Observation through the Speculation.

Parsons School of Design, New York
Panelists: Anuja Bagul, Benjamin Rubin, Marco Tedesco, LB Thompson

The video documentation of the event can be found on www.objectamerica.org

Anuja Bagul
Senior Material Scientist, New Technologies

Anuja Bagul is a Senior Material Scientist, New Technologies at Material ConneXion. In this role, she is able to use her diverse background in core material science to provide innovative and strategic material solutions to clients from Fortune 500 companies. Prior, Anuja worked as the Material Specialist at Material ConneXion, assisting members in the library, conducting research, and creating content for the extensive online materials database. Additionally, Anuja served as an assistant editor for Material Innovation: Packaging Design, published by Thames & Hudson. She is a frequent speaker on various topics relating to materials, most notably the idea that “Every Idea Has a Material Solution.”

Benjamin Rubin
Director at Center for Data Arts, The New School

Artist and designer Ben Rubin was named Director of the Center for Data Arts in January, 2016. Rubin’s innovative applications of media and information technology have been seen at museums, public spaces, and performance venues around the world. Rubin’s best-known work includes the media installations Moveable Type (2007), a permanent artwork for the lobby of the New York Times building, and Listening Post (2002); both installations were created in collaboration with Mark Hansen.

Marco Tedesco
Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Marco Tedesco is Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia University and Adjunct Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS). Dr. Tedesco’s research interests concern remote sensing of the cryosphere, regional climate modeling of the Polar Regions and high-latitude fieldwork.

LB Thompson
American Poet and Creative Writing Instructor at The New School

LB Thompson has received awards from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her poems and essays have been published in The New Yorker as well as other literary magazines and websites. Her collaborative works with visual artist Ellen Wiener have been exhibited recently at Vanderbilt University and The Center for Book Arts. She teaches writing and literature at The New School, and at Suffolk County Community College.