Beatriz da Costa


This week’ INTERSPECIES Show (sponsored by Art Catalyst in London) has introduced as to the work of  Beatriz da Costa. Briefly, from her website:

Beatriz is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher, who works at the intersection of contemporary art, engineering, politics, and the life sciences. Beatriz is a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble and a co-founder of Preemptive Media, an arts, activism and technology group. Beatriz is an Associate Professor of Arts, Computation, Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

Beatriz finds new and productive ways to work with animals in both the art world and for more practical applications. Her work in PigeoBlog, for example partners human researchers with carrier pigeons to collect real-time air-pollution data.

PigeonBlog provides an alternative way to participate environmental air pollution data gathering. The project equips urban homing pigeons with GPS enabled electronic air pollution sensing devices capable of sending real-time location based air pollution and image data to an online mapping/blogging environment. Pigeonblog is a social experiment between human and non-human animals.

Her projects are Simultaneously a poly-species experiments while  gathering useful research data on the environment! What could be better suited for animal architecture? Check out her website for more information about her and her companion species.

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