Workshop: Blind & Kaleidoscopic.

Experimental illustration workshop. ITP, NYU. 2018 | Blind butterflies and kaleidoscopic eyes, or how to draw like an insect is a drawing workshop, inspired by insects and dedicated to the work of naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. This workshop will explore the creative process of drawing through fast strokes, unexpected compositions and different techniques. Mistakes are embraced as part of the finals compositions of our own plates. A scientific illustration is one that communicates visually the structure and specific details of biological subjects, this workshop aims to develop skills of close observation and plastic exploration.

  • Maria Sybilla Merian is considered one of the founders of Ecology. Insects were her leitmotif, she looked and depicted the natural world as no one did before, she went on expeditions to South America and financed her publication long before it was fashionable. This workshop is dedicated to her.


Public installation | Digital Collage.

Graphic interventions for public space. A series of large scale prints that were part of ‘Año 16/16: Shakespeare+Cervantes, a commemorative project for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s deaths. A project for Bogota’s Teatro Colón and Instituto Caro y Cuervo.

Public installation.

ⓒ Nathier Fernández, 2015. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

sleep [‘S’, ‘L’, ‘IY1’, ‘P’] no [‘N’, ‘OW1’] more [‘M’, ‘AO1’, ‘R’]

This assignment it’s inspired in my current lack of sleep and anxiety. I think my code failed, which is ok. And it failed because at the moment it didn’t create a poem that made sense, mixed with the other texts or to be honest created a poem. But some outcomes are worth to be shown. The original texts come from Hamlet and Macbeth mental breakdowns, Kate Tempest “Let them eat chaos” album and wikipedia description of insomnia


-Devise a new poetic form and write a computer program that generates texts that conform to the poetic form you devised.-

This is an experiment that follows the idea of a poem encoded inside the DNA / RNA of a virus [Aichi virus] which is part of my thesis process. I created a jupyter notebook for this exercise based on Allison Parish class notes. The poem uses part of the first chapter from The book of Genesis.

Text experiments and dada poems

This last poem follows the double helix of the chemical structure of DNA. It takes the first line of the Genesis book; changing the word ‘God’ for ‘virus’ and the word’Spirit” to “DNA” or “RNA”

Future NASA rovers – fiction stories

I started with the Dada poem example and work with an article that talks about the difference between astrological and mathematical black holes from Quantum magazine. I found the theme had a lot of poetry by itself.

“There are astrophysical black holes, and then there are mathematical ones. Astrophysical black holes sit in galactic centers, emit jets of hot plasma, and on occasion swallows stars. You have heard of those. Mathematical black holes, on the other hand, serve as the focus of physicists’ thought experiments. They are not formed from collapsing stars, they have existed forever, and they sit in an empty universe. They may be infinitely large, have perfect mirrors around them, or extend into six dimensions of space. You have heard of those too, but maybe you didn’t notice

First Dada Poem: Blackholes.

Then the Opportunity Mars rover was finished its mission and I found the last message from it so beautiful that I wanted to imagine future explorers and their whereabouts.

So I created another Dada poem with the thank you tweet from the Curiority Rover. Which became the following poem:

Then, I used the A house of dust poem to create the future whereabouts of the next exploration NASA rovers. I’m really happy with the outcome, more than poems they are small science fiction stories.

This is one of my favorites: