Jane Mulfinger’s art project at the Pasadena YWCA building exemplifies how art and sustainability go hand in hand. Mulfinger’s installation, “Autonomy Is No Longer Possible or Interesting,” features repurposed excercise bicycles that power LED lights in the buildings when used by visitors. By repurposing materials for her artwork, Mulfinger uses sustainable methods to create metaphors that enhance cultural/community awareness.
Dr. Colin Gardner’s current research explores the ways in which dissolving the Kantian dialectic structure between man, art, and world in favor of an anti-speciesist structure of assemblage, connectivity, and relationality between aesthetics, creativity, and machinic subjectivity can produce a new vision for a more ethical and ecologically sustainable world. His work brings together issues of accountability, affect, and ecosophy as revolutions through all media, focusing specifically on art, film, installation, and text, thereby opening the human to more ethical relations with the world. He is currently co-editing an anthology for Bloomsbury entitled “Ecosophical Aesthetics” which is due in 2017.
Lisa Jevbratt a professor in the art department and an artist who has focused her research and art on investigating human/animal relationships for several years. She is developing software that simulates how animals see, and she is teaches a yearly class in interspecies collaboration in the art department. Her work and teaching is continuously engaged with questions about sustainability though examining the relationships we create with other species and our shared environment.
Professor Peljhan’s research focuses on art and technology. His recent projects involve the Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations, and weather systems research in an intersection of art and science from 1997-2007, and he is currently coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative art/science/tactical media project which is focused on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural, and cultural spheres.