- Featured Artist
This issue’s featured artist is Mick Lorusso, M.F.A., a cross-disciplinary artist who, like M.C. Bateson, interweaves musings on molecules, cells, societies, and environments. His avant-guard and complex thinking coupled with his technological, artistic, scientific and research skills reflect an effective educator, in the classroom and through his artwork.
Lorusso has been a resident artist at interdisciplinary art programs, including PLAND / ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness (Taos, NM, USA), the 2016 Rauschenberg Rising Waters Confab (Captiva, FL, USA), and Matza Aletsch 2017 in the Swiss Alps. At a residency in Sch ppingen, Germany, Lorusso harnessed electricity-producing bacteria to illuminate a sculptural village, Microbial Sch ppingen, which received a hybrid art honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2013. With training in microbiology and Kundalini Yoga and education in art at Colorado College (BA) and San Francisco Art Institute (MFA), he is a member of the UCLA Art|Sci Collective and has served as an instructor for the UCLA Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute since 2014. He is a graduate of the Waag Biohack Academy, and is a member of the international education platform Cosmic Labyrinth and the Mexican interdisciplinary cooperative XOCIARTEK. He is currently the STEAMWork Design Studio Coordinator at Westridge School in Pasadena, CA.