concept
Bio: Pom is an eco artist from Thailand who make various kind of works such as sculptures, painting and product design focus mainly in environmental friendly
Here is the Link website to some of her past works
[June 10 – June 24 (maybe July 1)]
Adam Zaretsky Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). Headmaster VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.), Principal NADLinc (Biotech Corporation), Artist in Residence, psyFert (Psychic Fertility Clinic), Advisor, BEAk (The Bioart Ethical Advisory komission)
ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles is water-adapted augmented reality (AR). This may include aquatic AR goggles, immersive AR environments and AR submergibles. ImmerSea: Subversive Submersibles are installation experimentations creative real time and re-mashed audio visual overlays for experience alteration and tabulation of reactions. Centered around a pop-up sustainable miniature golf course made for recording biodiversity, we plan to transmit live mixed Video Jockey footage to our submerged AR human subjects in the Andaman Sea. Miniature golf is great low impact fun especially if it is sourced from local and sustainable materials. The Sustainable Miniature Golf Course is an interface to teach-in about biodiversity, human gene editing and bioethics. It is also a chill-out node to refuel, talk about theory and practice, hatch bioart ideas and underwater AR-VJ immersive transmission station. With enough funding we plan to use zorb balls and biosensors which may lead us into immersive use of sounds and tactility drawn in real time from the biodiverse environment.
Maggie Kane (http://www.streetcat.media/) is an experimental artist that specializes in the design and development of sustainable social systems via technology and accessible educational programming.
Maggie is currently focused on developing sustainable educational and income-generating programming for community organizations in the Atlanta area. She serves as a Director and Chair of Activities and Culture for Freeside Atlanta, famously known as Atlanta’s original hackerspace. There, she develops and manages the weekly educational programming that provides free or low-cost classes and events for the community to learn about robotics, electronics, knitting, DIY arcade building, and more.
For this conference, she wants to create a project that focuses on sustainable practices for DIY textile manufacturing by sourcing 100% of the project materials from recycling sources in Thailand and the US. Her plan is to build a loom at the conference (from Thailand / Atlanta sourced construction materials) and obtain Thailand-sourced recycled materials such as: plastic bags, old clothes, wires, and more to weave rugs, bags, and more at the conference. Conference attendees will have the chance to learn how to make their own textiles with this loom during a set regular interval of Open Hours during my stay at the conference. She will also be documenting my journey making this project and plan to make a youtube video about the whole sourcing and making process.
[June 3 – June 23]
Alex Rogers is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford where his research focuses on developing and applying artificial intelligence and machine learning within physical sensor systems to address real-world problems around sustainability. Recent work has addressed future energy systems, such as the smart grid, citizen science platforms, and environmental monitoring. Much of his current work is exploring how to use the tools of open-source hardware and software, the ethos of online maker communities, and emerging low-cost lost-volume manufacturing, to develop open tools for environmental scientists. With two PhD students he is developing the AudioMoth acoustic sensor (www.openacousticdevices.info) and using it to search for a rare insect in the UK and to monitor tropical forests in Belize for illegal hunting and logging.
Alex is a computer scientist and engineer at the University of Oxford exploring how to use the tools of open-source hardware and software, the ethos of online maker communities, and emerging low-cost lost-volume manufacturing (such as 3D printing and laser cutting), to develop open tools for environmental scientists. One example is AudioMoth (www.openacousticdevices.info); a low-cost acoustic sensor that can be manufactured for $25, compared to $1000 for commercial devices, that is being used to monitor animal species and human activities, such as illegal hunting and logging, in tropical forests.
At the conference, Alex will deploy these devices to perform an acoustic survey of the island, capturing the sounds of native bird and insect species, and will explore a variety of designs for low-cost submersible waterproof housings to extend the range of AudioMoth to the littoral zone.
[June 10 – June 16]
Rachelle and Federico cofounded Indigo V Expeditions (http://www.indigovexpeditions.org) , a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean health. In 2013, they pioneered citizen sailing oceanography as a way to crowdsource vital plankton date. To date, their volunteers have collected over 600 samples from across all four ocean basins.
Federico hails from Venice, Italy. He got his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and currently works at Nanyang Technological University as an Associate Professor and Chair for the Asian School of the Environment. He’s an Antarctic explorer and sea captain with over 20,000 sea miles to his name.
Rachelle graduated from UCSD and is an award winning writer and photographer. She’s also a NAUI Divemaster and First Mate on Indigo V, a Swan 61, with over 11,000 sea miles. They are ideally placed to lead this intrepid journey into the land of DNA jungle hacking.
We’re going to bring our handy dandy portable DNA sequencer and teach everyone how to sequence the DNA in our samples. From the results, we’ll make DNA art for everyone to take home with them.
[July 1 – 7]
Elizabeth and Luis together operate Datable LLC [http://datable.net], a design and technology studio and consultancy based in Barcelona, Spain. Their work combines Elizabeth’s expertise in technical theater, tailoring and wearable electronics with Luis’ expertise in programming, 3d modelling, and interaction.
During the conference they have proposed to develop a general toolkit for contextual wearable devices. The project processes signals from the environment through computer vision and other sensors in order to produce a feedback in series of actuators resulting in expressions of illumination and perhaps other human perceivable media. The wearable will be an interface to both the environment and to the cache of data collected throughout its operation. The process of creating the project can involve a group of people committed to wearing and evolving the wearable throughout the course of the conference.
Irene Laochaisri & Hermes Huang of InsightPact will be coming from Bangkok to conduct research on the conference’s openness in the frame of “situated openness” with inspiration from “decolonizing methodologies” of research. This means that we will critically examine the openness of the conference’s intentions, participants, activities, and geography in regards to contemporary and historical Thai society, culture, and context. We will invite participants to partake in Thai culture and history discussions, ecological empathy-building & awareness exercises, and conduct research alongside our team.
Our research will incorporate elements of a technique known as systemic constellations, which is designed to draw out intuitive and emotional data from participants as it pertains to particular questions, objects, environments, and avatars – this will allow us to examine the participants’ embodied and situated awareness of their place in Koh Lan through another lens (as opposed to through ‘just’ a cognitive lens). We are also curious to build open tools that allow us to engage the environment to stimulate and engage the physical human body to enhance systemic constellations and evoke other forms of intuitive and emotional data.