[ISEA2019] Curator Statement: Johnny DiBlasi, Carlos Castellanos & Bello Bello, Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo (FRAUD) & Ralph Borland — ISEA2019 Residency Program

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With the Asian Culture Institute and as ACT Showcase – ISEA2019 X Creators in Lab

  • Johnny DiBlasi (United States)
    Johnny DiBlasi’s creative practice sits at the intersection of art and technology and explores various computational processes and forms. He works with data and code to create large-scale, interactive installations that fuse sites pecific data structures into a physical  architecture. Through this work, DiBlasi is interested in the complex relationships between our landscape and its networked technologies.
  • Carlos Castellanos & Bello Bello (United States)                                                                          Carlos Castellanos is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher with a wide array of interests such as cybernetics, ecology, embodiment, phenomenology, artificial intelligence and transdisciplinary collaboration. His work bridges science, technology, education and the arts, developing a network of creative interaction with living systems, the natural environment and emerging technologies. His artworks have been exhibited at local, national and international events such the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), SIGGRAPH & ZERO1 San Jose. Castellanos is Assistant Professor and director of the Digital / Experimental Media Lab in the Department of Art, Kansas State University.
  • FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) (Canada / Spain)                                    FRAUD is a métis duo of artist-researchers that develop art-led enquiries which explore forms of necropolitics that are embedded in the entanglement of ecology and technical objects, and erasure as a disruptive technology in knowledge production. Audrey leads the Digital Arts Computing BSc and is a lecturer in Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. FRAUD has presented work internationally.
  • Ralph Borland (South Africa)                                                                                                                Ralph Borland is an artist, designer, curator and interdisciplinary knowledge worker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His project African Robots is a collaboration with street wire artists in Southern Africa to introduce electronics and mechanics to their practice. His art-design piece Suited for Subversion (2002), a protective and performance suit for street protest, is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Across his work, Ralph pursues an interdisciplinary approach to teasing out issues of power, activism, social engagement via designed objects, the aesthetics of make-do and ad hoc design, and the pleasures of pop culture, sound and music, multimedia and sculpture, and collaborative artistic practice.