Astrid Kaemmerling, Ph.D. Founder and Program Manager

Deepa Mahadevan, Conference Manager

Afroditi Psarra, Ph.D. Artistic Projects Lead

Emilie St. Hilaire, Communications and Membership Manager

Gabriel Tijerina, Collaborations and Web Project Manager

Team Biographies

Astrid Kaemmerling, Ph.D., is a german-born interdisciplinary artist scholar specializing in the domain of walking art and the role of the arts and artists in global gentrification discourses. Her work as interdisciplinary artist spans the genres of visual, performance and media art. Kaemmerling has been exhibited and performed internationally in Germany, Italy, Korea and the United States, at for example the Morgan Conservatory, Headlands Center for the Arts and KALA Art Institute. She has been awarded several awards, fellowships and artist residencies, such as at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy, the Vermont Studio Center, VT, and most recently at the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Her writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals and publications. She is the founder of The International Community of Artist-Scholars, as well as the founder of The Walk Discourse, a Bay Area based laboratory for walking artists and walking enthusiasts to share walking art methodologies, practices and tools. She currently lives in San Francisco, CA. More at www.astridkaemmerling.com

Deepa Mahadevan is a multi disciplinary performing artist who works with theatre, dance, music, martial arts, film and poetry. She is currently pursuing her PhD at University of California, Davis in Performance studies. She is the founder and artistic director of her dance company, Tiruchitrambalam, incorporated in the year 2004 in Bay area, California. She teaches Bharatanatyam, a neoclassical dance form from South India to second generation immigrant students. She explores the vectors of sex, gender, religion, caste, class and language in understanding the ways in which second generation immigrant students of dance assimilate Indian dance forms that are framed within the idea of tradition and the nation. Both her own choreographies and projects that she seeks to curate and collaborate opens up a space to explore the hyphenated subjectivities of second or third generation immigrant students of dance in the Indian diaspora in North America. She has been awarded grants to pursue her creative projects by the Theatre and dance department at UC, Davis. She was also recognized by the Ellen Hansen memorial award committee for her work on women empowerment. She was chosen as the Mellon Public scholar for the year 2017 to work with California Arts Council in their grants evaluation program.

Afroditi Psarra, Ph.D., is a multidisciplinary artist, exploring the field of e-textiles and soft circuits through the use of digital technologies. Her artistic interest focuses on concepts such as the body as an interface, contemporary handicrafts and folk tradition, the role of women-makers in the post-digital era, and the construction of handmade scientific artifacts. Her artworks include a wide variety of media and techniques, that extend from embroidery and knitting, to hacking and creative coding. Her work has been presented at numerous digital art platforms such as Siggraph, ISWC, Ars Electronica, Transmediale and CTM, Amber, Piksel and MakerFaire Rome between others, as well at the Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens and the Bozar Museum of Contemporary Art in Bruselles. She was an intern at the Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing group in Disney Research Zurich. She is currently appointed as assistant professor in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. She lives and works in Seattle, USA. www.afroditipsarra.com

Emilie St. Hilaire, originally from the francophone community of St-Boniface, in Winnipeg Manitoba, Emilie attended the University of Manitoba’s School of Art for her BFA Honours and in 2014 she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta. Emilie has exhibited her work at galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, and has received grants and awards from organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council. In 2015 Emilie was one of only two artists from North America selected to attend the WARP Contemporary Art Platform International Artist Village at the Brugge Triennale (Bruges, Belgium). Emilie has always worked in a variety of mediums and is currently a PhD student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Artist portfolio available at: www.Emiliest.com

Gabriel Tijerina, Gabriel Peña is an artist, architect and professor, currently pursuing a PhD at CISSC, in Concordia University. His research ‘Engineered Reflection’ analyzes the possibilities to modify the sensorial perception of space and built environment through glass reflection. The fields of anthropology, art, architecture and engineering define the spectrum of research in his proposal. He has specialized in the perceptual dimension of the domestic and built environments through artistic and academic practice, teaching architecture studios at UDEM, CEDIM and UANL. Grantee from EMVS Madrid, FONCA Young Creators / National Trust for Culture and the Arts Mexico, and CONACYT / National Council for Science and Technology. Gabriel has exhibited work at Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey, Jardín de las esculturas Xalapa, Galeria Conarte Monterrey, Mexico National Library, Gallery 2 CRGS and at FEMSA XII art biennale. www.arquitectosgp.com