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PW Interviews: Janna Levin & Cadu

Pioneer Works Program Director Ella Marder in conversation with Brazilian artist Cadu plus an interview of astrophysicist Janna Levin by Matthew Putman, Pioneer Works Director of Sciences and CEO of Nanotronics Imaging. Not a surprise to find discussion mashups of black holes and pencil drawings at PW on any day.

Cadu (Carlos Eduardo Felix da Costa) is an artist and educator who is pursuing postdoctoral research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and teaching as a professor at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro). Cadu’s practice deals with the creation of systems, machines, installations, painting, drawings and sculptures that incorporate elements of nature to push the boundaries of the relationship between man and landscape. These systems are also used to explore the area of sonic arts.

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist and writer. She has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the author of the popular-science book How the Universe Got Its Spots and a novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, which won the PEN/Bingham prize. Janna was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow (2012).


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