From Visualization to Physicalization:

Wildfire Data in Art and Science

presented by SciArt Santa Fe, UNM College of Fine Arts + LASER

12PM MT FRI  AUG 28, 2020

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SciArt Santa Fe and UNM College of Fine Arts in conjunction with LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) present “From Visualization to Physicalization: Wildfire Data in Art and Science,” a conversation with mixed-media sculptor Adrien Segal and computer scientist Stephen Guerin on their respective approaches to physicalizing wildfire data in art and science. Presented in coordination with Leonardo / ISAST (International Society of Art, Science and Technology), Biocultura Santa Fe, The University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts and Currents Virtual 2020.

How would an artist and a scientist interpret the same data set? Mixed media artist Adrien Segal and computer scientist Stephen Guerin both interpret data to understand the nature of wildfire. Adrien physicalizes data into sculptures of wildfire events, while Stephen uses augmented reality simulations to interact with wildfire behavior. With the rise in large-scale wildfires in recent years, their conversation is especially prescient in broaching the need for both collecting and humanizing data for specialized audiences and the general public.

Adrien Segal is an artist whose work addresses the deep disconnect between scientific rationality and the emotional nature of human experience, seeking to transcend the divide from objective scientific data towards that of experiential knowledge. Drawing from history, narrative, emotion, and perception, her artwork synthesizes information into knowledge through an intently subjective human experience.

Based in Oakland, California, Segal has exhibited her work internationally in galleries and museums. It has also been published in several books and academic journals. She has held visiting artist positions at San Diego State University and at California College of the Arts, where she also received a BFA. In addition to teaching, she pursues her creative practice out of her studio on the former Naval Base in Alameda, California, US.  


Stephen Guerin is founder and CEO of Simtable, an augmented reality and physical simulation system, and President of Redfish group, a complex adaptive systems consultancy, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US. Stephen has directed over 50 projects in complex adaptive systems for national and international clients. His work centers on visualization, modeling and the design of self-organizing systems.

Guerin served on the National Science Foundation's Human & Social Dynamics Grant Review Committee and has been a plenary speaker at simulation and visualization conferences. He was Founder of Santa Fe Complex, a community R&D project lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School.

Santa Fe SciArt Santa Fe, 501(c)3, creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas among practitioners, students, and the general public in the arts, sciences and technology. Through public forums and workshops, we facilitate cross-disciplinary research and programming that advocates for sustainable environmental practices, local and global scientific and artistic literacy, technological equity and freedom of thought and imagination.

Biocultura operates at the intersection of biology, art and design with a focus on creation and education. Biocultura events are designed to stimulate thought and discussion, aiming to connect biology and art to our personal lives, histories, communities and environments. In 2017 Biocultura was selected by Leonardo as the official host of LASER Santa Fe. More information at:

Leonardo/ISAST and LASER talks:
Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a non-profit serving a global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. Leonardo began hosting a network of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) public outreach talks around the world in 2008. LASERs take place in Zurich, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, New York City, London and Montreal, Santa Fe (via Biocultura) and other locations. 

UNM College of Fine Arts:
UNM College of Fine Arts provides studies in art, music, theater, dance and cinematic arts and is a visual & performing arts center for Albuquerque. Regina Carlow, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts describes her vision for the College of Fine Arts as one that is “centered in the Pedagogy of Engagement: where fine and performing artist faculty come together with students and the community to re-imagine the function and focus of the Arts.”