dario robleto

Sounds in Outer and Inner Space: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Artist Dario Robleto presented a performative lecture expanding on the artist's extensive research into the heartbeat. Part storytelling, part original research, and part rare sound archive, this lecture wove together topics as diverse as the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat as sound and image, the heartbeat and brainwave recordings currently on a probe heading for the edge of the Solar System, pre-Edison sound recordings, and recent developments in the history of the artificial heart. The result was a creative intertwining of multiple histories of human exploration, in both outer and inner space. 
This event included a short post-lecture reception with the artist.


Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. He has had numerous national and international exhibitions, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as Rice University and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to “Breakthrough Message”—a multi-national effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent beings beyond Earth is successful. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.
Learn more about Robleto here.

Additional research materials suggested by Dario can be found here.

private Events for the RMCAD Community

The artist also participated in the following events with the RMCAD community.

Next Day Q+A Luncheon with Dario Robleto
Friday, December 2, 2016
RMCAD faculty, staff, and students joined the VASD Program and artist Dario Robleto for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night's lecture and a place to further engage with our special guest.

Studio Visits / Portfolio Reviews with Dario Robleto
Friday, December 2, 2016
VASD Program guest Dario Robleto conducted one-on-one studio visits/portfolio reviews with RMCAD students.

Dario Robleto's visit was made possible through generous support by RMCAD's Foundations, Commercial Photography, Art Education, Business for the Creative Industries, and Fashion Design Academic Departments. Thank you for your support.