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Fulcrum Arts welcomes artist Marie-Luce Nadal as a 2023 Fulcrum Incubator Artist-in-Residence. Nadal will conduct  research with scientist Dr. Joshua Fischer at Chapman University. Her project S.O.S (The Skin Of the Sky) attempts to find a protective armor for the planet, based on the study of lightning and thunderstorms, which have now become increasingly common. Nadal’s residency is presented in partnership with Grand Central Art Center.

Marie-Luce Nadal‘s research stands at the crossroads between artistic and scientific exploration. The atmosphere is her main material, which she uses to reproduce clouds, to capture lightning, to cultivate mist, and to provoke rain. It is always haunted by the same question: how to capture the air, how to possess the elusive?

Between industrial production and utopian dreams, Nadal continues the war started by her wine-growing ancestors: mastering the sky. She creates machine-works that have the particularity of mixing plastic uniqueness, scientific research, and poetry. Through her works, installations, and performances, she gives the sky a symbolic and political tension, using it as a field for exploring gender and ecofeminism. 

She holds a PhD in Art and Science from ENSAD PSL University in Paris. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions in France and abroad.

Dr. Joshua Fisher is the Presidential Fellow of Ecosystem Science at Chapman University focusing on terrestrial ecosystems, water, carbon, and nutrient cycling using a combination of supercomputer models, remote sensing, and field campaigns from the Amazon to the Arctic. Dr. Fisher completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, and postdoctoral work from the University of Oxford. Dr. Fisher was at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over a decade, where he was the Science Lead of the ECOSTRESS mission. Dr. Fisher is currently the Science Lead for Hydrosat, a space company focused on plant water/use stress. Dr. Fisher has been named one of the world’s “most influential” researchers, in the top 0.1% of scientists with papers in the top 1% by citations for the past three years in a row.

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