Dr Miguel Santos is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher. His practice considers intersecting perspectives in art and science to investigate notions of subjectivity and its relation with Nature, which have been employed in the formulation of installations, sculptures, videos and photographic works that have been exhibited across Europe. In 2011, he was awarded a PhD in Fine Arts from Sheffield Hallam University for the research project: ‘Poetics of the Interface: Creating Works of Art that Engage in Self-Reflection’, which aimed at understanding the value of artists employing noise (disturbances) in the production of interfaces (e.g. films, videos, photographs, sculptures) and its implications on the observer’s interpretation and formation of the work of art.
The PhD was considered one of the best in the interaction of art and science in 2011/12 by a peer-review panel from the Leonard Abstract Service (MIT press). Dr Santos has been an artist-in-residence in the Arctic (Svalbard Islands), a visiting artist at the California Institute of Arts, and invited for a unique artist-in-residency programme at the German Cancer Research Centre (Heidelberg, Germany), introducing artists to synthetic biology methodologies and contributing to the overall discussion of this emergent research field. Currently, he is a Leverhulme Trust artist in residency at Durham University Geography Department.