Martin Calvino is fascinated with the use of computers as an expressive medium. He aims at applying coding and visual aesthetics principles to create engaging and meaningful artworks. He is currently artist-in-residence at the 'Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab' at the Computer Science Department of Rutgers University. He was a Senior Research Assistant at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong; and previously attended the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He holds degrees in Plant Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University (PhD) and Tsukuba University (MS), and in Molecular Biology from the University of the Republic of Uruguay (BS).
He conducted studies and works under the sponsorship of prestigious fellowships such as Fulbright (USA) and Monbukagakusho (Japan), and in 2012 received the Eileen Brennan Graduate Research Award from the department of Plant Biology & Pathology at Rutgers in recognition for his scientific output. Martin’s interest and work focuses on the integration of Art & Science, New Media Art and Tango, and artistic applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
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May - Sep 2018
Senior Research Assistant: artistic applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Worked as assistant to Lisa Park on her interactive art installation and exhibit 'Blooming', Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, USA
Sep 2017 - Apr 2018
Attended Masters of Professional Studies, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York City
Editor at Adjacent, a journal on Emerging Media published by ITP/IMA at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Worked on editing article to be published on 2nd issue
TechnoArte Latino: talks & performances featuring Latin artists living in USA that use digital technologies as central part in their creative process.
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, New Jersey
Approaching Uruguayan culture through the lens of New Media Arts: Consulate General of Uruguay in New York.
Nov 22 - December 8 2019 (upcoming)
Helitron Art digital artwork
Squares 2019 International Exhibition
CICA Museum, South Korea
Nov - December 2013
OQ Coffee Gallery: Exhibited 15 paintings (acrylic on canvas), selling 13 of them, Highland Park, New Jersey, USA
Electronic music performance at Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey for the undergraduate course in 'Music in the Caribbean' for the Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Department - Invited by Instructor Bob Ramos
Video-art projected as accompaniment to experimental sound piece by Lu Wang.
Performed at Consulate General of Uruguay in New York
1+1=3 Collaborative performance between students from ITP and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. I created visuals and performed them live accompanying live music from Olivia Reid and Jack Kleinick (aka Howard Loomis), New York City
Visual interpretation of LinkedIn Economic Graph: research-based art with on site visit, written discourse and website link, New York City
Art created for John Michael Colon's podcast 'General Inquiry', Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Digital edition of acrylic on cardboard painting was acquired by private collector, Philadelphia, USA
Digital edition of the artwork named 'Atardecer Geometrico' was acquired by private collector, Philadelphia, USA
Dec 2018 - to present
Artist-in-residency at the 'Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab' at the Computer Science Department of Rutgers University
Art, technology and science: research-based art at the intersection of plant genomics with short onsite residency at GEN, Center for the Arts and Sciences, Montevideo, Uruguay. Created art and wrote discourse
Sep - October 2016
Art, technology and tango: research-based art with onsite residency at the Laboratory of Computerized Languages, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of the Republic of Uruguay
Artistic rationalization of 'sustainable intensification': research-based art with on site residency at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Montevideo, Uruguay with written discourse and website link
TechnoArte Latino - Princeton Public Library, Princeton NJ
Talked about 'Geometric And Genomic AbstractionISM' and the 're-intepretation of tango culture through the lens of multimedia arts'.
'Approaching Tango Culture from the Perspective of Multimedia Arts' talk at Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey for the undergraduate course in 'Music in the Caribbean' for the Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies Department - Invited by Instructor Bob Ramos
College of Arts Association Conference, Hunter College, NYC
Creative Expression at the intersection of Tango and New Media Arts: Consulate General of Uruguay in New York.
Creative Expression at the intersection of Tango and New Media Arts: Music And Audio Research Laboratory at NYU-Steinhardt. Talked about my work in music visualization, motion capture of tango dancers, sound stories and short films inspired on tango.
Seminario Internacional de Narrativas Hipertextuales, Montevideo, Uruguay: talked about algorithm art I created inspired on concepts from plant genetics
Virtual Symposium on Information & Technology in the Arts & Humanities: talked about my transition from a career in plant sciences to entrepreneurship to art
'Noema Magazine': Post-polyploidy sub-genome evolution of glitch art (full text)
'Nación Eléctrica': Webzine of Electronic Music from Chile featured 'looping_thoughts', my first release of electronic music under the label 'Bandurria Records'
'NOEMA Magazine': A Framework for the Integration of Art & Science
'CLOT Magazine': Martin Calvino - scientific knowledge conveyed in artistic form http://www.clotmag.com/martin-calvino-conveying-scientific-knowledge-in-artistic-form
'Interalia Magazine': Emerging Ideas:' Martin Calvino: Post-polyploidy subgenome evolution of glitch art (summary of work) https://www.interaliamag.org/emerging-ideas/martin-calvino-post-polyploidy- subgenome-evolution-of-glitch-art/
'Art Uncovered' radio podcast with Kimberly Ruth BTRtoday: http://www.btrtoday.com/listen/artuncovered/martin-calvino/
August-November 2019 (upcoming)
Videokanava’s FEM4 Contemporary Art Exhibition & World of Tango Festival
Tampere - Finland
Screening of short films 'Ocho Cortado', 'Cuatro Palabras', and 'Dance What You Read'
FILE - Electronic Language International Festival
SESI Gallery of Art - Sao Paulo - Brazil
Screening of audiovisual piece 'MOVE WITH ME'
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Screening of animated GIF
The Lift-Off Sessions Online Film Festival - Vimeo On Demand
Screening of 'Ocho_Cortado: altered realities of a tango dream' short film. Created, directed and produced by Martin Calvino
Proyecto Rotatoria - screening of two tango-related audiovisual works in the format of animated GIFs CineClub Municipal Hugo Del Carril, Cordoba - Argentina URLs:
MOTIF Film Festival (Fairbanks, Alaska), screening of 'Cuatro Palabras' tango short film created, directed and produced by Calvino M. URL: https://www.motiffy.com/programmotiffilmfestival2018
'looping_thoughts' - album of electronic music with tango lyrics created using machine learning. The album was released under Record Label 'Bandurria' URLs: https://bandurria.io https://martincalvino.bandcamp.com/album/looping-thoughts
Calvino M, "Procedurally Generated Artworks Based On Multiple Sequence Alignment Of Orthologous Gene Copies," Leonardo Journal (ACCEPTED)
Calvino M, "Computational art inspired on genome browsers," Leonardo Journal (ACCEPTED)
Martin Calvino lives between New Jersey / United States and Uruguay, and frequently travels to different cities and countries. He can be contacted at and you can friend him on Facebook. When not working, he likes dancing tango with his wife. He also creates artworks in collaboration with his seven years old daughter, as there is no age for creative exploration