I am pacing, and being very kind to myself during 10 days of performing at Brilliant Baltimore Light City & Book Festival and the MAP Benifit. I am napping and nourishing throughout the day. I leave feeling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually rested. After performances I listen, and tend to the needs of my body.
During these performances I evoke Lemanja (Yemoja) and Yemaya while calling myself back to the sea. Water is both calming and restorative for me. I honor both myself and the ancestors when I do what I love. My performance practice is deeply meditative, I find myself more tuned to inner-self and unplugged from the external. I find my own peace and balance while in public spaces through a fusion of spirituality and art.
I have embedded LED light elements into my garment for nighttime activations. During my performances I use a quartz crystal singing bowl to strike rhythmically. I respond to the vibrations through ritual and movement during the ceremony.
A singing bowl is an inverted bell, supported from below with the rim uppermost. These bells are bowl-shaped and are created in a wide range of sizes. Traditional Tibetan singing bowls are typically made of metal like copper, silver, gold. This instrument produces sounds that are used in meditation and vibrations connected to the chakras.
Since I am interdisciplinary, I am excited about incorporating elements that overlap with modalities that support wellbeing, such as light therapy and sound bathing. Producing sound creates a more immersive experience for both me as the artist and the patrons who interact with the work. I am looking forward to continuing to explore this aspect of my art and investigate new ways to incorporate singing bowls both into my creative practices and my day-to-day life.
This week I gave a bit more thought to the ways in which to bring EmotiBit into a dance performance with Nicoletta. At a high level, there’s a continuum of possibilities ranging from using physiological sensors as instrument that can directly impact the audience in a visceral manner, to providing more of a conceptual context for the work in a live communication with the audience or as a data artifact that can live on after the exhibition in different forms. Thinking through previous works that have integrated sensing signals from the body has begun to help me to lay out this continuum into a framework for exploring new ideas in the SciArt Bridge residency.
Using physiological sensors as an instrument has the potential to create new channels of communication between performer and audience. In a work called Left Footprints, created as part of a residency at the New York Hall of Science and 2019 New York Electronic Arts Festival, my collaborators explored how physiological data from EmotiBit could deliver new experiences by altering the delivery of media content. An earlier collaboration with LoVid called Hive Mind took that concept to an extreme by utilizing signals read from the brain to directly impact the neuronal patterns of the audience through pulses of light and sound.
Taking a slight step back from using physiological data to directly drive brainwaves or media content delivery, it’s also possible to have these signals provide a broader context for a performance or installation. Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze (by Marina Abramovic, Suzanne Dikker and Matthias Oostrik) explored this possibility by transforming Abramovic’s MoMA exhibition “The Artist is Present” into work exploring the neuroscientific basis of the powerful connection that Abramovic creates with her audience.
Going beyond the live performance, physiological data can become artifacts that carry the mantle of the work into new forms. Emergence is an installation that I showed at ISEA and the Istanbul Biennale in which I asked the audience to consider where the body ends and the internet begins. Capturing electrical signals from the viewer’s heart, the work propagated those signals into the surrounding space and ultimately onto the internet. Capturing a picture with each heartbeat of the viewer and uploading it to Flickr, the work has captured over 30,000 heartbeats from viewers around the world that now create an interesting artifact to reflect on our digital experience of time.
Bringing this continuum of possibilities into my conversation with Nicoletta is an exciting opportunity to explore how we can celebrate her work as a dancer and chamana through the unique lens of the SciArt Bridge Residency. So many ideas and much more to unfold in the weeks and months to come.
This week I have been napping, resting, and napping some more. I am in a period of big shifts. There are so many wonderful things happening in my life and I am very excited. My practice both as an artist and chamána is built upon communication with my body. I am very kind to my temple; the instrument I create with, and I listen to it carefully.
Part of my relaxing is about restoration through meditation. The chakras, centers of spiritual power in the human body, are a major focus for me. Guided meditation, dance meditation, laugh meditation, walking meditation are ways that I achieve quieting of thoughts and practice mindfulness.
In addition to meditation I also use color as a way to care for myself. Color theory and color meaning are also important components of my practice. In fact, I mostly dress in monochromatic looks. A single color head-to-toe. These choices are made daily and informed by my feelings, based in both psychology and spirituality with the intention to fortify specific aspects of me that I aim to reinforce.
Before getting dressed, I ask myself questions like:
What is my intention?
How am I feeling?
In what ways do I feel most powerful?
What aspects do I want to affirm and/or focus on?
The thoughts that follow point me in the direction of a specific chakra and corresponding color. I ask myself similar questions when working in my art studio. In addition to considering WHY I am creating and WHAT a specific piece will be, WHERE it will be placed/performed, HOW others interact with the work and WHO they are. Also, WHEN such as: time of day, season, duration. Once again the color story, and its meaning, is often one of the first pieces of the creative puzzle placed.
It’s fascinating to me how science, spirituality, and art all have methods for decoding colors. I am interested in how they overlap and guide one another. I also think about what a color feels like. Why certain colors make me feel energized, calm, balanced, peaceful, soothed, secure.
I often revisit studies I have worked on and contemplate my choice to use specific hues or tones. When I was healing from injuries I transformed my X-rays into love letters back to my body. These studies were then incorporated into projection video self portraits for installation during my performances. All of the colors used were selected with intention and have deep personal meaning.
Womb Rebirth, 2017
A multi-sensory celebration of rebirth as activated action. The gallery space is transformed into the metaphorical womb. My self-portrait, a video projection created from my x-rays sets the intention for restorative healing. The performance incorporates healing of past injuries, as I let go of visceral memories while gifting others small tokens and gestures of love to cherish and reflect upon. I created: sacred sculptural objects to engage with including: a womb shield, a headdress, sound elements, light elements, large-scale installation housing for performance art and the public.
This week my lab continued hard at work developing and refining the EmotiBit circuitry. One sensor that I hope will really get Nicolleta’s heart pounding is our multi-wavelength photoplethysmography or PPG sensor.
You might be familiar with PPG sensors on some wrist-worn activity trackers, or from the little clip they put on your finger at the hospital. Most activity trackers typically use only a single wavelength of green light, while hospital PPG sensors use a combination of red and infrared light and EmotiBit uses all 3 wavelengths to derive a complex portrait of physiological changes. To understand why different colors of light make a difference, it might be helpful to explain how PPG technology works.
PPG is essentially just shining a light into your skin and measuring how much light gets reflected versus how much gets absorbed by your body. Because oxygenated blood reflects different color wavelengths (looks red) than deoxygenated blood (looks more blue), it’s possible to measure a variety of changes in the cardiovascular system. Every time your heart beats, a fresh supply of oxygenated blood flows through your body, flushing your tissue red and generating an increased red PPG signal. This can give you information about both your overall activity level, energy usage and emotional changes. Because EmotiBit offers access to the raw PPG data, other physiological metrics like the dicrotic notch (related to heart valve closing ) can be measured from the raw signals and by measuring heart rate changes over time it’s possible to derive pulse rate variability (PRV) to assess how active the sympathetic “fight or flight” and parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous systems are. With the carefully engineered time synchronization, it’s additionally possible to take measurements from multiple EmotiBits in different body locations and derive information like pulse transit time (PTT, correlated to blood pressure) and changes in PPG waveshape caused by vascular embolism.
Unlike most activity trackers, which use only green light, comparing the ratio of red and infrared light in a multi-wavelength PPG allows the ratio of blood oxygen saturation to be precisely calculated. Monitoring how this ratio rises and falls over time, it’s possible to measure breathing and study stress-related apnea. Furthermore, because red and infrared light penetrate deeper into the body’s tissue than does green light, even more detailed information about the body, such as hydration levels (as being performed by some labs) might be the tip of the “what’s measurable” iceberg. PPG is essentially spectrometry, which is a gold-standard technique used by physicists, chemists, biologists, and astronomers alike to understand the underlying chemical composition of an unknown substance. My dream is that through this SciArt residency and by giving more people access to high quality multi-wavelength PPG data from EmotiBit, we may discover new ways to understand our bodies and minds.
After a week of attending art events and traveling I am excited about a lot of rest to restore and reset myself. I am preparing for my upcoming performances titled Bathed in Light (Bañada en Luz).
“Bathed in Light, a ritual performed by Nicoletta, honors the Mothers of Living Waters, Lemanja (Yemoja) and Yemaya. Clothed in enigmatic shades of the deep ocean floor, Nicoletta’s body is transformed into an alter; her movements serve as offerings to the goddesses. She bathes; cleanses space and sculpts the air with light. Her Crown adorned with stardust is a conduit to the nurturing moonlight which she calls upon during her performance.”
In the studio this week I am working on the video projection component for my performances. I have been spending a lot of time daydreaming, actually night gazing and simply looking up at the sky.
I am fascinated by the moon and how it affects water on this planet. I started to think about the body. I started to think about how much of me is water. I started to contemplate how phases of the moon affect me. Since the moon’s gravitational pull affects bodies of water I began to ask myself questions like:
Does the moon also affect me?
Does the moon impact my mood and affect how I feel?
Does it affect the fluid in my brain and body in a way that I have yet to appreciate?
I look forward to continuing to investigate this concept in my studio. Water is an important element in my performances. Ritual bathing is a key component in my practice. I look forward to continuing to discover more during my residency and beyond.
This week my lab continued refining the EmotiBit circuitry for use in the SciArt residency. Working with Nicoletta in a dance performance, one aspect of the EmotiBit circuitry that is super important for this residency is the ability to measure complex movement.
The circuitry that measures movement is called an inertial measurement unit or IMU. Back in the days of the Apollo space missions, IMUs were larger than your head, but today IMU circuitry is so small that you need tweezers to pick them up. So how does an IMU measure movement? There are actually 3 different sensors that can measure movement inside an IMU circuit -- an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer -- and since we live in a 3-dimensional world each of these sensors usually make measurements from 3 different axes, for a total of up to 9 different signals to create a portrait of movement.
The most common sensor in an IMU is an accelerometer. You find accelerometers in many devices ranging from phones to wrist-worn wearables and the reason they’re called accelerometers is because they measure linear acceleration. If you hold an accelerometer perfectly still you’ll see the force (or more accurately acceleration) of gravity in one direction and the other 2 directions will measure zero. However, if you make a sudden movement the accelerometer will register that movement as a spike in whichever direction you move. Accelerometers are commonly used in activity trackers because they’re good at measuring the up/down movements associated with running and forward/backward movement of swinging your arms.
While accelerometers are great at measuring steps or other up/down or side/side movements, a gyroscope is critical if you want to measure rotational movements like the complex gestures of a dance performance or the tricks of a snowboarder on a halfpipe. Although many common devices don’t include a gyroscope because of the increased cost and power consumption, having a gyroscope can be critical to determine whether a dancer is standing still or doing a pirouette, so we made sure to include a gyroscope on EmotiBit.
A magnetometer can be used to measure cardinal direction. Because the earth has a magnetic field, you can use a compass or a magnetometer to find North. This information can be useful to understand how a person is oriented in space and help to calibrate the start position and correct accumulated errors of gyroscope data to give a more complete picture of movement.
Using a combination of an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer built into the EmotiBit, I’m looking forward to exploring how we can capture a portrait of movement during Nicoletta’s dance performance and understand how that relates to the physiological changes Nicoletta or her audience experiences as she sculpts her surrounding space.
This week I am preparing for upcoming performances, travel, and packing for a move into a new studio. I am also moving to a new apartment next month. This is a period of great transition for me. I am very excited and being very kind to myself during this moment of lots of shifts. I am giving a lot of attention to my emotions. I am very aware of self talk and how my thoughts relate to my feelings and impact my behaviors.
As an artist, my practice is built on my movements. My body is my greatest instrument and I tend to it daily to make sure that I maintain my wholeness. I use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques, mindfulness tools, spiritual aids, and sculptural art objects from my studio practice regularly as part of my practice as a Chamána (Shaman).
I pause often to check in with myself. I journal and document how I feel. I pay attention to how dance movements elevates or celebrates my mood. I find it fascinating to look back at how my happiness can be measured through these techniques. I look forward to having new data collection tools to integrate into this process. I can only imagine how much this data will provide me with greater insight into how art affects my state of being.
My work with the community as an educator, facilitator, producer, performer, and artist will have new modes of measuring qualitative and quantitative data. I am passionate about all aspects of wellbeing, therefore having more tools will be amazing. I am so excited about others having real time data to help guide them as they choose what to focus on as they navigate.
I have noticed over the years how much my life has changed, how fulfilled I feel, how much my energy and eagerness for life has increased since adjusting my behaviors based upon my feelings through mindfully thinking about what I am doing as an artist. Art is my language. Art is how I love to communicate. Science helps me decode, track, explore, and expand my creative practice.
This week was a technical deep-dive working on EmotiBit for the SciArt Bridge Residency and the launch of our EmotiBit Beta Partnerships. My labs’ goal in creating EmotiBit is to democratize emotion sensing or “affective computing” (term coined by Rosalind Picard at MIT) so that more people can have access to research-grade physiological sensing in a wearable form-factor. I think giving greater access to this data will create multipliers for people to ask new types of questions from different scientific, artistic, educational and DIY perspectives. To meet that goal, my lab has been hard at work to measure and stream 16 high-quality signals from the body.
This week we’ve been optimizing our electro-dermal activity (EDA) circuitry to accurately measure small fluctuations in skin resistance on top of the wide range of skin resistance that naturally occurs. On a hot day during physical activity skin resistance can be as low as 10 kiloohms or less, while on a chilly day when most sweat glands effectively go on vacation, skin resistance can easily skyrocket to 20 megaohms or more. Across this huge range, our goal is to detect small 10 kiloohm electro-dermal responses (EDRs) that accompany emotional reactions. Getting our circuitry carefully tuned to capture that full range has had us working hard with spice modeling software combined with good old fashioned soldering and bench experimentation.
We’ve also been working on next-generation temperature sensing for the EmotiBit. In addition to health-related changes in body temperature when you get sick or during ovulation, research has shown that micro-fluctuations in local body temperature can reflect emotional reactions. For EmotiBit Beta we’re adding medical-grade infrared thermopile sensing to get the most accurate local body temperature possible.
In addition to working on our specific sensors, we’ve also been working more broadly on the EmotiBit circuitry. By adding power conditioning to the 3.3 Volt supply delivered by Adafruit Feather, we’re aiming to reduce powerline noise and optimize the signal-to-noise-ratio for all our sensors. We’ve also been carefully selecting which connector pins on the Feather to use. Bringing EmotiBit into the amazing Adafruit Feather ecosystem is a huge multiplier to let people do anything they want with signals from the body, including using any number of wireless streaming protocols (WiFi, Bluetooth, LoRa, 4G, etc), and also the ability to attach any number of Feather Wings ranging from LED strip controllers to audio generators and motor drivers. Of course, streaming 16+ signals from the body and maintaining compatibility across a multitude of small form-factor boards with limited available pins requires careful planning to be sure we maximize the possibilities for everyone to explore their visions for affective computing.
As we remain heads-down, likely for another week or so, getting ready to send Beta boards out for manufacturing, we’re super excited thinking about how our hard work carefully developing the EmotiBit circuitry might lead to new avenues of exploration and possibly new ways of thinking about sensing signals from the body in this SciArt residency and beyond.
This week I had a wonderful meeting with my partner Sean! We talked about ways to collaborate. We discussed all the potential. Here are some questions I am pondering as I think about next steps:
I am looking forward to experimenting with EmotiBit and allowing the answers to flow.
I spent time researching and getting inspired by works of art and artists. I was invited to a pre-exhibition preview at the Walters Art Museum: "Art of Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style." This is the first U.S. exhibition in a generation to highlight the architect and designer’s innovative work, and explores the larger circle of artists with whom he collaborated.
I enjoyed looking at the beautiful Art Nouveau and Art Deco Objects. I am inspired by the elegant lines, implied movement, the female form, structures and materials. I am thinking about how I want to evolve my performance practice. I am thinking about what role environment plays in my work as an artist.
I spent an evening with one of my mentors Valerie Maynard. As a leader in The Black Arts Movement her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, in Sweden, Lagos, and Nigeria. Sitting with her in her home/studio with my oldest son is powerful for me. She talked to him about her friends like Toni Morrison. She talked about a piece she made for Stevie Wonder. She showed us new sculptures she’s working on. She shared her excitement for her upcoming exhibition. I paid close attention to how I felt in her space. I reflected on how her work, her stories, her spirit affected me. My son pointed out that we appeared at times to be synchronized. Our actions became the same, she began to move like me, I began to speak like her. He found it fascinating to see how sharing space with someone can shift behavior and how elevated I felt after we left. He too felt very energized and inspired after our visit.
Valerie has known me since I was 16. She taught me to see myself, and my value as a beautiful black woman. As an artist, she taught me how to sculpt the magnificent female form in wood. As a Negrita, Afro-Latina, I embrace everything that I am. Art is how I communicate. Art is how I connect with others. Art is how I share myself with the world.
One of my takeaways from the week is connection. Art connects us. Connection is invaluable, and a core part of our experience as human beings. Our emotions help us navigate in the world. Since we are multi-sensory beings we are constantly processing information gathered, and responding to feelings, with our bodies.
I had a wonderful conversation with my partner Nicoletta this week, talking about her practice and how she utilizes space and movement to create connections with, and sometimes release intense emotions from her audience. I immediately began thinking about how sensing physiological signals from the body with EmotiBit could facilitate and potentially help understand that connection. How signals from the body can enhance human connectedness is something I’m passionate about and is the topic of a chapter I recently co-wrote with Suzanne Dikker and Suzan Tunca published in Anton Nijholt’s book Brain Art. In the coming weeks, I hope to delve deeper into the different ways that signals from the body can be, and have previously been, used through artistic practice to enhance and understand human connection, but this week I got to thinking about one of the physiological signals that particularly lights up my truth.
What’s cool about EDA is that it’s super dialed in to your emotional responses. Although EDA by itself doesn’t separate positive emotions (e.g. excitement) from negative emotions (e.g. fear or anger) and it can be altered by physical stimulation and activity, it strikingly reflects emotional activation in a moment by moment way. Note how my brother’s EDA responses in the above video typically follow my questions by 1-2 seconds and tend to elicit bigger responses the more intimate the questions get. I like to say that the Truth Wristband measures the truth of the question whether or not you choose not to answer it.
After creating the Truth Wristband a decade ago, I’ve since worn it to parties and pubs around the world. Welling up from those experiences (and some interesting stories) I’ve been getting a feeling of excitement this week when I think about bringing EDA to my exploration with Nicoletta and it definitely gets my truth lit up!
My excitement about working with Sean continues to grow! It’s like his lab’s invention, EmotiBit was something I never knew that I always wanted. I can’t wait for us to dive deeper into all the possibilities for our collaboration as residency partners. In anticipation, I spent a lot of time this week simply thinking about how my body communicates with me. I thought about how feelings are tools for navigation. I thought about the rituals I perform that inform both my arts practice and the way that I live my life day-to-day. I thought about the involuntary act of breathing and how important it is. I thought about how my breathing patterns change when I perform different movements.
I began to ask myself questions like: How often do I pause to simply breathe deeply? This reminds me of how important the act of deliberate breathing is when I swim.
Swimming is one of the ways I get back into my body. Water is soothing for me and connects me to something much bigger than myself. Despite being very active in the water; I feel completely supported, peaceful, and relaxed. I can swim for hours and leave the pool feeling fully rested just like after a long nap.
In August, I began experimenting with underwater video and photography equipment. I am excited about how to translate the movements and elements of my performance art into underwater dance. The footage captured has become early studies in my creative investigation. I am looking forward to continuing to experiment and see where it all leads creatively.
Electrical, chemical, and mechanical messages carry highly amplified messages about our physical, emotional and psychological state from our brains to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. Evolutionarily these “fight or flight” and “rest and digest” systems have been critical to avoid getting eaten by tigers, find food, and conserve energy, but in the 21st century with the help of carefully engineered sensors like EmotiBit, it’s possible to derive a moment-by-moment portrait of our emotional state. How this information about internal context might help you become a faster learner, share deeper empathy, enjoy lower stress, or be present in live performance are all topics that may be explored in this SciArt Bridge Residency, but I thought it might be interesting to start by discussing what signals from the body can tell us about our emotions and physiological reactions to the world around us. Let’s start with some examples.
For you to perceive a snake camouflaged in the jungle, the visual system in your brain has to work over-time detecting lines and colors and patterns, etc. But once your brains detect “SNAKE!”, the fear alarm bells ring and your brain cranks up your body’s sympathetic “fight or flight” dial to 11! Your heart starts racing and your respiration rate and depth increase. Your body temperature increases and sweat glands activate. Evolutionarily, all these changes in the body’s physiology are getting you ready to run away, and by sensing these biometric signals you can detect that fear response even without any verbal communication or physical movement.
Quite the opposite of a fear response is a feeling of calm and relaxation that’s accompanied by activation of the body’s parasympathetic “rest and digest” system. To save energy, the body lowers the heart rate and beat strength, and the breathing becomes more regular. The increase in parasympathetic neurotransmitters released onto your heart muscle creates measurable changes in heart rate variability (HRV) indicative of lower stress. Sweat responses and local body temperature decrease, and your constellation of biometric signals softly whisper “I’m calm.”
Anxiety and stress are part of modern life. That stress can be measured in a number of ways, but scientific research has shown that when we’re stressed we hold our breath… a LOT. The technical term is called “apnea” and it’s been shown that people regularly hold their breath while writing emails and using social media. Measuring drops in respiration rate and depth, drops in blood oxygen levels, changes in electro-dermal activity and heart rate variability together can help identify which daily activities are particularly stressful for you and perhaps even help break the cycle.
These are but a few stops along the emotional journey that the SciArt Bridge Residency will surely take us... and I can’t wait for the roller coaster to begin!
I put energy into developing works that communicate the beauty of existence. My work is about light, connection, healing, and self-love. I fabricate sculptural installations that are meant to communicate introspection. My vessel is both my canvas and the instrument I create with. During my performances, I sculpt space with my body. I am motivated by the idea of the collective oneness; that all is interconnected. Art is not something that I do. Art is how I live. Who I am. Works of art are handled with care. I love myself gently, with kindness, and encourage others to do the same through my works of art. I always listen to my body. When I feel pain; I stop and soothe. When I feel good, I pay attention to the associated action and do it more.
I began last week meditating and reflecting on the evolution of my arts practice. This year I worked with the Smithsonian on a performance for By the People Festival.
My Self Care First Aid Kits installation was featured at Cardinal Gallery, CCBC Essex, and selected for Maryland Art Place statewide juried exhibition.
I produced self-care experiences for the public through Baltimore Creates B/CAN, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Impact Hub, Stevenson University, Baltimore Collegetown Network, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
I worked with The Walters Art Museum on Bañera de Flora (Flora Bath); an immersive installation and interactive activation for the public. My residency at the Walters was concluded with a Self Care workshop event for their patrons.
I look forward to my journey as SciArt The Bridge Resident, because I draw inspiration from science. Part of my process, before rendering, is to research as much as possible. I examine ideas behind topics, e.g., social sculpture, the performative body. My work is interdisciplinary so partnering with Sean Montgomery to: share ideas, explore concepts, and potentially develop new interactive movement-based work incorporating scientific data capturing technology is very exciting.
As human beings, we often equate our value to how much we produce; our productivity. Our bodies are magnificent machines, yet our value is much greater than labor. Restorative rest is important to long-term sustainability. Giving attention to feelings is important, so slowing down to gain guidance from all the senses is imperative.
I have learned that healing is an act of allowing. I have learned that wellness is best achieved when multiple modalities are combined. I have learned that wholeness happens when the physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and energy bodies are all tended to. Balance is key. Holding as much space for self as needed is an act of radical self-love.
I could not be more excited to kickoff a residency with the SciArt Initiative this week!
Meeting my partner, Nicoletta de la Brown, and the other residents via video chat for the first time filled my mind with possibilities. As a dancer, self-described "space sculptor" and shaman, Nicoletta's practice uses movement of her body to transform the experience of a space. It's hard to imagine a better partner to explore the potential for my lab's latest invention, EmotiBit. As a wearable sensor for streaming emotional, physiological and movement data from anywhere on the body, EmotiBit can measure the internal context of the wearer. Thinking about working with Nicoletta, my mind immediately began considering how our emotions and physiology are intimately bound into the way we share space with one another.
How do the microscopic movements of electrical and chemical signals within my body change the way that I or others perceive a physical space?
How do the physical movements of others in an environment alter the electricity and chemistry of my body?
Asking questions like these (and surely many more fantastic questions to come) is the magic of working across disciplines in contexts like the SciArt Initiative The Bridge residency. Looking at our own practice and methods from new perspectives creates a multiplier effect to generate new ideas, new methodologies, and new data to make sense of the world around us. I'm sure I can't predict where my synergy with Nicoletta will take us in the weeks and months to come, and that's precisely why I'm so excited to do this residency.