JIAS 2020

 JIAS 2020



The I International Conference on Sustainable Art Research (JIAS2020) seeks to be a virtual meeting point for creators and scientists, researchers, teachers, students and professionals who work in areas related to art, science and sustainability understood in all its variants .







Director at OpenLab. Art Professor

University of California, Santa Cruz

Jennifer Parker is an artist and professor of Art and Digital Art & New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is the founding Director of the OpenLab Collaborative Research Center  (openlabresearch.com)


Parker investigates methods of Arts Integration in Higher Education by combining creative research practices with science, engineering, and technology. As an artist, Parker carves sites for collective entanglement between disciplines. Facilitating, identifying and determining the boundaries of complex, multi-dimensional space with the aim to develop (a sense of) community to encourage learning, and inform and develop the practice of its members. Her methods of inquiry build on lab and studio visits, literature reviews, and conversations with faculty and students across disciplines triggering a heuristic learning process to pursue creative research for exhibitions and publications.


Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts and professor at the University of the Arts of Cuba.

He has given lectures on contemporary art at European, Latin American and United States universities. He was the main curator and director of the eleventh and the twelfth edition of the Havana Biennial. Curator of the Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2013 and curator of the Cuba Pavilion at the recently completed Milan Triennial of Architecture and Design. He has curated several exhibitions in different parts of the world. As part of his curatorial work, he has worked with artists such as JR, Gabriel Orozco, Yang Fudong, Sislej Xhafa, Jannis Kounellis, Marina Abramovic, Andrés Serrano, Michael Bielisky, Albert Oehlen, Gregor Schneider, Tino Seghal and many others.




Director Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba.


Gaia Bindi is professor in Contemporary History of Art at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze(Florence, Italy). Former collaborator with Museo Marino Marini in Florence and Musée Picasso in Paris; currently member of the Scientific Committee at Museo Ardengo Soffici e del ‘900 Italiano.She has worked on Italian art of the 1920s and 1930s, with many exhibitions and catalogues.In the last twelve years she has dealt particularly with ecological issues in contemporary art.


Since 2009 she works as a scientific consultant at the Centro Sperimentale di Arte Contemporanea Parco Arte Vivente in Turin (Italy), for which she curated the exhibitions Andrea Polli. Breathless (2011) and Resilienza/Resistenza (2019).On the same topics: she participated in conferences, including Poeticas de Natureza, Primeiro Encontro SESC de Artes Visuais (Curitiba, Brasil, 2012); Antropocene. Crisi ecologica e potenziale trasformativo dell'arte (Turin, 2018.



Sam Dupont is a Senior Lecturer and an Associate Professor in Marine Eco-Physiologist at the University of Gothenburg. He is a marine biologist and his main research topic is on the effect of global change on marine species and ecosystems. His work aims to understand the mechanisms behind species and ecosystem responses to environmental changes and he has published in more than 185 publications including such high-level journals as Nature, PNAS and TREE.


The high societal relevance of his work led naturally to work across disciplines. For example he is currently testing and exploring new communication strategies to better communicate marine science (ocean literacy) and drive the needed societal changes (e.g. decrease carbon dioxide emissions). This includes combining the arts and sciences to facilitate knowledge transfer and increase awareness and values about the marine environment in young citizens.


Nadjejda Espinel Velasco is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental stressors of anthropogenic origin on the marine Arctic ecosystems, with a special focus on ocean acidification.


These past years, Nadjejda has also developed an interest in science communication and outreach, and art and science collaborations are now a part of her life a scientist. Nadjejda is a member of the international multidisciplinary art collaboration The Algae Society, which was created with the purpose of helping the general public understand the challenges the marine environment currently faces and will face in the near future.   .


The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Assistant Professor of Digital Art 

Gene Felice II is a hybrid creator cultivating an arts research practice that is transdisciplinary, intersecting art and design with science and technology. As an educator he is committed to fostering collaboration across academia to engage with industry, local communities and vulnerable ecosystems. His work explores the complexity sprawl caused by the collision of biological and technological systems.  


This confluence of technology and biology inspires alluring puzzles of wonderment; guiding the audience to actively explore overwhelming / wicked problems such as climate change, through digestible, multi-sensory experiences. He founded the Coaction Lab as a vehicle for collaboration, where art, iterative design and technology meet living systems with empathy and awareness. The Coaction Lab works with local communities, producing immersive, projection mapping, performance and sound based events at locations such as the Santa Cruz Lighthouse on the mid-coast of California, the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor, Maine, the original site of the Black Mountain College at Lake Eden in Western North Carolina and at the University of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt.

David Harris is a new media artist and designer working at the intersection of the creative arts and sciences. His practice is fundamentally collaborative and interdisciplinary, drawing on his backgrounds in art, design, science, and communication, and working with a range of artists, designers, and scientists.


He regularly exhibits in Australia, USA, within Europe, and online. He teaches in the Interactive Media and Design programs at Griffith University, Australia, and is the curator of the University of Queensland Physics Museum. His interest in bio- and eco-art and design includes participation as a founding member of The Algae Society collective.


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Specializing in species interactions under climate change, Dr. Juniper Harrower works at the intersection of ecology and art. She uses rigorous science methods and a multimedia art practice to investigate human influence on ecological systems while seeking solutions that protect at-risk species and promote environmental justice.


A founding member of the international arts collective The Algae Society Bioart Design Lab, she also founded and directs the environmental arts production company SymbioArtlab which contracts with national parks, universities, and the private sector. Her work is exhibited locally and internationally and her research and artistic products have received broad exposure in popular media such as National Geographic, the associated press, podcasts, music festivals and conferences. Harrower is the director of the art+science initiative at UC Santa Cruz where she also teaches art.

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master in Research in Art and Creation from the UCM. She started working in the mid-eighties, developing different pictorial techniques and research processes on color and matter.

At the end of the 90s, she began to be interested in simple events of daily life but with a different look. From this moment on she is aware that any idea can be interesting. In 1998/99 she carried out the street action: The sound of this space, in which the recycling of glass was used to create new sounds.

In 2007, in the making of Bordeando Villanueva, is when she feels the work process is the most important part of the artistic work. This work is a reflection on the limits, where a parallelism was made between the limits of art and theboundar ies of the territory. The fact of walking the 40 km. of the perimeter made her feel the experience of living on the edge.


From this moment on, art and life can no longer be separated. Art becomes for her the place where she solves, investigates, learns and lives.


Claudio José Magalhães is a professor with a Post-doctorate from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, a PhD from the Department of Didactics of Plastic Expression at the Complutense University of Madrid, Master from the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil ), Specialization in Contemporary Art from the University of the State of Minas Gerais and degree in Visual Communication, also from the University of the State of Minas Gerais (UEMG).

He is a professor in the Department of Architecture and Urbanism where he teaches Drawing, Plastic and Art History and Visual Communication classes. He has articles published at conferences in Brazil and abroad. It offers different theoretical courses on the history and theory of art and practical courses where it presents different means to develop works in the arts (two or three-dimensional). He also works as a plastic artist especially in painting and drawing and participated in group exhibitions in Brazil and Spain. Federal University of Viçosa - Minas Gerais


Amy M. Youngs creates biological art, interactive sculptures, and digital media works that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice-based research involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She has created installations that amplify the sounds and movements of living worms, indoor ecosystems that grow edible plants, a multi-channel interactive video sculpture for a science museum, and community-based, participatory video, social media and public web cam projects.

Born in Chico, California, she moved to San Francisco, where she received a BA in Art from San Francisco State University. On fellowship, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA in 1999. In 2001 she joined the faculty at the Ohio State University where she is currently  working as an Associate Professor of Art, leading interdisciplinary grant projects and teaching courses in moving image, eco art, and art/science.