The heart of the STEMarts methodology is the way we build projects around artists and their unique way of knowing. Featured artists and interdisciplinary collectives share their processes--which inherently integrate science and technology with their diverse creative, cultural and academic backgrounds--and thus create powerful stories that directly inspire and engage our youth. This also provides participating artists with a new contextual framework for their work where teachers and students can delve deeply into their artistic vision, process and research.

The STEMarts methodology is unique in that it is aggregates resources and content from diverse sources around the topic being explored, while providing curriculum tools to guide teachers and students to the resources. In this way, the content is delivered authentically from the source, whether it be the artist, the scientist or the cultural specialist. Through curriculum tools such as the STEMarts WIKI we harness the collective knowledge available online to deepen the educational experience, bringing cutting-edge STEAM resources to the classroom.

The artists below have been collaborating on several sci-art installations over the years and currently on the Space Messengers. Contact us if you are an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology and would like to collaborate:

Agnes Chavez

Agnes Chavez is a new media artist and educator whose work integrates art, science and technology as tools for social and environmental change. Her work integrates data visualization, light, sound and space to create sensorial experiences that seek balance between nature, technology and society. She is the founder of STEMarts Lab, which delivers sci-art installations and STEAM programming for schools, art/science labs and festivals and is the Creative Director of the Space Messengers project.

Markus Dorninger/OMAI

Markus Dorninger is co-founder of OMAI, a digital art collective and creative software company based in Vienna, Austria. Along with Matthias Fritz and Josef Dorninger, they are the creators of the live animation app called Tagtool app. They stand for a new, spontaneous and collaborative approach to digital creation. By combining artistic sensibilities with cutting edge technology, they bring a fresh wave of visual communication to streets, stages and homes. Markus and his team are the lead artists and projection designers for the Space Messengers traveling installation and also co-teach the Space Messengers 7-week workshop.

Roy MadDonald

Roy MacDonald is a Chilean artist and creative coder who works with technology in the Arts field, striving to make an intelligent and engaging use of it. Code and computers are his primary tools. His artistic and creative curiosity alongside with his inborn aptitudes for math and sciences, allows him to act as leader and/or bridge in multidisciplinary teams and endeavors. Roy has built the SPACE BOARD, an interactive data sharing platform used by students in workshops to send their messages. He is the programmer for Space Messengers' real time messaging code which visualizews these messages from the stduents and from the live audience using WhatsApp/SMS.

Mathieu Castel

Mathieu Castel is a DJ and visual artist. Always on the lookout for new ways to generate engagement and interactivity with the crowd on the dancefloor, Mat has been able to push the boundaries of nightclubbing by using technology like visual intensive on-demand song requests, interactivity with the projected visuals by the mean of connected props and music interaction for collaborative and spontaneous sets. After the Covid outbreak, he started producing a unique online show placing artists in virtual reality or realistic mixed reality environments. Matthieu is the VR Designer for the STEMarts Metaverse, creating the 3D models and VR platform integrations.

David Novack

After undergraduate degrees in both engineering (Univ. of Pennsylvania) and music (Berklee College of Music), David Novack has enjoyed a successful award-winning career as a sound designer/mixing engineer for dozens of feature films. In live theater, he has designed sound for an internationally-toured opera by Roger Waters (Ça Ira), and sound/projections for Toronto’s Meridian Arts Centre’s (Death of a Salesman in Yiddish). Mr. Novack is now a professor of sound and cinema at Lusófona University for Humanities and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal, where he is also a researcher in sound studies. In addition, Mr. Novack is a filmmaker himself, with award-winning documentary films including Finding Babel (Special Jury Prize, Moscow Jewish Film Festival), and Burning The Future: Coal in America, (IDA Pare Lorentz Award). In 2021 David worked with his students at Lusofona University and with high school students from Escola Secundaria Sebastiao Silva to create the soundscape which is integrated into the code for Space Messengers.

Space Messengers is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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