Arts & Science Collaboration

Immersive 2-Day Event

Experimental & Explorative

The Artathon convened 22 accomplished artists and scientists in April 2017 to collaborate on artistic explorations of natural disasters and climate change impacts in the Bay Area.
Seven teams worked over the course of two days to put irony, affect, hope, balance, and voice in conversation with scientific representations of natural disaster and climate risk. The results, ranging from finished piece to proposals to works in progress, were displayed at ELL Gallery in May and June of 2017 and will be shown again on Stanford Campus this Fall.

Photos From The Artathon

Artathon Reception


My name is Sabine Loos (pronounced suh-bean lōs) and I am a graduate student at Stanford University studying Sustainable Design and Construction, with a focus in structural engineering. I have always been interested in how the built environment interacts with the natural environment and studied civil engineering and environment, economics, development, and sustainability for my undergraduate degree. I have also worked on projects in all aspects of design and construction, both in the United States and in developing countries.

Sabine Loos

Michael Kerbow is a San Francisco-based artist who works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, assemblage, and digitally-manipulated photography. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has appeared in multiple publications.

Michael Kerbow

Khalid is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in the Global Poverty & Practice (GPP) program, Political Economy, and the College of Engineering. He received his PhD in 2010 from Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where his research focused on pathogen removal in natural water and wastewater treatment systems. While completing this research, Khalid was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work on water and wastewater treatment systems in Morocco. During this time, he began studying the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation.

Khalid Kadir

Kim is a painter, photographer, book artist and filmmaker/video artist whose work has been exhibited by museums nationally and internationally. SFMOMA, Brooklyn Museum, Honolulu Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Crocker Museum, Oakland Museum, Getty Research Institute, Columbia University, University of Texas, Austin, Walker Museum, Koopman Collection, The Hague, and Newberry Library have collected her work among others. Anno has been at work on an epic social practice filmmaking project: Men and Women In Water Cities, which is a longer term work made with local actors, citizens in coastal communities who are grappling with sea level rise.

Kim Anno

I’m currently studying structural engineering at Stanford, with a focus on risk, reliability, and community resilience. Originally from Texas, I did my undergrad at UT Austin, with brief stints at an art school in the south of France. I believe that a diverse knowledge base is key to creative problem solving. To that end, I’ve copy-edited a medical journal, biked from Texas to Alaska, helped organise museum galas, and herded goats in Portugal.

Gitanjali Bhattacharjee

I have an academic background in Structural Engineering (BS 2007 and MSc. 2009) from the University of Padua, Italy. I am pursuing a PhD at the University of Bologna, Italy, focused on post-earthquake data analysis from a structural and economic point of view. As a structural engineer, I follow the “reconstruction phase” through the development of seismic retrofit projects for different structural types of buildings severely damaged after the Emilia earthquakes. This experience and post-earthquake field surveys, made me clearly understand the impact of disasters on the society, and this is the reason I’m deeply interested in promoting resilient cities/societies.

Elena Ongaretto

Kevin is a designer, artist, craftsman, cyclist, and sailor. He takes the leftovers of modern society and creates beautiful objects. He is the co-author of Reinventing the Chicken Coop, an instructional book with designs, plans, and photos to build 14 backyard chicken coops. He is the founder of Liminal Spaces Art + Design in San Francisco and is looking for a commission to build a custom parklet.

Kevin McElroy

I’ve been using small electronics, rapid prototyping tools and craft techniques for the past six years to create work that illustrate migratory ecology in an era of extreme climate change. My current project, The TEND rovers (Terrestrial Exploration and Nurture Designed rovers) are interactive fostering environments that care for their own garden of habitat by looking for water and light. Once they find the proper location, they stop, allowing their garden to germinate.

Marnia Johnston

I am a biodiversity and remote sensing scientist working on developing predictive models of large-scale biodiversity change.

Christopher Anderson

Nick is a cartographer, now at Apple, who just moved back to the bay area six months ago from Oregon. I grew up in Moss Beach and Burlingame, and was at the world series October 17, 1989. While working from home in Corvallis, Oregon, I opened an art gallery and coworking space. I’ve mostly made digital maps, but have also created print maps using screen printing, letterpress, and gunpowder.

Nick Martinelli

Sophie Becker is a performance and digital media artist specializing in performance installation, acting, and short documentary film. Her work has been showcased at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco, Klanghaus in Oakland, Spring/Fall Studio in Berkeley, LemoArt Gallery in Berlin, and has been supported by CA$H, a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancer’s Group. She currently holds the New Media Arts Program Fellowship position at Destiny Arts Center. Sophie majored in environmental studies at Oberlin College (2015). Her honors thesis research was on the social and cultural role of performance in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Sophie Becker

I’m a Ph.D. Candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. I am investigating the earthquake resilience of hospital systems using cutting-edge earthquake engineering, statistical and machine learning techniques. In 2016, I was part of the Stanford Reconnaissance team that visited Ecuador after the tragic Mw 7.8 earthquake. Seeing firsthand the disastrous consequences of earthquakes for the Ecuadorian society teaches one that it is key for our societies to think about our community disaster vulnerabilities, and to build community resilience.

Luis Alfredo Ceferino Rojas

Amanda is a Ph.D candidate in Classical Archaeology at Stanford. Her research focuses on political and economic interactions between the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages (1600-1000 BCE). In particular, her interests include human-environment interactions, including the relationships between climate change and natural disastrous events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and associated disasters, and patterns of social and political change.

Amanda Gaggioli

Michele King’s work is about place, perception and interrelationships between individuals and systems. Her mixed media and process-based work is shaped by materials and time, including light conditions and aging. Her projects include making as well as social engagement. King received a B.A. from Virginia Tech, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. She dropped out of graduate school at the Glasgow School of Art around the time of the MackIntosh Building fire in 2014. Her work has been presented in the U.S. and Europe, and she is the recipient of awards including a recent research grant/art residency in Barcelona where she will be working through 2017 on project about neighborhoods and urban mobility.

Michele King

Gregg Verutes is a data scientist and coastal geographer, providing visualization support to the National Audubon Society. He specializes in blending the fields of conservation and technology using spatial analysis and modeling techniques. Gregg enjoys co-developing design technology with stakeholders to communicate sustainability science through storytelling, maps, and serious games. He has previously worked for Stanford University, World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and the New Yorker. Gregg received his M.Sc. in Geographic Information Science from San Diego State University and his B.Sc. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.

Gregg Verutes

Zahraa is a research associate with MIT’s Urban Risk Lab, a structural designer at Mar Structural Design and co-founder of Scyma Design + Consulting for resilient and sustainable built environments. Zahraa’s work in disaster risk reduction includes projects with the Urban Risk Lab and the World Bank in Peru, Haiti and San Francisco. In addition, she works with the City of San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program on shelter-in-place and building safety for post-disaster scenarios in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Zahraa holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, an M.S. in Building Technology and an M.Eng in Structural Engineering from M.I.T.

Zahraa Saiyed

Karen is currently completing a masters in civil engineering at Stanford University, focusing on disaster risk and resilience. Between working as a risk consultant and forensic engineer, Karen spent a year with Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic working with communities to prepare for extreme events. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Karen enjoys good coffee, smashed avo and spending time at the beach.

Karen Barns

Johanna is a designer and writer on climate change and its impacts on the built environment. Storytelling is a key factor in all of her work, both as medium and subject. She is particularly interested in how our landscapes change over time, in physical form as well as in our collective imaginations. She has lectured and presented her work at various institutions, including the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of California Berkeley, and the Environmental Design and Research Association. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Johanna Hoffman

My name is Mary and I am a PhD student from Stanford, studying regional physical and economic impacts of earthquakes. I have been very lucky to work with and see how governments operationalise disaster risk management, through which I discovered how risk information is often manipulated, hidden, or even contradicted for political and financial reasons. I am hoping to explore this topic further during the Artathon. I am also a hip hop dancer, choreographer, and a big appreciator of multimedia art.

Mary Markhvida

David is a reporter for Quartz who uses design and code to reveal stories that would otherwise go unnoticed. He has exposed law breakers by tracking Instagram posts, expanded the capability of his fellow reporters by developing newsroom tools, and is currently suing the Department of Commerce to gain access to its data on who is entering and exiting the United States.

David Yanovksy

Tomiko Jones’ work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship (New York), 4Culture and CityArtists (Seattle), and Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes (France). Recent projects include Hatsubon, a two volume project in photography and video installation; the long-term project Rattlesnake Lake; and the immersive theatre performance The Gretel Project, a four-person collaboration.

Tomiko Jones

Rachelle is a practicing artist and educator in San Francisco. She creates drawings and sculptures with mined or harvested substances, such as graphite and salt, as a foundation to explore social and ecological concerns caused by technology. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently she has completed an AIR with Planet Labs and has been granted Research Ambassador for Planet’s Labs to create climate-related artwork. She earned her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a BFA from Boston University. Currently, Rachelle is an educator at SFMOMA.

Rachelle Reichert

Tommy Haddock is an architect and designer. Having worked at the office of Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA in Tokyo for six years, he returned to the US in 2016 to establish his own office, Haddock Studio, based in San Francisco. The work ranges from public art, memorials, houses, exhibitions, interiors, furniture, pavilions, to large scale office spaces. In the Bay Area Tommy also teaches an architectural studio at the University of California Berkeley.

Tommy Haddock


Robert Soden

Robert Soden

Robert is a PhD student in Computer Science at CU Boulder and a founder of Co-Risk Labs. His research examines the various ways in which scientific and engineering understandings of climate change and disaster shape and constrain societal responses to these challenges.

Prior to starting his PhD, Robert was a consultant to the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), where he launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a worldwide effort to harness open data, civic technology, and public participation to improve disaster risk management.

Perrine Hamel

Perrine Hamel

Perrine is a lead scientist at the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, WWF, and The Nature Conservancy. Her research focuses on hydrologic ecosystem services in both rural and urban environments with applications throughout Asia and Latin America. Since 2017, Perrine is co-leading the Livable Cities program of the Natural Capital Project, an initiative aiming to understand and elevate the role of nature in urban environments.

Prior to her research on natural capital, Perrine has worked as an environmental engineer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She holds a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Nantes, and a PhD from Monash University, in Australia, in the field of urban hydrology.

Marcy Monroe

Marcy Monroe

Marcy is a consultant to HNTB Corp. as a Planner-Architectural Designer focused on transportation design and planning projects. Prior to HNTB, she was a consultant at AECOM, where she worked on projects ranging from strategic asset management to resiliency planning. Marcy holds dual Masters degrees from University of California, Berkeley in Architecture and City + Regional Planning. A recipient of the John K. Branner Travel Fellowship, her research and fieldwork focused on community engagement, shelter processes, and longer-term neighborhood recovery in post-disaster contexts. Marcy received her Bachelors of Design in Architecture and minors degree in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Florida in 2010.

David Lallemant

David Lallemant

David is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a Senior Researcher at the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and a founder of Co-Risk Labs. David’s research focuses on understanding and quantifying the evolution of extreme risk in today’s growing cities. The transdisciplinary and policy-oriented nature of his work has led him to build collaborations with the World Bank, Google, the Red Cross, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Natural Capitals Project and others. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, a master’s degree from UC Berkeley (2010) and bachelor’s degree from MIT (2007).

Artathon Sponsors

A very special thanks to some individuals for generously sharing their knowledge, experience, time and support:

Laurence Kornfield – City of San Francisco Earthquake Safety Implementation Program

Randy Rosenberg –

Jose Campos – Office of Community Development and Infrastructure, San Francisco

Dan Miller – Climate Change Specialist

Srdan Keca – Professor, Stanford Arts Department

Stace Maples – Stanford Geospatial Center

Jason Campbell – ELL-SF

Sam Holtzman – ELL-SF

Corey Leavitt – Filmaker and Photographer


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