Debra Swack is a writer, Fulbright Specialist and Phi Theta Kappa in computer science who is mentioned in Art and Innovation at Xerox Parc (published by MIT Press in 1999) and works with immersive and interactive environments. She has received three co-production grants (Carousel, 95 Chimes and Digital Maze Symmetry Project) and a Fulbright grant from Banff Centre. Her last article on The Emotions after Charles Darwin, a project about the universality of emotions on a biological level was published by Leonardo Electronic Almanac/MIT Press in 2013 and featured in Binghamton University Magazine in 2015 in addition to being presented internationally.
Animal Patterning Project; a software derived, synthetic bio-art interactive animation was published in Infinite Instances, by Random House in 2011 and exhibited in 2014 at the Binghamton University Museum and Offline at Central Booking Gallery in NYC. She was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and presented Cloud Mapping Project (an immersive sound-art installation about all manifestations of the cloud from arts to technology) at the Pera Museum in Istanbul for MIT in 2014 and at Banff Centre in 2015 under a Fulbright grant incorporating eye-tracking.
She is also collaborating with evolutionary biologist Monica Gagliano on Bloom, a project about bioacoustics communication between plants that was presented at NYU for Leonardo/MIT and as an invited speaker for EvoS at SUNY Binghamton. Bloom will be published in an upcoming issue of Leonardo/MIT Press and Plants and Us, edited by Monica Gagliano. Animal Patterning Project was presented outdoors projected interactively onto dancers with New Chimes (Chimes Songs) curated by Savona Baily McCain of the West Harlem Arts Fund in collaboration with Pratt Institute in 2015 and afterwards in symposium at Silicone Harlem.
95 Chimes, a sound art installation relating music to string theory will be presented in Resonant Structures at the Staller Center at SUNY Stony Brook adapted for a 16 channel sound system. It was first presented at the Museum of Natural History in 2002 in conjunction with the ASCI-SCI Art Symposium, and also nominated for a Creative Capital grant in 2005. She was also invited to participate in Creative Capital’s On our Radar database in 2016 for Bloom and is employed as an Education Specialist by the SUNY Research Foundation where she does software testing and technical writing.
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