Catherine Sarah Young
楊 佳 仁

Catherine Sarah Young is a sci-artist, a designer, and a writer whose work explores emerging technologies and alternative futures through interactive storytelling and sensory experiences. Her experimental and interdisciplinary practice aims to provoke conversation about our individual choices and collective futures. She draws inspiration from the natural world, scientific experiments, cybernetics, and technology, connecting them to culture—whether real or imagined, traditional or contemporary. Her work stimulates the imagination about possibilities and often encourages viewers to participate and reflect on their common humanity.

She has lived in and traveled to several countries for more than a decade, giving her new perspectives into many cultures. She often works with children in conceptualizing her work, tapping on their unlimited openness and potential. As with the diversity of languages she speaks, she also creates works in various formats and often addresses her subjects using familiar objects, yet with a playful tone.

Young has collaborated with scientists, industry, chefs, artists, think-tanks, and museums around the world on themes of environment and sustainability. As a writer, she creates worlds through science fiction and design futures, exploring themes related to the environment, feminism, and future technologies. Among others works, she founded The Apocalypse Project, an interdisciplinary and participatory platform that explores climate change and environmental futures, during an artscience residency at the Singapore-ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory.

Young received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of the Philippines, fine art education from Barcelona, and an MFA in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts NYC as a Fulbright scholar. As a poet, she has read her work at the Poetry Brothel of Barcelona and New York City’s Bowery Poetry Club. She was a correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for six years. She has spoken internationally about her work in various conferences, lectures, workshops, and museums, and has received grants and fellowships from New York, Barcelona, Seoul, Singapore, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Medellin.

Research interests: speculative design, design futures, sensory projects, human-centered design, sustainability

Twitter: @catherineyoung
Instagram: @catherinesarahyoung
theperceptionalist[at]gmail[dot]com

PROJECT WEBSITES

The Apocalypse Project
Field Notes from Planet Earth
Seoul43

VIDEO INTRODUCTION

Artist Introduction: The Perceptionalist from Catherine Young on Vimeo.

TALKS, WORKSHOPS, PROJECT DEMONSTRATIONS

2016
• Workshop Leader, “FutureRx,” Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul, 29 October 2016
• Speaker and Workshop Leader, “Climate-Resilient International Development Exchange,” USAID Asia, Bangkok, 6 October 2016 (forthcoming)
• Artist Talk, “The Apocalypse Project: Urban Harvest”, 1335Mabini, Manila, 17 September 2016 (Link)
• Artist Talk, “The Apocalypse Project: Urban Harvest”, Conversations about Urban Art (Conversatorios sobre Arte Urbano), Banco de la Republica, Medellin, Colombia, 29 June 2016 (Link)
• Workshop Leader, “The Medellin Smell Lab” (Lab de Aromas de Medellin), Circuito Creativo Otrabanda, CISC+Laboratorio de Ideas, 18 June 2016 (Link)
• Workshop Leader, “The Medellin Smell Lab” (Lab de Aromas de Medellin), Platohedro, 14-15 June 2016 (Link)
• Artist Talk, “The Apocalypse Project: Urban Harvest”, Casa Tres Patios, 7 June 2016 (Link)

2015
• Workshop Leader, “Preserving Smells of Memories”, Bio-Art Seoul 2015, Gwacheon National Science Museum, 14 November 2015.
• Speaker, “Wet Media: Current Technological Climates of Emerging Technologies as Infection Scenarios in Transmission”, Bio-Art Seoul 2015, Sogang University, 6 November 2015.
• Speaker, “Sustainable Cities and Energy Transition”, De La Salle University, Manila, 8 October 2015.
• Speaker, “COP21—Expectations, Challenges, and Opportunities”, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell, Makati City, 6 October 2015.
• Speaker, “Future Now: The Apocalypse Project”, Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, 21 September 2015.
• Speaker, “Apocalypse Project: Ideas for a Hotter Planet”, swissnex San Francisco, 18 September 2015
• Exhibitor, “Network Ecologies Symposium”, University of Hull, Scarborough, UK, 4-6 June 2015.
• Speaker/Panelist, “Stage the Future 2: The Second International Conference on Science Fiction Theatre”, Ontologies of Being, Ontologies of Imagining, Tempe, Arizona, 6 March 2015.

2014
• Panelist, “Innovators Forum: Convergence in Arts and Sciences”, Science Day, Digital Art Weeks International, Seoul, 11 October 2014
• Artist Talk, Emotion Engineering Program, Sangmyung University, Seoul, 30 September 2014

2013
• “Negotiating Future Cities,” ArtScience Conversations, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 16 November 2013
• International Sculpture Festa, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, 5 May 2013
• National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong, High School Docent Program, 23 February 2013, Seoul

2012
• Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum), 1 December 2012, Manila
• The Mind Museum, 23 September 2012, Manila
• TEDxNewHaven, 28 April 2012, Yale University
• School of Visual Arts, IN/VISION MFA Interaction Design Festival, 12 May 2012, New York
• Intrepid Museum, February 2012, New York

EDUCATION

2010-2012 MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts, New York (Student profile here)
2009-2010 International Art Workshop / Diploma in Contemporary Art, Metafora, Tallers d’Art i Artteràpia, Barcelona
2005-2007 Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, New York
2007 Comics and Sequential Art course, The Art Students League of New York
2001-2005  BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines, Manila
2001 Photography course, University of the Philippines, Film Center

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

2016 Artist-in-Residence, Platohedro & Casa Tres Patios courtesy of Arts Collaboratory and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, Medellin, June 6-July 6 (Link)
2016 Finalist, Bio Art & Design Award, The Hague, Netherlands
2015 Artist-in-Residence, Institute for the Future, September 2015-September 2016
2015 Finalist, Creative Climate Awards 2015, Human Impacts Institute, NYC September 2015
2014 Featured Artist, Open City / Art City Festival, co-organized by Institute for the Future and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 4 October 2014
2014 Mind-in-Residence, The Mind Museum, Manila, Philippines
2013 Art Science Residency Programme, in partnership with ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands, Tembusu College National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory (Official press release via NUS here)
2013 Asia-Pacific Fellowship, The National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong (Artist Profile here)
2012 School of Visual Arts Alumni Society scholarship
2010 Fulbright scholarship to undertake MFA in Interaction Design at SVA
2005 Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University scholarship
2005 Magna cum laude, University of the Philippines, B.S Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
2005 Best thesis, “Site-Directed Mutagenesis, Cloning, and Comparative Expression of Two Antitumor Antibody Genes,” University of the Philippines, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
2001 First Place and People’s Choice Award, Ateneo de Manila University Photography Competition

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, EXPLORATIONS

2016
• “The Apocalypse Project: Urban Harvest”, 1335Mabini, 17 September to 14 October 2016 (Link)
• “Future Feast: Art and Science” (Banquete Futurista: Arte y Ciencia), Platohedro, Medellin, Colombia, 5 July 2016 (Link)
• “The Apocalypse Project: Urban Harvest”, Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia, 1 July 2016 (Link)

2015
• “Sustainability: Abundance of Life”, Bio-Arts Seoul 2015, Gwacheon National Science Museum, 6 November 2015
• “The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures”, Future Gallery, Institute for the Future, 21 September 2015 to 15 April 2016
• “Forever Lab: Will You Still Love Me at 150?”, The Mind Museum, 3 October 2015
• “Creative Climate Awards”, The Human Impacts Institute, 21 September 2015

2014
• “Mobile Art Exhibition,” Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, October 10-15
• “Hybrid Highlights”, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, 8 October to December (Link here and here)
• “Open City Art City” Festival organized by the Institute for the Future and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, 4 October (Link here)
• “Future Feast”, The Mind Museum, 26 July 2014
• “The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures”, solo exhibition, The Mind Museum, Manila, April-July 2014

2013
• Sunday Showcase, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 10 November 2013 (More information here)
• “Earth Harmony,” Pyeong Chang Biennale 2013, July 20 to August 30, Alpensia Resort, Gangwon, South Korea (Link here)
• “Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival,” July 23 to August 18, Culture Station Seoul 284, South Korea (Link here)
• “Seoul Seoul Seoul,” The National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong, Seoul (Link here)
• “Sculpture! Make You Dream,” International Sculpture Festa 2013, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center (Link here)
• “The Portfolio Exhibition,” Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

2012
• The Mind Museum, Manila
• IN/VISION The MFA Interaction Design Festival Exhibition, School of Visual Arts, New York
• The Bowery Poetry Club New York

2011
• New York Poetry Festival
• The Poetry Brothel New York
• Rorsketch, New York, rorsketch.com
• DrawHappy, Reykjavik, drawhappy.org

2010
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
• Metafora End –of-Year Exhibition, Barcelona
In Vitro, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona

2009
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
Des de Fora (From the Outside), Barcelona
Expressa’t, Badalona, Barcelona
M33&1: Metafora Winter Exhibition, Ambit Dona, Barcelona
Conocer Antes de Juzgar (Know Before You Judge), HIV/AIDS Exhibition, Barcelona

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001-present Independent artist, designer, and writer
2015 Jan to Jun Experience designer, “A Glass of the Sea,” traveling exhibition in collaboration with The Mind Museum Manila, The California Academy of the Sciences, and USAID
2001-present Correspondent / contributor, Philippine Daily Inquirer
2010-2012 Graduate teaching assistant, Introduction to Cybernetics and the Design of Systems and Entrepreneurial Design, School of Visual Arts, New York
2011 Design and research intern, American Museum of Natural History, Department of Exhibition and Interactives, New York
2011 Cybernetics / systems design intern, Dubberly Design Office and Cybernetic Lifestyles, New York
2009-2011 Poet / performer, The Poetry Brothels, Barcelona and New York
2005-2007 Research assistant, various developmental and neurobiological labs, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Skills
• wet lab: DNA techniques (e.g. extraction, PCR, cloning, sequencing), protein techniques (e.g. Western blot, mass spectrometry), microbiology techniques, small mammalian systems (embryonic and brain dissection), tissue techniques (sectioning, immunostaining), microscopy techniques
• visual arts: illustration, installation, photography, fashion design, perfumery
• design and web: wireframing, graphic design, layout, rapid prototyping, user experience research,
entrepreneurship, HTML
• public speaking, workshop facilitation, feature writing, interviewing

Languages
English and Filipino (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate)
Mandarin, Hokkien, and Korean (basic)

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