Allison Kudla , PhD (US) is currently living in Seattle, Washington. Since 2012, she has been working at the Institute for Systems Biology. Before starting that role, she was an artist-in-residence and faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. In 2011, she was awarded her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS). Her practice-based PhD focused on creating art for the purpose of looking at the universe as an operating system. With that lens, she pursued finding and accentuating “algorithms” embedded in living biological systems and processes within an artistic framework. In doing this, she creates “user experiences” for physical and biological systems while working in hybrid with technology. Prior to her PhD work, she earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2002, with an emphasis on art and technology studies. She continues to find inspiration at the intersections of science, art, technology and design and aims her practice at creating novel experiences through these intersections.
Her work, The Search for Luminosity, was published in “Art + Science Now” by Stephen Wilson. She received Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts at Ars Electronica 2010 for her work Capacity for (urban eden, human error). She has received Honorary Mention in the Vida Competition for Art and Artificial Life three times for three of her works. Her work, Growth Pattern, was included in the group shows ”Alter Nature: We Can” at Z33 in Belgium, “When Process Becomes Paradigm” at LABoral in Spain, and “Bio-Design” at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in the Netherlands. Her work “Growth Pattern” was included in a book authored by William Myers called “BioDesign: Art + Science + Creativity”. This book, and her work, was also featured in the New York Times in January of 2013. From 2012-2014 her work was part of a national touring exhibition, curated by Andrea Grover, titled “Intimate Science”. Recently she exhibited at “Globale: Exo-Evolution” at ZKM in Germany.