The Most Exalted Object
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

If you are in Baltimore/DC area today come visit my exhibition The Most Exalted Object, and see the PandoraBird Project, which is on public display at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) . The Most Exalted Object exhibition takes its title from a quote by Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in The Origin of Species (1859). In the passage Darwin marvels at the “grandeur” and complexity of the life which has evolved as a spontaneous order through the operation of natural laws. He states “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, …” This exhibition is dedicated to these life-forms and to our relation ship with our non-human companion species.

While at SESYNC I’ll also be leading a seminar titled Art and Science Collaboration: Challenges and Benefits, which is open to the general public.

SESYNC brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. SESYNC seeks to be the leading institution for in-depth research and scholarship with the potential to inform decisions. SESYNC conveins science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, and species protection, among other areas of study. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the center is dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. You can visit the center online at


Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

I also had the pleasure of presenting Art and Science Collaboration: The Key to a Sustainable Future, with Kim Landsberger from Antioch College and Emily Bosanquest of Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR). This webinar was presented at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an organization dedicated to supporting global sustainability transformation through higher education. The talk can be found at this link:

Usually the archived webinars are available for AASHE members only, but the organization had so many inquires from viewers who are not affiliated with an institutions that they changed it to only require an AASHE login. So, to view the talk you have to create a free account here.


Friday June 16th, 2016
Art and Science Collaborations at Biological Field Stations

AESS: Fri Jun 10 2016: I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation about how artists collaborate with environmental scientists and what the pay-offs of such collaborations—for scientific discovery, innovation, pedagogy, and public policy––may be.

I was so pleased to present this discussion with Lissy Goralnik, Roberto MightyEllie Irons. The panel was a great success and a really good example of how artists are functioning within Environmental Studies.  Focusing on artists who have done residencies at biological field stations, and one researcher studying their work, we aimed to elucidate the aims and outcomes of the collaborations taking place at these sites. From the artist’s perspective, we were interested in what constitutes a successful collaboration. From the perspective of environmental studies, we were interested in how these residencies support the work of participating institutions, scientists and field stations. On the most basic level, this discussion was what I hope will be a beginning in critically considering how and where art and science collaborations are working and how to intervene in ways that facilitate effective engagement. 

After Ellie and Roberto’s presentations, Lissy presented her work in actually studying the effectiveness of artist residencies at Long Term Biological Field Stations. (Lissy–if you send me a link to your paper I would love to include it here.) Best, E



Art and Science Collaborations at Biological Field Stations, AESS, 2016 with Elizabeth Demaray, Lissy Goralnik, Roberto Mighty and Ellie Irons.

May 18th, 2016
If you are in Hong Kong today please join us for the opening of PandorBird: Identifying the Types of Music That May Be Favored by Our Avian Co-Inhabitants, at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, City University, Hong Kong. The installation is on the top terrace of Daniel Libeskind’s Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center.

PandorBird is an outdoor artwork that uses computer vision and interactive software to track and then play the music choices made by wild song-birds. The mobile learning system offers bird food, uses a novel algorithm for bird species identification, plays avian-favored human music, and builds a database of the musical compositions preferred by local feeder birds, in real time. The system selects offerings for visiting birds in different genres of human music using standard criteria from web-based “music-discovery services,” such as melody, harmony, rhythm, form, and composition. Info on this project, a collaboration between myself, Ahmed Elgammal and the DigiHuman Lab at Rutgers University, can be found at: If you are in Hong Kong, please join us!

If you are in Washington D. C. in June, The Songs We Sing DC opens at American University on June 8th, 2016 in conjunction with Open Channels AESS.  This site specific artwork ponders the lack of human companion species in a postindustrial Western landscape, and attempts to improve on the current lack of animal centric sounds in our auditory experience of the natural.   A project description of an earlier iteration of the work at the Lloyd in Amsterdam can be read here:

I will also be the moderator at Art and Science Collaborations at Biological Field Stations
panel at this year’s Association of Environmental Science Studies Conference. The theme of the overall conference is “Science, Empathy, Collaboration and Sustainability.” The panel, featuring Lissy Goralnik, Roberto MightyEllie Irons, and Lynn Cazabon, aims to open a conversation about how artists collaborate with environmental scientists and what the pay-offs of such collaborations—for scientific discovery, innovation, pedagogy, and public policy––may be.

On the 24th of June, Hugo Bastidas and I will be the visiting critics at the Art Students League of New York Artist Residency at Vyt. The League Residency at Vyt provides support to emerging, established, and teaching artists by bringing them together with masters and colleagues for intensive focus through public critiques and an international residency program. To anybody that needs a beautiful, supportive workspace in NYC, I highly recommend Vyt.

Have a great summer, and I hope to see you at one of the events above.

JUNE 10th, 2015:
I’m a little late sending out exhibition announcements from this past season. I’ve been busy setting up the DigiHuman Lab at Rutgers University with Ahmed Elgammal. The lab is in the Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling Center at Rutgers, New Brunswick and is a platform for the use of machine learning in art (if you have an art related project that needs support in the area of computer vision or machine learning, you should come see us).  Below are a listing of summer exhibitions, presentations and shindigs. Of note, the opening at Zagreus Projekt in Berlin includes fabulous food and a participatory performance, so please join us!
Cheers and I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at one of the events below–Eliz

The Endangered Species Recipe Book, animals that have gone extinct or are going extinct and the recipes that we have used to eat them, June 19th-Aug. 18th, 2015 Zagreus Projekt, Berlin, curator Ulrich Krauss

This work is dedicated to the naturalist E.O. Wilson who believes that by the end of this century—in our lifetimes, we will lose half of all plants, animals and birds on our planet, if our current rate of ecological destruction continues. The Endangered Species Recipe Book isn’t actually a book. It is a series of oil paintings on paper. Each painting depicts an extinct or endangered animal, along the earliest known recipe that us humans may have used to cook the unfortunate creature. We will be showing the Recipe Book, along with a site-specific (and species specific) installation of the Songs We Sing Berlin. A live performance of the Song Cycle Berlin will take place at the opening on June 19th.


Confronting Frontiers, Borders, and Boundaries, The Association of Environmental Science Studies (AESS) University of California, San Diego, CA June 24-27th, 2015. For a second year in a row, AESS has taken the unusual step for a scientific organization of including artist presentations at its annual symposium. It was my great pleasure to curate the artist panel presentations at  this year’s AESS symposium. The participating artists include Eve-Andree Laramee, Ash Eliza Smith, Ben Cosgrove, Claudia Jacques, Victoria Vesna and Jennifer Joy. Above is a plant sweater image is from Welcome to The Anthropocene, an exhibition of my work at last year’s symposium



The IndaPlant Project: An Act Of Trans-Species Giving—originally beginning as a collaboration between the artist Elizabeth Demaray and the engineer Dr. Qingze Zou—is designed to facilitate the free movement and metabolic function of ordinary houseplants.

The IndaPlant Project, an act of tram-species giving, CA International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2015 Conference, Disruption at Simon Fraiser University, Vancouver, Canada, August 14-18th, 2015, I will be presenting recent work on the IndaPlant floraborg project and floraborg community in the paper The IndaPlant Project, an act of trans-species giving on Monday, August 17th.



I’m thrilled to report that the IndaPlant floraborg project was featured in an interview in the above issue of ArtSci in America. A great flip through link to the interview is here:

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JANUARY 19th, 2015

Hi everybody, I’m presenting the floraborg project along with the SongsWeSing (crazy conducted group bird call) tomorrow at NY LASER. Please come, I would love to see you! Cheers, Eliz

NY LASER:a Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Rendezvous Event
What: Wine + Discussion, 
Where: LevyArts: 40 E 19th St #3-R, NYC, When: Sunday, January 25th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST’s LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum).  Former LEAF Chairs Ellen K. Levy and Patricia Olynyk co-organize these presentations on behalf of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively. Space is limited; to reserve your place, send an email to  There will be four presentations by Jonathan Gilmore,  Elizabeth Demaray, Michelle Jaffe and Victoria Vesna.

Jonathan Gilmore is a philosopher of art.  A 2013-2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, he currently teaches philosophy at the City University of New York/Baruch College. His areas of research specialization include the philosophy of art history, artistic style, the emotions, science and art, and the nature of the imagination.  He will address some of his critical work in perception at the upcoming LASER.

Elizabeth Demaray is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts  at Rutgers University. Her awards include the National Studio Award at New York MOMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Award, the Art Omi Residency and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Emerging Artist Award. Demaray will present several artworks in which science is an integral component.

Michelle Jaffe is an artist who creates participatory installations that interweave sculpture, sound, and video. Her work employs a large array of materials to create immersive environments that explore psychic and architectural space. She probes sound as a dimensional volume full of association and memory, invoking pre-cognitive states of mind. Her work has been exhibited at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine, Bosi Contemporary, NY and at UICA in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Victoria Vesna is a media artist and professor at UCLA’s Design I Media Arts Program and director of the Art I Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute.  Her work, which explores the effects of communication technologies on identity and behavior has been shown internationally.  Victoria will discuss brainstorming sessions with neuroscientists, the Bodies Corp 2.0 launch at the Pelham Art center and Hox Zodiac dinners.