“Migration is a chain whose strength is that of its weakest link.”
Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg started collaborating on Birding the Future in 2013 wanting to explore the implications of species extinction and environmental change and ways in which technology mediates interspecies encounters. The project has been presented internationally in exhibitions, festivals and conferences such as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Dubai; Balance-Unbalance International Conference in Australia; the North American Ornithological Conference; RAY2018 in Germany; Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial in Washington D.C.; and Futurescapes Symposium in Norway.
Caballero and Ekeberg were selected as 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows and are now Smithsonian Research Associates working with the National Museum of Natural History in the USA researching the cultural implications of bird species decline.
Krista Caballero (USA) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues of agency, survival, and environmental change in a more-than-human world. Moving freely between traditional and emerging media, her work creates situations for encountering alternative ecological and social landscapes. In 2010 she created Mapping Meaning, an ongoing project that brings together artists, scientists and scholars to explore issues of ecological complexity and long-term sustainability through experimental workshops, exhibitions, and transdisciplinary research.
Caballero received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and in 2009 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been presented across the United States as well as internationally in exhibitions and festivals such as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), “Paradoxes in Video” at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran, and Balance-Unbalance International Festival.
Caballero is currently the Associate Director of the Center for Experimental Humanities (EH) at Bard College.
Frank Ekeberg (Norway) is a transdisciplinary artist, music composer and researcher working in the intersection of art, science and technology. His work explores issues of ecology, time, space and change, with a particular focus on ecosystems, biodiversity and species extinction. His research-based approach often involves collaborations within as well as beyond the art field. Ekeberg has composed and designed sound for concert performance, dance, film, theater, radio plays and intermedia installations, and his work is widely presented in festivals, exhibitions, concerts and conferences around the world.
Frank Ekeberg received an undergraduate degree in music from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) before he went on to pursue a master's degree in electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he studied composition with Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran, and a PhD in electroacoustic music composition at City University London, UK, with Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson.