Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne will share their recent collaborative practice that explores the role of computation in response to the climate crisis. Calling their recent body of work Expanded Geoengineering, they challenge us to reconsider what counts as engineering, and they reframe climate change as being a problem of politics, media and culture.
Tega Brain (AU) is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines issues of ecology, data systems and infrastructure. She has created wireless networks that are controlled by natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating personal data, and a smell-based dating service. She is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University and her first book, Code as Creative Medium, is co-authored with Golan Levin and published with MIT Press.
Sam Lavigne (US) is an artist and educator whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, natural language processing, and automation. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at UT Austin. He was formerly Special Projects editor at the New Inquiry Magazine and he creates and contributes to open-source software projects for the arts.