This issue’s featured artist is architect, media artist and researcher Clarissa Ribeiro, Ph.D.
Offering a dynamic exchange between communication and media Ribeiro’s artistic and research interests converge in the exploration of consciousness and the self as emergences from local and nonlocal communication phenomena in the most diverse scales, relating her practice to concepts she theorized such as CAFFS (Complex Affective Systems) focusing on the local and non-local informational bonds between a given complex system’s elements, and Molmedia—a metaphorical reference to the concept of mole, denoting here not exclusively the quantitative amount of substance but the information exchange processes taking the substances as messages. Working in collaboration with artists and scientists all around the world, she has been producing and exhibiting internationally exploring information and communication dynamics and speculative data visualization from a cross-scale perspective.
In her career as media artist, producing individually or collectively—together with Gilbertto Prado and his Poéticas Digitais group at the University São Paulo (ECA USP/CAP), as a member of Art|Sci Center and Lab Collective at the University of California Los Angeles, or dialoguing and collaborating with a Planetary3 family of artists and scientists and learning from their critiques—her aim is to integrate the audience performatively in her installations as the core of her poetics by focusing on how subjective and objective relations are built and developed through communicational processes, leading to self-organizing dynamics that cooperate with noise as an organizational principia, lead to the emergence of human creativity and consciousness and ultimately the self.
A Fulbright Scholar in Arts, chair of the first Leonardo ISAST LASER talks organized in Brazil and member of UCLA’s Art|Sci Collective; Ribeiro directs the CrossLab research group and the LIP (Lab for Innovation and Prototyping) at the University of Fortaleza in Brazil where she teaches Experimental and Morphogenetic Design Strategies.