Speakers

Susan Buck

Susan Buck is a programmer, designer, and educator with over 15 years of web development experience, starting with her education in digital media at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program and UNC Asheville’s Multimedia Arts and Sciences program.

Currently, Susan is a lab instructor in Computer Science at Wellesley College and also teaches Dynamic Web Applications at the Harvard Extension School.

Susan co-founded the Women’s Coding Collective (http://thewc.co), which aims to cultivate supportive, no-stupid-questions environments where women can learn, build, and code together.
http://susanbuck.net

Carla Ciuffo

Carla Ciuffo is a photo artist living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her imagery is an amalgam of narratives, abstracts and lyrical imagery emphasizing the enigma of being human. Quality of light, both natural and constructed, provides luminosity within alternate dimensions that expand the boundaries of her photographic world. Ciuffo has produced a number of installations including portraiture of iconic and contemporary artists hanging at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, a profile of Girl With a Scar at Tennessee’s Custom’s House Museum and several large format public works at Nashville’s International Airport. Her work can be found collections and corporate installations in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Nashville. Representation: Tinney Contemporary, Nashville TN, James Gallery, Pittsburgh PA.

Canan Dagdeviren

Canan Dagdeviren was born in 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey. Canan obtained her B.Sc. in Physics Engineering from Hacettepe University in Ankara. She was awarded with full-scholarship throughout her M.Sc. studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University in Istanbul. As being the top of the list in her field to be entitled to a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow, which was given for the first time in Turkey in 2009, she pursued her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under supervision of Prof. John A. Rogers.  Canan’s research experience focused on the applications of active piezoelectric materials and patterning techniques for ‘unusual’ electronic devices with an emphasis on bio-integrated systems. Her collective Ph.D. research has implications across a variety of sensors and energy harvesting components for self-powered cardiac pacemakers, multi-functional cardiac vessel stents, non-invasive/wearable/epidermal blood pressure sensors, and skin cancer detection bio-patches.

Canan received her Ph.D in December, 2014. Dagdeviren is currently a postdoctoral research associate in The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research of MIT, working with Prof. Robert Langer. She also collaborates with Prof. Michael Cima and Prof. Ann Graybiel at McGovern Institute for Brain Research of MIT.

Recently, Canan has been named a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, as being selected the first scientist from Turkey in the history. Currently, she has 22 journal papers, is inventor on 3 patent applications, and holds over 35 prestigious awards including; 2015 MIT Technology Review Award for Innovators under 35 (Inventor), Materials Research Society Grad Student Awards (Fall & Spring Meetings, 2014), MIT Technology Review Award for Innovators under 35 (MIT TR35) in Turkey, Named as The Innovator of 2014 among the first generation MIT TR35 Turkey, Illinois Innovation Prize, Turkish American Scientists & Scholars Association (TASSA) Young Scholar Award, Racheff-Intel Award for Outstanding Materials Research, Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science: Young Scientists Who Are Changing the World.

Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light.

She builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature— wind, water and light — and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts from being an object you look at, to something you can get lost in.

Recent prominent works include: “As If It Were Already Here,” a monumental sculpture suspended over Boston’s Greenway; “Impatient Optimist,” a new iconic piece for the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual from to their mission; “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks,” a 745-ft sculpture that premiered at the 2014 TED Conference; “Water Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics; and “Every Beating Second” in San Francisco Airport’s new Terminal Two.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, her TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. Ranked number one on Oprah Magazine’s List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for “changing the very essence of urban spaces.” She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”

Antony Flackett

Antony Flackett is a video/sound/multimedia artist living and working in the Boston area. Antony also performs and produces music under the name DJ Flack. He teaches at MassArt and co-runs the “experimental party music” monthly in Cambridge called Beat Research. Flack’s dioramas are quite different from his sound-based work and draw inspiration from pre-cinematic “peep-show” devices, early silent film and single panel cartoons, creating the illusion of tiny characters playing out short narratives within the three dimensional space of a small set.

To see more of Antony’s work (music, videos and interactive animations) visit djflack.com

Steve Hollinger

Steve Hollinger is a Boston-based artist and inventor. He has exhibited sculpture at institutions and venues including the Peabody Essex Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MIT Stata Center and Boston Sculptors Gallery. As an inventor, Hollinger has developed and marketed a range of patented products including large-format print production software, paddlesports gear and an array of throwable cameras capable of capturing aerial panoramas and stabilized video. Hollinger’s reinvention of rain umbrellas was the subject of a New Yorker profile by author Susan Orlean.

Luke Hollis

Luke Hollis is the founder of Archimedes Digital, a Cambridge-based startup dedicated to software and mixed reality development for the humanities.  The artists, developers, and archivists at Archimedes create software that does not further distract and isolate users but instead connects us to our shared traditions and cultures.

He is also a poet and translator of Theocritus and other pastoral Greek poets. Luke has excavated with the Contrada Agnese Project at Morgantina since 2012.

Pagan Kennedy

The former Innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine, Pagan is author of eleven books.

She has been an MIT Knight Science Journalism fellow and published articles in dozens of newspapers and magazines. Other awards include a Smithsonian fellowship, a Massachusetts Book Prize honor in nonfiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Nicole Noll

Nicole Noll is a social psychologist, researcher, and instructor in the Harvard University Department of Psychology. She studies everyday actions like posture and gestures to learn how they influence cognition, and is especially interested in gendered behaviors.

Nicole teaches courses in persuasion, nonverbal communication, research methods, and psychology of women and gender.

Nicole co-founded the Women’s Coding Collective (http://thewc.co), a collaborative learning community for women coders and creators who are working and learning at the intersection of web development and entrepreneurship.

Victoria Shen

Victoria Shen is a San Francisco-born Somerville-based multimedia artist and musician whose visual work is positioned at the intersection of art history, pop culture, and identity politics. She constructs interactive video/sound installations which layer and saturate appropriated media to produce new critical readings. Through a process of visual exaggeration and effacement, her video work holds up a mirror to the absurd side of images we consume. 

While her video work is produced live by patches built in Max/MSP, Shen’s music heavily features analog modular synthesizers, contact microphones, and other hand-built electronics.  Her approach to music is sculptural in both the shaping/texturing of audio waveforms and the design of the sound objects themselves.

Shen’s talk will discuss the strained yet harmonious relationship between art and technology within her own practice and the way technology reproduces our sexual and violent fantasies.

Artwork by Victoria Shen has been featured in the Howard Art Projects, Fourth Wall Gallery, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Superchief Gallery Brooklyn.  She can also be seen performing around Boston in her noise rock band Trim.

https://www.instagram.com/yegglet/
https://soundcloud.com/trimendous

Nina Sinatra

Nina Sinatra is a doctoral candidate in Materials Science & Engineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Her research focuses on the intersection between mechanical and chemical properties of polymer nanofibers. Nina is designing novel methods to fabricate strong nanofabrics by understanding how nanoscale features can be used to tune properties at the macroscale. Prior to joining the Disease Biophysics Group at SEAS, she completed a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Polymer Research, and internships at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. Nina holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT and Columbia University, respectively. She has been awarded research fellowships by Harvard and Columbia, and is a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

Ricky van Broekhoven

Ricky van Broekhoven (1984) is a designer and musician from Eindhoven the Netherlands.

He started his education at the department of spatial design at the St. Joost academy Breda.

Simultaneously he was producer and performer of the electronics live-act Axxonlab. Experiencing music as something tangible, like a material that can be formed and manipulated, soon the topics of sound and space became merged. He got fascinated with the phenomenon of visible sound vibration called cymatics.

He was invited to continue his study at the Rietveld Adacemy in Amsterdam where he explored and elaborated on the emergence of sound as a perceptible energy. After graduating his MA in 2012 he founded Studio van Broekhoven, where he researches natural forces and processes of noise. He calls his field of work spatial sound design. In his laboratory workshop that simultaneously functions as a sound studio he engineers instruments and prototype tools that help creating unique objects and immersive environments. His projects are ranging from collaborations with health care institutions, to internationally renowned academies and museums. Van Broekhoven currently lives and works in Eindhoven.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011 Utrecht, November Music / Speelklok Museum / Circlectric
2011 Den Bosch, Stedelijk museum / Circelectric
2012 Amsterdam, ARCAM Architecture Centre Amsterdam / Sandberg Institute Graduates
2012 Paris, La Gaite Lyrique / AAARGH!
2013 Eindhoven Dutch Design Week / Convoi Exceptionnel / Soundshapes project
2013 Eindhoven, Van Abbemuseum / Once Upon A Time
2015 Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum / The Green Gallery / Solid Vibration
2015 Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week / In No Particular Order / Sonoscope & Audiograph

Alex Walthall

Alex is an archaeologist who specializes in the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean region, particularly the archaeology of ancient Sicily. He currently serves as Field Director of the Contrada Agnese Project (CAP) at Morgantina, a long-term excavation and research project that investigates developments occurring in the urban center of Morgantina between the 3rd and 1st centuries BCE. For the latest news on the CAP excavations, visit www.themagazzino.org. When not in the field, Alex teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is an Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology in the Department of Classics.

Lauren Whitley

Lauren Whitley is senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helps oversee a collection of 45,000 textiles and costumes. Since joining the staff of the MFA in 1992, she has curated a number of exhibitions including Hippie Chic, Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images, Threads on the Edge: Fiber Art from the Daphne Farago Collection, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and High Style and Hoop Skirts: 1850s Fashion. She is co-curator of #techstyle the hi-tech fashion exhibition currently on view in the Foster gallery of the MFA.

Ms. Whitley holds a M.A. degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, and received her B.A. in Art History from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  Her recent publications include Hippie Chic and essays in Icons of Style: Fashion Makers, Models, and Images, The Dublin Seminar Proceedings, Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth (2009), Gee’s Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt (2006), MFA Highlights: Textile and Fashion Arts (2006), and Fashion Show: Paris Style (2006).