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.
Dates: August 13-26
Hello! I am Stephanie, an artist and prof from Buffalo, NY. I will be experimenting with sensors and creatures for a larger project that looks at biology as technology and living machines in extreme landscapes. I am going to try and harness the aggressive energy of crocodiles to power the blockchain.
August 1st – 16th
Project: I’ll be creating 3D digital models of local flora using photogrammetry that others can then use in their own works. With any luck, I’ll have the Dinalab OpenScan device humming away, if it isn’t already.
Bio: I’m a New Yorker with a taste for going far off the beaten path. I’m also the founder of the edtech company, Neverware, and a former firefighter. I will be travelling the world to learn more about how technology is created, used, and disseminated in different communities. Dinacon will be my first destination, followed by Berlin, and then parts unknown. Collaborators and co-travelers welcome.
Dates: Aug 25-31
Project: Future Seeding, a sculpture series inspired by Karel Capek: “the future is not in front of us, for it is here already in the shape of a germ (seed); already it is with us; and what is not with us will not be even in the future.” Onsite I will be continuing fieldwork in which I find, photograph, and create 3D models of seeds via photogrammetry. The lowland rainforests of Panama form a critical junction of North and South America and are so biodiverse they contain many tree species they even today are not yet part of the taxonomic system. Due to climate change, sea level rise, and anthropogenic habitat disturbances, many may even go extinct before they are scientifically known. Future seeding is an ongoing sculpture series created from the 3D models made in the field; attempted sculptural catalysts of discussion. Upon completion, each 3D printed seed sculpture will also contain a simple electronic circuit that activates an audio recording when touched. Audio artist and composer Felipe Rossi will be traveling to Dinacon with me, assisting in the field audio recording.
Bio: I am a visual artist working in physical computing and other forms to create immersive installations and performances as well as interactive paintings and sculptures. Engaging with themes of environment and technology, I produce my artworks towards the creation of moments of reflection about human agency and balance with the built and natural environment. Right now I am a MFA candidate at the University of California, San Diego where I reside with my dog and many plants.
Dates: 5-8, 11-14 Aug 2019
I am a behavioral ecologist currently based in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. I have a passion for artistically expressing research, and will be developing a piece that conveys how soil nutrients affects Cecropia trees and their symbiotic Azteca ants.
[August 1 – August 15th]
Background in advertising and psychology. I currently live in Austin, Texas, USA, working at a tech-focused ad agency as a copywriter. I do not like writing about myself in third person . I am strongly in favor of Oxford commas.
Previously attended Andy’s hiking hackathon in Panama, back in 2015. Now, I’ll be helping document DiNaCon – definitely in the form of daily write-ups, but I’m also a big of instant photography, so hella Polaroids, too.
Pretty into karaoke, personality tests, theme parties, glitter, hula hooping, and tarot readings (and will have my cards on me, if you’re interested!) I will be mentally sorting you into your Hogwarts house, sorry. Trying to learn the guitar; so so so bad at it.
2007 Seattle-Area Pokémon Spelling Bee Champion, Age 21 and Up.
Jorge Medina Madrid, es un estudiante de 24 años que cursa el último año de la carrera de Biología Animal en la Universidad de Panamá. Mi interes está en el grupo de las Aves, especialmente las Aves Nocturnas.
Jorge Medina Madrid, is a 24-year-old student who is in the last year of his degree in Animal Biology at the University of Panama. My interest is in the group of Birds, especially the Night Birds. He’s an expert at taxidermy, and costume designer for one of the larger Carnival events in Panama!
August 1st – August 12th
I am a biologist in love with bees! My passion for these amazing insects has created in me a huge curiosity about the mysteries of their sensory systems. With the help of flashlights, cardboard, tape, plastic hoses, cameras, and some other common stuff, I’ll be creating bio-crafts to conduct olfaction experiments and to understand more about these cuties we call bees!
As part of the Dinacon Team, I’ll be helping and be your guide to find your way to creativity!