ON AIR 2020

Photos: Aleks Slota at the Transart Bienniale 2016-18



ON AIR: THROUGH sound and scent

If we are moving beyond borders, becoming global, post-national, and speculatively post-human, how does this change things? change us? and how we interact? What becomes possible? According to philosopher Elizabeth Grosz, the space in between (often air!) is the space of potential. If air (the borderless space in between us and everything else), is the medium that encompasses and connects us, which fields work with and within the medium of air most intensely, influentially. pervasively, transgressively and interestingly? Sound and scent will be our realms of focus and inquiry. With this two year series of events we invite practitioners and theorists in related fields to contribute new ways of working, thinking, playing with the space in between us, ultimately enriching our ideas and ways of communicating and interacting both critically and imaginatively.

Common project site? 
 www.air-iennale.org or www.airbetween.org or www.airbiennale.org or airinbetween.org



A TWO YEAR BIENNALE curatorial collaboration between independent Global initiatives working in and with the spaces and platforms inbetween, connecting through research experiment and other forms of exploration around sound and scent. ThIS biennale will CUMINATING IN ELSE Journal Publication jointly guest edited by a member of each initiative. 





ELSE Journal issue 4: on AIR

publiCATion 2020












11-5  OLFACTION WORKSHOP — The Institute for Art and Olifaction
7-9  TASTE SESSION – The Loft at Liz's


7-9  NN WALKSHOP — Downtown Los Angeles Artwalk   

WEDNESday, January 9

11-5  SOUND WORKSHOP — Location TBC
6:30-9  NN SOUND VENUE SAMPLER — Locations TBC

THURSDAY, January 10

1-5 The ALLOSHERE INSTITUTE Research Facility. University of California, Santa Barbara - http://www.allosphere.ucsb.edu











Kóan Jeff Baysa is a physician, contemporary art collector, curator, designer, writer, critic, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program – Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow, and a member of AICA, the association of international art critics.

He specialises in designing and producing projects and events that appose and contextualise seemingly disparate subjects. A contributing writer for the online publication ArtSlant, and contributing writer and art editor for the now online contemporary culture periodical, aRUde, he has written for Art Asia Pacific, Flavorpill, Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art, the Scent Marketing Institute Newsletter, and is the Pacific editor for d’Art International (Toronto), Most recently he was invited as an international fashion journalist to Madrid Fashion Week 2012.

As a medical scientist, his interests center around issues of the sensate body and in the ways that the physical self experiences and knows the world through the senses; as a cultural worker, his interests lie in examining the dynamics of subcultures nesting within larger cultures. As an artist, he is most interested in creating text-based works, experimenting in all media. Dr. Baysa recently initiated the SENSEight Series: Come to Your Senses, private curated experiential workshops on the senses and perception. He has curated shows for the London Biennale, LA International Biennial, Chinese Biennial, Whitney Museum, Canon Corporation, The United Nations, and has organised and participated in art events throughout the US and in Paris, Cork, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Beirut, Beijing, Bandung, Hong Kong, Manila, Santiago, Singapore, Cologne, Seoul, St. Petersburg, Madras, Mexico City, and Yokohama. On the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University and the Art Omi International Artist Colony, he has presented lectures at the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA in New York, The Phillips Collection and The National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, and is on the advisory panels for MuseCPMI, and Art and Med in Los Angeles, and the Streaming Museum, a cybersite with public exhibition spaces on all seven continents.

He is a consultant to and associate of The Daily Brand, a multi-disciplinary communications agency based in Los Angeles headed by Colin Mangham, a fellow founding member of MOCA China. He is an organising committee member of NextMed/MMVR (Medicine Meets Virtual Reality). The critic-in residence for the 2006 and 2011 Art Omi International Artist Colony in Ghent, New York, in 2007 he received a Ford Foundation grant to lecture on contemporary curatorial practice at the Hanoi University of Culture in Vietnam and conducted a survey of contemporary art in south and north Vietnam. In March 2009, he presented lectures and conducted workshops on the curatorial process from his unique perspective as a physician, at Zayed University campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Born and raised in Hawaii and completing his medical training at UCSF with a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology, Dr. Baysa divides his time between New York and Los Angeles. He was an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. With a special interest in the role of the sense of smell in health and aesthetics, he is creating scents with professional perfumers, curating olfactory exhibitions with artists, and collaborating in olfactory clinical research projects with scientists in Los Angeles and Berlin. He has segued from a clinical practice to focus on research investigating olfactory stimuli and their potential beneficial effects on memory disorders.


Lynn Book http://lynnbook.com (TT faculty, sound and voice artist)

Jean Marie Casbarian http://jeanmariecasbarian.com (TT faculty and artist)

Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems, content and facilities design. She created, built, and designed the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology and is the Center Director since its inception in 1986. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California, the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003. In 2000 she began the creation, design, and development of a Digital Media Center within the California Nanosystems Institute. The culmination of her design is the Allosphere Research Laboratory, a three-story metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets.

A composer of mixed media works, she received her Ph.D. in 1984 from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her current music research is focusing on a general purpose interface for control of digital information through natural performance gesture. A composer of primarily electro-acoustic works, her music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.


Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound, occasionally incorporating video, sculpture, drawing, paint, performance, food and most recently perfumes.

Since 2014, he has been working on a semi-autobiographic sound-based environment, utilizing multi-point audio field recordings of interiors; Peace Resonance; Hiroshima/Wendover combines recordings of the Hiroshima Atomic Dome (Hiroshima, Japan) and Wendover Hangar (Utah); Conical Sound; Antoni Gaudi and Simon Rodia combines recordings of Watts Towers (Los Angeles) and the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain).

Nakagawa is currently the Artist in Resident for Great Streets, a neighborhood improvement program through the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles. He recently completed a fourteen-month residency with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Other residencies recently completed include the Getty Villa (2016), Smithsonian Museum of American History (2015), Cerritos College Printmaking Studio (2017) and Echo Park Film Center (2017).

He is the host of VISITINGS Radio Show on DUBLAB radio 99.1 FM, co-founder of the now defunct arts collective Collage Ensemble Inc. (1984-2011) and was the curator of Ear Meal Webcast (2010-2016). Nakagawa is a recipient of two Art Matters grants, City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and a Monbusho Scholarship.


Susie Quillinan makes exhibitions, texts, study programming and library experiences. As a researcher with a focus on study, leisure, art-thinking, experimental pedagogies and artist made infrastructures she applies artistic and curatorial practices to the development of models that provoke spaces for thinking, discussing and being at leisure. 

Quillinan is currently a curatorial advisor and co-editor for HAWAPI, an independent residency, exhibition & publication project based in Perú; co-curator of the second Transart Triennale (NY & Berlin); co-director of Plan Autopoiesis, a library research project based in Lima and researcher on NEST (New Experiences Sharing Terrain). She has worked with artists on large scale projects for various museums, galleries and institutions including the Biennale di Venezia; Cornell University & a US-Mexico border public art project.

Quillinan received her MFA at Transart Institute and has developed curatorial programming, editorial projects and study programmes in various locales including Lima, New York, Berlin, Barcelona, Melbourne and Mexico City.

Minetta Rogers With experience volunteering for institutions as diverse as the Construction Specifications Institute, Bitch Magazine and technical knowledge from coursework in the California College of the Arts’ architecture program, Minetta combines her administrative background and design production know-how to support creatives of all stripes.

After studying cultural anthropology at Reed College and architecture at CCA, Minetta worked as an assistant at David Thorne, Landscape Architect Inc. She still collaborates with the firm in an administrative and research capacity regarding the Case Study Architect David Beverley Thorne. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Minetta has worked with a number of high-end residential architecture, interior design and general contracting firms. Recently, Minetta has worked for actress Mandy May Cheetham to create merchandise designs for TruTV’s sketch series, MUTHA.

Minetta has been involved with the IAO since 2015, as a member of the community, and later as a member of the Smelly Vials Perfume Club. She has overseen submissions management for the Art and Olfaction Awards since 2015. Since 2018, she has acted as the Operations Manager at the IAO.

Edward A. Shanken (born 1964) is an American art historian, whose work focuses on the entwinement of art, science and technology, with a focus on experimental new media art and visual culture. His scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and has been translated into six languages.

Edward A. Shanken graduated from Haverford College (1986) and then obtained an MA (1999) and Ph.D. (2001) in Art History from Duke University after receiving an MBA from Yale University in 1990. He was the Executive Director of the Information Science Information Studies program (ISIS) at Duke University from 2001 to 2004. From 2004 to 2007 Shanken was Professor of Art History and Media Theory at Savannah College of Art and Design and Senior Researcher at the UCLA Art | Science Center and Visiting Scholar at the California NanoSystems Institute from 2007 to 2008. He joined the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam in 2008, where he served as Universitair Docent, New Media and Digital Culture, 2008-2010 and as a Researcher, 2010-2012. In 2010, he was the inaugural Louis D. Beaumont Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis. Since 2007 he has served on the faculty of the Media Art Histories MA program at Donau University, Krems, Austria. In 2013 he joined the faculty at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at University of Washington.

His book, Inventing the Future: Art, Electricity, New Media, was published in Spanish in 2013 and is forthcoming in Portuguese and Chinese in paper and e-text. He edited and wrote the introduction to a collection of essays by Roy Ascott, Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003). His critically praised survey, Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon Press, 2009), has been expanded with an extensive, multimedia Online Companion: www.artelectronicmedia.com. His anthology, Systems, is forthcoming in the Documents of Contemporary Art series published by Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2015.

Saskia Wilson-Brown obtained her BA at UC Berkeley, and her MA (Fine Art) at Central Saint Martins College in London. She started her career in music video art department – from PA to production designer – for people like Madonna, Marilyn Manson and Master P. She went on to join the board and eventually serve as festival co-director for Los Angeles’ seminal Silver Lake Film Festival, launching the festival’s visionary new media arm in 2005 (MP4Fest) in addition to curating many of its film, art and music events. In 2007 Saskia was hired at Al Gore’s Current TV to head the newly formed filmmaker outreach & development department. There, she and her team conceived of and spearheaded projects designed to gain new short format documentary content for the network from international filmmakers, while initiating content partnerships on a global scale. She also participated in the production of Emmy-nominated shows like ‘TV Free Burning Man‘.

She went on to work as an independent producer and a film distribution strategist, while producing events around new models in the arts, educational initiatives and screenings (including the Open Video Alliance Filmmaker Summit, several of Lance Weiler’s DIY Days events, and the TEDActive Innovation Lab with Sarah Shewey’s Pink Cloud). She also curated and produced programs such as the bienial art/film extravaganza ‘Ultra Fabulous Beyond Drag’ (2007, 2009), and ‘Cuban Revolutionary Film’ (for Casa Del Tunel in Tijuana, 2010). Further projects and pursuits included programming feature documentaries and serving as a shorts juror for Slamdance Film Festival; advising start-up events such as the Los Angeles Music Video Festival; serving as film juror, advisor and/or panelist for organizations ranging from Gen Art to IFP; and overseeing Transmedia and Distribution for films such as Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots.

A committed advocate of open information and education in the arts, her writing on the media has appeared in WorkBook Project, Filmmaker Magazine and Hi-Fructose Magazine, and she’s been invited to speak at a number of conferences and festivals (Sundance, DIY Days, Open Video Conference, Power to the Pixel, as an industry mentor at SxSW, amongst others). Her film work has been shown at TED Conference (2010) and at dOCUMENTA (2012), and her visual art work has been shown at institutions such as Dom Omladine in Belgrade and the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires.

In 2009 she conceived of and started a guerilla screening series called Cinema Speakeasy, which she oversaw with her former Current TV colleague Georgi Goldman. One of the first of its kind, it served as an inspiration for a number of other micro-cinemas & curated screening series in California and beyond. In 2010, the series expanded to San Francisco under the directorial vision of Kate Sullivan Green, Allison Davis and Fhay Arceo. In 2011, CS had a year-long residency in Palm Springs in partnership with the Ace Hotel.

In 2012, her interest in experimental transmedia practices led her to form The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization devoted to experimentation, access and cross-media projects with a focus on scent. As head of the IAO, she has forged relationships with institutions including Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Getty Center, Getty Villa, SxSW, Goethe Institut, Hammer Museum, Natural History Museum, Huntington Library, Wallace Collection, Otis College, Watts Gallery and many more. In 2013 – with the help of a team of advisors and friends and drawing from her experience with film festivals – she created and launched one of the IAO’s flagship programs: The Art and Olfaction Awards, an international, blindly-judged awards mechanism for independent and artisan perfumers, and experimental practitioners with scent.


Kulapat Yantrasast is a Thai architect who is the founding partner and creative director of Why, an interdisciplinary design studio with workshops of buildings, grounds, objects and ideas. http://why-site.com/



  • Helms Bakery space

  • The Loft at Liz’s (gallery space that has hosted dinners)

  • Splacer, Peer Space, or similar listings for event spaces

  • ?USC

SAND HOUSE workshare space hollywood