Bresler Residency: Krista Caballero – Birding the Future

Outoor installation photo of Mid-Atlantic Series by Kate Warren for Arts in Foggy Bottom, 2016Birding the Future by Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg, 2016. Photos by Kate Warren.

Krista Caballero is an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues of agency, survival, and environmental change in a more-than-human world. Moving freely between traditional and emerging media, her work creates situations for encountering alternative systems of knowing and perceiving.

In 2010, she created Mapping Meaning, an ongoing project that brings together artists, scientists and scholars to explore issues of ecological complexity through experimental workshops, exhibitions, and transdisciplinary research

She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and in 2009 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  Her work has been presented across the United States as well as internationally in exhibitions and festivals such as the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai, “Paradoxes in Video” at Mohsen Gallery in Tehran, Balance-Unbalance International Festival in Australia, and “A New We” at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway. In 2017 Caballero was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for Birding the Future, a collaborative project with Frank Ekeberg. 

Caballero is currently the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity program at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. This honors program brings together students from all majors to explore emerging technologies and their impact upon the world (


Birding the Future is an interdisciplinary project that explores current extinction rates by specifically focusing on the warning abilities of birds as bioindicators of environmental health. The installation invites visitors to listen to extinct bird calls and to view visionary avian landscapes through a set of stereoscopic cards and video. This ongoing project investigates how declining bird populations signal profound changes across our entire planet, and considers what might happen when we can only see and hear certain species through technology.

While in residence a large-scale sculptural Kaiserpanorama, modeled in part by those seen in archival photographs, will be created for the next phase of the project. This interactive installation will include a number of viewing stations where people will have the ability to look through a pair of lenses showing stereoscopic (3D) images and video.

Birding the Future is in collaboration with Frank Ekeberg

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About the Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency: In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts at Rockville. This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo exhibition at VisArts.

For more info on the Fleur And Charles Bresler Residency click, click HERE.