Tending Ostreidae: Serenades for Settling

Can an oyster listen? A collaboration between visual artist Stephanie Rothenberg and sound artist Suzanne Thorpe

Aphrodisiac in the Machine

Can a new species of bioengineered oysters solve the climate crisis?

Proof of Soil

Can the non-human labor of microbes solve the cryptocurrency energy crisis?

Trading Systems: Bio-Economic Fairy Tales

After Hurricane Maria: What might it look like if nonhuman forces could be put in the driver’s seat during Puerto Rico’s reconstruction?


  • ISEA 2020 Montreal “Why Sentience?”

    OCTOBER 13-18, 2020
    ISEA 2020 Montreal “Why Sentience?”


    I’m thrilled to be part of ISEA 2020 Montreal “Why Sentience?”. I’ll be showing “Aquadisia”, a new version of my ongoing project “Aphrodisiac in the Machine.” This new version manifests as an immersive website and participatory performance about the magical powers of drinking cyborg oyster juice. I will also be speaking on two panels: “Queering Infrastructure: The System Through the Erotic” with Antonia Hernandez, Kathy High and Joel Ong and “Boundary Crossings” with Roberta Buiani, Joel Ong and Jennifer Willet.


    Stephanie Rothenberg

  • “Aphrodisiac in the Machine” at Baruch College, NYC

    FEBRUARY 18–MAY 1, 2020
    Baruch College, New York, NY

    I’m thrilled to be showing a special 4-channel installation at Baruch College this winter/spring. The video installation spanning 4 floors takes you through the history of the oyster “Ostreidae” to its current bioengineered form. The videos provide an overview of oyster cultivation from worker food source to bourgeois delicacy, genetic modification in the lab and harvesting in the futuristic aquaculture farm.  I will also be giving a public artist lecture on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the Engelman Recital Hall, BPAC at Baruch College.

  • Xenoform Labs Residency, San Francisco

    JANUARY, 2020

    I’m thrilled kickoff 2020 at Xenoform Labs, a new art and technology residency started by artist Scott Kildall. I’ll be experimenting with soft robotics to create a robotic oyster sculpture for my media installation “Aphrodisiac in the Machine.” And I get to be in California for January!

  • “Goodbye Cruel World It’s Over” at Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf

    NOVEMBER 27 – FEBRUARY 2, 2020
    Weltkunstzimmer Art Center, Düsseldorf, DE

    I’m thrilled to be in the exhibition “Goodbye Cruel World” curated by Janine Blöß at the Weltkunstzimmer in Düsseldorf along with some of my favorite artists including Sasa Spacal and Verena Friedrich. I’ll be showing a few works including “Proof of Soil” and “Trading Systems: Bio-Economic Fairy Tales.”

  • TechnoMEME exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio

    NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 14, 2019

    Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio

    The group exhibition, Technomeme 2019, considers how new media art translates the ongoing technological phenomena of replication, imitation, variation, reproduction, and mutation responding to technological evolution at the nexus of digital culture. A project of FUSE Factory.