Ayodamola Okunseinde, MFA Design and Technology
Fito Segrera, MFA Design and Technology
Global warming, pollution, species extinction, ecological destruction. Taken individually these problems are troubling. Combined, they constitute an existential crisis that leads to an unsustainable future environment: a world as alien to us as the terrain of Mars. Wearable Ecosystems for Alien Environments (WEFAE) is a critical expression and exploration of sustainability for such a future alien world. WEFAE fuses modular wearable technology, bioart, insects, and physical computing to produce homeostatic systems that interact with both the wearer and environment. The project seeks to call attention to symbiotic relationships between humans and other organisms, sustainability, and the potential future integration of technology, ecology, and humanity.
Wearable Ecosystems for Alien Environments will be featured at The New School Alumni reception and throughout the Interactive Festival.
Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde is a contemporary multimedia artist living and working in New York.
He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey where he earned his B.A. His works range from filmmaking and video to painting and physically interactive works.
Okunseinde was the co-founder and creative director of Dissident Display Studios, an award winning multimedia studio and art gallery based in Washington DC. As a staple of the Washington DC arts community, Okunseinde made influential contributions to projects and organizations such as The Washington Projects for the Arts, Pink Line Project, and Banished Productions. As a collaborator with choreographer Maida Withers, Okunseinde created several interactive performance based works earning numerous grants and awards to perform in Mexico, Kenya, Croatia and Russia.
Having spent his formative years living in Nigeria, Oman and Holland, Okunseinde's extensive travels (38 countries) have influenced his work and artistic direction, He blends ideas and elements from different cultures in his projects. His current works deal with the notion of translation: the simultaneous decomposition, recontexualization, and presentation of images, culture, and identity as well as the nexus between technology, art, and humanity.
Okunseinde is currently an MFA candidate in Design and Technology at Parsons, The New School For Design, New York.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Fito Segrera is a New York-based contemporary artist whose work focuses on new technologies and digital media. Since he graduated as a technologist in audiovisual and multimedia production and fine artist from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá, his creative practice has focused on problematizing around topics such as: the origin of virtual worlds and their effect on real life understanding, the avatar as an extension of the human body and how it acts upon the construction of identity, man-machine integration, transhumanism, and wearable technology.
His main exhibitions are: COLLISION 20 Boston Ciberarts Gallery 2014, EYEBEAM New York 2013, AGORA COLLECTIVE CENTER Berlin 2013, Dorkbot NYC 2013, Harvestworks New York 2013, La residencia Tunja 2012, Web 2.0 Espacios alternativos 2012, Ripping mix, burn, rip 2010, Bogotá Biennale 2009.
Currently an international Fulbright Scholar and a candidate for an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons, The New School, New York.