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.
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
Jinxia Niu (Author and Journalist) on "Chinese creativity and innovation in the 21st century"
"Innovation" can have wildly different meanings in modern China and in the USA... Read more
Gary Boodhoo (Videogame designer) on "TBA"
Abstract forthcoming... 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.
Janet Rindfleisch (Author) on "The Blossoming of Silicon Valley's Arts Community"
The story of the development of the arts in Silicon Valley has just begun to be told... Read more
Pantea Karimi (Media Artist) on "(Re) Visualizing Medieval Science"
How art can revisit medieval science... Read more
- Discussions, networking
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
- Gary Boodhoo combines videogames and machine learning to create interactive science fiction. A Jamaican-born industry veteran, millions of players around the world use the interfaces he invented for games including Madden NFL, The Sims, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and The Elder Scrolls Online. His work examines how digital environments overlap real ones.
- Pantea Karimi (Media Artist) has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the UK and the US and presently resides in San Jose, California. She is a printmaker and painter and also holds a professional degree with work experience in graphic design, all of which have influenced her fine art aesthetic and practice. Karimi earned her MFA in printmaking and painting from San Jose State University in 2009. She also holds an International Diploma in printmaking and glassworks from Hastings College of Arts and Technology in England in 2004 and an MFA in graphic design from the University of Art in Tehran, Iran, in 1999. Karimi's fine arts and graphic works have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, the UK and the United States. Her prints and digital works have been exhibited in various venues in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Mexico, the UK, and the United States, including the de Young Museum and the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, the Google Company in Mountain View, the NASA Research Center in Sunnyvale, the San Jose City Hall, the New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts, and Platform in Munich, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award; the 2010 Distinguished Artist Award by the City of Cupertino Fine Arts Commission; and the 2011 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative Fellowship. Karimi's current work is an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, particularly, Persian, Arab and European and the long-term exchange of knowledge across these cultures. She works with a wide range of materials and uses installation and 2-dimentional forms as well as video projection to create a novel and dynamic visual interpretation of the scientific concepts and ideas presented in the manuscripts.
- Jinxia Niu is a Chinese journalist and author. She has published special reports on "The rise of Wechat" and on Alibaba's founder Jack Ma. In 2015 a number of her articles on big data were included in the book "Big Data Combat" that she edited. She has interviewed scores of influential business people, writers and politicians. In late 2015 she began a project with Silicon Valley author Piero Scaruffi that consists in a series of interviews about the future of technology and society. The book was published in 2017: "Humankind 2.0". In 2016 she was awarded the top prize for journalism in the Zhejiang province of China (population 54 million people). She is routinely called "a Buddhist nun" because of her passionate interest in all things Buddhist. She has memorized several Chinese classics, written in ancient Chinese that most Chinese people can't even read.
- 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. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008.
Address and directions:
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117
Fromm Hall - Berman Room
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Fromm Hall is behind the church, best accessed from Parker Ave.
Mainland China has staged one of the most impressive economic booms in the
history of the world, without a single recession in 30 years. The nationa is
now undergoing another transformation, from a manufacturing-based economy
to an IT-based economy. The Chinese like talk nonstop about "innovation",
but "innovation" can have wildly different meanings in the USA and in China.
The story of the development of the arts in Silicon Valley has just begun to be told. Its art history is filled with people who were often marginalized, people who stood up to the status quo, people with the guts and love to persevere and build a community that nourished all, at a time when that was not easy to do. It's time to tell the story. How did we get from the largely monochromatic, exclusive, and repressive landscape of the 1970s to where we are now? Silicon Valley blossomed in the last quarter of the 20th century with the formation of arts offshoots, spin-offs, and startups that tapped into the area's increasing ferment of ideas and involved myriad supporters across all walks of life.
Pantea Karimi presents and discusses her medieval scientific manuscripts research project; the process of research and image-making, use of materials and representation of ideas. She also presents the work she is currently developing at her 6-month Fellowship Residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.
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