Biographies – ArtSci Nexus

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Candace Goodrich is an artist and independent curator, currently living between Stockholm, Sweden and Vilnius, Lithuania. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and a MFA from the New York Academy of Art (NYC), with a concentration in painting. She was a participant in Curatorlab at Konstfack in Stockholm in 2016/2017, and in 2018 she completed a second Master’s in Postcolonial Theory and Multiculturalism at Södertorns Högskola, Stockholm.  She founded and directed her first curatorial project in 2012-2014, the international artist residency One-Sided Story involving 38 artists. She was the founding Art Director of the Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, where she curated 16 international exhibitions, involving 100+ artists, representing 30+ countries, sponsored by numerous foundations, embassies, and ministries of culture worldwide. In addition to the exhibition program, she co-directed a complimentary education program and together with Pogon-Zagreb, hosted ICSC-Intercity/Switchcity, a 3 year curatorial/collective residency exchange program. She is co-founder of the ArtSci Nexus, an interdisciplinary platform fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences.


John LaCava, PhD is a research faculty member at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY. His research is broadly concerned with the biomedical significance of molecular interaction networks that form within living cells; his work is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and Worldwide Cancer Research, among others. In the summer of 2019, John will open a new laboratory located at The European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Groningen, NL. Apart from his scientific studies, he is a frequent organizer and/or participant in programs for science-and-art-based public outreach, communication, and youth mentorship. Among these, he is co-founder of the ArtSci Nexus, an interdisciplinary platform fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences.


Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky is leading the Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, School of Biomedicine at the Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia) and is currently setting up an international consortium Biodiversity-to-Biomedicine (Bio2bio). Apart from the research in the lab, he is leading the international PhD course for the entrepreneurship in biotechnology in the University of Gdansk, and regularly organizes public engagement of science activities for different target groups including school students, and general public – in different parts of the world, resulting in new collaborations between scientists and artists. He is also a member of the Global Young Academy IUCN member.

His academic qualifications include PhD (2004), Molecular Biology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, and Cytology Institute, Saint-Petersburg, Russia; MSc (1998) and BSc (1996) in Biophysics from Saint-Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia.

Research Interests: Cancer (esophagus cancer and gliomas) mechanisms, including molecular and cell biology, transcriptomics, epigenetics, genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, diagnostics, and using natural products for the prevention and treatment, functional nutrition, crossover between biodiversity and biomedicine, gene therapy, and applications of the Synthetic Biology.


Sergey Kostyrko is an associate professor at St. Petersburg State University. He has a background in the development of analytical and computational methods for solving boundary value problems in elasticity theory. His research area covers the different aspects of mechanics and thermodynamics of thin film materials. The results of his research are supported by numerous grants of Russian Foundation of Basic Research, Government of Saint-Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg State University and German Academic Exchange Service. In 2018, he was elected as a member of Global Young Academy.

Kostyrko is also active as a musician working in the field of improvisational and noise music as well as sound and video artist. He took a part in numerous of international festivals with solo project and in collaborations with Ilia Belorukov, Konstantin Samolovov, Alexei Borisov, Alexandr Zaitsev, Andrey Popovskiy, Alexandr Markvart, Boris Shershenkov, Kurt Liedwart, Rutger Zuydervelt, Daichi Yoshikawa, Dariusz Mazurowski, Gaudenz Badrutt, Gaute Granli, Jason Kahn. Recordings in which he participated have been released by The Cyland Audio Archive (Russia), (Russia), Mikroton Digital (Russia), Spina!Rec (Russia), Dinzu Artefacts (USA), Zeromoon (USA), Pilot Eleven (UK), Midnight Circles (Germany), A.M.P.-Recs (Mexico), Urbsounds (Slovakia), Audiomat (Poland). He visited with concerts Finland, UK, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Sweden. Recent performances and exhibitions include Inversia (Murmansk, 2019), Present Perfect Festival (St. Petersburg, 2018), Protoart (St. Petersburg, 2018), Prepared Wednesdays (Moscow, 2018), Cyfest-11 (St. Petersburg, 2018).


Dmitry Alexeev is a multidisciplinary scientist in the field of microbiome and bioinformatics. Being assistant professor in ITMO university, Alexeev supports the development of algorithms for complex system analysis and modeling. Alexeev is involved with private sector, consulting microbiome companies in the UK and administrating cancer immunotherapy trials, where microbiome has a promising potential. Over the last ten years, Alexeev has been involved in teaching and other public outreach activities supporting sustainable health education. In 2017, Alexeev and his partner started a a kids book series on micro-work exploration, falling under non-fiction category. Alexeev has been collaborating in variety of science-art workshops with ArtSci Nexus and Guy Ben-Ary. Alexeev has been involved in a few different non-profit organizations, such as the Global Young Academy (member), and the MIT Inclusive innovation (Core Judge).



Since 1987, Bosch & Simons have created installations in museums, at international symposiums and in concert halls around the world. Their best-known piece is Krachtgever, which received a Golden Nica at the 1998 Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). Other projects include Cantan un Huevo, awarded at the 29th Concours International de Bourges (2002) and Aguas Vivas, awarded a mention at VIDA 6.0 (2003) in Madrid. In 2009, a retrospective of their work was held at La Tour du Pin (France) curated by GRAME (Lyon). In 2012, they premiered Mirlitones, commissioned by DordtYart in Dordrecht (Holland) and Wilberforces during the Winter Sparks exhibition at FACT in Liverpool (UK). Mirlitones was shown in a new, improved form at the ICMC 2013 in Perth/Fremantle and at the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art (Toronto, 2015). Their latest project Último Esfuerzo Rural III–V was premiered at the justMAD art fair, Madrid (2017) and has been shown thereafter at the Museum Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Digital Arts Festival, Sofia and November Music, Bois-Le-Duc, Netherlands (all 2017). Other activities by Bosch & Simons have included workshops, based on the concepts of their own work, among others at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2002 and 2005), LIEM, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005), FACT, Liverpool (2012), NAISA, Toronto (2015) and KunstKraftWerk, Leipzig (2016).

Peter Bosch (1958) studied psychology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam (1976-‘83) and thereafter studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (1986-‘87). Simone Simons (1961) studied at the audiovisual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam (1980-‘85).  Since 1997 they work and live in Valencia, Spain.


Mark Matthes is a visual artist in the fields of painting, collage and installations, as well as a composer & musician for contemporary music and string arrangements.

He received his diploma in arts in 2006 at the HfbK Hamburg with Prof. Werner Buettner. After living and working in Leipzig at the „Baumwollspinnerei“ for 5 years, he now lives in Hamburg again. He exhibits frequently in solo and group shows throughout Germany, as well as other European cities (Ljubljana, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Zurich, Prague, Lisbon, Venice) and tours with different ensembles, bands, or solo projects. Coming from painting his field expanded towards wall-objects, collages, interventions. For the past few years he developed mixed-media room-installations, which also involve sound and composed music. He collaborates with scientists, programmers, light-technicians and other musicians in an interdisciplinary approach.

Matthes is classically educated as a child in the violin, and later in jazz improvisation. This traditional base has supported his continuous activity as a musician and composer in projects ranging from experimental, classical, jazz, and pop. Matthes curates and organizes several independent artspaces and festivals in Hamburg (Faktor e.V., Gängeviertel e.V., Frappant e.V., 4fakultaet, Walk Of Fame, Fenster Zum Hof) and initated an enormous exchange of 300 artists between Leipzig and Hamburg the „Betriebsausflug“.


Nicola Swietkowiak has worked worldwide in dolphin-assisted therapy programs and continues her path as a dolphin enthusiast who creates, cultivates and works globally with interspecies communication. Dolphinet is one such project that manifests fresh modes of interaction between cetaceans, humans, cultures and nature. Such practices calls upon ancient wisdom, innovative technology, and requires courage and a commitment to a common purpose to make the world a better place of coexistence. Swietkowiak’s inherent curiosity about nature has led her to explore the macro and micro cosmos with the help of a microscope and camera and inspires many people of various age and culture. Her bodily fluid portraits of rivers, oceans, plants, animals, human beings, and food are presented in exhibitions and microscopic workshops.

Swietkowiak asks us: “We dream to travel the universe, is not the universe within us?”


Miriam Akkermann is a musicologist and sound artist. She studied classical flute and “New Music and Technologies” at Conservatorio C. Monteverdi in Bolzano, Italy, Audio Communication at TU Berlin, and Composition and Sonic Arts at Berlin University of the Arts, where she also completed her PhD in musicology in 2014. In her research in the field of musicology and media studies, she focuses on analysis methodology and history of music of the 20th and 21st century. Her special interest is in computer music, electro-acoustic composition, improvisation, and historic informed performance practice.
The focus in her artistic work is set on sound art and experimental music, where she develops sound installations with conceptual approaches and improvisational formats in which she also collaborates with dancers, performers and visual artists.
Her compositions, sound installations, and performances have been shown at international festivals and galleries, and and she published papers on artistic topics as well as her research at international conferences. Since 2015, she is a Member of the German Young Academy, and works as a lecturer at Bayreuth University.


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