[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 103, Issue 21

rbuiani rbuiani at gmail.com
Sat Jun 29 03:07:48 EST 2013

dear all,
greetings from another lurker ...since 2007!
I think I posted a couple of times, but usually i am shy when it comes to sharing things publicly.  seeing a lot of familiar names coming out of their "lurk-ness" is encouraging. 

My name is Roberta Buiani, I am a researcher, activist and media artist based in Toronto. I am the co-founder of the ArtSci Salon at theFields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (University of Toronto) and act as program advisor and, sometimes, curator, for the Subtle Technologies Festival. 
My work balances theoretical and applied research at the intersection of science, technology and creative resistance. My recent itinerant community project The Sandbox Project, challenges concepts of sustainability in face-to-face and online collaborations in network and social media configurations. You can read my work in Fibreculture, Invisible Culture, Cultural Studies and Digicult.
I am fascinated by anything small and/or invisible. I am fascinated by viruses as biological, informational, and cultural agents. waiting to hear when/if my book on this topic will be published.   I also love insects. I have started a new project on entomology, synthetic biology and sustainability. let's see where this takes me. In the meantime, I am increasingly enjoying the practice of insect rearing, an activity I initiated to verify (actually to disprove) some very hyped claims regarding the sustainability of entomophagy (see the cicada craze in NJ). But this practice has turned out to evoke much more complex issues: issues of care and affect, eugenics, my anthropocentric biases etc...

you can find my projects here: 

and my ento-blog here:

best to all!


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