Artist in Residence - IASlab x MIRA

Catalysts of Future Realities: speculating with Art, Science, and Technology

Our realities are rapidly evolving, propelled forward by advancements in science and technology that shape every facet of ourexistence. In this dynamic landscape, the intersection of art, science, and technology becomes a fertile ground for exploration, offering a unique lens through which to speculate about our future as human beings.

This residency seeks to delve deep into this intersection, fostering experimentation and collaboration among artists, scientists, and technologists. We invite outstanding participants to push the boundaries of traditional disciplines, embracing a spirit of innovation and inquiry to envision what lies ahead for humanity.

Throughout the residency, emphasis will be placed on experimental practices, encouraging participants to explore unconventional approaches to creating and conceptualizing. We welcome a diverse range of mediums and methodologies that challenge conventional thinking and inspire new possibilities. Central to our exploration is the concept of speculation. Through artistic inquiry and critical discourse, we aim to provoke thought and dialogue about the potential trajectories of our future. How might we redefine our relationship with reality? What new forms of expression will emerge from the fusion of art, science, and technology?

By fostering a collaborative environment that values anti-disciplinary exchange and experimentation, we hope to catalyse new insights and perspectives on the future of humanity. Together, we will embark on an existentialist journey of imagination and exploration, forging connections between the realms of art, science, and technology to illuminate the path forward.

Portrait XO

Portrait XO (she/they) is an independent researcher and transdisciplinary artist.  Recently awarded jazzki award by ELBJAZZ (June 2023), the first German human-AI jazz prize, she's been recognized over the years for her work in sonic innovation with AI audio pioneers Dadabots. They won 'Best Experiment' award at VUT Indie Awards 2021, and Eurovision AI Song Contest Jury Vote for 'most creative use of AI' in 2020. Her development into AI audiovisual art evolved through several artist residencies from NEW NOW FESTIVAL and BBA Gallery in 2022, and Factory Berlin x Sonar+D in 2020.  She researches computational creativity, human-machine collaboration, and explores new formats & applications for forward-thinking art and sound. She holds a monthly radio residency with her art & activism collective CO:QUO (CO-CREATE STATUS-QUO) on Refuge Worldwide Radio, and is a founding member of The IASAS (International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists) and Refraction Festival DAO.  To expand the community of sound artists and creative technologists, she founded SOUND OBSESSED - sonic innovation archive, celebrating the journey and milestones of new innovation in sound.  Her debut research-based AI audiovisual album 'WIRE' released on December 9th 2022 as a first of its kind on chain to Vinyl release on music polygon marketplace twelve x twelve. The core of her works address bias in society, translate speculative opinions about AI, and critique the impact of AI on creativity, identity, underrepresented cultures and society.


The Glad Scientist

Daniel Sabio AKA The Glad Scientist (b. Augusta, GA, USA, 1988) is a Puerto Rican conceptual media artist living and working in Barcelona, ES. Most well-known for their live audiovisual performances, where they perform onstage with a VR headset, their poetic work ranges from these virtual reality modular synth performances and multichannel sound installations to brain/heart/emotion controlled artworks and video game experiences, with the chosen medium being a reflection of the concept at hand. Their career has taken a non-linear path, with their mix of programming, poetry, music, and visual work starting its fusion in 2011 in Atlanta while studying at Georgia Tech. Over the last decade, its circling around these different artforms solidified through time spent living the music and media art cultures in Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Chicago, Accra, and again in Atlanta, where the artist co-founded the independent label VLSC. Throughout this time, the artist’s solo work and collaborations have been consistently welcomed at diverse festivals and events worldwide including Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale, ISEA, SXSW, Bass Coast Festival, VRHAM!, FILE, LEV, and DreamHack, among others. It has been awarded placement in Art Omi:Music Fellowship, UNCSA METL Immersive Storytelling Residency, Zoo Labs Music Accelerator, and shown in galleries in Shanghai, Tokyo, New York, and Berlin. Commercially, they have worked both independently and with innovative creative studios (Envoy/Leviathan (US), Cosmic Lab (JP), Ommatidium (CA)) to create immersive experiences and installations for numerous high-profile musicians, Under Armour, and Super Nintendo World.


Marta Minguell (Soulstice)

Marta Minguell Colome (Soulstice) is an AV designer and artist based in Barcelona, Spain. Minguell is graduated in Animation & VFX at La Salle Campus Barcelona and holds a master of Audiovisual Innovation & Interactive Environments. Since then she has done AV installations & visualizations for Odd Spaces, The Omniverse 2024, Black Sherif in Afrofuture 2023, Neo Fes-tival x Jazztronica (2023), GrowPro 10th anniversary 2023, OFF Sonar & Brunch Electronik (2023), Red58 (2022), World Poetry Daywith Institut de les Lletres Catalanes(2022), Poblenou Open day(2022), LlumBCN Festival (2021), Mutek Festival (2021), Intropias Festi-val(2021), 080 Barcelona Fashion Week (2021), and more. In 2020, Minguell had the pleasure of collaborating with Yale University and Beanotherlab for her final degree project related to VR &Empathy. Marta is currently committed in the creative direction for worldwide events and innovative audiovisual experiences with LightspeedCompany (Nigeria), Jaytronika and Drums radio (London), TRANCE Company & The Mix Design Hub (Ghana) and Odd Spaces (Bar-celona) during 2024.



Co-Director 'MIRA Digital Arts Festival'

Director 'Degree & Master' in 'Digital Arts & Creative Technologies' - La Salle Campus Barcelona - IASlab

Coordinator 'Master of Science in Digital Arts & Creative Technologies' - IASlab

LAIA FERRAN (Candidate 'Master of Science in Digital Arts & Creative Technologies' - IASlab)