Efrén Cruz Cortés
Efrén’s research is on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, developing theory and algorithms for ML tasks involving complex data. E also studies the fair use of algorithms in an automated society. To understand how to “fairly” use AI in society we must understand “fairness” in a mathematical sense, as well as the limitations and potentialities of artificially intelligent systems. E sees collaboration with artists and performers as a way to both bring ideas to the public and to challenge our rotten econo-political system from an aestheto-critical perspective. Besides contributions regarding fairness in autoamtion, E’s expertise in AI and ML will aid APRIORI in formulation of theory, analysis and computation related to these topics, as well as contributions in network science. Efrén somehow got a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Efrén likes tacos.
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson [ELÆ]
Elæ (they/them) is a queer interdisciplinary creator, scholar and performer. Elæ’s work addresses, in particular, the somatic impact of trauma on persons and systems, as well as the study of resilient, open source strategies for ecological and social change. Bringing together a scholarly background in cultural anthropology and human geography as well as professional training in urban planning and architecture, as well as many decades of creative experimentation across a wide range of media (including installation/construction, photography/video, performance, text, book arts, fiber arts, etc), their practice is a constantly shifting interface between archival and documentation strategies, performance, social practice, and troubling the curatorial / exhibition line of public pedagogy. They have curated shows, curriculum, facilitated workshops and fostered public conversation around questions of space-bound identity, emergent cultural and economic systems, radical archives, ecological architectures, hybrid media, feminist poetics, linguistic selfhacking and much more. Through the Operating System, the arts organization and independent press they founded in 2012, they have established an organism wherein their artistic practice has become emergent. The OS is committed to gathering resources for citizen action, to transparency, to a unique publishing model, and to continuous exploration of cultural, creative structural evolution. Elæ’s performances and work have appeared widely, including recent features or projects at Artists Space, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Parkside Lounge, Carmine Street Metrics, Eyebeam, LaMaMa, Triangle Quarterly, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, Launchpad BK, Dixon Place, Poets Settlement, SOHO20 Gallery, and frequent publications.
Margaretha Haughwout’s personal and collaborative artwork explores the intersections between ideas of technology and wilderness, digital networks and the urban commons, cybernetics and whole systems permaculture — in the context of ecological, technological and human survival. Haughwout’s active collaborations (in addition to APRIORI) include the Guerrilla Grafters: an art/ activist group who graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental fruit trees; Trees of Tomorrow, a collaboration across numerous institutions in Flushing Queens that uncover the hidden politics of ornamental fruit trees; and the Coastal Reading Group: consisting of artists from different coasts who trouble the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with nonhumans. Understanding practice to be the work of trying over time to make one’s engagements better, and survival to require flourishing multi-species cohabitation, mutuality and care, her expanded studio includes experimentation with both electrical and political power, interactive narratives, and the cultivation of biological systems. Margaretha is keen to chase down the deep historical and ahistorical alliances that continue to make revolution a possibility in this contemporary moment.
Suzanne Husky is a French-American artist who questions how humans engage with nature, from prehistory to present day. Using sculpture, installation, photography and film, she looks at our relations with plants, animals, and the earth and how we interact together in poetic and political ways. She received an MFA from Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, as well as advanced certifications in landscape design from Merritt College in Oakland, and has studied at CCA in San Francisco and at University Michel de Montaigne in France.
Gabi Schaffzin is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Southern California. He is currently a PhD candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Art Practice Concentration at University of California, San Diego. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, a degree he readily admits provides a curious pairing with his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design’s Dynamic Media Institute. His work has been on display in galleries, public space, and at events in San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, East Lansing, and Utrecht, The Netherlands. His dissertation project combines design history, disability studies, and a history of computing to trace the history of designed pain scales in the United States throughout the 20th century. He brings technical and programming know-how to APRIORI, as well as research in the history and implementation of the pneumonics utilized in diagramming machine learning systems.