Fran(cisco) Gallardo is an engineer and cultural “thingker" whose background includes studies in biochemistry, computing and space systems engineering. His work primarily explores the ecology of interfaces between social, environmental and technological systems within the Environmental Art Activism movement. To do so, Fran develops culturally embedded systems; i.e., critical speculations on the place of technology and ecology in culture. He currently is a PhD Candidate in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University. Fran also (counter)sails in the Thames Estuary with his boat, the Queer Mary.