SARC 2012 Artists


Todd Ingalls, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Chair of Graduate Studies, School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Todd proposed: “Sonification of Complex Adaptive Systems”, to continue his work with sonification to help reveal or explore information about complex adaptive systems, including areas of evolution and biological emergence, as well as human social dynamics.   He is interested in collaborating with scientists and researchers in order to share better creative understandings of these areas of study.

He recently worked with a former Santa Fe Institute guest, Dr. Sonja Prohaska, on sonfication of genetic data.

Todd Ingalls is a media composer, working with interactive performance and experiential media systems.   His research focuses on gestural communication and embodied media interaction, music and algorithmic composition.  Works have led to creation of novel mediated environments for stroke and Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation, involving him in both the Mixed Reality Rehabilitation and Participatory Culture at the AME.

Todd’s research has been published and presented in venues such as the International Computer Music Conference, ACM Multimedia, DAFx, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, National Dance Education Organization, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

Todd’s collaborative work has been performed internationally at SPIELART Theater Festival (Munich), VIA festival (Maubeuge), International Festival of Movement Arts (Bangalore), Cutting Edge Festival (Darmstadt), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, and the Donaueschinger Musiktage.  He is currently working with Mary Bates Neubauer on a public art commission for the City of Scottsdale, and with Karen Schupp on a project supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and the State of Arizona.

Francesca Samsel, Austin, TX

Francesca’s “Deploying Visual Metaphor to Deepen Scientific Understanding of Environmental Issues” proposal offered clear synthesis for complex visualization and enviro-climate imaging.

Francesca has recently been involved with many labs and scientists, including Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Department of Data and Information Analysis, at UT Austin, and the Advanced Visualization Lab at UT San Antonio.  With TACC Visualization scientists she is working with datasets of Dr. Lauren Meyers’ H1N1 Pandemic predictive models testing a range of tools and means for artist / scientist collaboration.

Francesca has collaborated with teams at TACC’s ACES Visualization Lab, home to “Stallion,” the world’s highest-resolution tiled display (307 megapixel resolution), providing the ability to perform visualizations on a 15×5 tiled display of 75 widescreen, flat panel monitors.   Other technologies include a stereographic 3D display and a 4k digital theater projection system.

Merging contemporary research, scientific data and visualization with a visual metaphor and poetry, her work provides an interactive framework for the public to explore the data and issues in an intuitive everyday language.  Her work is a means for viewers to contemplate the environment issues of our time and draw their own conclusions about options and actions for the future.  By simultaneously presenting the issues with the language of science and the language of art, her slowly evolving works allow viewers to internalize their understanding, providing the motivation for the changes and sacrifices necessary to maintain a healthy balanced planet.

Recent works have been presented at Siggraph 2011 in Vancouver, IEEE Visualization 2011, and the 2012 College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles.    Her large body of prints, murals and sculptures have been exhibited internationally.

Francesca has also been selected for ISEA2012’s Residency at the University of Texas, El Paso,

to work with Craig Tweedie, a biologist, on climate change stresses on extreme environments – the arctic and the dessert. Currently, she is working with Dr. Bruce Campbell, RISD, on interactive watershed simulations for the public.  Her multi-display videos, based on the internal neural structure research of Dr. Fidel Santamaria, UT San Antonio, is currently on view in “Seeing Ourselves” at the MUSECPMI in New York City.

Ruth West, serves as Strategist, Emerging Art-Science Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego, Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).

While proposing the project: “Beyond Sensate Abstraction – Aesthetically Impelled Discovery”, Ruth offered great collaborative flexibility because of interest in finding a good collaborative fit and exciting possibilities for generating new ideas and emergent projects.

Ruth West’s background spans the arts, molecular genetics, information aesthetics, scientific visualization, virtual/immersive environments, augmented reality, psychology, neuroscience, and participatory mobile and social technologies.

Ruth explores avenues for achieving works with multiple entry points that can exist concurrently as aesthetic experiences, artistic practice or cultural interventions and serve as the basis for artistically-impelled scientific inquiry and tools.   She envisions a future in which art-science integration allows us to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication across cultures and creates solutions for our most pressing global problems.

Prior affiliations include: UCLA CENS (NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing), NCMIR (National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research) and UCLA Design | Media Arts.

Ruth’s work has been presented or featured in SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Ingenuity Festival Cleveland, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, FILE 09 Sao Paulo, IEEE VR, Mobisys, SPIE, IEEE ICIP, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, LEA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NPR’s The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek.

William R. Wilson, Santa Fe, NM

Will’s “AIR LAB” (Auto-Immune Response Laboratory) proposal provided a focus on critical local and global food ecosystems and food security issues.

Will is a native Navajo (Diné) artist and photographer, creatively exploring the potential of mining living food systems based on indigenous designs, and developing a cross-cultural, linguistic, scientific and generational understanding of the importance of the food species grown.

He asks, “Has the Navajo Nation food-shed become a “food desert” within three generations?”

With an MFA from the University of New Mexico, he has worked as an international photo-journalist, and taught photography at Oberlin College, the University of Arizona, and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

He has exhibited at the Heard Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Eiteljorg Museum, Denver Botanical Gardens and at the IAIA.  His large-scale public murals have been created with young people in communities as diverse as Barrio Anita in Tucson and the Southside of Indianapolis

Wilson has received a Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum and support from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.   In 2010 he was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.


Adrianne Wortzel, MFA, Professor, Entertainment Technologies and Emerging Media Technologies, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.

Adrianne proposed: “A Dynamic Memory Palace” – dynamic mnemonic structures as functioning models for “memories”, where “memories” consist of chunks of computational data germane to collaborative scientists and their field of research embedded in a dynamic system.

A “Dynamic Memory Palace” can take many forms, the exact nature of which depends on the given research context, methodologies and goals in order to express and amplify its tenor appropriately for mutual benefit. Results may become an AR application, a video, hypermedia or something else entirely.

Adrianne Wortzel creates uniquely innovative interactive web works, robotic and telerobotic installations, performance works, video compositions and writings. These works explore historical and cultural perspectives, coupling fact and fiction via use of new technologies in both physical and virtual networked environments. Her original narratives on technological research and research methodologies emphasize the logistic and intuitive nature of empirical knowledge.

Adrianne is the recipient of residency awards at: Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York (July-December 2008); the Swiss Artist-in-Labs Residency Award at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich Switzerland (July-December 2004); and Polar Circuit in Lapland (Summers 1997 and 1998). Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, New York State Council on the Arts, the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, and others. Her writings have been published in books and journals spanning many disciplines, among them theProceedings Of The 50th Anniversary Summit Of Artificial Intelligence  (keynote)(Springer-Verlag), Hereford World Map: Medieval World Maps And Their Context (British Library Studies In Map History).