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 creative work is a kind of multispecies worlding — a phrase introduced by Donna Haraway, who understands it to be the “patterning of possible worlds,” a co-becoming that occurs through entanglements with other species. Haughwout collaborates with humans, and the more-than-human across technologies to enact possible worlds — worlds that generate abundance, presence and relationship — and in doing so, antagonize proprietary regimes, colonial temporalities, and capitalist forms of labor. Installation, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, intervention, speculative fabulation, and biological processes articulate stages of her worlding processes.Haughwout received her MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at the University of California Santa Cruz, her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute, has studied with numerous herbalists including Matthew Wood. She holds a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies. In her classes as Assistant Professor of Digital Studio at Colgate University, she draws connections to legacies in conceptual art, new media art, and collaboration, in order to foster distributed, artistic approaches to the interconnected issues of our time/s. 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.