TEAM

Carlo Ventura

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Carlo received his M.D., the Ph.D. in Biochemistry and the Specialization in Cardiology from the University of Bologna, Italy. He spent several years at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences of the N.I.H. – N.I.A. in Baltimore, MD, USA. He is Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy, and Director of the Stem Wave Institute for Tissue Healing (SWITH) – Ettore Sansavini Health Science Foundation-ONLUS (Lugo, Ravenna, Italy). He is Chief of the Division of Bologna of the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems (NIBB), including the NIBB Research Units of Bologna, Firenze, and Siena, Italy, and Director of the Experimental Cardiology Unit of the Institute of Cardiology at the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2011, he founded VID, Visual Institute of Developmental Arts & Sciences (www.vidartscience.org), a dynamic movement focused on rethinking the human interaction with Arts and Sciences to promote a consciousness shift and the deployment of transformative technologies into well-being paths and self-healing potential.
He devoted his studies to the molecular dissection of myocardial cell growth and differentiation, discovering nuclear endorphin receptors and signaling responsible for stem cell cardiogenesis. He developed new moelcules with differentiating and paracrine logics for cardiovascular regenerative medicine. He discovered the ability of extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields and radioelectric fields to enhance stem cell pluripotency, and afford direct reprogramming of human dermal skin fibroblasts to myocardial, neuronal and skeletal muscle lineages. He provided evidence that properly conveyed electromagnetic fields were able to revert stem cell senescence, disclosing novel perspectives in stem cell based therapies. He found that stem cells are extremely sensitive to acoustic vibrational signatures. These findings paved the way to the use of physical energy in stem cell science.

Julia von Stietencron

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Julia is a Designer and fiber/textile artist. She worked for haute-couture and high-end-designer brands for many years. Her work concentrates on manipulation of fiber and textile, using different dying and printing techniques. She is well known for her art-to-wear, for her sculptorial volumes and mixing together many artisanal transcultural skills. In 2011 she co-founded the VID art|science and is since then the Artistic director.
Julia von Stietencron realized a great number of large-scale textile sculptures and multisensorial textile rooms.
She specialized over the years in interactive fiber-landscapes working to deploy these environments into well-being paths, supporting people with suffering from physical and mental disorders.
Recent main achievements:
The Artistic Directorship of the Event “The Art Side of Blood”, during the International Festival of Science in Genoa (October 23 to November 3, 2013).
Here, Julia von Stietencron created the installation “Blood Morph”, a work that has staged a place made of shapes, lights and sounds that tell the story of the journey of the blood. In this work the morphogenetic plans through which life unfolds were represented by tissues forged within minimal surfaces (surfaces that locally minimize their area), signifying the state of singularity from which the Life itself enters the scene of the Universe. The work was permeated by beams of light and sounds that represent the continuous flow of information in the form of oscillations of energy and acoustic vibrations, two elements that increasingly emerge at the basis of cell homeostasis, fashioned through the rhythmical timing of molecular signals. In this, as in other installations of Julia von Stietencron, the sounds brought on stage are those actually produced by stem cells, recorded with a sophisticated atomic force microscope (AFM), able to perceive on a scale of very fine mechanical vibrations emitted from single cells.
The presentation of the textile installation entitled “Memories Network”, at the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna (Mambo), on 14 and 15 March 2014.
This work represented the emergence of a new informational paradigm in science: our cells express a double memory, that of the current history of adult tissues in which they reside, and that of an ancestral state that goes forth like a time machine to start the clock when the body comes from a singularity, the fertilized oocyte. Through its lights and sounds the installation “tells” of this information that still speaks to us as mutant vibration.
The Cover Image in Volume 2 (issue 2, March 2014) of CELL-R4 (a prestigious international journals in regenerative medicine).
This publication recognizing the international acknowledgment of meta-disciplinary approach of the Artist has been derived from another textile installation of Julia von Stietencron representing the beginnings of life as a world of constant self-assembly of forms in the presence of rhythms orchestrated by physical energies. ( HYPERLINK “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ftWdExdpWA”www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ftWdExdpWA).
“Gardens of Suspended Nature”.
Hanging Gardens among textile warps and wefts that are a Place of multisensory suggestions capable to overcome the canonical concept of the garden, traditionally seen as a “belted”/ surrounded place (GARD = Hart, from which the English Garden, encircle, surround. Geard, from which the English Yard). One of the fundamental actions of this process is to remove the garden from the fence, suspending it out of the time and space in which we use to see a piece of fenced nature. The new branch opened by this research is to make possible an experience of nature suspended by the Art: aerial appearance between dream and reality, observed and lived from another point of view, akin to the very meaning of VID.
Creating Environments for Multisensory Modulation.
This goal stands as a synthesis of a path where the textile installations and works of Interior Design are “revisited” as living entities with unprecedented “hyperfunctions”, including sensory and tactile perception, implementation and electrical connectivity. Such an environment is expected to place the individual or groups of individuals within a relaxing habitat, capable of providing stimuli, impressions and perceptions caused or facilitated by the fact that the installation will be able to emit lights and sounds in an interactive and dynamic manner with the present parties, who are seen not as observers but as participating subjects in language that goes far beyond the verbal communication.
Creation of installations embedding nanostructured electro-conductive textile fibres.
This project is based on the development of textile structures with yarns containing poly (3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene) (PEDOT), an electro-conductive nanopolimer. Through this strategy, Artists and Scientists aim at creating three-dimensional textile sculptures that may conduct electricity at low voltage, modulating the appearance of special patterns of lights/colors. The textile installation itself becomes an interactive entity responding to a number of biological parameters of the observer/explorer, including the heart rate and its variability as a function of breathing (Heart Rate Variability), as well as the electrical conductivity of the skin.

David Muehsam

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David  is a specialist in the biophysical transduction mechanisms and therapeutic applications of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). He has practiced meditation and yoga since the early 1980’s and has taught extensively around the world, leading workshops and yoga teacher-trainings in the US, EU, Asia and S. America. Dr. Muehsam holds a degree in Physics from Hampshire College, Amherst, USA, and PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna. His work in bioelectromagnetics began in 1991 at the Bioelectrochemistry Laboratory at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, NY, USA, with emphasis on EMF biophysical interaction mechanisms and therapeutics. Dr. Muehsam has authored extensively on biophysical mechanisms of EMF bioeffects, EMF therapeutics, mathematical modeling of EMF bioeffects, alternative and complementary medicine and has conducted studies on Pranayama and Qigong practices. Dr. Muehsam is the Director of Technology Development for the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Global Coherence Project, organizations dedicated to the study of consciousness, mind/body interactions and healing, and is Senior Biophysicist for Rio Grande Neurosciences. Dr. Muehsam is also an internationally recognized yoga/meditation teacher. He has studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga schools, and his practice and teaching is deeply influenced by the traditions of Satyananda Saraswati and the Thai Theravada lineage of Ajahn Chah. Dr. Muehsam has received written authorization from K. Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, holds Certificate IV in Teacher Training and Assessment from the Australian Government, Yoga Alliance 500-Hour certification, completed yoga teacher training with Richard Freeman, and founded the Fana Yoga teacher training school, internationally certifying yoga instructors. Dr. Muehsam has extensive international teaching experience, leading workshops and teacher-trainings, in recent years in Australia, Chile, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Dr. Muehsam is also an accomplished musician, performing on flute and saxophone since childhood. As a child and young adult he was exposed to the musical influences of New York City and Western Massachusetts, and he began to perform professionally as a teenager. His primary musical mentor is Yusef Lateef, with whom he maintained a close relationship for 15 years while living in the USA, and he has also studied with Ray Copeland, Jimmy Giuffre, George Garzone, Barry Harris, John Castellano, and more recently, Garry Dial, Antonio Hart and Allaudin Mathieu. In India, David studied bansuri flute with Ravi Shankar Mishra and All India Radio Artist Sri Upadhyaya. David has worked with his own groups, and performed with Emery Smith, Chris Daily, the Fred Clayton International Rhythm Connection, African Chic, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and others. His experiences living and working in a variety of cultures have given him a deep interest in World Music, the use of music for healing, the potential benefits of yoga/meditation for reducing stress, improving emotional and mental well being, and how this could lead to a better understanding of health and healing.

Gianpaolo Salbego

Titolare e 1° percussionista dell’Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, già insegnante di percussione al Conservatorio di Rovigo, didatta e musicologo, svolge attività cameristica come interprete, direttore e compositore.
Dirige artisticamente importanti ensemble musicali, tra cui Octandre, che in breve si colloca come uno dei principali gruppi europei di musica del novecento. In questa veste collabora con l’Accademia Chigiana di Siena e col M° Donatoni che dal 1983 al 1997 impiegano Octandre come gruppo ospite.
Viene chiamato alla direzione di due edizioni delle Pépinières (laboratori di studio patrocinati e sostenuti dal Ministero alla Cultura francese e dall’Unione Europea) e diventa membro del direttivo del Coordinamento musiche d’oggi che associa le principali istituzioni musicali e accademie della sua città. Nel 2000 coordina le attività di Musicattuale in Bologna città europea della cultura.

Nel 1989 fonda l’associazione Musica Attuale di cui è Presidente e che si rivolge ai segni della multimedialità con particolare riferimento all’evoluzione informatica e all’accostamento tra linguaggi artistici diversi (vocalità, pittura, grafica, arti plastiche, teatro, ecc.).
Collabora con l’Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna alla realizzazione delle tre edizioni della Rassegna Internazionale di Composizione “Alfeo Gigli”.
Svolge un’intensa attività didattica rivolta alle giovani generazioni nella scuola dell’obbligo e nei conservatori, curando alcune importanti proposte didattiche in collaborazione con i Teatri e i Provveditorati di Bologna, Ferrara, Modena, con il Teatro Alla Scala di Milano e la casa editrice Ricordi che gli commissiona e pubblica un testo specifico sulla didattica della musica. Conduce attività promozionale e svolge lezioni presso l’Università di Bologna.
Dal 1990 è art director della casa editrice musicale Agenda che in breve si colloca come punto di riferimento per la creatività musicale contemporanea italiana ed europea, oltre a svolgere attività di musicologo e produrre e comporre opere multimediali. Nel 2014 realizza il Laboratorio Percussioni del Conservatorio GB Martini di Bologna e coordina il circuito di festival OfficinaMusicaAttuale. Nel 2015 è chiamato alla direzione musicale di VID arte/scienza.

Tania Re

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Tania is psychologist, Medical Anthropologist and expert in naturopathic medicine.
 She is founder member of the Unesco Chair “Health Anthropology, Biosphere and Healing systems” inside the University of Genoa (IT) and she is currently researcher by the Phytotherapy Centre in Tuscany named CERTIF (IT) with a project on Teaching Plants and States of Consciousness. She teaches Ethnomedicine and Medical Anthropology in the Integrative Medicine Master in the University of Florence.
Research Interests are focused to understand the traditional healing systems processes connecting mind, body and spirit in different cultures with an interdisciplinary groups that involve physics, medical doctors and anthropologists. The basis of the research is to integrate old and different knowledge inside the health system. She continues doing her field research in the Amazon forest with the Ashanika group.

Patrizia Tondino

Patrizia is Naturopath “Heilpraktiker” School of Natural Medicine of Urbino. Personal Trainer Csen-Coni, therapist and cook food “La Sana Gola di Milano”, facilitator DMOKA and Quantum Attitude, Theta Healing, and Coach Smoevy. Organize Seminar on Health and Wellness with natural methods.

Simona Ventura

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Simona is landscape Architect. Co-founder of the Agrisophia Landscape. Graduated from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). Completed several specializations in outdoor design, such as the post-graduate specialization course on “Outdoor design in urban areas” at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Milan and the specialization course on “Restoration of historic parks and gardens” at UIA – International University of Art – Florence. Is a member of AIAPP (Italian Association of Landscape Architecture) and has taken part in various outdoor design competitions, obtaining recommendations and awards. Has been holding conferences and writing for specialized journals for years. At the present time, she is a Lecturer in Urban Design and Garden Design at the Polo Michelangelo Design Institute of Bologna. Member of UNIFE Green Design Lab, Engineering Department in Ferrara

Silvano Cristiani

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Silvano is an agronomist, Co-founder of the AGRISOPHIA LANDSCAPE. Graduated from the University of Bologna, is a Lecturer in agronomy and is specialized in biodynamic farming techniques. Founder and President of a pioneering project concerning the management of a large peri-urban green belt situated in Casalecchio di Reno (BO), where research and experimentation work takes place in collaboration with Bologna’s University of Agriculture. Deals with agronomic issues and the application of biodynamic techniques in project design. Has been holding conferences and writing for specialized journals for years.

Yuri Dini

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Yuri Dini: Artistic director of Yurta Maktub project and Il Teatro della Beffa (Company).
Graduated in Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna.
From 2010 he is guiding Ritual Theatre and Butoh dance workshops in Italy and Europe.
He’s part of several music projects (UmTum, Codeina B Project, Eremo).
In the last ten years he has been performing in several Countries (Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Sweden, Albany, Ireland…). He practices Yoga, Tai-Chi and holistic medicine.