Loretta "Maps Bolt" Hord is an artist, innovator, technoshaman, and paradigm changer focused on interspecies collaboration. With a background in biodynamic farming, environmental education, and reiki healing; Maps Bolt creates realistic pathways for humanity to manifest deeper connections with the earth. Whether traveling across the country via train hopping, woofing, hitchhiking, environmental education tours, or the circus; Maps Bolt looks to be eclectic in her experiences and use them to facilitate her work. Constantly learning new skills such as coding, energy healing, alternative farming methods, and AR/VR development, Maps Bolt looks to connect all of these disciplines into the pioneering of plant music applications and provides a unique user experience that makes plant vitality evident through sound. As founder of Biotunes, she uses multi-media, multi-sensory applications that translates bio-rhythmic energy of the plant into a musical notes and cymatic visual projection. Maps Bolt's loves to share and create new experiences that involve interspecies collaboration.
Bugz Fraugg is an artist, educator, organizer and clinical herbalist born and raised outside of NYC on Kitchawanc tribal lands, she is of mixed Irish and european ancestry, and currently lives in eastern Kentucky. She creates safe(r) communicative environments and novel platforms for healing, sharing stories and co-creating projects. As a clinician and organizer she has provided care for people during moments of political unrest and in the wake of natural disasters. She practices harm reduction and does her best to meet people where they are at, respecting that many people’s lives are far from safe and far from stable, and health interventions are best when they are accessible.
As an artist and organizer her work has taken her around the country and the world. With her art she explores participatory and collaborative practices in both improvised and longform settings. She uses puppet making techniques and reimagines them into a variety of forms, using art for contemplation, as well as rabble rousing. She aims to make all of her new projects with close to 100% materials gathered from either the earth or the waste stream, including paints. With every new project she is closer to realizing that 100% goal.
Senza Infinite is an MC, beat - maker, student mentor and video artist living in the Northeast.
Jessica Dolan (PhD) is a scholar, writer, and ethnobotanist. She has been working closely with First Nations since 2007, doing culturally-grounded, integrated environmental restoration, protection, education, and peacebuilding projects. She is a gardener, seedkeeper, basket weaver, sewer, paddler, and mom to a baby girl. She is contributing writing to Cimarron-Maz, along with exploring the possibilities of collectively rematriating ginseng plants to Northeastern Indigenous communities.