art + science + collective thinking

curriculum vitae

Lucy HG Solomon


Cesar & Lois; The League of Imaginary Scientists (Artist/Researcher)
California State University San Marcos, Department of Art, Media and Design (Associate Professor)



University of California, Davis. Thinking across Technology, Cellular Systems, and Ecosystems. NEA Artist in Residence with Dr. Matthias Hess as Cesar & Lois: Spring, 2020.
Residency in UC Davis Hess Lab for the Art Works initiative, The China Shop, withinteractive workshops and laboratory experimentation about microbiomes’ responses to climate change.

University at Buffalo. Thinking within Ecosystems: Collective Cell Consciousness. Residency as Cesar & Lois at Coalesce Center for Biological Arts, hosted by Paul Vanouse: Winter, 2020. Laboratory-based experiments with project-based work and workshops on what it means to be human, with a focus on interactions between internal and external microbiomes, or the gut and the environment.

University of Memphis and Groundwater Institute. Artist in Residence as LOIS: Spring, 2013. Collaborative project with art and design students on art and science project about the Memphis Aquifer, resulting in the exhibition, Time Pools: Accessing the Aquifer at Art Museum of University of Memphis.

Bradley University. Visiting Lecturer and Collaborations Coordinator: 2011. Collaborative workshops in engineering and print and interactive media design; resulting in an interactive exhibit explicating entropy as well as earthquakes and their effect on social structures.

Leonardo/Olats with NASA. Artist in Residence as LOIS with the collaboration of NASA’s Mars Exploration team and Dr. Steve Squyres: 2010—2011. Project development and public interactions for Lovely Weather: Art and Climate Change, resulting in an exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Ireland

MIT. Faculty Collaborator in Synthetic Biology Lab with Dr. Natalie Kuldell: 2009 – 2010. Collaborative teaching of print and interactive media design to bio engineering students; collaborative lab-based development of interactive research.

iLAND. Artist / Researcher in Residence: 2009. Residency with E.K.K.O choreography collective, artists and scientists in participatory practice involving chemistry and dance focused on the theme of water; resulting in public art projects for The Waterpod (NYC); Conflux Festival (NYU); Dumbo Arts Festival; and the NY Water Taxis in the Brooklyn Bay.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Visiting Artist for Intermedia MFA program: 2006. Development of digital media project connecting the University of Newcastle (Australia) and CalArts.


  • The Routledge Handbook of Practice-Based Research, Thinking Together through Practice and Research: Collaborations across Living and Nonliving Systems (chapter), ed. Vear, Craig, Abingdon, UK, Routledge: projected in 2021.
    Notes: coauthorship with Cesar Baio
  • Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (Revista de Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes)(ISSN: 1646-9798; e-ISSN: 2183-0088), Thinking Within and Across, ed. Torres, Rui and Cristina Sa, André Baltazar, André Sier: Portuguese Catholic University, Porto, Portugal: projected in 2020.
    Notes: coauthorship with Cesar Baio
  • Springer Journal’s International Journal of Community Well-being (IJCWB) Special Issue Intersections of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Community Well-Being: Perspectives, An Argument for an Ecosystemic Intelligence ed. Bradbury, James, et al, Springer, New York: projected in 2020.
    Notes: coauthorship with Cesar Baio
  • Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation, LOIS: at Play in the Anthropocene, ed. Cincik, Benek, Tiago Torres-Campos: DPR-Barcelona, Spain: projected in 2020.
    Notes: chapter on working with an art collective and with climate-related art in the Athropocene
  • Critical Makers Reader, Drawing on Theory to Build/Unbuild Media, or Lalalalalalalalala, ed. Bogers, Loes and Letizia Chiappini: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HVA): 2019.
    Notes: chapter comprised of dialogue with co-writer Xtine Burrough
  • Revista ClimaCom Scientific Culture, Culturas Degenerativas: Volume: Yr 06 n. 14 IISN 2359-4705: 2019.
    Notes: Brazilian journal, art submission to the issue on Mycelial Fabulation
  • Revista Científica da Fap, Culturas Degenerativas: Experimentações em Torno de uma rede “Biohíbrida”
    Degenerative Cultures: Experiments around a “Biohíbrida” Network
    : FAP v. 19 n. 2 (Jul./Dec): 2018.
    Notes: Brazilian journal; second author (first author Cesar Baio)
  • GASATHJ – Generative Art Science and Technology Hard Journal. Degenerative Cultures: 2018.
    Notes: first author (second author Cesar Baio);
  • 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Mediated Natures – proceedings, Speculative Futures and Justice Panel, (ISBN: 978-0-620-80332-8), Durban, South Africa: 2018.
    Notes: Byline of Cesar & Lois (Cesar Baio and Lucy HG Solomon)
  • XX Generative Art 2017. Degenerative Cultures: Corrupting the Algorithms of Modernity, proceedings, Domus Argenia Publisher (Itália): 2017
    Notes: Notes: Byline of Cesar & Lois (Cesar Baio and Lucy HG Solomon) with CSUSM students
  • UPPERCASE Magazine. Vacation Land Anthropocene – Wish You Were Here! Volume 34, UPPERCASE Publishing Inc: 2017. Notes: artwork
  • Visual Communication Quarterly. Hot Air: Data melted my glacier…, Volume 23, No. 2, Routledge: 2016.
    Notes: article on creative approach to climate change by LOIS
  • pacificREVIEW. Zoologic, in Vivarium Issue, ed. Ryan Kelly, San Diego State University Press: 2015.
    Notes: artwork and text
  • Leonardo Journal. The Irish Rover: Looking for Mars Off the Northern Coast of Ireland, Volume 45, No. 2, MIT Press: 2012. Notes: article on LOIS collaboration with NASA MERS (Mars Exploration Rovers)
  • Super Human – Revolution of the Species. Evolving Dolphins, in Second Nature, Issue 3, RMIT University School of Creative Media: 2010.
    Notes: article that looks at new nature and integration of nature and technology




Sarah Lawrence College, NY: Talk: “Art, Technology, and Ecological Thinking: integrated AI and networked consciousness” (talk by Cesar & Lois)

Coalesce Center for Biological Arts, University at Michigan: “A Collaborative Writing Workshop with Nonhuman Entities” (workshop by Cesar & Lois)

Colgate University, NY: “How do human beings think with microbiological logic?” (talk by Cesar & Lois)


New Media Caucus: Border Control, University of Michigan: “Crossing Knowledge Systems: microbiological x human x artificial intelligences” (workshop presenter, panelist)

Consciousness Reframed: Sentient States, Porto, Portugal: “Crossing Knowledge Systems” (Cesar & Lois, presenter)

World-Ecology Research Network Conference: Planetary Utopias, Capitalist Dystopias: Justice, Nature & the Liberation of Life, SF: “An Ecotopian Framework for Rethinking Societal Paradigms” (plenary speaker)

Popular Culture Association: Communication and Digital Cultures, D.C., Living Archives Panel (presenter)

CSU Humanities: Humanities/Arts Webcast: “Microbiology as a Lens for Human Societies” (presenter)


ISEA2018 (International Symposium on Electronic Art), Durban (exhibiting artist, panelist, Cesar & Lois)

II Workshop Internacional Arte & Ciência, Rio de Janeiro (co-presenter)

“The Operating Logic of Spores,” Universität der Künste, Berlin (guest artist lecture)


Generative Art, Ravenna, Italy (exhibiting artist and co-presenter)

Balance-Unbalance, Plymouth, UK (exhibiting artist and artist talk)

UC-CSU KAN Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference (presenter)

Popular Culture Association: Communication and Digital Cultures, San Diego (presenter)

UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network Workshop, CSU Fullerton (area representative)

Global Studies Faculty Colloquium Series, CSUSM (speaker)


Creative Inquiry in the Arts & Humanities Institute (participant and co-presenter)

Building and Strengthening Digital Humanities Through a Regional Network (presenter)

CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (presenter, award recipient)

ISEA2016 (International Symposium on Electronic Art), Hong Kong (presenter)
University of Texas, Dallas, ATEC ArtSciLab (presenter)

Popular Culture Association: Communication and Digital Cultures, Seattle (presenter)
AHSIE Best Practices, CSUCI: STEAM Across Classrooms (collaborative workshop)


2019: Water Resources & Policy Initiatives Faculty Research Incentive Award, role: Development of project on data visualization of CA water history

2018: Social Justice and Equity Project Grant (CSUSM; also in 2016 and 2017)

2017: Sundance Institute Commission to LOIS, role: project director and artist; Partners for the Americas Grant for art and science exchange with Peru awarded to California State University San Marcos and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos; directed by Robert Carolin, role: lead faculty for research exchange in the Amazon (Summer, 2018)

2016: Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) Grant for Data Visualization: Connecting Students to the Campus and their Environment with Art & Technology

2015: CSUPERB Travel Grant for research at UT Dallas ATEC Art-Science Lab; Digital Humanities Stipend for Digital Humanities Regional Network

2014: Oxnard City Council Arts Grant for Mentor / Mentee Project

2012: AIR Grant, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

2011: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) Commission

2010: OLATS Commission; CEI Grant, LA Dept of Cultural Affairs

2009: iLAND Fellowship; ApexArt Commissioning Grant; Arts Tasmania Grant

2008: e-MobilArt Fellowship; New Media Grant, Swiss Federal Office


Shortlist for NTU Global Digital Art Prize (GDAP) from NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) (2019)

Award for Exceptional Service to Students from CSUSM Exceptional Assigned Time Committee (2019, 2017))

Shortlist for Prize in Intermedia Artwork for Crossing Knowledge Systems: Conversations across Nature and Humanity, by International Competition for Intermedia Work of Art (ICIA), Kraków, Poland (2018)

The Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, awarded by CSUSM (2018)

Lumen Prize in Artificial Intelligence for Degenerative Cultures (2018)

Change Maker Award for STEAM and Sustainability in Higher Education, awarded by CYPHER International at the Sustainable Earth Decathlon (2016)

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Award for Sustainability in Academics: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – Sustainability Experiences Through Interactive Design to CSU San Marcos, awarded by CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) (2016)