“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. 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, Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial in Washington D.C. and Futurescapes Symposium in Norway. Caballero and Ekeberg were recently selected as 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows to work with scholars at the National Museum of Natural History in the USA researching 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 systems of knowing and perceiving. 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 Design Cultures & Creativity program at the University of Maryland in College Park. This honors program brings together students from all majors to explore emerging technologies and their impact upon the world.
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.