Media artist & Landscape architect & Assistant Professor at USC Architecture
Aroussiak Gabrielian is an environmental designer and bioartist with training in architecture, landscape architecture, and media arts. Aroussiak is also presently an Assistant Professor at USC Architecture and the co-founder of foreground design agency. Through her creative and scholarly works, she has extensively researched alternative environmental futures and has received recognition for her imaginative and thoughtful speculations. Her work has been acknowledged by numerous prestigious international awards and has been featured in many renowned publications including Fast Company, CBC, Forbes, and beyond. One of such works has been her thought-provoking Near-Extinction Rituals, which aims to help us re-think our interactions with both human and non-human agents on this planet. Aroussiak has also been the recipient of the 2021 Creative Armenia-AGBU Fellowships.
Astrophysicist & Scientist, Founder of STARMUS Festival
Dr. Garik Israelian is a renowned astrophysicist whose works have had an immense impact on the global scientific community. An inspiring thinker, he devoted his life to science, publishing more than 250 scientific articles on subjects ranging from the discovery of extrasolar planets to the properties of low mass x-ray binaries with black holes and neutron stars. In 1999, Dr. Israelian led the team which made an incredible discovery, finding the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of stellar-mass black holes. But science is far from his only talent – an all-around curious mind and musician, he compiled a unique library of acoustic sound waves produced within the bodies of stars. The research is what inspired Dr. Israelian to join forces with Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and legendary guitarist of the band Queen to create STARMUS Festival uniting incredible minds over their passion for astronomy, space exploration, sciences, music, and art.
Anush Ter-Khachatryan is a writer and the director of programs at Creative Armenia, helping to discover, develop, and produce creative artists for the digital age. She's the co-author and the writer of the comic book Mashtots: A Not-So-True True Story.