Mick Lorusso

Mick Lorusso

Mick Lorusso is a cross-disciplinary artist who interweaves musings on molecules, cells, societies, and environments. He creates images, cabinets of curiosity and interactions to address questions about energy, water, climate, and health. He has participated in urban ecology collaborations in Mexico City and as a resident in various interdisciplinary art programs, including PLAND / ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness (Taos, NM, USA) and Make Art with Purpose 2013 (Dallas, TX, USA). At a residency in Schöppingen, Germany, Lorusso harnessed electricity-producing bacteria to illuminate a sculptural village, Microbial Schöppingen, which received a hybrid art honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2013. As a participant in the 2016 Rauschenberg Residency Rising Waters Confab II, he featured mangrove microbial ecologies using webcam microscopy in an interactive media installation Becoming Mangrove. With early training in microbiology and education in art at Colorado College (BA) and San Francisco Art Institute (MFA), he is a research fellow at the UCLA Art|Sci Center and an instructor for the UCLA Sci|Art Nanolab Summer Institute.