Collaborating Artists and Researchers

A unique collaborative process engages biologists, architects, digital, sound and video designers and performers. This team researches the dynamic behavior and “natural” biorhythms of specific ecosystems to create a physical installation based on real and metaphorical data, a digital model that triggers, connects and governs events in the physical environments.

Project Lead

Grisha Coleman Grisha Coleman, Assistant Professor, School of Arts, Media + Engineering

Born and raised in New York City, Coleman is currently a fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1991-1994 she danced with the Urban Bush Women. In 1995, Coleman created the music-performance group HOTMOUTH which toured extensively nationally and internationally and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Most Unique Theatrical Experience.”

For the development of echo::system, Coleman has worked with multiple collaborators working outside of specific art disciplines, conducting residencies for research and development at the Banff New Media Institute in Canada, Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine, and California Institute for the Arts. Coleman is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and received her MFA in Composition and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts.


In collaboration with:



  • Katelyn Parady, Ethnography, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU
  • Tae-Eun Kim, Ethnography, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU
  • Andrea Ballestero, Ethnography, RICE
  • Muharram Yildirim, Algorithmic Visual Design, AME, ASU

Special Advisors


Past Collaborators


  • Talvin Wilks, Dramaturge
  • Guillermo Brown, Sound design
  • Tony Mulanix: Lighting Designer
  • Carole Kim, Live Video Mixer Master
  • Isaac Wallis, AME

Research Assistants

Original Collaborators