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2024 SCIART LAB + STUDIO TEAM

Victoria Vesna
Victoria Vesna
Founder + Director
Victoria Vesna

victoriavesna.com

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille (2011-2013). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.

James K. Gimzewski
James
Gimzewski
Scientific Director
James K. Gimzewski

chem.ucla.edu/gimzewski

Jim Gimzewski is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility of the California NanoSystems Institute; Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center and Principal Investigator and Satellites Co-Director of the WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA) in Japan. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years. Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics. His current interests are in the nanomechanics of cells and bacteria where he collaborates with the UCLA Medical and Dental Schools. He is involved in projects that range from the operation of X-rays, ions and nuclear fusion using pyroelectric crystals, direct deposition of carbon nanotubes and single molecule DNA profiling. Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.

Ivana Dama
Ivana Dama
SciArt Coordinator
and Instructor
Ivana Dama

ivanadama.com

Ivana Dama studies Design Media Arts at UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture. Born and raised under a post-communist regime in Serbia, Ivana explores the infusion of technology with traditional art practices. While only a young child when the bombings began, images of the destruction still clearly permeate her mind. The memories of living in a small shelter, with the sounds of bombs and vibrations, contributed to her interests in sound and space ranging from microscopic, architectural, and satellite scale. Ivana uses the variety of media including audio visual installations, metal engraving as well as a range of open source software for creative coding.

Ivy Lovett
Ivy Lovett
Instructor
Ivy Lovett

ivylovett.com

Ivy Lovett is an artist, designer, and avid doodler based in Southern California. Her work aims to integrate illustration into a variety of media, playfully weaving together themes of nostalgia, memory, and eclecticism as a way of exploring the relationship between the tangible and the digital. Aside from her main body of work, she is an active freelance graphic artist and multimedia instructor. She received her B.A. in Design | Media Arts from UCLA’s School of Arts & Architecture.

Maryam Razi
Maryam Razi
Instructor
Maryam Razi

maryamrazi111.myportfolio.com

Maryam Razi, based in Southern California, wears multiple hats as a visual designer, eyewear artisan, freelance curator, and part-time writer. She focuses on the crossroads where art, science, technology, and culture meet. With a solid design and research foundation, Maryam is pursuing a Master of Science in User Experience, adding to her existing advanced degree.

Mira Housen
Mira Housen
Instructor
Mira Housen

Mira Housen is a Barcelona-based, Belgian artist from Italy, whose practice explores the convergence of architecture, technology, and ecology. She is driven by the potential of blending algorithmic design, innovative fabrication techniques, and material applications to propose novel design approaches and perceptions of our living environments. Her work spans a spectrum of projects, from speculative territory-focused initiatives on ecological resilience and regeneration to hands-on implementations using local and reclaimed materials such as food waste, straw, and wood offcuts. As part of the EU-funded URBiNAT H2020 project, promoting prototypes that integrate nature into cities, she developed a parametric clay 3D-printed wall system supporting both plant and animal habitats, which was featured at the Tomorrow.Building exhibition during SmartCityExpo 2022 in Barcelona. At the core of her work lies a commitment to advancing design methodologies that acknowledge the intricacies of thriving ecosystems for human and planetary well-being.

Katharine Niles
Katharine Niles
Instructor
Katharine Niles

Katharine Niles is a medical assistant, researcher, and senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying biology with a concentration in neuroscience and the medical humanities. Katharine’s research is centered around medical ethics and she has been an instructing assistant for the course “Art of Medicine” at WashU for 3 years. In this course, she focuses heavily on questioning of how bodies from medical settings should be used in art while maintaining ethical boundaries, exploring the intersection of art and medicine and how they can influence each other. She hopes to attend medical school and aims to continue to teach about the medical humanities.

John Brumley
Instructor
John Brumley

johnbrumley.info

John Brumley is an artist and researcher based in California. John’s work focuses on using mixed reality systems to promote collaboration in physical space, while engaging with digital skill sets, constant distractions, and hidden infrastructure. John has a PhD in Empowerment Informatics from the University of Tsukuba, MFA in Design Media Arts from UCLA, and BA in music from UC Davis.

Guest Instructors

Dr. Walter Gekelman
Dr. Haley Marks
Sam Shoemaker
Dr. Vuk Uskokovic
Dr. Adam Stieg
Emma Akmakdjian