Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer and a media artist exhibiting internationally. She is also a licensed radio operator. Her artistic practice is informed by Space in its widest meaning. Since 2009 she has been implementing radio technologies and philosophies in her art projects. She is currently Artist in Residence at the SETI Institute (California) and Artist in Residence at the Green Bank Observatory (West Virginia), with the support of the Baruch Blumberg Fellowship in Astrobiology.
She is collaborating with some prominent research institutes, including the European Space Agency, INAF (Italian Research Institute for Radio Astronomy), the Donders Centre for Neuroimaging and the University of Cambridge. For her projects, she is using state of the art radio telescopes, such as the Green Bank Telescope (West Virginia), the Allen Telescope Array (California), the Square Kilometre Array prototype and the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory (UK), the Medicina Radio Telescope and the Sardinia Radio Telescope (Italy). Previously, she has been collaborating with radio operators based at historical antennas, such as the Bochum Radio Observatory (DE). In 2009 she has developed the Visual Moonbounce technology, in collaboration with international radio operators, and for the past fourteen years she has been working on a series of innovative projects combining radio technologies with live performance art and neuroscience. From 2010 to 2019 she has collaborated with Astronomers Without Borders as the founder and director of the Arts programme. She has been collaborating with several other organizations, including the Human Space Program, lead by space philosopher Frank White, the Space and Society Working Group lead by philosopher Jayme Schwartz.
She is a member of the IAA SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Permanent Committee and a regular host for the Wow! Signal Podcast, a platform dedicated to conversations on SETI, science, technology and the humanities. In addition to her artistic practice, she is part of the editorial board for the Springer Space and Society series. She has published her work with the Leonardo MIT Journal, Routledge, Springer, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Inderscience and RIXC, amongst others.
Mare Incognito explores the gradual dissolution of consciousness and the process of falling asleep. I am especially interested in exploring the moments of the sleep cycle when awareness seems to dissolve, and the self gradually detaches from the continuous life narrative and gets immersed in a new -dreamlike- narrative.
A SIGN IN SPACE
live performance, 2019-ongoing
A Sign in Space is a project in collaboration with INAF (http://www.inaf.it/en), the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.