Lead Artist & Concept

Lead Artist & Concept

Ian Winters is a media and video artist making works for gallery, site-specific projection / light works, as well live performance staged work. Often collaborating with composers, directors, and choreographers, he creates both staged and site-specific visual and acoustic media environments internationally. His work with noted ensembles and directors in performance, and in more traditional video and visual work, has been supported by the Creative Work Fund, the Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Djerassi, and EMPAC, among many others. He maintains an active worldwide teaching practice, leading workshops in live media and the integration of sensors, physical performance and site-based pieces. He studied video and performance at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, followed by training in dance / physical theater, and architecture. He is also the co-curator of MilkBar with Mary Armentrout.

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Music Composition

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist making works for voice, electronics, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), and the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles (including Kronos Quartet and Eighth Blackbird). Her awards include the Rome Prize, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Dorothea Tanning Award, the Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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Data Analysis & Programming

Weidong Yang, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Kineviz. Supporting world-class businesses, agencies, and nonprofits, Kineviz’ revenue-funded team of scientists, computer engineers, and artists connects humans with data and provides visualizations of complex data to gain insights for better outcomes. After conducting theoretical and experimental research on quantum dots, Weidong spent 10 years as a product manager and R&D scientist in the semiconductor industry, where he invented Diffraction-based Overlay technology to improve the manufacturing precision of silicon wafers. He also co-founded Kinetech Arts, a non-profit organization bringing dancers and engineers together to explore the creative potential of making art via new technologies. Weidong has been awarded 11 US patents; contributed to 20+ peer review publications; and holds a doctorate in Physics and a Masters in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon.

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Sensor Programming

John MacCallum is a Berlin-based composer. Often practicing in collaboration with choreographer Teoma Naccarato, their work together draws on their backgrounds in music composition, choreography, computer science, creative writing, performance art, and philosophy. They have presented at venues in Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, Phoenix, London, Hamburg, and Berlin. They have been awarded artist residencies at research centres such as IRCAM (Paris), Djerassi (California), CLOUD/Danslab (The Hague), and Lake Studios (Berlin), and their published articles have appeared in journals across a broad range of disciplines. MacCallum studied music composition at UC Berkeley (PhD), McGill University (MM, Montreal), and the University of the Pacific (BM, California).

Fernando Martín Velazco portrait

Communications Coordinator

Fernando is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller based in Baja California (Mexico). His work focuses on the field of expanded arts and performative literature, generally based on research processes in natural and maritime areas. He has also developed a professional career as a cultural manager and science communicator, producing several theatre plays, documentary films, and TV programs.

He has written for cultural publications in Mexico such as Gandhi Lee Más and Punto en Línea; as well as for the US arbitrated magazines Media N-Journal and Leonardo. Also, he has participated in artist residency programs in Mexico, Austria, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, including the Djerassi Foundation program. He recently published Viajera del Noroeste (The Northwest Traveler), a transmedia about the cultural history of gray whales in the Baja California peninsula, on the digital platform

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LEONARDO / ISAST is our lead partner for publication and dissemination through funding from the Creative Work Fund.

SFArtsED GALLERY at the MINNESOTA ST PROJECT is our San Francisco presenter and host of the 2023-2024:

Djerassi Resident Artist Program provides work space and support to the project.

SUSSEX HUMANITIES LAB: The Sussex Humanities Lab, a flagship research program at the University of Sussex, is concerned with the eco-socio-cultural potentials and impacts of an increasingly digital world.

Allison Holt: Domestic Light Project Manager during our Launch phase (through July 2023)

Allison Leigh Holt is a neurodivergent artist and a Fulbright Scholar (Indonesia) using techniques of expanded cinema and the Light And Space movement to model various ways of knowing. Holt’s research–based work has been supported by The Ford Foundation Gallery, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the David Bermant Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Denise Montell Laboratories (UC Santa Barbara), and Cemeti Institute for Art and Society (Indonesia). She exhibits, screens, and lectures on her work internationally, and has been a resident artist / researcher at Sanggar Perbakayun (Indonesia); the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science and Technology; and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Her writing has been featured in Yale’s Theater Magazine, Panorama Journal, and Public Journal.