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SWARMS is an interdisciplinary collaboration between University at Buffalo’s faculty and alumni, both from the engineering and art departments. It applies the latest technology in robotics and fiber science, to construct a kinetic art installation. The project has been in development for three years, and is designed to be ‘performed’ inside a grain elevator at Silo City, in Buffalo, New York. Specifically, we are using robots to weave a geometric luminous sculpture inside a grain elevator. A swarm of small scale robots are programmed to follow different paths to collectively weave the sculpture. The patterns correspond to biological species’ behaviour, such as migratory patterns and food chain relationships, to raise awareness about the local ecosystem. Abstracted scientific data becomes audible, visible and tangible through a playful choreography that is both organic and mechanical. Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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A collection of sculptures inspired by the underground mineral caves located in Chihuahua, Mexico (northern highlands).

Continuing my explorations started at the Crafting the Future workshop (Dutch Electronic Arts Festival) in Rotterdam, I am currently designing a series of new works, ranging from jewelry/wearable sculptures, to interactive sculptures and installations using polymers and fibres. I am interested in conveying the high density and weighted volume of the caves with unconventional, lightweight materials.

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A COLLECTION OF INK DRAWINGS, WIRE SCULPTURES AND MIX-MEDIA INSTALLATIONS PORTRAYING THE BATHYMETRY OF LAKE ERIE.

Lake Erie, part of the Great Lakes in the Northeastern United States, is one of the most important water sources in North America, yet little is known by the general population in terms of its unique shape, qualities, benefits and ecological issues. This series delves into the topic through several media, to emphasise the importance of natural resource management at the local level.