ProfileUS: Invasive Species

ProfileUS: Invasive Species explores the biopolitics of immigration of humans and plants through the United States judicial system, and questions the potentiality of loss of life and community in result of prohibitive historical and current laws.

ProfileUS: Invasive Species is a database for multiple projects, which provides a framework and container to store and access information in a dynamic format. By creating a digital database to store research information about the immigration of people and plants – and laws affecting migration – the information will be accessible to create physical art installations and social practice events that will also become a growing collection. In Profile US: Invasive Species, I combine my skills in collaboration with cultural anthropologists, choreographers, composers, activists, gardeners, engineers, and scientists to develop ways to communicate with each other and the larger public. ProfileUS: Invasive Species proposes to create new relationships for us to consider that could influence political decision-making through information distribution and knowledge production.

The year 2008 marked the first time in history that more humans worldwide lived in urban environments instead of rural areas, bringing forth a re-evaluation of the systems of our constructed and natural environment. ProfileUS: Invasive Species is intended to develop a relationship in this paradigm shift to create a new interface using art and science to articulate the interdependence.

The final outcome for ProfileUS: Invasive Species is deliberately left fluid to resemble how life forms react and adapt to whatever milieu they encounter. Each component is activated by opportunities; whether it is relationships, space or site, research interests, events, or funding that helps nurture the components to grow.

Some other examples of these components for ProfileUS: Invasive Species include:

Seed Dispersal: MappingSeed Dispersal: Mapping is a GPS performance, which translates serial data from the GPS while using the body to draw a route and collect seeds of non-native invasive plant species. The data is converted into music using custom software resulting in public walks and concerts. The seeds collected are used to create more projects.



Model Citizen: Assimilation, a performance that replicates a political lobbying event to distribute non-native invasive plants packaged in their own green card seed envelop.




BeeSpace: Audio ObservationBeeSpace: Audio Observation, a beehive using a live bee colony that replicates human dwelling. An ultrasonic sensor is triggered by the user’s presence to invade the human space with the live sounds from within the BeeSpace.




Sensing Site: Performance & Herbarium Sensing Site: A Performance & Herbarium is a performance staged on Newtown Creek – an industrial waterway – based on historical field expeditions to find what remains or can survive in this industrial waste zone. The collected GPS data is converted into a musical composition to accompany an interactive art installation.



In Research and Development:
Invasive, a recycling project using plant tissue culture to clone invasive species and change their status into ornamental species through the use of biotechnology;
Hybrid, a bioart project implanting my hemoglobin and immunization DNA into a non-native invasive plant found growing wild in an urban setting;
Fieldwork , a research-based artist collective that works with cultural anthropologists, choreographers, composers, engineers, gardeners, and scientists to examine the migrations of plants and people to and from the United States;
• a digital Database which stores and provides information and research.

A list of Spontaneous Urban Vegetation (aka Invasive Species) >>

These and other parts make up the whole of ProfileUS: Invasive Species.


Sponsored project of Artspire, a Program of NYFA, with generous support from the Puffin Foundation West.

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