Donald Fortescue is a Professor of Art and Design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he studied zoology and botany for his first degree, and worked as a botanical consultant and scientific illustrator for many years. He then studied woodworking and furniture design at the Australian National University and earned a Master’s degree in Sculpture. He moved to the U.S. in 1997 to head the Furniture Design program at CCA. His work now involves the use of digital technologies in tandem with antiquated technologies and craftsmanship associated with expeditions of discovery from the Enlightenment era to the early 20th Century. By combining these disparate technologies, Fortescue explores the congruencies between science and art, in field projects ranging from the deserts of Australia to Iceland and, he hopes, the Antarctic.
Susannah Sayler & Ed Morris
Photographer Susannah Sayler and scholar Ed Morris (Sayler/Morris) work with photography, video, writing and installation. Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project, a collaborative that produces visual media and artworks to deepen public understanding of climate change. They are currently working with Bay Area artist Christina Seely on a project using photography, video, and installation to explore human comprehension of time scales –whether human, geologic, cosmological, or animal — and its relationship to anthropogenic climate change. | CanaryProject.org
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson are a collaborative art partnership. Their art practice is research based and socially-engaged, exploring issues of history, culture, and environment in relation to both humans and non-human animals. Through their practice they set out to challenge and deconstruct various notions and degrees of “wilderness.” They conduct their practice from bases in Iceland, the north of England, and Sweden, and are currently engaged in tracing the waters of the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix.