Timothy Weaver

Professor

Emergent Digital Practices

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Art and Art History
  • Emergent Digital Practices

What I do

As an emergent digital artist and investigator, my concerted objective is to contribute to the restoration of ecological memory through a process of speculative creative inquiry across the art | science interface.

Professional Biography

Timothy Weaver is a biomedia artist, microbiologist and bioenvironmental engineer whose concerted objective is to contribute to the restoration of ecological memory through the process of speculative inquiry along the art | science interface. His recent interactive installation, live cinema, video, sonic and visiting artist projects have been featured at 100+ venues across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, including: FILE/FILE Hipersonica (Brazil), Transmediale (Berlin), New Forms Festival (Vancouver), Subtle Technologies (Toronto), Korean Experimental Art Festival (Seoul), Museum of Modern Art (Cuenca, Ecuador) and nationally at the 92nd Street Y (NYC), Denver Art Museum, Boston CyberArts/MIT, SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Weaver's visiting artist projects/lectures have been conducted at the United Nations' COP 20 Culture Program/Fundación Telefónica (Lima, Peru), Santa Fe Institute, the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, the University of Gavle, Creative Media Lab/Creative Programming(Gavle, Sweden), KTH/Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), University of New Mexico's Art & Ecology Program, University of Pittsburgh and University of Colorado, Boulder.

His course areas include interactive art, sustainable design, biomedia, emergent digital systems and research methods.

Timothy received a MFA in Sculpture from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1993, a MS in Environmental Engineering and a BS in Microbiology from Purdue University. His research areas include biomedia, bio/eco acoustics, emerging interactions, live cinema, immersive environments, sustainable design, ecosemiotics, and ecological memory.

More information and current projects can be found at

Degree(s)

  • MFA, Fine Arts/Sculpture/Installation, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Biological Systems, Purdue University, 1978
  • BS, Microbiology, Purdue University, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
  • Association of Computing Machinery

Research

Timothy’s art-science research practice has been recognized as part of the United Nations COP 20 Culture Program/Fundación Telefónica (Lima, Peru). Weaver is co-principal investigator of the recent NAKFI -sponsored project: “ECAT- an EcoAcoustic Toolkit for research and the advancement of scientific and creative literacy in ecology”. Additionally he is PI of the NAKFI sponsored project: “A Data Transcoding Toolkit and Spatiotemporal Listening Environment for the Creative and Scientific Exploration of Emerging Sonification Interactions with Deep Ocean Microbial Ecology (soniDOME)” and a founding member of the Ocean Memory Research Group.

Key Projects

  • ECAT-An EcoAcoustic Toolkit for research and the Advancement of scientific and creative literacy in ecology
  • A Data Transcoding Toolkit and Spatiotemporal Listening Environment for the Creative and Scientific Exploratoin of Emerging Sonification Interactions with Deep Ocean Microbial Ecology (soniDOME)

Featured Publications

Weaver, T., & Kaulbach, K. (1970). INSTAR III : Excerpts from the GP Chronicles of Scion Uma Oickle. (M. Allahyari & D. Rourke, Eds.), The 3D Additivist Cookbook.

Performances

ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta/Seattle Center,
  • Cornish Studio Theater, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta/Currents2013
  • Santa Fe, NM, USA
ArthropodaChordataConiferophyta/DMNS Sound Science
  • Denver, CO
FlussoReflusso/92nd Street Y

FlussoReflusso (live cinema performance, 2019)
Timothy Weaver, University of Denver

FlussoReflusso is a work of live cinema (audio < > video) performance that reanimates and revisits the ebb and flow of Leonardo’s drawings on scales from the metabolic/anatomic to the atmospheric. The project enriches the iconic Leonardo art-science residues through redrawn equivalents of our interior-exterior flows from the aorta to the deluge paired with the sonic expression of transcoded bioinformatics to sound. The intent of the work is a suspension of audience in the immersive moment of art-science practice across time.

  • New York City, NY, USA
C. psychrerythraea 34H/FILE Hypersonica/FILE2019

C. psychrerythraea 34H is a work of “protein music” that seeks to sonically explore the creative and scientific portrayal of the extremes of life in the earth’s polar and deep oceans. The sonic work is a transcoding (from amino acid sequence notation to sound) of the Arctic genomic/proteomic sequence of the protein matrix that facilitates the survival and protection of the extremophile microbial culture - Colwellia psychrerythraea 34H. This protective protein matrix facilitates the organism’s growth well below freezing in sea ice and to the deepest depth and pressures of the ocean (at more than 10000 meters) – the limits of survival of life in the far extremes of the biosphere and the common biotic link between life at the poles and the deep ocean of our planet. The work is a creative testimonial and expression of the endurance and importance of the connection among the Arctic and Antarctic lifeforms to the expanse of the biosphere – from the frozen parts of earth to the extremes of life in the most inaccessible corners to man – from life’s deep sea and polar origins that endure beyond humankind’s terrestrial existence and obsessions.

The art-science processes of the research and resulting work have undertaken extreme polar scientific and oceanographic expeditions for sampling the extremes of life. The extremophile microbial culture is then sequenced and relayed to the artists of the project for digital transcoding to sound for collaborative and shared listening of the genome/proteome. The intent of these art-science processes is to expand the spectrum of sensoria for interpreting and expressing the extreme survival of lifeforms at the poles and deepest oceans – and for the study as analogs for possible habitats on a younger Earth and exoplanets across the universe.
The soniDOME (Sonification of Deep Ocean Microbial Ecologies) Project is an art-science collaboration investigating the sonic display of ecoinformatic data forms to creatively and scientifically expand the interpretation, expression and awareness of the criticality of deep ocean environments beyond visualizations to interactive 3D soundscapes.

  • São Paulo, Brazil

Presentations

  • Sonification of Ocean Memory
  • Sonification of Deep Ocean Microbial Ecology (soniDOME)
  • soniDOME: Sonification of Deep Ocean Microbial Ecology
  • project ECAT: an EcoAcoustic Toolkit for research and the advancement of scientific and creative literacy
  • Transcoding of Complex Environmental Data to Sonic and Video Output/La transcodificación de datos ambientales complejas a sonida y vídeo con MAX MSP