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WE LOST A DEAR FRIEND AND COLLABORATOR – GOODBYE BEATRIZ, GOODBYE DEAR SHANI

BEATRIZ DA COSTA (1974-2012)

We have learned with great sadness that our colleague, friend and collaborator Beatriz da Costa passed away on Thursday December 27, after a life long and courageous battle against cancer.

Beatriz was a co-founder of Preemptive Media, a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble, Associate Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine, where she specialized in the intersections of art, science, engineering, and politics and she was also a generous board member of UCIRA from 2009 to 2011. In the past decade she has been experimenting with the potential of interspecies collaboration and was a leader in the adaptation of emergent technologies and media to address political, biopolitical and social justice issues. In the past few years, her work revolved around a series of beautiful and complex art projects that were part of the “Cost of Life” series.

She will be deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege to meet and work with her. Her generosity, courage and example are beyond what words can describe. Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends, we can only imagine how deeply she will be missed in her closest surroundings.

 

THE UCIRA TEAM

Dick Hebdige, Holly Unruh, Marko Peljhan, Kim Yasuda, ZouZou Chapman

 

Links:

http://anticancersurvivalkit.net/

http://blog.creative-capital.org/2013/01/remembering-beatriz-da-costa-1974-2012/

 

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