Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 13 December 2017

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
UC Berkeley, 13 December 2017
Soda Hall (corner of Hearst and LeRoy), Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series. The event is free and open to everybody. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking. This event is kindly sponsored by the Minerva Foundation.
Where: UC Berkeley
Soda Hall, Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
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Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Shiry Ginosar (UC Berkeley/ A.I.) on "A Century of Portraits" Using Artificial Intelligence to mine historical portraits for determining each decade's style elements... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: John Bischoff (Composer & Mills College) on "Free Association: Snapshots of an Electroacoustic Musical History" From electro-acoustic music to computer network music... Read more
  • 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
  • 8:10-8:35: Allen Saakyan (Eureka! Science Comedy) on "The Greatest Story Ever Told" Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? ... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Meredith Drum (Video Artist) on "Effect/Affect: New and Old Media for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Art Projects" The production of socially and ecologically engaged art projects requires specific forms and tools... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Archive of past LASERs
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • CODAME
  • Other LASER series
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
  • Other recommended events
    Bios:
    • John Bischoff, Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, is a pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He has performed all over the world and received numerous awards. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world's first computer network band. From 1985 to the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Two important retrospective CD packages documenting computer network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik). Recordings of his work are also available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Centaur, and Artifact Recordings. A solo CD titled Audio Combine was released a few years ago on New World Records and was picked as one of the "Best of the Year 2012" by WIRE magazine.
    • Meredith Drum creates experimental cinema as fictions, essays and documentaries in the form of linear videos, interactive installations, printed books, place-based movement research and mobile media projects. Her work has been supported by grants and residencies from a range of institutions including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, iLand, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Wassaic Project, the Experimental Television Center, Wave Farm Transmission Arts, ISSUE Project Room, HASTAC and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Meredith exhibits frequently in New York City, and has also recently been included in international exhibitions in Dubai, Mexico City, Rio, Brighton (UK), Manizales (CO), Paris, Copenhagen, and Valencia (ES).
    • Shiry Ginosar studies Computer Vision at the Computer Science Department of the University of California Berkeley working with Professor Alyosha Efros. Previously she was a Human Computer Interaction researcher. She spent some time as a Visiting Scholar at the CS Department of Carnegie Mellon University, working with Professor Luis von Ahn in the field of Human Computation. More recently, she was part of Professor Bjoern Hartmann's lab at Berkeley. In between she spent four years at Endeca as a Senior Software Engineer.
    • Allen Saakyan is a polymath, empath, and science communicator propelling unconventional concepts like world peace & sustainable colonization of planets and stars. He hosts and produces Eureka! science comedy shows, Worlds Fair future festivals, and The Simulation - his newest series asking global leaders humanity's most thought-provoking questions. Allen mentors entrepreneurs around the world and is a sought after speaker, emcee, and life coach.
    • Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature.

    Extended abstracts:

    Bischoff
    My presentation will trace a path that outlines my own musical history and experience of experimental music, focusing particularly on electro-acoustic music. Some of the examples I will discuss originate in acoustic music traditions and I include them because they have played an important part in my approach to working with electronics. The phrase “free association” in the title refers to both the connections between ideas that I will be suggesting, and to the free association in Computer Network Music—a musical form I will be talking about—between players, between notes, and between musical parameters. Captioned images of the computer technology my colleagues and I have used, starting from about 1977, will accompany my discussion.


    Ginosar
    Many details about our world are not captured in written records because they are too mundane or too abstract to describe in words. Fortunately, since the invention of the camera, an ever-increasing number of photographs capture much of this otherwise lost information. This plethora of artifacts documenting our "visual culture" is a treasure trove of knowledge as yet untapped by historians. We present a dataset of 37,921 frontal-facing American high school yearbook photos that allow us to use computation to glimpse into the historical visual record too voluminous to be evaluated manually. The collected portraits provide a constant visual frame of reference with varying content. We can therefore use them to consider issues such as a decade's defining style elements, or trends in fashion and social norms over time. We demonstrate that our historical image dataset may be used together with weakly-supervised data-driven techniques to perform scalable historical analysis of large image corpora with minimal human effort, much in the same way that large text corpora together with natural language processing revolutionized historians' workflow. Furthermore, we demonstrate the use of our dataset in dating grayscale portraits using deep learning methods.


    Saakyan
    Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Get ready to dive into a laconic explanation of spacetime, evolution, consciousness, machine intelligence, and simulation theory as we learn to better understand our world and our future trajectory.


    Drum
    Questioning the effect and affect of the use of specific forms and tools, both high and low tech, for the production of socially and ecologically engaged art projects, I will critique two of my own recent works: Fish Stories Community Cookbook and the Oyster City AR Walking Tour.


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