An international community of 81 women from nine countries working in diverse disciplines will converge in Taos for FEMeeting 2023: Women in Art, Science and Technology from Monday to Friday, July 24-28, with public talks in Taos and Santa Fe on Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, to foster international collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Hosted by FEMeeting founders Portuguese bio-artist and 2023 Fulbright Scholar at The University of New Mexico Marta de Menezes and media scholar Dalila Honorato, with local coordinators UNM Professor of Art and Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media Andrea Polli and Taos artist Agnes Chavez, speakers will offer 70 closed-session presentations on cutting-edge research in art, science, and technology. Artists include UNM Professor of Practice Carol Padberg.

Notable events including public workshops and talks in Taos and Santa Fe  include: Interactions with Living Leather on Friday, July 28, 9 a.m.-noon at UNM-Taos HIVE; Seismic Learning on Friday, July 28, 2-5 p.m. hosted by STEM Santa Fe at Northern New Mexico College, Taos; a FEMeeting talk, Women in Art, Science and Technology, hosted by Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, Saturday, July 29, noon-3 p.m.; and Bioart and Gender in the Americas, a LASER talk at SITE Santa Fe hosted by SciArt Santa Fe, Sunday, July 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Padberg is among the Bioart and Gender panelists. Padberg is an artist, writer, educator, and co-director of the Low-Residency Concentration within the MFA in Studio Arts at UNM. She weaves in collaboration with living oyster mushrooms and is exploring their plastic digesting capacities.

Additionally, there will be a workshop at the Oo-oo-nah Art Center at Taos Pueblo, where Ukrainian bio-artist Darya Warner (based in Colorado Springs, CO) will teach a workshop on 3D Printing from Living Matter specifically for the summer camp attendees.

FEMeeting is driven by the desire to develop and promote a more direct collaboration at the level of artistic and research projects between all individuals who identify with the female gender. FEMeeting conference aims to disseminate projects undertaken by women worldwide to contribute to the development of art-science research methodologies, and to the growth of cooperative strategies that can increase knowledge-sharing and bring communities closer. Public events encourage participation and attendance among all individuals interested in conference topics regardless of gender. The full program is available online.

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