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Audrey Rangel Aguirre

Audrey Rangel Aguirre is an Interdisciplinary Mexican artist based in England, researching at the intersection of art and science, focusing on artistic intuition to create new systems and speculative scenarios that belong to the future of human civilisation. Currently developing the research project Terras Lux, focusing on the relation between energy on microbial microecosystems on soil and the energy on human body.

The core and intellectual structure of my project Terras Lux is the energy as electricity produced by microbial ecosystems on soil related with the energy of the human body, I present soil as a natural source of renewable energy that will be the future technology on future systems for human civilisation.

Currently creating a body of work that has been developed as the outcome of the ongoing collaboration between the artist and astrobiologist Marta Filipa Simões, exploring her current scientific research on metal nanoparticles and the emergent field of astromycology. The collaboration has originated exciting and interesting projects as the creation of speculative materials developed with fungal resources, as well as photographic documentation, texts, experiments, digital images and has bridged the artist’s current project Terras Lux with notions of astrobiology, situating the project into a vision that connects the microscopic dimension of microorganisms on earth with the macrocosm, the vast universe and space.

The current convergence of art and science may be the key to unlock new possibilities and the development of human consciousness towards the next phase of civilisation. In my research, I allow myself to free artistic intuition in order to power and enhance scientific research with the aim of the creation of new systems that belong to the future of human civilisation, in which, with the collaboration of other beings like microbes and ecosystems, a new way of living and collaborating between all beings on Earth can be achieved, through reciprocity.

I use creative intuition as a tool to create speculative scenarios that may be a possibility for our nearest future as society, and entangle it with diverse branches of science as biology, biotechnology, microbiology, energy harvesting technology, physics, philosophy and spirituality.  

Intuition, reciprocity and caring for others as a way for weaving politics, poetics, and consequences through contemporary art practices.

About

 

 

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 -January 2024 – Started an ongoing collaboration on Bioenergy with scientist Ioannis Ieropolous Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Southampton, U.K.

 

-April 2024 – Speaker at The 4th POM Conference RWTH Aachen University KäteHamburger Kolleg: Cultures of Research (c:o/re). April 22-26, 2024   International Conference POM Aachen 2024, Politics of the Machines

Lifelikeness & beyond. Premiering the project “Bioelectrical Fields and Human Microbiome” a collaboration between Michael Allen Z. Prime. Ecologist, botanist, and bioelectrical composer, and Audrey Rangel Aguirre interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Premiering our research on the bioelectrical sound of the human microbiome, relating to soil in the context of the convergence of Art & Science.

 

-September 2023 Interdisciplinary Conference TTT2023 Taboo Transgression Transcendence in Art & Science 27-29 September 2023 at Malta Society of Arts, Valletta, Malta. Presenting Earth Womb, as part of Terras Lux Ongoing Research Project. Presentation of the philosophical implications of an artwork in the context of the art and science intersection particularly biotechnology.

 

-October 2023 - Ongoing collaboration with scientist Marta Filipa Simões, Astrobiologist focused on Microbiology and Astromicology, Researcher at State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences. M.U.S.T. Macau University of Science and Technology. Macau, China. As part of the ongoing research project “Terras Lux”.

 

-July-ongoing 2023 Invited to be a collaborator of the Extraordinary Experimental Laboratory (EEL)  - Free School of Architecture founded by experimental designer Phil Watson, U.K.

 

-October 2023 - Ongoing collaboration with biotechnologists Edson Reyna and Luis Valtier, developing the ongoing research project about DNA sequence using Processing 4, an approach on how to perpetuate ancestral knowledge using programmable oligonucleotides. Work in progress.

 

-May and June 2023 Collective exhibition Light is Life exhibiting Axis interactive installation showing the process of Terras Lux Project. Curated  by Alexa Muen at the Not for Sale Gallery, London, U.K.

 

-May 2023 Panel Talk for The Day of Light 2023 by UNESCO, presenting research about light and bioelectricity part of Terras Lux Project, at the Not for Sale Gallery, London, UK. 

 

-December 2022- Panelist  at SPARKS 2022 Discussion: "New Media Architecture(s): A Speculative Vision of Change in the Arts, Design, & Sciences", co-organized by Gustavo Alfonso Rincon and Liliana Conlisk Gallegos and sponsored by the ACM|SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community Committee.   Submission to this SPARKS talk has been selected for its impact and significance. Sharing insights on the cenceptual frame developed during the process of the ongoing research project "TERRAS  LUX". Envisioning new narratives that belong to the future of human civilisation.

-December 2022- Micrographs as part of Terras Lux Project "Reciprocity" chosen to be exhibited on THE FUTURE PAST VS. COLONIALITY: DECOLONIAL MEDIA ART BEYOND 530 YEARS, a transborder exhibition curated by Liliana Conlisk Gallegos  is a project of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community and scheduled to premiere at the annual
SIGGRAPH ASIA conference,
6-9 December 2022 in Daegu, South Korea.

 

-December 2022- Invited to give an artist talk for the Bioart Steering Group from iGEM Community. The Bioart Steering Group, we explore the intersection of art, design, and biology. Creating experiences for the iGEM community focused on researching, creating, and exhibiting artistic narratives of synthetic biology and its intersections with other disciplines, philosophies, and approaches.
 

-October 2022- Invited to participate at the 2022 iGEM Bioart Virtual Gallery “Hope by Nature” organised by Bioart Steering Group, in the frame of iGEM holding the Grand Jamboree, which is the global exposition of synthetic biology taking place in Paris from the 26th to the 28th of October 2022. Bioart Steering Group explore the intersection of art, design, and biology. Creating experiences for the iGEM community focused on researching, creating, and exhibiting artistic narratives of synthetic biology and its intersections with other disciplines, philosophies, and approaches. HOPE BY NATURE, is an experience that will take its first space virtually and grow and evolve to the physical world.

 

-July 2022- Publication of “Extremophile” on StudioLab Summer 2022 Series on Seisma Magazine website. Presented as one of the outcomes generated from the collaboration with astrobiologist Marta Filipa Simões as part of the ongoing research project Terras Lux.  Seisma Magazine is a publication celebrating synergies between science and art. U.K.

 

-May 2022- Shortlisted for the Kunstlerische Tatsachen art and science residency at Jena, Germany that will take place during summer 2022. For the creation of art as a result of artists collaborating with scientists on the production of art that engages with the public of Jena. Jena, Germany.

 

-May 2022- Selected to exhibit “Microphotographs” part of my research project Terras Lux, for the exhibition organized by SHOWstudio, the home of fashion film & live fashion broadcasting founded by Nick Knight, London, U.K.

 

-March 2022- Invited by Dr. Melissa Sterry to give an artist talk and interview about my practice for the series “BIOfutures sessions” organized by Bioratorium and BioLaboratory: A consultancy agency based in London that interrogates possible future potentialities of bio-informed, bio-inspired, and bio-material science, technology, engineering, design, and thinking. Featuring seminal figures exploring how, where and why fields including biodesign, biomaterials, biocomputing and more may shape our near and far future. The recordings of the series are open access and will be presented as printed material.

 

-March 2022- Invited by Seisma Magazine to contribute to the July 2022 edition of Seisma Magazine Studiolab Website. Seisma Magazine is an online and print publication celebrating synergies between science and art. Contributing with artworks part of the process of the project “Body-Capsule for Transplanetary Travel”as part of the collaboration with Astrobiologist Marta Filipa Simões, for the ongoing research project Terras Lux.

 

-March 2022- Invited by Mark Riva to contribute to the issue number 2 of IMAGINE Magazine, featuring some of the world’s most imaginative people to speak on the power and importance of the imagination. As a manifesto and Declaration of Imagination, IMAGINE is a call to imagine and re-imagine the role that imagination can play in creating a better world and enhancing the quality of our lives.  

 

-January 2022- Publication of the article “Terras Lux Project” explaining with detail the artistic, conceptual, aesthetic, philosophical and scientific aspects of the ongoing and developing project Terras Lux. Publication of text and images on the Issue Being Us of the Art and Science publication Interalia Magazine. U.K.

 

-December 2021- Invited by The University of Leeds, U.K, to give an artist talk about my art practice and current project Terras Lux.

 

-December 2021- Deliver of a participatory and public event workshop “Microscopy as a tool to ignite speculative Imaginaries” By invitation of The University of Leeds, U.K. In the event, we looked at images from organic matter under the microscope as a departure to create Speculative Imaginaries that will be a base for future projects. All this through artistic intuition and performative action focused on the biological realm. Original concept and execution by Audrey Rangel Aguirre for University of Leeds, U.K.

 

-January 2022- Participation and launching of the digital exhibition “Carbon-Borders-Voices” Carbon - Borders - Voices is a growing interdisciplinary conversation involving research and practice focusing on coastal/border places of transition within the context of climate crisis. We envisage a space for interaction, exchange, debate and collaboration between the arts and sciences at this critical moment in time. U.K.

 

-November 2021- Publication of the ongoing interdisciplinary project “Terras Lux” showing explanation of the project and images of the last developments of the project. Article written by Maryam Arshad released on the Issue 001 BALANCE of FAYD Magazine. Publication situated at the intersection between art, design, and the environment. U.K.

 

-November 2021- Publication of an insight on Terras Lux Project on Issue 001 in Balance in Existing Micro and Macro Environments, Issue 001 Balance at FAYD Magazine, U.K.

 

-5 August till September 2021. Participation at the collective exhibition “Re:store Re:new Re:imagine - Finding Balance through Art” at Willesden Gallery, London, U.K. Supported by Brent Council, Brent Council Arts Service and We Love Brent Libraries.

 

-6th July 2021, Graduated from MA Art & Science Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, with Merit Grade with the ongoing project “Terras Lux”. London, U.K.

-6th till 12th July 2021 Participation at the Degree Show “Virtual Ground” Physical Exhibition MA Art & Science Central Saint Martins at The Asylum Chapel and Safehouses 1& 2, Peckham, London. Maverick Projects. Participating with the Installation “Three-dimensional Diagram of microecosystem’s energy connected with energy from the human body” as part of the ongoing project Terras Lux.

-1st July 2021, Participation on the Art and Science Symposium from MA Art & Science Central Saint Martins, participating with an artist talk about my ongoing research on biotechnology, microbiology, energy harvesting technology and the relation of energy across scales micro, macro and human scale with the energy on the human body.

-1st July 2021, Participation on the virtual exhibition “Virtual Ground” Degree show designed by VR artists, showcasing art and research related with Art and Science. Central Saint Martins, London. U.K.

- 2020 Collaboration with Japanese Scientist Wataru Hijikata, Associate Professor, Dr. Eng. From Tokyo Institute of Technology Titech. School of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering. Art and Science ongoing collaboration between interdisciplinary Artist Audrey Rangel Aguirre and Sicientist Wataru Hijikata. Ongoing Project and research about new technology of Energy Harvesting and the use of Electret and Artificial skin for human body. One of the projects consists of the visualization of movement of the body through light. Collaborative Project and performative installation completion on hold because of Covid restrictions, at Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech).

 

-July 2020- Collaboration with Mark Wyn, a medical simulationist in the biomedical and healthcare sciences. Collaboration about materials and their relation to human body.

 

- 11th May 2021- My video “Light Microperformativity” is selected to participate in “London Light Lighting Up 2021”, London Light is the London Institute for advanced light technologies and its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment to explore new opportunities for growing research and applications of light, a framework for interactions with the photonic industry, and training for PhD students. Presented by The London Institute for advanced Light Technologies http://london-light.org/# for The UNESCO International day of Light. https://www.lightday.org/

 

-April 2021, My Artwork “Human Brain Cells Silicon” is published in the printed edition of Seismamag, Edition 01 Neuroscience. My artwork is a visualization of some part of my research on neuroscience and the relation with art. Seisma Magazine is published by Parabola Press. U.K.

 

-February 2021, Interviewed by Ultraviolet Art Talks about my research on biotechnology and microbiology related with my ongoing project “Terras Lux”. U.K.

 

-March 2021, My artwork and research inspired on cells and chemistry published in the science magazine from Imperial College London, I, Science Magazine. U.K.

 

-February 2021 Participation at the collective online exhibition “RE:store RE:new RE:imagine Finding Balance through Art” at Willesden Gallery. The exhibition is part of the art and cultural activities held at Brent Civic Centre at Wembley HA9 0FJ, London, United Kingdom and promoted by Brent Council. With the support of Brent Council Arts Service and Brent Council, London, UK.

 

-February 2021 Participation on the “Open Studio” online event of MA Art & Science Central Saint Martins, London. Online platform showcasing art, work in progress and digital and physical events from 60 artists of the MA Art & Science Course 2021.

 

-December 2020 My artwork “Formula Sequence” Published on the scientific magazine I,Science  from Imperial College London, UK.

 

-September 2020 My artwork Light Sculpture “Human Brain Cells Silicon” Published on the digital Edition 01 NEUROSCIENCE of Seisma Magazine, an online and print magazine based in Oxford, UK, celebrating the synergy between Science and Art.

 

-May 2020 Participation at the collective exhibition Be-Coming Tree, an online event showcasing international artists and the relation Art -Nature. Exhibiting photography of light installation “Gestation”.

 

-May 2020 Collaboration with Artist, Poet, Musician and writer Paul Nash. The collaboration took the form of a publication of a poem written by Paul Nash merged with my artwork “Gestation” a light-sculpture piece inspired by nature and the interconnectedness between human-nature.

 

-February 2020 Selected to participate at the dynamic contemporary & new media art show: “EXIT”, organised by the South London based arts organisation Ugly Duck. Based around the theme movement, transition & fluidity. My selected artwork is “Self -Sustaining Organism” a wearable sculpture that lights up when a sensor detects movement by the human body. The patterns used in the making, correspond to the notion of visualisation of sound waves and the principle of Energy Harvesting Technology that implies the energy of organisms to create new sources of power and harmless energy. Exhibition from April 2020 postponed due to covid till new date. London, UK.

 

- February 2020 Participation at the Design in Wearable Technology Intensive Course, at Creative

Computing Institute (CCI) at Camberwell College of Arts, London, U.K. February 2020.

 

- January 2020 Performance “Kin Have a Dream” at the Permanent Collection (Beuys Room) at Tate Modern as part of Kin Ship Ecology Group Collective. As part of the Collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Tate Modern. Tate Modern, London, U.K.

 

- January 2020 Performance and political intervention at Tate Modern as a response to the “Sale Theme” exhibition and the use of artistic value by the economic system as part of the Kin Ship Ecology Group Collective. We opened a participatory space of freedom to invite the public to discuss without censorship in an attempt to dismantle the current political hostile environment. As part of the Collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Tate Modern. Tate Modern, London, U.K.

 

- January 2020 Participation on the Multichannel Sound Masterclass imparted by Kit Mapper. Introduction on multichannel sound installations. January 2020, London, U.K.

 

- December 2019  Artwork light sculpture “Synapse” part of my research on Neuroscience is published on I,Science, online and printed magazine focusing on the relation between Art, Science and Technology from the Imperial College, London, U.K. Isciencemag.co.uk

 

- December 2019 Performative and participatory experiment in collaboration with Artist Aminder Virdee. “The Singing Bowls” a participatory event to explore the physics of singing bowls with ink instead of water to emphasize the vibration of liquid through the phenomenon of “Faraday Waves” and the translation of sound and vibration into visual images. As part of the Open Studios event “Emergent” MA Art & Science, Central Saint Martins, London, U.K.

 

- December 2019 Group Exhibition as part of the Open Studios event “Emergent” MA Art & Science, CSM, London, U.K.

 

- November 2019 “HACKING HEARTS” Residency and research-action project part of a transnational and transdisciplinary collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Tokyo Institute of Technology, exploring methods and mindsets of the disciplines across art, design, science and engineering. As part of the launch of the new Grow Lab facility at Central Saint Martins which aims to bring cutting edge scientific research into art and design teaching and research. Through experimentation and investigation 12 students were chosen to consider the implications for scientific and technological developments in society. Students engaged with the practical, ethical and philosophical dimensions that arise from this research in a form of ‘hacking’ - in practical and conceptual terms. Hacking Hearts reimagines cutting-edge scientific research centred on heart disease, energy harvesting technology and cellular sensing, as seen from art and design perspectives. Scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Queen Mary University of London are collaborating with the

College’s staff and students, offering their research to be ‘hacked’ in practical and conceptual terms. London, UK. Held at The Grow Lab (Biology Laboratory) at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

 

- November 2019 Performance “Beating Hearts”, performed as part of the “Collective Cell” on the Symposium from Hacking Hearts Project, a transnational and transdisciplinary collaboration between Central Saint Martins and Tokyo Institute of Technology, 8 November 2019, Central Saint Martins, London, UK.

 

- Winner of the award for emerging artist and practice by the University of Arts London. The award is a prize of £5000 that goes for the production and fees of emerging artists. London, U.K.

 

- 2015 -CHEMCRAFT – For Love of Chemistry: Aesthetic Forms and their Opposites. Group Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, U.K.

- 2012 -Roy's Salon Tea Party. Group exhibition at Comunne Space, London. U.K.

 - 2012 The Fountain exhibition. Group exhibition Frameless Gallery, London. U.K.

- 2011 The Islington Art and Design Fair. Exhibiting a body of sculptural work based on research about constellations. At Candid Arts Gallery, London. U.K.

- 2007 Collective Exhibition “Omaggio a Michelangiolo Buonarrotti”. At City Council of Fontana Liri Superiore, Lazio, Italy.

- 2006 Collective Exhibition “Hispano-Hispanoamericane e Sirene Atillane.” At Museum Palagio di Parte Guelfa, sponsored and supported by the City Council of Florence, Florence, Italy.

- 2005 Collective Exhibition “Accademia in Mostra”. Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze Gallery, Florence, Italy.

- 2005 Collective Exhibition “Primavera, Estate, Autunno e Inverno”. At City Council of Vico Nel Lazio, Lazio, Italy.

Publications:

-January 2022- Publication of the article “Terras Lux Project” explaining with detail the artistic, conceptual, aesthetic, philosophical and scientific aspects of the ongoing and developing project Terras Lux. Publication of text and images on the Issue Being Us of the Art and Science publication Interalia Magazine. U.K.

-November 2021- Publication of the ongoing interdisciplinary project “Terras Lux” showing explanation of the project and images of the last developments of the project. Article written by Maryam Arshad released on the Issue 001 BALANCE of FAYD Magazine. Publication situated at the intersection between art, design, and the environment. U.K.

-November 2021- Publication of an insight on Terras Lux Project on Issue 001 in Balance in Existing Micro and Macro Environments, Issue 001 Balance at FAYD Magazine, U.K.

-March 2022- Invited by Mark Riva to contribute to the issue number 2 of IMAGINE Magazine, featuring some of the world’s most imaginative people to speak on the power and importance of the imagination. As a manifesto and Declaration of Imagination, IMAGINE is a call to imagine and re-imagine the role that imagination can play in creating a better world and enhancing the quality of our lives.  

Commissions:

 

- 2007 “International Artists on Rocca D'Arce”. Stone sculpture, public sculpture commission at Rocca D'Arce City Council, Lazio, Italy.

 

 - 2007 “International Artists on Fontana Liri”. Stone sculpture, public sculpture commissioned by Fontana Liri Superiore City Council, Lazio, Italy.

 

 - 2007 “International Artists on Valle Maio”. Cement Sculpture, public sculpture commissioned by Valle Maio City Council, Lazio, Italy.

 

- 2006 “Fontana di Rocce ed Aquila”. Stone sculpure, public sculpture commissioned by Rocca D'Arce City Council, Lazio, Italy.

 

- 2005 “Arte in Piazza a Valle Maio”. Cement sculpture, public sculpture commissioned by Vico Nel Lazio City Council, Lazio, Italy.

 

 

Education:

2021 June, Graduated with Merit, Class 2021 MA Art & Science, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts of London, London, U.K.

2008 BA (Hon's) Fine Art, Sculpture. Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, Italy.

2008 Lighting Designer Basic Course Diploma, Lighting Academy, Fondazione Targetti, Florence, Italy.

1999-2002 studied  Fine Art at National University of Mèxico (U.N.A.M) Escuela Nacional de Artes Plàsticas, Mèxico City, Mèxico.

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