Amy M. Youngs

AMY M. YOUNGS creates biological art, interactive sculptures and digital media works that explore interdependencies between technology, plants and animals. Her practice-led research involves entanglements with the non-human, constructing ecosystems, and seeing through the eyes of machines. Working both alone and with collaborators, she has created installations that amplify the sounds and movements of living worms, indoor ecosystems that grow edible plants, a multi-channel interactive video sculpture for a science museum, and community-based, participatory video, social media and public web cam projects.

Youngs has exhibited her works nationally and internationally at venues such as the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre in Norway, the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Australia, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Spain and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. She has earned awards such as the Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, published articles in Leonardo and Antennae Journal of Nature in Visual Culture and her work has been profiled in books such as, Art in Action, Nature, Creativity & our Collective Future. She has lectured widely, at venues such as the Australian Centre For the Moving Image in Melbourne, Australia and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. In the 1990’s she graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Art and worked at the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum as an educator and interactive exhibit technician. On a full merit fellowship, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA in Art and Technology.

In 2001 she joined the faculty at the Ohio State University where she is currently working as an Associate Professor of Art, leading interdisciplinary grant projects and teaching courses in moving image, eco art and art/science.