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Beatriz da Costa
Date and place of birth
b. 1974, Berlin, Germany
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2011, Project Resident

Beatriz da Costa (June 11, 1974 – December 27, 2012) was an interdisciplinary artist known for her work at the intersection of contemporary art, science, engineering, and politics. Her projects took the form of public interventions and workshops, conceptual tool building, and critical writing.

Beatriz da Costa was a co-founder with Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer of Preemptive Media and a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). She also created work on her own, with a special interest in the intersections of art, science, engineering, and politics. Da Costa’s artwork took whatever form served it best, including robotics, micro-electronics, installation, sculpture, performance, interactivity, net art, photography, and video. She experimented with the use of biological materials and organisms in her artistic interventions. She was intent on using these interspecies projects to promote the responsible use of natural resources and environmental sustainability.

Da Costa and her collaborators frequently engaged the public by running workshops that translated challenging new technical and scientific developments into something accessible to the general public.

Some of her better-known projects include SwipeZapped, and Air (Preemptive Media), Molecular InvasionFree Range GrainsGenTerra (CAE), and Pigeonblog.

Da Costa exhibited at venues including dOCUMENTA (13), Eyebeam (New York), the Andy Warhol Museum, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla (Spain), the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (Germany), the Museum of Contemporary Art, (Serbia), Exit Art Gallery (New York), Cornerhouse (Manchester, UK), A Foundation (London, UK), Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts (Montreal), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, UK, and the Natural History Museum, London.

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