FEMeeting Sister Labs: Buffalo 2024

Zoom link for virtual attendance at Friday Symposium

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“FEMeeting Sister Labs: Women in Art, Science and Technology" at the University at Buffalo includes an art exhibition, symposium, BioArt workshop and performance at Torn Space Theater.

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Poster for the April 25-207, 2024 "FEMeeting Sister Labs: Women in Art, Science and Technology" at the University at Buffalo. Picture of a person's eye peering into a microscope, in sepia tone.

Schedule, April 25-27, 2024

Thursday 4/25, Art Exhibition Reception

  • Thursday Night , 5-7PM, a reception will take place for the exhibition, "Moving Through Capillarity"
  • Location: Department of Art's Project Space, in Room 155 of the Center for the Arts
    • (Visitor parking is free in most lots after 3PM; check signs.)
  • Curated by Marta de Menezes as part of FACTT 2024, an international festival of art and science.

Add this reception to your calendar here.

Friday 4/26, FEMeeting: Buffalo Symposium

Free in-person symposium at the University at Buffalo, North Campus. Includes lunch.

This symposium is presented in partnership with Leonardo Laser Talks, which are offering a virtual (Zoom) attendance option.


UB Student Union
210 Landmark Room

Univeristy at Buffalo North Campus, Buffalo NY, 14261     

Symposium Schedule:

  • 9:30-10:00 Check-in and Breakfast
  • 10:00 -10:30 Opening 

Led by Stephanie Rothenberg, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Art, University at Buffalo

Marta de Menezes, Artist, Director, Cultivamos Cultura

Roberta Buiani, Artist, Scholar, Co-founder ArtSci Salon

Kathy High, Artist, Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • 10:30 – 11:45 Witchcraft, Porcupines and the Gaia Hypothesis

Presentations by: 

Cecilia Vilca Ocharan, Artist, Founding Member, MyAP Electron Microscopy Laboratory

Kristina Tome, Board Member, Onöhsagwë:de' Cultural Center

Claudia Ford, Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, SUNY Potsdam

Moderated by Mishuana Goeman, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, University at Buffalo

  • 11:45-1:00 lunch (free for registered participants)
  • 1:00-2:45 Love, Embodiment and DNA

Presentations by: 

Marta de Menezes and Cosima Herter

Marisa Manheim, Assistant Professor, UB Dept. of Environment and Sustainability

Emma Akmakdjian, Artist, Program Manager at Supercollider Art

Moderated by Crystal Z. Campbell, Visiting Associate Professor of Art & Media Study, University at Buffalo.

  • 2:45-3:00 Break 
  • 3:00 - 4:45 Matter, Aesthetics, and the Microbiome

Presentations by: 

Daniela Brill Estrada, Artist and Researcher

Jennifer Surtees, Professor, Co-Director of the Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence, University at Buffalo

Kathy High

Roberta Buiani

Moderated by Christina Corfield, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Media Study, University at Buffalo

  • 4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks and Responses 

Led by:

Stephanie Rothenberg

Marta de Menezes

Roberta Buiani

Kathy High


Saturday 4/27, BioArt Workshop

"Awakening the Observer: Objectivity in a Glass Shell" BioArt workshop with Aidelen Montoya, MFA Candidate and TA for Coalesce, Department of Art

Free Event, register and add it to your calendar here.

Maximum participants: 15




Coalesce: Center for Biological Art

Hochstetter Hall, Room 308


The perfect observer is objective. Utilizing the inventive camera lucida, this workshop will explore how to record microscopic samples in a way that the specimen stays true to nature.

With collected algae samples from UB’s Letchworth Teaching Forest, participants will learn about diatoms and prepare microscope slides with the provided samples. After learning about diatoms and locating a few on their slide, participants will have a chance to police their hand and separate idealism from realism. With a sample on the microscope and sketch book nearby, participates will draw their samples using a camera lucida. No previous experience necessary.

Related Event: Saturday 4/27, Artist Talk

LUCA, bio-media performance by Coalesce resident Tansy Xiao


2 options:  7PM or 8PM


Torn Space Theater

612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY

More info, and $20 ticket sales: https://www.tornspacetheater.com/home/luca/


Please join the Department of Art and Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts for a special convening in Buffalo of FEMeeting Sister Labs: Women in Art, Science and Technology. This 3-day event of local and international artists, scholars, students and community members features a day-long symposium, exhibition, BioArt workshop and performance at Torn Space Theater. 

FEMeeting Sister Labs: Women in Art, Science and Technology is part of a larger network of women and women-identifying folks working at the intersection of art, science and technology. FEMeeting is driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaborations. The goal is to disseminate projects being undertaken by women worldwide and, as a result, to contribute to the development of art-science research methodologies and to the growth of cooperation strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities closer.

Launched in 2017, the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaboration between individuals who identify themselves as Women, independently of their sex. The idea behind FEMeeting was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato, after realizing that women in the field of Art and Science have an unquestionable presence worldwide. 

In 2021, FEMeeting Sister Labs launched as an hybrid model of interaction between local and global, between digital and physical: where FEMeeting members address to the community of women in art, science and technology an invitation to their lab spaces.

This spring leading up to the annual conference happening June 23-29, 2024 through Incubator Labs in Windsor, Ontario, Sister Labs events are taking place at several locations:

  • ArtSci Salon at The Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences at York University in Toronto (March 21, 25, 27, 28)


  • Sanctuary of Independent Media and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (April 5-6) in Troy, NY


For more information on FEMeeting, please visit the official website: https://femeeting.com

For more information on UB Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts please visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/genomeenvironmentmicrobiome/coalesce.html


  • FEMeeting Sister Labs Buffalo event is made possible by the University at Buffalo’s Department of Art, Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts, Humanities Institute Technoculture Research Workshop, and Julian Park Professor Ewa Ziarek, who is also Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities in the UB College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Organized by UB Department of Art Chair, and Faculty for Graphic Design, Art & Technology, Stephanie Rothenberg with support from Department's Art Resource Manager Whitney Kehl, Coalesce Lab Technician Solon Morse, Faculty Paul Vanouse, and MFA Candidate and Coalesce Graduate Assistant Aidelen Montoya.
Square logo reading "FEMeeting/ in prurple text on a white background, with a purple border.
Yellow logo with black text and a black starburst symbol that looks like as asterisk with a horizontal line protruding from the right side.
The words Coalesce Center for Biological Art, in black text on a white background.

Participant Bios

Headshot of Emma Akmakdjian, an interdisciplinary artist, wearing a black tank top.
Headshot of Marisa Manheim.
Headshot of Daniela Brill Estrada, wearing a black tshirt and gold circle wire-rimmed glasses, pouring a substance into a dark glass bottle.
Headshot of Marta de Menezes, wearing a light blue sweater.
Headshot of Roberta Buiani, wearing a red shirt, and winged glasses.
Back of the head/torso of Aidelen Montyoa, looking at an art gallery wall displaying her work of maps of Buffalo, red red-lining embroidery.
Headshot of Crystal Campbell, an interdisciplinary artist, next to a window with photographic films on the panes.
Headshot of Cecilia Vilca Ochran.
Headshot of Christina Corfield in front of a bookshelf.
Headshot of artist Stephanie Rothenberg, wearing a tan cardigan with orange collar, and a black shirt, and black glasses.
Headshot of Dr. Claudia J. Ford, wearing a wide stripes shirt, and multicolor beaded necklace.
Headshot of Jennifer Surtrees wearing a black and white patterned shirt, black cardigan, and wire rim silver glasses.
Headshot of Mishuana Goeman.
Headshot of Kristina Tome.
Headshot of Cosima Herter.
Headshot of Tansy Xiao, wearing a black and yellow polka dot scarf.
Headshot of Kathy High, wearing rectangular glasses, with a gray background.