About Lead Researcher
Heidi Gustafson is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher born and raised in Bothell, Washington. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA ’05), University of Baltimore and California Institute of Integral Studies (MA ’14). She’s been a professional researcher and creative educator for over 15 years. She studied with several world-renowned scholars of integrated research, including cultural astrologer Richard Tarnas, Native American aesthetics expert Melonie Ancheta, I Ching master Yi Wu and Tibetan mystical poetry translator Steven D. Goodman.
When she is not working in the studio, she collaborates with her sister, scientist Claire Gustafson, a post-doc research fellow at Stanford who studies inner life of the microbiome. Or works with her father, Gregg Gustafson of Anuraco, a global leader and innovator of real-time environmental monitoring systems.
About Early Futures Research
Early Futures is an integrative research studio led by Heidi Gustafson. In collaboration with artists and researchers worldwide, she works at the intersection of primordial matter and human consciousness. Of greatest concern is the conservation and renewal of endangered places, languages, ways of being. Tenuous places of mind and overlooked locales of earth. Current projects focus on iron-based pigment technologies.
Founded in 2009, Early Futures originally worked in the field of development of perception + imagination in early childhood. We documented a lot of weird stuff kids said and drew and did. We connected future studies thinking to early childhood education. Outcomes from one of our core projects, the Children’s Think Tank, lead us to follow new research in contemplating the affects of imaginal practice and exercise.