Mick Lorusso

Mick Lorusso

Through a hybrid process integrating art and science, Mick Lorusso focuses on transformations of energy from the nano to the galactic scale, with an emphasis on living systems.  He creates drawings, performances, cabinets of curiosity and theatrical scenarios to provoke mystery and dialog while often suggesting a symbiosis between microorganisms, humans, and technology that may become integral to a post-fossil fuel future. 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 an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and BA from Colorado College, he is currently a curator and exhibition manager at the UCLA Art|Sci Center, and the lead instructor for the UCLA Sci|Art Summer Institute.