Paz Tornero is a Ph.D. in Art, Science and Technocreativity at Complutense University of Madrid. Her thesis The Technologies of Creativity: Connections between Art and Science in Contemporaneity, is about the relationship between art, science and creativity from 20th century to present and it explores new art forms that incorporate technological and scientific aspects.
She has an MA in Fine Arts and Digital Arts from Pompeu Fabra University and a MA in Fine Arts from Polytechnic University of Valencia. She also studied at Carnegie Mellon University. Paz was a visiting fellow at Harvard University as well as MIT Media Lab.
She teaches seminars and writes about science, digital art-dance-theatre-humanities, and transdisciplinarity research-learning. Her projects have been showed in international festivals and galleries. She has been artist-in-residence in important programs.
She has taught as a professor and researcher at University San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), she is a visiting professor at University of Caldas, Colombia. She was recently a visiting researcher at Institute of Microbiology at the USFQ where she was researching on the digital artists’ role in the age of climate change and the economic crisis by developing research on new aesthetics and matters regarding the meaning of Bio Art and connections between science, arts, and technology. She is also very much interested in ecology and sustainability, connectivity and Intelligent Environments (IE), and biomarkers from an artistic perspective. Paz Tornero is currently based in Spain where she is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada.
What are you doing?
My motivation as an artist and a researcher is to raise questions regarding social issues, concerns and needs. Additionally, I have been applying different mediums at the beginning of my career like video art, video installations, interactive installations, public artworks, sound and, since I concluded my PhD in 2012, I have been working with scientists and technologists. In general, my artwork speaks about the imbalance between authorities and the general citizens.
I am also very much interested in developing my artwork and research on the boundaries between Science and Art, specially on microbiology and environmental concerns affecting human communities and our societies. I have been working in ecology and sustainability, connectivity and Intelligent Environments (IE), and biomarkers from an artistic perspective. So data, unseen and invisible information, in my case, is really important to image new ways and forms of collecting information. Another question is how power and territory words are part of environmental and invisible data and how organic bioindicators and technological devices can democratize and make data accessible to citizens.
As a professor at the University of San Francisco in Ecuador I had the support of the Institute of Microbiology, which had invited me on several occasions to participate in conferences to show my researches, I managed to convince the Dean of the School of Communication and Contemporary Art (where I was working at the time), to open a course to promote transdisciplinary practices. The requirements by the Dean were that this course will be offered to all students from the first course to the last year of their degree, we would not have a laboratory (just a small painting studio with a projector and no Internet connection) and there would be no funding to purchase materials. Attendees were a total of 15 students from different careers such as art and performance, photography, painting, medicine, biology, engineering, psychology and film. Contents divided into the following five blocks. Practice and theory studies as well as two sessions at the microbiology laboratory, a visit to the Institute of Meteorology, a field trip to help botanists collect photographic documentation, an experiment in the field of design and biology, and lectures from professors of: philosophy, medicine, art, microbiology, biology and environmental engineering with a great interest in transdisciplinary projects.
What do you need?
I'm looking for support from educational institutions-special learning programs (testing our kit and having advertising and distribution worldwide, scientific laboratories that accept artists so I would study what contents can be inserted in a portable laboratory-kit ArtScience, as well as scientists who want to collaborate with us.
We have almost developed all our ArtSciene experiments for the first kit, however we need more proposals for it. We are working with low-cost materials and we believe in sustainability, recycling, collaboration, imagination and creativity, research and transdisciplinary learning.