Schema47 began as a self directed research group in 2015.

Taking an anti-disciplinary stance, we came together to develop frameworks, experiences and technologies which sit outside the traditional categories of art and science, to explore the nature of the world and our participation in it. In addition to our professional, creative and academic training, our discussions are informed by our unique lived experience and cultural backgrounds.

Through an ongoing collaboration we also hope to learn how scientists and artists can collaborate to enhance their own research projects and practices, questioning what kind of intellectual, practical and theoretical tools we can share.

@ortega_science <3 When are we going to talk about chaos and entropy?1 year ago
RT @ortega_science: Happy to be invited by @47Schema to discuss "what is life?" with an amazing mix of artists and scientists. #LifeInTheSh1 year ago
@ortega_science doing science! Preparing samples from mono lake to look for unconventional life… https://t.co/PBAlKvXEXo2 years ago
Checking out our girl @StickOnImprint's reel. Exciting things starting soon! 🎨 ❎ 🔬… https://t.co/Zs4i0DJxxM2 years ago
How can you see what can't be seen? Absentee - mirror, wood and helmet by E Aron Kang… https://t.co/84bekdtxlX2 years ago
<3 <3 Schema47 gets a mention via the premier of Prudence's amazing new song! https://t.co/iHUPVmhlXG2 years ago
When design meets neuroscience https://t.co/dOC54fa2qw via @verge2 years ago
art and science as avatars of human creativity - Mae Jemison2 years ago
Teaching art and science together. A TED talk 14 years old but still so relevant! https://t.co/jMjRHYbx8K2 years ago


Project 1.1

Life in the Shadows

Stage: Development

With support from:

The Jensen Lab (Caltech)
Boundaries of Life

For several decades, scientists have considered the possibility of a shadow biosphere, simple or complex organisms which coexist with conventional life on Earth, but which are fundamentally different and unseen.

Learn more >

Our core members have a fluid skill set, with experience in site specific installation, planetary science, literary theory, robotics, music and composition, computational biology, physics, movement, programming and user experience design.

  • Tom Nordheim is a roboticist and planetary scientist. His research focuses on the icy worlds of the outer solar system, such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus, which may be a habitat for life beyond Earth. He is currently a NASA postdoctoral research fellow in the astrobiology and planetary chemistry group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. As a roboticist and space engineer, he has worked on scientific experiments flown to the Earth’s stratosphere, instruments on rockets and satellites as well as robots which explored the subglacial lakes of Antartica. He holds a Bachelors degree in Space Science and Robotics from the University of Wales, a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University and a PhD in Space Physics from University College London.

    nordheim[@]schema47.com

    website / instagram / twitter
  • Sebastian Peters-Lazaro is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Northern California. He graduated from the Department of World Arts and Culture at UCLA, with a Major in Cultural Studies. Sebastian’s work in performance has taken him from Los Angeles, (Yu Dance Theatre) to Taipei (Sun-Shier Dance Theatre), to Melbourne Australia, where he co-founded Four Larks, to make “junkyard opera” in unusual locations. Sebastian acts as Choreographer/Designer/ Production manager of Four Larks. Last year, they returned to Los Angeles, working with the Getty Villa performance lab to develop Orpheus later staged in a textile warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, and just finished their critically acclaimed production of The Temptation of St Antony.

    Most recently, Sebastian has been a member of WXPT, a dance company formed by Los Angeles Artists Taisha Paggett, with residencies with Clock Shop at the Bow Tie Project, and at LACE in Hollywood. He also works art directing experiential pop ups for advertising firm HeLo in and around Los Angeles.

    sebastian[@]schema47.com
  • Davi Ortega is a computational evolutionary biologist. He holds a bachelors degree in physics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil and a PhD in computational biophysics from the University of Tennessee. During his career as a scientist, Davi worked in a variety of projects ranging from optical atomic clocks as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO to molecular dynamics simulations of bacterial chemoreceptor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the Titan supercomputer. Now, as postdoc at Caltech, he is interested in the underlying fundamentals that explains the evolution of complexity in biology.

    Davi also collaborates as a data scientist to the votenaweb.com.br, an initiative to empower citizens to influence, in real time, the choices of congressmen and senators in Brazil.

    ortega[@]scheam47.com
  • Prudence Rees-Lee is an artist who draws her training in classical and experimental music, literary theory, craft and computer programming to create collaborative interdisciplinary work with a focus on combining analogue and digital mediums. Her critically acclaimed solo album, Court Music from the Planet of Love touched on sounds from across the spectrum of popular and obscure music to create a quasi- orchestral psychedelic fantasia. Her music videos have been exhibited by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne International Animation Festival and resin craft work exhibited and sold in galleries internationally. Recently, she has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, and by residencies at The Getty Villa (US) and Flor de Sol (Bolivia). She has performed throughout Australasia, the United States and Europe and is a regular collaborator with award winning, experimental theatre company Four Larks.

    As a technologist she develops prototypes of digital interfaces, consults on content strategy and user experience and has a particular interest in machine learning and human computer interaction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Critical Theory) and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne.

    prudence[@]schema47.com / website / instagram / facebook
Tom Nordheim is a roboticist and planetary scientist. His research focuses on the icy worlds of the outer solar system, such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus, which may be a habitat for life beyond Earth. He is currently a NASA postdoctoral research fellow in the astrobiology and planetary chemistry group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. As a roboticist and space engineer, he has worked on scientific experiments flown to the Earth’s stratosphere, instruments on rockets and satellites as well as robots which explored the subglacial lakes of Antartica. He holds a Bachelors degree in Space Science and Robotics from the University of Wales, a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University and a PhD in Space Physics from University College London.

nordheim[@]schema47.com

website / instagram / twitter
Sebastian Peters-Lazaro is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Northern California. He graduated from the Department of World Arts and Culture at UCLA, with a Major in Cultural Studies. Sebastian’s work in performance has taken him from Los Angeles, (Yu Dance Theatre) to Taipei (Sun-Shier Dance Theatre), to Melbourne Australia, where he co-founded Four Larks, to make “junkyard opera” in unusual locations. Sebastian acts as Choreographer/Designer/ Production manager of Four Larks. Last year, they returned to Los Angeles, working with the Getty Villa performance lab to develop Orpheus later staged in a textile warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, and just finished their critically acclaimed production of The Temptation of St Antony.

Most recently, Sebastian has been a member of WXPT, a dance company formed by Los Angeles Artists Taisha Paggett, with residencies with Clock Shop at the Bow Tie Project, and at LACE in Hollywood. He also works art directing experiential pop ups for advertising firm HeLo in and around Los Angeles.

sebastian[@]schema47.com
Davi Ortega is a computational evolutionary biologist. He holds a bachelors degree in physics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil and a PhD in computational biophysics from the University of Tennessee. During his career as a scientist, Davi worked in a variety of projects ranging from optical atomic clocks as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO to molecular dynamics simulations of bacterial chemoreceptor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the Titan supercomputer. Now, as postdoc at Caltech, he is interested in the underlying fundamentals that explains the evolution of complexity in biology.

Davi also collaborates as a data scientist to the votenaweb.com.br, an initiative to empower citizens to influence, in real time, the choices of congressmen and senators in Brazil.

ortega[@]scheam47.com
Prudence Rees-Lee is an artist who draws her training in classical and experimental music, literary theory, craft and computer programming to create collaborative interdisciplinary work with a focus on combining analogue and digital mediums. Her critically acclaimed solo album, Court Music from the Planet of Love touched on sounds from across the spectrum of popular and obscure music to create a quasi- orchestral psychedelic fantasia. Her music videos have been exhibited by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne International Animation Festival and resin craft work exhibited and sold in galleries internationally. Recently, she has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, and by residencies at The Getty Villa (US) and Flor de Sol (Bolivia). She has performed throughout Australasia, the United States and Europe and is a regular collaborator with award winning, experimental theatre company Four Larks.

As a technologist she develops prototypes of digital interfaces, consults on content strategy and user experience and has a particular interest in machine learning and human computer interaction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Critical Theory) and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne.

prudence[@]schema47.com / website / instagram / facebook
Tom André Nordheim
Tom Nordheim is a roboticist and planetary scientist. His research focuses on the icy worlds of the outer solar system, such as Saturn’s moon Enceladus, which may be a habitat for life beyond Earth. He is currently a NASA postdoctoral research fellow in the astrobiology and planetary chemistry group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. As a roboticist and space engineer, he has worked on scientific experiments flown to the Earth’s stratosphere, instruments on rockets and satellites as well as robots which explored the subglacial lakes of Antartica. He holds a Bachelors degree in Space Science and Robotics from the University of Wales, a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University and a PhD in Space Physics from University College London.


nordheim[@]schema47.com
Sebastian Peters-Lazaro
Sebastian Peters-Lazaro is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Northern California. He graduated from the Department of World Arts and Culture at UCLA, with a Major in Cultural Studies. Sebastian’s work in performance has taken him from Los Angeles, (Yu Dance Theatre) to Taipei (Sun-Shier Dance Theatre), to Melbourne Australia, where he co-founded Four Larks, to make “junkyard opera” in unusual locations. Sebastian acts as Choreographer/Designer/ Production manager of Four Larks. Last year, they returned to Los Angeles, working with the Getty Villa performance lab to develop Orpheus later staged in a textile warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, and just finished their critically acclaimed production of The Temptation of St Antony.


Most recently, Sebastian has been a member of WXPT, a dance company formed by Los Angeles Artists Taisha Paggett, with residencies with Clock Shop at the Bow Tie Project, and at LACE in Hollywood. He also works art directing experiential pop ups for advertising firm HeLo in and around Los Angeles.


sebastian[@]schema47.com
Davi Ortega
Davi Ortega is a computational evolutionary biologist. He holds a bachelors degree in physics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil and a PhD in computational biophysics from the University of Tennessee. During his career as a scientist, Davi worked in a variety of of projects ranging from optical atomic clocks as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO to molecular dynamics simulations of bacterial chemoreceptor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory using the Titan supercomputer. Now, as postdoc at Caltech, he is interested in the underlying fundamentals that explains the evolution of complexity in biology.


Davi also collaborates as a data scientist to the votenaweb.com.br, an initiative to empower citizens to influence, in real time, the choices of congressmen and senators in Brazil.

ortega[@]scheam47.com

Prudence Rees-Lee
Prudence Rees-Lee is an artist who draws her training in classical and experimental music, literary theory, craft and computer programming to create collaborative interdisciplinary work with a focus on combining analogue and digital mediums. Her critically acclaimed solo album, Court Music from the Planet of Love touched on sounds from across the spectrum of popular and obscure music to create a quasi- orchestral psychedelic fantasia. Her music videos have been exhibited by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne International Animation Festival and resin craft work exhibited and sold in galleries internationally. Recently, she has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, and by residencies at The Getty Villa (US) and Flor de Sol (Bolivia). She has performed throughout Australasia, the United States and Europe and is a regular collaborator with award winning, experimental theatre company Four Larks.



As a technologist she develops prototypes of digital interfaces, consults on content strategy and user experience and has a particular interest in machine learning and human computer interaction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Critical Theory) and Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne.


prudence[@]schema47.com / website / instagram / facebook
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