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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?

Reversal of Fortune: The Garden of Virtual Kinship

A telematic garden, both real and virtual, whose lifeline is linked to monetary exchanges between the developed and developing world.

Reversal of Fortune: Planthropy

A garden of illuminated hanging planters whose lifelines are dependent on the techno-social rhythms of social media

News

  • “Re: Working Labor Exhibition” at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    SEPTEMBER 20–NOVEMBER 27, 2019
    RE: WORKING LABOR > Proof of Soil
    Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    This fall I’m debuting a new artwork titled “Proof of Soil” in a fantastic exhibition called “Re: Working Labor” that explores the current state of contemporary labor. My piece looks at the problem of massive energy required to produce cryptocurrency. It speculates on the new forms of non-human labor – the labor of microbes in contaminated soil/brown fields (microbial fuel cells) as a solution to power the massive energy use of the computer AI of the blockchain to create cryptocurrency.
    http://sites.saic.edu/reworkinglabor/projects/stephanie-rothenberg/

  • Z/KU Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin

    SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2019

    Berlin, Germany

    I’m excited to be a resident fellow at Z/KU this fall. It’s located in an old train station in the neighborhood of Moabit. I’ll be developing two projects that explore the ethical and socio-economic dimensions of biology as technology for human survival in extreme landscapes. Specifically the mass extraction of resources as the dominant solution to support human life and innovations in biological engineering.

    https://www.zku-berlin.org/fellows/508/

  • 2019 Dinacon 2

    AUGUST 13 – 26, 2019
    Gamboa, Panama
    I’m thrilled to be going to Gamboa, Panama to participate in Dinacon 2! Created by artist Andrew Quitmeyer Dinacon is is an experimental conference about exploring new ways of interacting with nature. Situated in the heart of the Panamanian Rainforest and the hub of the Panama Canal, Gamboa is one of the world’s major sites for biological field research.
    https://www.dinacon.org

  • 2019 TOKAS Tokyo Art and Space Residency

    FEBRUARY 4 – MARCH 16, 2019
    Tokyo, Japan
    I’m been awarded a 6-week research residency at TOKAS Tokyo Art and Space in Japan. I’ll be conducting research for 2 projects. One is in conjunction with my visiting scholar position at Bowdoin College and explores the impact of climate change on Japan’s fishing industries alongside innovations in aquaculture farming. The other project examines robotics and regenerative/life extending technologies within the world of transhumanism.
    http://www.tokyoartsandspace.jp/english/index.html

  • 2019-2019 Visiting Scholar, Roux Center for Environmental Research

    AUGUST 2018 – JUNE 2019
    Roux Center for Environmental Research, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

    I’m thrilled to announce that I am the inaugural Roux Scholar-in-Residence at the new Roux Center for Environmental Research at Bowdoin College for the 2018-2019 academic year! In this role I will be collaborating with faculty and students in the Environmental Studies program to create an interactive artwork focused on the changing Maine coastline and its impact on the regional fishing industry. My first week on campus was exhilarating with visits to both art and science classes including the immersive studies course that takes place outside on the bay at the Schiller Coastal Studies on Orr Island. I spent the day with students wading in magnificent tide pools studying sea organisms.

    Read more about the residency here:
    http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2018/09/artist-stephanie-rothenberg-excited-to-be-first-roux-scholar/