Lisa Roberts blog


Bioengineered Meat

Filed under: Researchers, Science — Lisa @ 14:40

Artist James King says

I am a speculative designer working in the fields of biotechnology and interaction design. I design applications for emerging technologies and through this work examine their social and aesthetic implications.

On Mar 23, 2011 11:57 AM, he is published in the Scientific American:

If you take a small sample of animal tissue and encourage it to grow in vitro, separate from the original animal’s body, it is possible to create an edible piece of meat.


Normalcy bias

Filed under: Literature, Researchers — Lisa @ 13:42

Normalcy bias

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.[1]


Journal for artist scholars

Filed under: Literature, Researchers — Lisa @ 22:17

From: Florian Dombois
Subject: [Yasmin_an] Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 04:25:29 -0500

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is a new international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal for the identification, publication and dissemination of artistic research and its methodologies.

With the aim of displaying and documenting practice in a manner that respects the artist’s modes of presentation, JAR abandons the traditional journal article format and offers its contributors a dynamic online canvas where text can be woven together with image, audio and video material. The result is a journal which provides a unique ‘reading’ experience while fulfilling the expectations of scholarly dissemination.

The inaugural issue of JAR is released on 17 February 2011.

Visit: JAR

This issue presents work by:
Bertha Bermudez, Scott deLahunta, Marijke Hoogenboom, Chris Ziegler,
Frederic Bevilacqua, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Barbara Meneses Gutierrez,
Richard Blythe, Melbourne
Sher Doruff, Amsterdam
Cathy van Eck, Zürich
Mark Fleischman, Cape Town
Abhishek Hazra, Bangalore
Anders Hultqvist, Gothenburg
Daniel Kötter, Constanze Fischbeck, Berlin
Tuija Kokkonen, Helsinki
Elina Saloranta, Helsinki
Sissel Tolaas, Berlin
Otto von Busch, Gothenburg

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Schwab, London

Artistic research is a newly emergent and rapidly evolving field,
whose status is still hotly debated. Until now there have only been
limited publication channels making it difficult to stay informed
about the development of the many topics pertinent to artistic
research. JAR aims to provide a focal point that brings together
different voices, facilitates discourse and adds to the artistic
research community.

Part of JAR’s mission is to re-negotiate art’s relationship to academia and the role and function of research in artistic practice. JAR embraces research practices across disciplines, thereby emphasising the transdisciplinary character of much artistic research.

JAR is guided by an Editorial Board that works with a large panel of international peer reviewers from the field of artistic research. JAR is published by the Society for Artistic Research.

We welcome submissions for future issues through our Research Catalogue, which will be launched in March 2011.


Aesthetic vs anaesthetic

Filed under: Human rights, Presentations, Researchers, animation, drawing, writing — Lisa @ 10:38

I first saw this video on the Facebook of an artist friend.

As the U-tube caption reads,

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit:

This is the most lucid explanation I have seen of the divide between academic and artistic intelligences that is promoted by the dominant education systems around the world. I agree with Howard Gardner that we each have multiple intelligences that we can apply to every problem. My hunch is that we naturally apply all our intelligences to everything that we perceive as a problem, consciously and unconsciously.


Art and ecology research

Filed under: Researchers — Tags: — Lisa @ 10:23

Through the Yasmin on-line forum, 11 November 2010, Andrea Polli posts,

New MFA in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico

Please distribute widely

The new MFA program in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico is an interdisciplinary, research-based program engaging contemporary art practices. Students develop ecological and cultural literacy with a conceptual foundation and a wide range of production skills, including sculpture, social practice, and digital media. Students in Art and Ecology have the opportunity to work on various collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with departments across UNM and on comprehensive thesis projects integrating community and ecological research. Coursework includes the Land Arts of the American West program, a semester-long travel and place-based arts pedagogy.

Sustainability Studies at UNM
Landscape Architecture at UNM
SEV, Long Term Ecological Research at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Centro Artistico y Cultural, El Paso, TX
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT
Art + Environment Center, Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV
The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC)
Fodder Project: A Collaborative Research Farm
The American Society for Acoustic Ecology

Paseo del Bosque Ecological Restoration
A design partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers on an ecologically-degraded section of the Rio Grande Bosque creating a design to engage art, access, and restoration of the bosque ecosystem.

Open Source/Open Culture
A learning community in collaboration with the Depatment of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Engineering, the Department of Art and Art History, and other programs at UNM, offering students and faculty an opportunity to develop virtual infrastructure and open source technologies.

ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness: The International Symposium for Electronic Art
A wide-ranging series of public events highlighting art, technology and environment in conjunction with the prestigious International ISEA Symposium ( and created in partnership with 516 ARTS, The Albuquerque Museum, The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Creative Albuquerque and others.

USDA FoodShed Field Study
A summer UNM field program involving Art and Ecology, Sustainability Studies, the Department of Communications and Journalism, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Civil Engineering.

Barrio Buena Vista
A long-term project in the Buena Vista neighborhood in El Paso, Texas, working with the Centro Artistico y Cultural and the City of El Paso on wetland restoration, a mural series, and an urban pocket park.

Clean Livin’
A collaboration with Simparch and the Center for Land Use Interpretation on an experimental sustainability project at an abandoned military Quonset in Wendover, UT.

Bosque Environmental Monitoring Project
Engagement in the monitoring of local bat species and the creation of habitat-promoting sculpture through a coordinated program of volunteer citizen and student groups who gather long-term data on the forest ecosystem located along the Middle Rio Grande.

Albuquerque Metropolitan Area Flood Control Agency
A series of proposals and implemented projects addressing flood control structures, including detention ponds and wetland trash settlement areas, through art intervention.

For more information:

To apply:

Andrea Polli
Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media
Associate Professor, Art & Art History and Engineering

UNM Center for the Arts, Bldg 62 MSC04-2570
University of New Mexico ABQ, NM 87131

skype: andreapolli

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