Aug 26th – Sept 3rd. I’m an industrial designer from Barcelona. Focused on human interaction I’m experimenting with technology in form of wearables and installations. Let’s get inspired by the playful side of nature!
Dates: Aug 13-31
Project: Unnatural Language
During Dinacon I will create environment-specific sonifications using the Datapods (developed for Unnatural Language with Scott Kildall). Datapods are electronic devices that translate the unseen activity of plants and the environment into sounds for human appreciation. The troupe of Datapods will be spread into the jungle to converse with the environment, us, and each other. The Datapods are a modular system based on Arduino – curious to see if we can create new sensors and ways for them to interact with nature!
Michael Ang (https://michaelang.com) is a Berlin-based artist and engineer who creates light objects, interactive installations, and technological tools that expand the possibilities of human expression and connection. Applying a hacker’s aesthetic, he often repurposes existing technology to create human-centered experiences in public space and the open field. Countering the trend for technology to dissociate us from ourselves and surroundings, Michael’s works connect us to each other and the experience of the present moment.
Project: Biomimeticx2 is creating a link between visual art and bioinformation on a site-specific project named the Cloud Garden in Panama.
The plan is to focus in a miniscule, 1 square meter area which will be called the Cloud Garden in Panama. The art work is a continuation of The Cloud Garden in Harakka island in Helsinki founded in 2015.
The project will transform into Community Art when we are kindly requesting other conference members to provide images from the milieu of conference e.g. via Google Drive.
Bio: Päivi Maunu is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated as an environmental artist from Aalto University in 2011. Maunu is a multidisciplinary artist practicing Performental Art (a combination of Environmental Art and Performance Art), that she has established and advanced further since 2010.
She has participated in several international performance festivals such as Live Action Venice, Venice Biennale 2015, 2017 Preview Week and environmental conferences such as Digital Naturalist Conference in Thailand in 2018.
Päivi Maunu is a one of the founding members of art and research groups Nature&Art Post Scriptum (NAPS) and Biomimeticx2.
Hey everyone, I’m honored to be a part of Dinacon and will be joining you the first week of August. I’m hard to categorize; I’m an engineer and artist at heart and am happiest when I get to wear a lot of hats. I’ve built spacecraft and fighting robots, made costumes and movies, chased the shadows of asteroids and rare birds, and designed electronics for both the space station and just to make people laugh. I was most recently employed by Sparkfun Electronics, where I was an engineer with strong proclivities towards education and citizen science. I’m currently doing freelance design work for the Boulder CO aerospace community (will work for launch). At Dinacon I plan to serve as roving tech support; if you need electronics, coding, or media help, just let me know!
I’m learning how to use Procreate, and I thought I’d use it to flesh out an idea that’s been on my mind lately. I’m going to try to make a longer comic about yarncrafting during Dinacon!
So, Gamboa, home of Dinacon, is also home to these wonderful, adorable little rodents called agoutis – which bear some similarities to capybaras, but have been deemed infinitely superior for reasons I do not 100% understand. (Maybe because capybaras get all the press?)
Agoutis have pretty much become the mascot of Dinalab – Andy is always posting insta stories of their antics, the Dinatruck has an agouti decal, etc. – so of course they needed to have a pretty substantial presence here at Dinacon.
And they do – in the form of a series of Agouti-Do and Agouti-Don’t posters hung about the lab, reminding Dinasaurs of a few simple guidelines for being cool like an agouti (and not smug jerks like those capybaras).
Anyway, they are rad – great job, Andy! – so I thought I’d post a few of them:
So, to recap, just remember: At Dinacon or otherwise, it’s your duty to be cool like an agouti. Good luck out there!
In the spirit of sharing our work at the conference with the community and beyond, each Saturday (starting August 10) will be a public, open day. Come from 5-8pm to DINALAB (Casa 123B), to see exhibitions, performances, talks, or whatever the conference participants want to share!
August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31
Join us! (and maybe bring a snack or drink!)
En el espíritu de compartir nuestro trabajo en la conferencia con la comunidad y más allá, cada sábado (a partir del 10 de agosto) será una jornada pública y abierta. ¡Ven de 5 a 8 pm a DINALAB (Casa 123B), para ver exposiciones, presentaciones, charlas o lo que los participantes de la conferencia quieran compartir!
10 de agosto, 17 de agosto, 24 de agosto, 31 de agosto
¡Únete a nosotros! (y tal vez traer un bocadillo o una bebida!)
August 12-19th. Kris Casey is a visual artist and creative researcher from Chicago, IL. Her work draws heavily from various fields of philosophical and scientific inquiry, including evolutionary developmental biology, bio-aesthetics, evolutionary aesthetics, and genetics. Her research and practice examines relationships between biology and technology, natural and artificial, material and immaterial, subject and object. Her paintings can be seen as assemblages or accumulations of natural and technological elements whereby the biological concepts of mutation, contamination, decay, generation, emergence and metamorphosis become modes of inquiry into the production of novel forms.
Andy accidentally hops off the DIVA as it travels through the panama canal and ends up stuck in a strange place filled with biologists and weirdness! Giant crystal statues of John Muir’s tears welcome him to gamboa along with guest Alexandra Hedgpeth. She talks about her fascinating research with carbon dating soil, and we go into topics such as how the horrors of nuclear weapons became a surprisingly useful biological tool. Then we are greeted by the Muse of all Scientists, Existential Dread, who helps us (?) question everything.
PARCHED Panama research group
Valerie Milici’s instagram
Alex Hedgpeth, Existential Dread (Valerie Milici)
Dj Dez (https://dezmediah.bandcamp.com/album/beep-boop)
and JPOM (https://jpom.bandcamp.com/)
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I am an undergraduate biology student from Colombia and an illustrator by hobby. Although I am focused on learning more about birds and mammals, I always try to escape to draw my own version of reality and share it with others, because personally, I think that it is the best way to spread knowledge, ideas and emotions… and honestly, there are things that must be shared.