Alyce Santoro (aka: Alyce B. Obvious) is an interdisciplinarian, social surrealist, delicate empiricist, rhythmanalyst, atmospheric phenomenologist, and philosoprovocateur. Formally trained as a marine biologist and scientific illustrator, Santoro began her career intending to make art about the wonders of science, but quickly learned that it is the wonders of nature, consciousness, and associated phenomena that most intrigue her. She refers to many of her multimedia works as philosoprops – devices used to demonstrate a concept, challenge perception, or spark a dialog. Alarmed by what she sees as the direct relationship between the detached mindset cultivated in scientific research (and widely adopted by Western culture) and the destructive propensity of the technology that results from it, her works often offer subtle and deceivingly playful critiques of the foibles of highly literal, logical, objective, and compartmentalized thinking.
Santoro's visual and sound pieces have appeared in over 50 exhibitions around the world related to innovative textiles, experimental musical scores, and social action and ecology. A regular contributor to Truth-out.org and the author of Philosoprops: A Unified Field Guide, her written works often focus on the notion that by shifting some common assumptions about "the way things are" we can create a more just, healthy, and peaceful world.
Alyce is available (via Skype or in person) to host discussions on the intersection of art and science and the value of interdisciplinary endeavors; conduct field recording & sound art experiments; and to demonstrate the philosoprops.
Alyce Santoro on The Art of Science, The Science of Art at The New School's Lang College, August 29, 2005