On March 2017, Guerilla Science put out a call for applications to our first ever Art-Sci Residency. The goal: to create a space where artists and scientists can meet and collaborate on bringing new installations and experiences to Oregon Eclipse 2017. 

Producer Romie Littrell tries out a protein-packed bug appetizer at The Entomophatron demo while Artist resident Sophi Kravitz looks on. Image by Marina McClure Photography.

With support from the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with Pratt Institute, the works below will be unveiled to the public this week! Learn more about our first Artist-Scientist Festival Residents and their exciting projects below.


THE ENTOMOPHATRON
Project led by artist Trina Chiasson and scientist James Ricci

This retro pop-up diner serves the finest bugs in town. Petting zoo and edible insect experiences served fresh daily.

Trina Chiasson builds builds technology to support sustainable food supply chains, with a current focus on insect protein. Previously, Chiasson was the cofounder and CEO of Infoactive, a data visualization and analysis software company acquired by Tableau in 2015. Chiasson was a Data Visualization Research Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where she launched “Data + Design,” an open source book available in three languages. She lives in San Francisco where she enjoys having nerdy conversations about entomophagy and the future of food. James Ricci is an entomologist from University of California, Riverside. Find him at the diner to chat about which bugs are worth eating and where to find them culturally and geographically.

 

GLOWBIOTICS
Project led by scientists Brett Russell and Chance Plaskett

Welcome to the age of bioengineering! Grow your own microbial masterpieces with transgenic fluorescent bacteria and learn about the ways in which gene editing is revolutionizing the way we make fuels, materials, medicine, and now art!

Brett Russell (B.S. Microbiology, UCSB) and Chance Plaskett (B.S. Chemical Engineering, UCLA) are two research technicians in Berkeley, CA working in a bioplastics and biofuels startup called Visolis. They hold affiliate status at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

Artist Ian Montgomery demonstrates how to repurpose plastic into raw material. Did you you those numbers actually relate to how that type of plastic is recycled? Image by Marina McClure Photography.

GUERILLA PLASTICS
Led by artist/scientist Ian Montgomery

Experience a hands-on workshop that brings the process of recycling out of the shadows and creates a tangible, real impression on us all. The workshop’s mission is to inspire and enlighten the public about the process of recycling in order to create an awareness in our day to day use of plastics. Ian has created two homemade plastic recycling machines – one that shreds plastic and one that heats it up and shapes it in a mold. Inspired by Precious Plastic, a DIY project started by artist Dave Hakkens, the growing community’s aim is to empower everyone to recycle and repurpose plastic wastes at home, turning it into valuable raw material before it ends up in the environment.

Ian Montgomery was trained as an environmental scientist at Stanford, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Earth Systems. After 4 years of work as a designer, he came back to school at the Pratt Institute to focus on sustainable packaging design. Ian is currently one year into a masters degree in the Package Design Program. For this project, Ian built a series of plastic shredding and injection molding machines in order to make a participatory installation using plastic waste from the Oregon Eclipse Festival.

 

BOUNDARY LAYERS
Project led by artist Mathew Lippincott

Wind Walk

Attune yourself to the movements of plants and awaken to the signs of the wind. Trees use rhythm to stand strong against storms, and we will embody their movement to collaborate like a forest. Observe the history of the wind in tree’s growth patterns, visualize wind rolling across the landscape, and learn to measure wind direction and speed just by watching trees.

Visualizing Wind with Kites

Make and decorate your own kite to take home, and join us for a group kite flight. Filling the sky with streamers will reveal the wind’s hidden tumult. We will fly kites and lift streamers to visualize the flow of air, uncovering gusts and turbulence in the lowest layer of the atmosphere — the Atmospheric Boundary Layer. No experience necessary.

Mathew Lippincott has collaborated across the boundaries of art, science, and education. He has executed projects as diverse as the city of Portland’s emergency sanitation plan, signage for the US’s first edibly landscaped public park, and a space suit you can make in your living room. He is a founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science and is currently in a cooperative agreement with NASA.

 

 

Our guests take a step together to try and sync their heartbeats, part of a demonstration for the Collective Biofeedback Experience. Image by Marina McClure Photography.

LOVEDOME
Project led by artist Sophi Kravitz with collaboration from scientist Lauren Silbert

LoveDome (Installation)

The LoveDome installation is a cozy, friendly space where participants can explore and interact with their own biorhythms! You will feel the power of your own heartbeat as an out of body experience and visualize the biology underlying your experience. Festival life presents a unique opportunity to engage with the relationship between your body and the environment, so come join us solo or with friends to experience something special!

Collective Biofeedback Experience (Interactive Talk)

Imagine if your breath, heart rate, physical state, and movement could transform an image in front of you. Imagine being a part of a collective biological experience. In this workshop, guests will learn to use awareness of their biology to de-stress and come together as one physical entity. Meet new people, connect with your biorhythms, and learn a skill you can take with you forever.

Sophi Kravitz is an electrical engineer and artist whose creative work is cross disciplinary, linking art and science and often invoking the environment as a conduit.. Sophi is professionally affiliated with the Hackaday community, where great science and engineering projects from around the web are presented daily.  Lauren Silbert is a neuroscientist who studies the brain’s architecture for communication. Her work focuses on interactive neuroscience where she has developed new technology and analytical tools to study the interaction between brains and the neurobiology that facilitates communication.

 

VISION QUEST
Project led by artist Thomas Koff and scientist Shai Azoulei

Are you tired of your boring reality? Stuck in the same old #festielife orbit? Is your brain in need of a good tickling? Well have we got the thing for you! We’ve developed the VISION Quest system of sensory transcendence to reorganize your understanding of reality. You won’t believe your eyeballs as you journey to the edges of perception deception. Sample VISION Quest for yourself during one of the live demonstrations.

Dr. Shai Azoulai has a love for neuroscience and his specialties include vision, multisensory perception, synesthesia, phantom limb syndrome, and illusions. He is especially interested in using our knowledge of how the mind works to change the educational system and help people learn more effectively. Thomas Koff is a conceptual artist, game designer, and general fun-maker. His current focus is Perception and Perspective.

 

Architect Matthias Neumann demos the metal detector which forms part of the Spaceship Archaeologist’s toolkit. Image by Marina McClure Photography.

SPACESHIP ARCHAEOLOGY
Project led by artist Matthias Neumann and scientist Scott Schwartz

The first ever photographed UFO sighting took place in Oregon on June 24, 1947, coining the flying saucer morphology. Oregon has remained a hotbed in the ongoing craze in spotting alien space craft with an overproportional amount of sightings. What if the festival lake was in fact the site of a UFO crash? Spaceship Archaeology will do some digging into this possibility.

Matthias Neumann is based in New York City, where he founded the interdisciplinary office normaldesign in 2004. His work fluctuates between architecture and a wide range of artistic media, with a particular focus on public art and installations in the public sphere. Some of Matthias’s noted competition entries include his submission to the World Trade Center Memorial competition in New York — which was selected as one of 8 finalists out of 5200 international entries —  and his winning design for the South Bank/Africa Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Among his many accolades, Matthias has been recognized and exhibited nationally and internationally. He is currently part of the adjunct faculty at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, New York. Scientist collaborator Scott Schwartz is an archaeologist at the City University of New York. He and Matthias have collaborated on a various public archaeological surveys and they now collaborate to bring the experience of real archaeology and interpretation to Oregon Eclipse.

 

EARL GREY MATTERS
Project led by artists Alex Todaro and Athena Diaconis

Grey matters. Earl Grey, in fact. Come to our tea parlor of mind altering explorations and explore the limits of your consciousness. Take a sip, and discover the depths of your unconscious grey matter. Breathe in our delicious and calming elixir and hone your cognitive sensing abilities.

Athena Diaconis and Alex Todaro spearhead Median, an experience design studio that works at the intersection of instructional design, performance, and systems psychology. They build interactive learning experiences that explore systems thinking and empathy development. Their goal is to encourage people to more actively and consciously participate in the systems in which they operate. They’ve previously built experiences for companies like Spotify, reddit, NASA, and GE, and were Research Fellows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MediaLab.

 

Guests during the residency demo-day discovered if they can tell which food items contained bugs and which didn’t. Do you think you can? Image by Marina McClure Photography.

BAR NONE
Project led by artist Nasimeh B.E. and scientist Sena Koleva

Through an interactive installation, guests will dive into the science of human connection through a series of activities supported by scientific research and designed to create intimacy. Nasimeh and Sena create a pop-up space for participants to both learn about and experience the power of meaningful, authentic, and playful interaction.

Sena Koleva, Ph.D., is a social and personality psychologist who studied morality, relationships, and political ideology. Since leaving academia for a startup in 2016, she’s worked on behavioral change programs for better conservation, transportation, and health. She’s also created art for several festivals. Her Eclipse project explores the creation of intimacy through introspection and self-disclosure. Nasimeh Bahrayni is a multi-disciplinary artist who is excited to bring her spirit of whimsy and play to her project, Bar None.  Her aim is for participants in Bar None to leave with a newfound understanding of (and appreciation for) the immense power of human connection.

 

LUBE LAB
Project led by artist Jaade Wills and scientist Dezirae PeBenito

This workshop is a two hour immersive experience where chemistry, human biology and sexuality combine in the preparation of various forms of lubrication. They’re bringing a unique competitive cook-off and the world’s smallest lube museum to Oregon Eclipse!

Dezirae PeBenito​ received her Bachelor’s degree in plant biology at UC Davis, and attended a Masters Program for Sustainable Development in Leipzig, Germany. She is a former scientist turned youth advocate who has a deep interest in spreading knowledge about vaginal health and sexuality to reduce stigma and promote health and wellbeing. Jaade Wills​ is a professional event producer, writer, and creative artist in the Bay Area. She has an MFA in literary nonfiction from Mills College. With a handful of years in the event industry and the founder of a tea service collective, she values the importance of human connection and creating immersive, uncommon, and limitless experiences.