On behalf of us all, a warm thank you to the Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts at UC Boulder for supporting this project with a fellowship.

Thank you to Erin Espelie (Assistant Professor, Film Studies Program and Department of Critical Media Practices), Tara Knight (Associate Professor, Department of Critical Media Practices), and Jorge Perez-Gallego (Scholar in Residence, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences) for your support and guidance throughout the process. And to Joanne Guillery (NEST Office Manager), we appreciate the many ways that you have made this all possible.

A big thank you as well to David Levitt and Sam Randall, artists, architects and co-founders of the Arbor Institute. We appreciate your mission of combining the arts and contemplative practices with ecological practices, and are so glad to have found the perfect home for this work. We appreciate your support during this uncertain time and your vision throughout. 

Erika Raberg is a visual artist who uses both still and moving images to explore the subtle relationships built into her surrounding environments, whether on the farm in rural Sweden which has been in her family since the 1600s or in and around Boston, Massachusetts, where mythologies surrounding the founding of the United States provide rich material. She has shared work widely in Chicago, including at the Elmhurst Art Museum, ACRE, Roman Susan, Chicago Artists Coalition, Sector 2337, High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary, Filter Photo Festival, Ballroom Projects, and the Swedish American Museum. She has also shared work in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Tennessee, as well as internationally in Stockholm, London, and Berlin. Erika earned an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, and is currently studying in the International Masters in Curating at Stockholm University.

Jonathan Raberg is an organic geochemist and paleoclimatologist pursuing concurrent PhDs at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at the University of Iceland. His current projects take him to Baffin Island, in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, and to Iceland, where he uses lake sediment cores to reconstruct Arctic climates as far back as the Penultimate Interglacial (~200,000 years ago). He relies on his training in chemistry (BA, Carleton College, 2012; MS, University of California, Berkeley, 2015) to measure biological molecules in the mud and interprets their abundances and distributions to learn about the temperatures, hydroclimate regimes, and ecological communities of the past. Jonathan's interests extend to many other areas of science, including renewable energy technologies, energy storage, and spectroscopy, as well as to science communication, music, and the outdoors.

Ryan Packard is a percussionist, composer and sound artist currently based in Stockholm, Sweden and Chicago, IL. His sound installations have been featured at the MCA Chicago, Graham Foundation, Defibrillator, Hyde Park Arts Center, Galeria Labirynt, High Concept Labs, Constellation Chicago, and Experimental Sound Studio. His compositions have been performed by Fonema Consort, Ensemble Chartreuse, Seth Parker Woods, The Morton Feldman Chamber Players, and the AndPlay Duo. As an improviser and collaborator, Ryan performs with Nelly Agassi, Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Jasper Stadhouders, Nate Wooley, Oscar Jan Hoogland, ZRL (Zach Good and Lia Kohl), John McCowen, Nestle (Cyrus Pireh and Rob Lundberg), ombra di organo (Keefe Jackson and Manuel Troller), Kieran Daly, Jason Roebke, RGB (Paul Giallorenzo and Charlie Kirchen), Daniel Wyche amongst many others. He’s a member of the new music ensemble, Fonema Consort and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, MOCREP, a.pe.ri.od.ic ensemble, Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, NYC experimental rock group Skeleton$, Slow Mass, V.V. Lightbody, Michael Albert Music Group, Nate Kinsella’s Birthmark and Architek Percussion Quartet as a founding member. Ryan has a masters of music from McGill University and bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Mezzo soprano Claire McCahan has been praised for her clear and warm tone as well as her captivating stage presence.  Her performance areas range from opera and musical theater, to folk and jazz.  Recent opera credits include Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Intermountain Opera Bozeman), Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Eklund Opera), and a staged performance of Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (Opera Steamboat).  Interested in music of the Baroque era, she has performed the works of Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach regionally with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Rocky Mountain Chorale, St. John’s Cathedral of Denver, and Boulder’s Catabile Ensemble, and was the winner of the 2020 World of Bach Competition and the 2019 Frances MacEachron Award from the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition in New York.  An advocate of new works, she sang the role of Brittomara in the 2018 workshop production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I Were You (CU NOW), and has worked with CU student composers on art songs and multifaceted artistic collaborations through the Pendulum New Music Series. She was a recipient of the university’s 2017 Ogilvy Travel Fellowship, exploring Scotland to research cultural expression through folk song, and was the winner of the College of Music’s Centennial Song Contest. Additionally, she is a teaching artist for this year’s inaugural Colorado Lullaby Project, working with parents to compose lullabies for their children.  Claire received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of New Hampshire and her master’s degree and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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