November 2023

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Blumenfeld joined the Moon Village Association’s Cultural Considerations Working Group along with Planetary Scientist Prof Ian Crawford (Birkbeck College, University of London) for a webinar panel discussion titled, “Moon Rocks: Study and Inspiration.” Blumenfeld discusses and gives a demo of her pioneering project, Astromaterials 3D, and how this research archive/public artwork relates to her art practice as a whole. Prof Crawford discusses the impact the Apollo Mission rock samples have had on our understanding of the Moon and the origin and evolution of the solar system. The webinar was held virtually on November 14, 2023, at 5.30 CET.

April 2023

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Artist Erika Blumenfeld and gallery director Kerry Inman in conversation on April 8, 1:00pm. The two discuss Blumenfeld’s latest print project, Tracing Luminaries, and Blumenfeld presents on the history of the Women Computers who inspired the prints, the printmaking process itself, questions of conservation and historical preservation at large, the rich scientific discoveries behind the glass plates, and more.

December 2022

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Blumenfeld talks with Radio France’s Affaires Culturelles host, Arnaud Laport, about her art practice, focusing on her longtime interest in light and the cosmos, and her experience at the McDonald Observatory. Affaires Culturelles is a France Culture radio show that is “committed to culture and creation by getting closer to artists, showing how culture is IN society, that it is its reflection, vibration, and sometimes even premonition.”

December 2022

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Blumenfeld discusses all things art, science, and space rocks on “Houston, We Have A Podcast,” the official podcast of NASA Johnson Space Center, with host, Pat Ryan, and colleague, Jeremy Kent, geologist and Apollo sample curation processor. Find HWHAP Episode 263: Astromaterials 3D on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and SoundCloud—or click on the link below to listen directly from NASA’s website.

August 2022

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Blumenfeld gives a talk on August 30, 2022, as part of Project PHaEDRA’s “Behind the Scenes” Summer Series, hosted by the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Blumenfeld discussed her soon-to-be-released Tracing Luminaries print edition in collaboration with Island Press, and the hand-marked notations made by Harvard’s Women Computers in their work with the Harvard Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection.

January 2022

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For this live-streamed event, “Ecologies of Meaning in Art, Science, & Technology Collaborations,” transdisciplinary artist Erika Blumenfeld (2000 Creative Capital Awardee) moderated a conversation with transmedia artist Stephanie Dinkins (2019 Creative Capital Awardee), environmental artist Xavier Cortada (2022 Creative Capital Awardee), and Mónica Bello, head curator at Arts at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics). Each shares brief presentations about their respective work across art, science, and technology, and discusses the perceived boundaries, entanglements, and kinships of these fields, considering the contributions artists can make in collaboration with the sciences.

October 2021

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Blumenfeld gives her talk, Elemental Empathy: Deep Listening Across Deep Time, at the 4th Designing for Empathy Summit, held online from October 27-29, 2021. The inaugural Summit in 2018 was hosted by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, which became the seed for the annual event to foster compassion and universal ethics and expand our understanding of the role of empathy as a pathway to care, compassion, and love. (Blumenfeld’s talk begins at the 02:33:00 mark in this conference session)

August 2021

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Project PHaEDRA’s Summer Art Series which is hosted by Wolbach Library at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics welcomes Erika Blumenfeld to discuss Tracing Luminaries, her new print edition with Island Press which focuses on the visual language and mark-making developed by the Harvard Observatory Computers in their research with Harvard’s Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection.