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Monday, June 20, 2011

Ruth West, San Diego Interdisciplinary Artist

We met Ruth West at the Art of Science Learning Conference in June, 2011. Take a look at her website and see a sample below.

Ruth West is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher working with emerging technologies. Her background spans new media arts, design, molecular genetics, information aesthetics/visualization, virtual/immersive environments, psychology, and mobile technologies. Current and prior affiliations include: UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, UCLA CENS (NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing), and NCMIR (National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research). Ruth's work has been presented or featured in SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Ingenuity Festival Cleveland, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, FILE 09 Sao Paulo, IEEE VR, Mobisys, SPIE, IEEE ICIP, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and NPR's The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek.
Selected Project
ATLAS in silico ATLAS in silico reflects on one of the elemental scientific and cultural challenges of our time: the shift from an organism-centric to a sequence-centric view of nature made possible by metagenomics and it’s ensuing impact on our understanding of the nature, origins and unity of life. It is a physically interactive virtual environment/installation and art-science collaboration that provides a unique aesthetic encounter with metagenomics data (and contextual metadata) from the largest known protein sequence dataset, the Global Ocean Survey (GOS) - a ground-breaking snapshot of biodiversity in the world’s oceans.


A brief description and video are here.

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