Ajay Kapur defines himself as a “Musical Scientist.” The “Scientist” in him organizes experiments on how computer programming, electrical engineering, and digital signal processing can be used in artistic practices. The “Musician” in him gathers all the current technology from his laboratory into modules that can be used in the concert hall, writing modern music while blending traditional techniques. A large body of his work is centered around how humans and machines can interact symbiotically to create new forms of artistic expression. More specifically, Ajay's research revolves around one question: “How do you make a computer improvise with a human?” Using the rules set forth by Indian Classical music, he has been driven to build new interfaces for musical expression by using microcomputing, sensor technology, and artificial intelligence, while designing and building programmable mechatronic musical instruments. He now leads a team of artists and engineers exploring the intersection of music, composition, storytelling, science, and technology in the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra.
Madeline Falcone is a producer and violinist dedicated to the performance of contemporary music and to the support of innovative artistic events. As a producer, Madeline has been part of the CalArts Expo team since 2014, and has produced creative events and festivals for the Ojai Music Festival, The Broad Museum, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras, and REDCAT. As a performer, Madeline co-directs the Los Angeles-based Isaura String Quartet, and has performed and recorded with artists including The Eagles, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Temptations, All-American Rejects, Angel Olsen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Deltron 3030. Madeline holds a MFA from CalArts in Violin Performance.
Juan Herrera is an LA and Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and curator, whose practice as a bilingual/bicultural individual is invested in sexual and cultural identity, working in performance, video, photography and installation. He received an MA in Spanish at University of Iowa as well as an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At SAIC, he was photo-editor of Fnewsmagazine. He is currently perusing a Master of Fine Arts in Photography + Media with Integrated Media specialization at the California Institute of the Arts, where he is the 2019-2020 ArtChangeUS Journalism and Media fellow. He has been awarded the Lillian Disney Scholarship by Calarts and The Stephen Reinstein Memorial Scholarship by The Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles.
Still learning to draw.
Joana P. Cardozo
Anastasia is a Ukrainian filmmaker currently majoring in Film/Video at Calarts with a minor in Integrated Media. Her work mostly centers around experiential and documentary styles with a strong lean into the themes of family, personal happiness and exploration of different stylistic techniques. She loves organizing anything an everything and is very glad to be helping with the Calarts Expo this year.
Jisoo is an artist, thinker and observer. She studied Clothing and Textiles at Yonsei University in Seoul and is currently studying Fine Arts in Calarts. She had worked for one year in Communication and Media Team of MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea) and worked for another year in the fashion industry as a trend research and development. But the important thing is that she is just a big fan of art.
Jessie Hodges is a visual artist and writer who grew up in both Rhode Island and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has an interdisciplinary practice, that explores how and why we hide emotion—what is unseen, unsaid, and obscured. Jessie explores the hidden through storytelling, making the hidden tangible, investigating how much can or should be seen, while questioning if we can ever fully understand the complexity of feelings that another experiences. Jessie’s work uses video, installation, writing, sound, performance, and sculpture, inviting viewers to become more aware of their inner feelings.
Ian S. Peterson is an award-winning actor/creator from the Bay Area California. He is thrilled to help highlight the creators and their art that make CalArts so unique. He is always looking for more collaboration opportunities and ways to explore additional facets of art and the creative process. More at IanSPeterson.com