Los Angeles—The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) welcomed its inaugural cohort of Resident Artists to the LACI AIR program. Selected AIR Artists-in-Residence Rebecca Bruno, Nova Jiang and Debra Scacco were introduced to the public at a special reception on May 23. The event included 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 doing 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.”