Mangroves & Emirati Folk Tales by Alexis Gambis

Mangrovia (as part of exhibit "Mangroves from the Water")

Inspired by the Emirati folk tales delving into the worlds of Fatouh, the mangrove guardian, I will shoot this coming Fall a short video essay exploring on a micro and macro scale the intricate connections that mangroves have to the UAE environment and its heritage.

The Fly Room in Post-Production by Alexis Gambis

The Fly Room feature is now in post-production. After, color correction and sound mixing in January and February, it will be submitted to festivals starting early March.

Stay tuned for more information and visit The Fly Room website for additional updates and documentary material that will be trickling out over the next few weeks.

The Fly Room Feature Wraps Principal Photography by Alexis Gambis

After 21 days of production in July from the inlands of the Hudson Valley to the outskirts of Brooklyn, The Fly Room principal photography has officially come to and end. We have had an amazing cast/crew spanning the worlds of fine art to science. We now begin the phases of pick-ups, mainly focusing on capturing the different stages of life of the fruit fly. At the end of the month, we head to Asheville, North Caroline to film Betsey Bridges for her 95th birthday – this will be the epilogue of the film that spans a century of genetics, memories and life.

The Fly Room Lab Featured in the New York Times by Alexis Gambis


“Pioneer Works host a genetics class, a film set and lots of flies”

April 23, 2013
New York Times / Science Times

A hundred years ago, in a cramped lab at Columbia University, a series of fruit-fly experiments led to the birth of modern genetics. The legendary Fly Room will be re-created, with brass-knobbed microscopes and hundreds of insect-filled milk bottles, at a summer exhibit in Red Hook that will serve as the set for a feature film. The project is the brainchild of Alexis Gambis, a French-Venezuelan geneticist and filmmaker who founded the Imagine Science Film Festival. While the room is under construction, Dr. Gambis will offer a three-night course examining how visual techniques, from ink drawings to fluorescent imaging, have advanced the field of genetics. Students will learn to tell male flies from females under a microscope and will start to breed flies with new traits as the century-old lab grows around them.

To register for the class: “Fly Microscopy: Origin of Gene Research”, visit Pioneer Works and click on this link.

Co-Directed Short Film "La Boheme" Presented as part of Mara G. Haseltine Exhibit at Agnes B. Galerie Boutique by Alexis Gambis

Co-directed a short film as part of Mara G. Haseltine Exhibition La Bohème: A Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril
March 9 – April 28, 2013

Opening Reception with the Artist: March 9, 6pm – 8pm
Live Opera Performance at 7pm

agnès b. Galerie Boutique 50 Howard Street NYC 10013

February 28, 2013 (NEW YORK) agnès b. is pleased to announce the opening of La Bohème: A Portrait of Our Oceans in Peril an exhibition by New York-based artist Mara G. Haseltine.

Directing a Science Web Series "My Mind's Eye" For Scientific American by Alexis Gambis

My Mind’s Eye Series launches today on Scientific American with a discussion on consciousness followed by brain-inspired music from The Amygdaloids.
Ned Block is a professor of philosophy, psychology and neural science and is considered a leading thinker on the subject.

What is Consciousness? Go to Video!
Scientific American | Mark Fischetti | January 28, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to learn about brain and mind from leaders in the field, and be entertained at the same time? Welcome to My Mind’s Eye, a series of interviews about topics such as the mind-body problem, free will, memory, emotion, and on and on, each themed with a song from the rock band, The Amygdaloids. My Mind’s Eye is hosted by NYU neuroscientist, Joseph LeDoux, and directed by Alexis Gambis. The first three interviews are with philosopher Ned Block, cognitive neuroscientist Mike Gazzaniga, and Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist Eric Kandel.

Hosting Brainwave LunchMatter Series @ Rubin Museum of Art by Alexis Gambis

The Buddha said that everything is illusion. What did he mean by that? This sixth edition of Brainwave will enlist the aid of neuroscientists to help us understand how the perception of our world is shaped by the surprising adaptability of our brains. Brainwave includes talks, special film screenings followed by discussions, The Memory Palace (an interactive workshop), Lunch Matters, and Cabaret Cinema.

I will be hosting a series in April of short film and discussions for LunchMatters that explore the illusionary lines of reality and irreality. Join us to distinguish elements of fiction and non-fiction in scientific filmmaking.

Teaching at the New School Spring 2013: A Chemical Narrative of the Cell by Alexis Gambis

Starting late January 2013, I will be Adjunct Faculty at the New School teaching a Spring semester course entitled: A Chemical Narrative of the Cell. The poster image was created in November 2012 and represents my take on the course mixing narrative structure with notions of both chaos and order. The classroom becomes the cell where some elements are methylated, folded, or solitary within the delimited zone.

The post image will be used as a means of making visible our unique, interdisciplinary curriculum. The flyers will be posted all over the Eugene Lang Cafe wall, and can be seen when when you enter the main building.

Course Description
Through a narrative and visual journey, the course will discuss fundamental chemical principles and apply this understanding to appreciate the details of a cell at the molecular level. We will explore the underlying chemistry that lead from atom to the assembly of important complex macromolecules, such as DNA and proteins. The course will use visual representations and imaging to present chemical phenomena, to help make the unseen seen, and to help students understand, describe and study the building blocks of life. Assignments will incorporate film, animation and visualization exercises to further demystify chemical principles, structures and reactions.