ANGELO VERMEULEN | Bio
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Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, artist and community architect. As a trained scientist, Vermeulen is as at ease collaborating with practicing scientists as he is constructing multimedia installations in galleries and building communities through design and co-creation. In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international network of individuals working in art, science, engineering and advocacy. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical reflection and hands-on experimentation. To achieve this, SEAD develops paradigm-shifting projects in which ecology, technology and community are integrated in synergistic ways. Biomodd and Seeker are the two most well-known SEAD projects. From 2011-2012 he was a member of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS), and in 2013 he was Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation in Hawaii. His space-related work led him to start research at Delft University of Technology, creating new concepts for starship development. He has been faculty at LUCA School of Visual Arts in Ghent, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the University of the Philippines Open University in Los Baños. In 2012 he was a Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow at Parsons, and in 2013 he became TED Senior Fellow. His TED Talk about HI-SEAS and Seeker has already garnered over a million views.

2014-2015 Works on the GrAB (Growing as Building) project at Die Angewandte in Vienna, Austria
2013 Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation on Mauna Loa in Hawaii
2013 TED Senior Fellow
2012 Starts Seeker, a worldwide community art project creating starship prototypes
2012 Wins the Witteveen+Bos Art+Techology Award
2012 Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow, Parsons, New York, US
2011 Starts PhD research on starship development, Multi-Actor Systems Department, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
2011/2012 Member of ESA’s Arts and Science Topical Team (ETTAS)
2011 Artist in residence, HONF, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2010 Artist in residence, Exploratorium, San Francisco, US
2010 TED Fellow
2009/2011 Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Philippines
2009 Starts SEAD, an international network of individuals working in art, science, engineering and advocacy
2008/2009 Artist in residence, FoAM, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Artist in residence, Nadine, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Starts Translucent Futures, an artistic research project on the abrasion of civil rights and privacy through digital technologies
2008 Publishes Baudelaire in Cyberspace, a series of dialogues about art, science and digital culture with philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche
2007 Starts Biomodd, a worldwide cross-cultural installation project in which ecology, community building and game culture converge
2007 Artist in residence, The Aesthetic Technologies Lab, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
2005/2007 Film and Video Art studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts DKO, Antwerp, Belgium
2004/2011 Assistant Professor, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2001/2003 Postgraduate studies at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
1994/1998 Photography studies at the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts, Leuven, Belgium
1993/1998 PhD in ecology and developmental biology, Department of Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium

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