MC Escher was a Dutch graphic artist who was highly influenced by the architecture and the tilings of the Alhambra and revered by mathematicians. He was one of the major inspirations of Douglas Hofstadter‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1979 book Gödel, Escher, Bach – A book that was a source of inspiration for Melanie Mitchell, a highly influential computer scientist and the Davis professor of complexity at the Santa Fe Institute, she’s currently leading SFI’s Foundations of Intelligence in Natural and Artificial Systems project.
Professor Renée Green is an artist, filmmaker and writer. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events her work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented. She also focuses on the effects of a changing transcultural sphere on what can now be made and thought.
Her exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums, biennales and festivals.
Green was Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute when Jenn was a graduate student there. During her tenure as Dean she directed Spheres of Interest, the Graduate Lecture Series, a series that continues to influences Jenn’s perspective on international contemporary art practice.
Maya Lin (American, b. 1959)
Maya Lin is known for her large-scale environmental artworks, her architectural works and her memorial designs. Her unique multi-disciplinary career has “resisted categories, boundaries and borders” (Michael Brenson). In her book Boundaries, she writes I see myself existing between boundaries, a place where opposites meet; science and art, art and architecture, East and West. My work originates from a simple desire to make people aware of their surroundings.”
Nature and the environment have long been central concerns for Lin who attended Yale University where she earned a BA in 1981 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1986. Lin was thrust into the spotlight when, as a senior at Yale, she submitted the winning design in a national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. She has gone on to a remarkable career in both art and architecture, whilst still being committed to memory works that focus on some of the critical historical issues of our time.
Lin’s art explores how we experience and relate to landscape, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, memory, time, and language. Her interest in landscape has led to works influenced by topographies and geographic phenomena.