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Sesnon Speak Up: Interpreting Life with Viruses, Humans, and Plants

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
online event
Presented by: 
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

Amy M. Youngs and Russ Corbett-Detig discuss their approaches to data interpretation in a conversation moderated by Isabel Bjork, Executive Director of the Genomics Institute.

This event is scheduled in conjunction with the virtual exhibition, What Makes Us Human: An Art + Genomics Convergence.

FREE and open to the public
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Amy M. Youngs creates ecological and digital artworks that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. She exhibits nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and the public parks in New York City. She is an associate professor at Ohio State University where she coordinates the art & technology area in the Department of Art, leads interdisciplinary grant projects, and teaches courses in digital art, eco art, and art-science.

Russ Corbett-Detig is an assistant professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department and an affiliate of the Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His team conducts research on a wide range of questions in computational and evolutionary genomics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked with Dan Hartl, and he did his postdoctoral studies in Rasmus Nielsen's group at the University of California, Berkeley.


The Sesnon Speak Up series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with critical ideas generated from the programmed exhibitions at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC.


image: Amy Youngs and Russ Corbett-Detig