Ayodh Kamath is a student in the PhD in architecture program at PennDesign. He is interested in researching the relationship between information, material and energy flows in architectural design, building construction and the environment. Ayodh is a partner at Kamath Design Studio, New Delhi, India: an architectural, urban planning and environmental design practice. He enjoys the challenge and rewards of working with natural and reclaimed materials and mixing manual and digital design and construction techniques. Ayodh has worked on architectural and pubic art projects as well as taught at universities in India and the United States.
Luna Sarti is a 3 rd -year graduate student in the Italian Studies program of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research addresses the post- human attempts to rewrite animal subjectivity and vegetable living, with a special focus on literature and cinema. She is also interested in issues related to the representation of the Italian landscape, particularly regarding the complex relationships between the aesthetics of tourism and the exploitation of material sites. In preparation for her dissertation, she is working on a project of waterly reading that addresses the nature and depiction of water in the arts and in the sciences, focusing on three important sites in Italy: the Tiber river, the Arno river, and the Venice lagoon. Her focus is on the differences associated with the aesthetic reproduction of the water flows and the biology of the actual water, its contents, its mistreatment, its course of movement and other elements that remain on the margins of representation and that are ‘hidden’ in both visual and literary representations but reemerge in the sciences.
Alexis is a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science. Her work focuses on the materiality of deep time in the Arctic, asking how scientific and artistic understandings come together when ice is used to peer far into the past, or to guard things long into the future. To do this, she examines the changing ‘optics of the Arctic’ in Western art and science from the nineteenth century to today: What was once conceived of a flat, one-dimensional space of distant exploration has transformed into a deep, temporally and physically dynamic region, essential to the geophysics of the globe. Originally from New Zealand, Alexis arrived in the US on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011. After completing an MA at The New School for Social Research Alexis came to Penn, where her interest in environmental history, science and technology studies, and recent debates about our new epoch—the Anthropocene—led her to the frozen north. In October 2017, she is taking part expeditionary residency program, The Arctic Circle, where she will spend two weeks sailing the high north with artists and scientists on a 100-year-old barquentine tall ship.
Nicole is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She investigates historical and ethnographic moments when issues of human and animal health meet. She is currently writing a dissertation that uses the history of animal nutrition science and the animal feed industry to understand current political debates about human, animal, and environmental health. Her dissertation will trace these intricacies found in American food systems, and how these systems rely on and transform non-human bodies and landscapes. You can connect with Nicole's work via Twitter @welkjoerger and through her website: welkjoerger.wordpress.com.