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Sesnon Speak Up: Interpreting Life with Viruses, Humans, and Plants

Wed, Apr 14, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Online event

A conversation with Amy M. Youngs and Russ Corbett-Detig to discuss their approaches to interpreting data, moderated by Isabel Bjork, Executive Director of the Genomics Institute. 

Amy M. Youngs creates ecological and digital artworks that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She exhibits nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and the public parks in New York City. She is an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University where she coordinates the Art & Technology area in the Department of Art, leads interdisciplinary grant projects, and teaches courses in digital art, eco art, and art – science.

Russ Corbett-Detig is an assistant professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department and an affiliate of the Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His team conducts research on a wide range of questions in computational and evolutionary genomics. Russ received his PhD from Harvard University where he worked with Dan Hartl and he did his postdoctoral studies in Rasmus Nielsen's group at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Sesnon Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with critical ideas generated from our programmed exhibitions. This event is scheduled in conjunction with the virtual exhibition, What Makes Us Human: An Art + Genomics Convergence.