iARTA is pleased to announce the inclusion of two new faculty members in our evolving research cluster. Paula Gaetano-Adi (College of Visual Art and Design) brings an expertise in art-robotics, performance and the aesthetic applications for artificial life systems. We are also joined by Panayiotis Kokoros (College of Music). Dr. Kokoras is a renowned composer whose diverse interests include an examination of the plasticity of timbre through electronic digital and traditional acoustic means. In addition to the breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge represented by these two new additions to iARTA we also celebrate a growing international reach – Professor Adi comes to us from Argentina and Dr. Kokoras from Greece.
Paula Gaetano Adi (San Juan, Argentina, 1981) is an artist and researcher working in sculptures, performances, interactive installations and robotic agents. Using the human and nonhuman body as a point of departure, her work deals with different cultural studies of technoscience, particularly in regard to how its discursive effects and affects are inscribed in human subjectivity and how they can be reflected through art. Her work has been presented internationally in venues such as the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), MejanLabs (Stockholm), ARCO Fair (Madrid), FILE Festival (Sao Paulo), BIOS4 (Sevilla), National Museum of Poznan (Ponznan), BrandenburgerTor Foundation (Berlin), Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires), Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Buenos Aires), among others. She was the recipient of the First Prize VIDA 9.0, the international competition on Art & Artificial life – Fundacion Telefonica, and the First Prize ‘LIMBØ’- Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires. She has received different grants and awards including San Juan Bank Foundation, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación Argentina, Blas Pascal University, Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship and the Fergus Memorial Award both in 2009 and 2010. www.paulagaetano.com.ar/
Panayiotis A. Kokoras (Greece, 1974) completed his musical training in composition and in classical guitar, in Athens. Afterwards, he continued in England where he obtained a Master and a PhD in composition at the University of York. He has taught at the Higher Technological and Educational Institute of Crete and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since August 2012 he is Assistant Professor in Composition at the University of North Texas. He is founding member and vice-president of the Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association (HELMCA). His compositional output consists of 50 works ranging from solo, ensemble and orchestral works to mixed media, improvisation and tape. His array of achievements includes commissions from the FROMM (Harvard University), IRCAM (Paris), MATA (New York), IMEB (Bourges), ZKM (Karlsruhe) and 48 distinctions and prizes at international competitions among others Prix Ars Electronica 2011 (Austria), Métamorphoses 2010 & 2000 (Belgium), Giga-Hertz Music Award 2009 (Germany), Bourges 2009, 2008 and 2004 (France), Gianni Bergamo 2007 (Switzerland), Pierre Schaeffer 2005 (Italy), Musica Viva 2005 and 2002 (Portugal), Gaudeamus 2004 and 2003 (Holland), Jurgenson Competition 2003 (Russia), Takemitsu Composition Award 2002 (Japan). www.panayiotiskokoras.com