Curator for the Museum of PostNatural History in Pittsburgh, PA and assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon, Richard (Rich) Pell describes a new way for us to view how humans control the evolutionary path of other organisms – the growing field of PostNaturalism. Pell walks us through his museum, explains how he arrived at the concept of postnaturalism, and shares some of the surprising reactions his visitors experience along the tour.
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Richard Pell is a founding member of the highly acclaimed art and engineering collective, the Institute for Applied Autonomy. His work with IAA includes several robotic, web and biologically based projects that call into question the imperatives that drive technological development. IAA projects have been chosen for an Award of Distinction and two Honorable Mentions at the Prix-Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and were selected for RES Magazine’s 10 Best New Artists of 2005. His narrative and documentary videos explore the individual’s relationship to authority. His most recent video documentary entitled, Don’t Call Me Crazy On The 4th Of July, won the Best Michigan Director Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2005, took 1st prize at the Iowa International Documentary Film Festival has screened in numerous festivals internationally. In 2007 he was awarded a prestigious Rockefeller New Media Fellowship for the establishment of a new museum entitled The Center for PostNatural History.