Mark Lee Koven– December 2016
Since earning a Masters of Fine Arts in digital media from the University of Miami in 2005, Mark Lee Koven has worked as an interdisciplinary artist whose research merges materials and processes of art with those of science. Mr. Koven’s work has shown in over 100 exhibitions and venues such as the New York Science Museum, StoreFront for Art and Architecture, New York,: FlashArt Milan: Miami Science Museum: Southern Exposure, San Francisco: Taipei, Taiwan, and Scope London. Mr. Koven’s work is also included in various public and private collections including the Perez Art Museum, the Frost Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to being the recipient of both a Florida State individual artist fellowship and North Carolina individual artists fellowship, Koven received two National Scholastics Art & Writing Teacher Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in 2015 for creating an integrated Art and Science public art work. Utilizing a wide range of mediums including bioluminescent fungi, SEM imagery, and reactive computer interfaced installations, his subjects of research comprise: anthropological behaviors, data collection/visualization, renewable energy, and micro/macro environments. Mr. Mark Lee Koven is currently an Assistant Professor in the Applied Sciences and Technology department at Utah State University and Director of ARTsySTEM, a program that focuses on collaboration and integration between the Arts and STEM fields.
The Utah-based artist will use the residency to continue working on his traveling project Taking One's Temperature comprising of an interactive and participatory installation that integrates scientific data collection, contemporary educational models, and technology with the arts. During his time in Miami the artist will collect footage for a film exploring Miami's natural environment and its challenges to be featured as an immersive 360-degree surround sound and video escape within a mobile planetarium dome. The installation will take place in the spring/summer 2017.
Blanca de la Torre- June/July 2017
Blanca de la Torre is an independent curator and art critic born in Spain. She has curated exhibitions internationally in cities such as New York, Prague, London and Madrid. From 2009 to 2013, she acted as Chief Curator at Artium, Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain). Later she curated shows in New York at the EFA Project Space; in Mexico at the Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; in Colombia at NC-Arte Bogotá and the group show PIGS, travelling to different European venues. Her critical writings have been included in several international publications among which the catalogues for the Spanish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial and the Greek Pavilion for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. She has collaborated with periodicals such as EXIT (Spain), INPUT (New York, USA) and Arte al Dia International (Miami, USA), among many others. She has participated in several talks, workshops, curatorial residencies and seminars held in a variety of international locations. She is currently developing projects for the museums MUSAC in León or LAZNIA, in Gdansk, Poland, amongst others.
During her residency de la Torre will continue her investigations related to Eco-aesthetics that have recently been her main interest. The residency will allow the curator to explore these themes in depth building upon other possibilities of commonality and more sustainable strategies to approach the thinking on artistic practices.
Simon Faithfull– August 2017/January 2018
Simon Faithfull was born in Braziers Park – a utopian community in Ipsden, Oxfordshire, UK. He studied at Central St Martins and then the University of Reading, UK . His practice takes a variety of forms – ranging from video, to digital drawing, installation work and writing. Faithfull is also a Reader of Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. Faithfull’s practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object – to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Within his work Faithfull often builds teams of scientists, technicians and transmission experts to help him bring back a personal vision from the ends of the world.
Recent projects include a journey across Europe and Africa tracing the 0o Greenwich Meridian, live video-transmission from the deliberate sinking of a ship to create an artificial reef and a film featuring the artist walking through a burning jet plane. Other projects include a video-work recording the journey of a domestic chair as it is carried to the edge of space beneath a weather balloon, a drawing project sending back live digital-drawings from a two month journey to Antarctica and an animated film developed from drawings made on a walk out of London along the A13 trunk-road (a Channel 4 TV commission with Arts Council England). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Musee des Beaux Arts (Calais), Fabrica (Brighton,) FRAC Basse Normandie (France), British Film Institute (London), Harris Museum (Preston), Galerie Polaris (Paris), Parker’s Box (New York) and Stills (Edinburgh). Recent group shows include exhibitions at Turner Contemporary (UK), CCCB (Barcelona), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Australia) and Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina). In 2010 Faithfull’s largest permanent public artwork to date was unveiled at the Liverpool Lime St. Station, Liverpool, UK..
During the residency Faithfull will take advantage of his interaction with scientists to research the tropical environment and particularly humans' effects upon it. The artist will explore our coastal and interior environments and create a series of absurd performative actions (recorded on video) that cast a figure from the post-anthropocene adrift in the tropical landscape.