Zoomorph - Enabeling Interspecies Collaboration Lisa Jevbratt Tuesday, June 2

Event Date: 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 1:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Engineering Sciences Building 1001

Lisa Jevbratt

Jevbratt will present and contextualize her current project "ZooMorph" which consists of plug-in filters for widely used image and video-editing software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, and platforms such as the iPhone and other smart phones. The plug-ins simulate how a large selection of non-human animals see, creating pictures that help us experience the world through the eyes of another species. Constructed with the assistance of both scientists in the field of animal vision and non-scientific experts on animal vision such as shamans and animal communicators, the filters embody highly diverse modes of knowledge production. ZooMorph intends to inspire humans to work on aesthetic projects together with other species - interspecies collaborations, and to make us aware of, and if possible facilitate, an intellectual, emotional and spiritual partnership with the species around us in the quest for a sustainable environment for all of us to thrive within.

Jevbratt is a Swedish born new media artist, currently an associate professor in the Art Department and the Media Art Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work, ranging from Internet visualization software to biofeedback and interspecies collaboration, is concerned with collectives and systems, the languages and conditions that generate them, and the exchanges within them. The projects explores alternative, distributed and unintentional collaborations and the expressions of the collectives they create. Her work has been exhibited extensively in venues such as The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The New Museum (New York), The Swedish National Public Art Council (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and it is discussed in numerous books, for example in "Internet Art" by Rachel Greene and "Digital Art" by Christiane Paul (Thames and Hudson). Jevbratt also publishes texts on topics related to her projects and research, for example in the anthology "Network Art - Practices and Positions" ed. Tom Corby (Routledge).