Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint started their collaborative to explore environmental issues and convergent media from an interdisciplinary perspective. ecoarttech explores what it means to be a modern ecological being amidst networked environments, including biological systems, global cultural exchanges, international commerce, industrial grids, digital networks, and the world wide web. Merging primitive with emergent technologies, Leila and Cary investigate the overlapping terrain between “nature,” built environments, mobility, and electronic spaces. ecoarttech recently completed commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Turbulence.org of New Radio & Performing Arts, and University of North Texas and has exhibited and lectured at MIT Media Lab, Banff New Media Institute, Smackmellon Gallery, European Media Art Festival, Exit Art Gallery, and Neuberger Museum of Art.
Leila earned her PhD in literature from Columbia University in 2009 and was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities at Wellesley College in 2010-2011. Cary is Assistant Professor of Digital Art at University of Rochester and has created new media art for over twenty years. For more info, visit www.ecoarttech.net.