I create much of my work in collaboration with astrophysicists, and I've prepared here some provocations around making art with scientists.
In addition to questions specific to each project (and motivated by a given project's specific ideas and forms/media) my practice is currently driven by 3 ongoing research questions.
How might we create a feminist outer space?
Through my collaborations with astrophysicists, I’ve become increasingly intrigued by how practices in the inner spaces of astrophysics affect outer space, and how we might look at the universe as feminists. Astrophysics as a discipline constantly invents new strategies of seeing, and of engaging the rich interactions between light, dark, absence, and presence; at its core, such rigorous multiplicity in perspective has deep feminist potential for our physical and social universes. I’ve prepared a brief write-up on my initial thoughts on this question.
How might we create accessible new media work?
I frequently work in immersive and/or participatory new media forms, and have accordingly been investigating how to apply accessible performance methodologies such as ‘relaxed performance’, as well as various adaptive/accessibility technologies—in order to broaden the audience for my works. I’m also interested in particular in engaging accessibility as a philosophy of making from conception, rather than merely at the moment of presentation. As part of my research fellowship at the Public Theater, I took a research trip to the UK, where I met with makers, funders, and presenters of accessible live art and new media works, and wrote up some key insights from these conversations.
How might artists and technologists co-create new media storytelling tools?
Because a number of my projects require the development of custom new media tools, particularly in augmented and virtual reality, I’m intrigued by how we as artists and technologists can collaborate, exchange research and development strategies, and co-create software that advances the interests of both our fields.