LACI Welcomes New AIR Artists to Advanced Prototyping Center at the La Kretz Innovation Campus

Reception Introducing New AIR Artist-in-Residence Program to be held Wednesday, May 23

Los Angeles, CA — May 22, 2018 —The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is proud to welcome its inaugural cohort of Resident Artists to the LACI AIR program. Selected AIR Artists-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco will be introduced to the public at a special reception on Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to 9pm. The event will include behind-the-scenes tours of the Advanced Prototyping Center, art installations and equipment demonstrations as well as an opportunity to hear about the artists’ residency projects.

AIR, LACI’s Artist-In-Residence program, is a unique program providing advanced equipment training and research opportunities for professional artists to create art focused on the impacts of climate change. AIR empowers innovation by uniting the creative and cleantech communities in the shared aim of addressing global environmental problems and programming that reflects the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of Los Angeles.

“Congratulations to this incredible group of talented artists- we are excited to welcome Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco to LACI,” said Matt Petersen, LACI President and CEO. “This is a rare opportunity to actually experience the intersection of art, technology and sustainability! Given the axiom, art leads politics, it’s so important for these artists to be able to communicate what is happening now with climate change and how we, as a community, can innovate and help fight our greatest challenge facing humanity.”

A call for submissions issued earlier this year drew applicants from all parts of the region for the opportunity to access new tools, technologies, and subject matter experts in sustainability in the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) at the La Kretz Innovation Campus. The six labs in the APC are utilized by LACI portfolio companies and open to the public through membership offering the region’s highest caliber facility where members can design, build, test, certify and manufacture products all under one roof. Features include an electronics lab, bio-chemistry lab, cell lab, CNC center, water jet center, welding shop, 3D printing shop, use of premium CAD software, laser cutters, woodworking, an assembly bay, training centers and more.

“Engineering can only go so far and technology often lacks human connection,” stated Kay Yang, Director or the Advanced Prototyping Center. “In order to help make technology opportunities understood and create impactful solutions, we need an approachable connection and these artists are going to do just that- by providing the human touch and telling the story through their arts. We are excited for our newest members of the APC!”

In fall 2016, L.A.-based artist Debra Scacco toured LACI’s Advanced Prototyping Center (APC). On recognizing LACI’s technical and intellectual opportunities and Arts District location, she immediately saw the potential for a one-of-a-kind Artist-in-Residence program merging the creative community of L.A. with the incredible resources housed at LACI. Thanks to the generosity of The Durfee Foundation and numerous others, that vision is now a reality.

“Throughout my 20 years as an artist, I’ve often thought about the ideal residency: the capacity to collaborate with thought leaders, the resources and training to learn new skills, and the opportunity to build invaluable community in my home city,” said lead Aritist-in-Residence, Debra Scacco. “When I walked into LACI nearly 18 months ago, I recognized it as one of the only places this kind of program could happen.”

Please Join Us and Meet the Artists – May 23, 2018:

Rebecca Bruno will use dance and sculpture to examine natural regenerative cycles (as seen in permaculture) and their relationship to external variables such as air quality and climate change. Bruno will conduct a series of public movement workshops both on campus and off.

Nova Jiang will use interactive sculptures and installations, which invite playful viewer participation to explore the infrastructural history of Los Angeles, and highlight the human and natural systems which shape its urban condition.

Debra Scacco will use cartographic drawing, sculpture and installation to examine structure and connectivity by mapping past, present and future rivers, highways and transit lines of Los Angeles.

In addition to the artists’ work on exhibit throughout the duration of their residency, the AIR program includes: community partnerships such as Small Green Door (Commerce) and Blue Roof Studios (South LA); artists’ studio visits and LACI site visits; professional development workshops on and off campus; artist talks at La Kretz Innovation Campus; AIR exhibition and panel discussions; and the creation of limited edition artworks related to sustainability issues.

About AIR

AIR incubates artists working with ideas of water, sustainability, transportation, energy and related themes. Resident Artists will receive a $10,000 stipend, $3,000 for materials, training and six-month access to the Advanced Prototyping Center (a $10M+ facility including machine shop and wet labs), and the opportunity to work side-by-side with LACI portfolio companies, including scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs working in related fields. Limited edition pieces and a work-in-progress exhibition will showcase how access to research, government, non-profits and start-ups in cleantech are embedded in the artists’ work. 

As part of LACI’s Enhancing Community pillar, AIR is committed to: working to build inclusive networks of creative people that can support one another in the making of environmentally-focused work, supporting creative practitioners in underrepresented communities through workshops and events, and leveraging internal and external networks and resources at LACI to empower artists as agents of change.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies and ensuring an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community. Founded as a cluster-driven economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value.

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Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director
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