Living Systems, Oysters and Robots


  • Institute for Systems Biology 401 Terry Ave Seattle, WA, 98104 United States

Join us on July 15th for our next Seattle Arts & Technology Meetup: LIVING SYSTEMS, OYSTERS AND ROBOTS.

We’ll be thinking about various ideas of “living systems”, considering the possibilities of natural and artificial systems as a source of artistic material. Three artists will give short presentations of their work, which spans systems art, living installation, wearable robotics, performance art and sound sculpture. 

How does a system become an artistic material? What degrees of control over biological systems does technology offer? How do natural and artificial systems shape the capacity for interactivity?


6:30 - 7 PM: Drinks 
7 - 8 PM: Artist talks 
8 - 8:30 PM: Drinks, social

Beverages generously donated by Hilliard's


Aduén Darriba Frederiks 

Aduén is an interactive media artist and a researcher in wearable technology, who is currently in residency at Microsoft. He has a background in Information Technology and holds a Master of Art in European Media. The combination of technology and art has been a drive since 2008 when he started to collaborate with Fashion Designers. At that moment highly influenced by robotics from his work on animations for the NAO H25. Today he is a recognized creative technologist in the field of Fashion and Technology. 


Allison Kudla 

Allison works at the Institute for Systems Biology. Before that she was an artist-in-residence and faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. She was awarded her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) in 2011. She also holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2002. In her most recent projects, she has been exploring the combination of patterns, fabrication technologies and plant tissue culturing to make living installations.


Thomas Deuel 

Thomas is a neuroscientist, sound artist, and neurologist who combines his interests and skills in understanding brain physiology with those of music composition and sound art. He received an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University, where his doctoral dissertation focused on genetics and neurophysiology of cortical development. His post-doctoral research focused on complex sound and music processing in the human cortex. He also brings several years of practice as a sound artist, making site-specific sound installations, interactive music devices, and sound sculptures. His current work involves development of a brain-music interface, using thought control of the subject to create music compositions without movement.  He is currently on medical staff at Swedish Hospital as a practicing neurologist, and an epilepsy and EEG specialist.



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