Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 10 July 2018

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
San Francisco, 10 July 2018, 7pm
c/o University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - Berman Room
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi and Tami Spector

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.

Leonardo ISAST and USF invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. The event is free and open to everybody. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
See below for location and agenda.
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Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: 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
  • 7:25-7:50: Rosanna Guadagno (University of Texas at Dallas) on "Women, Men, and Social Media use at Work: An Example of Peace Data" A social network analysis of men and women's social media use in the workplace... 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: Peter Maravelis (City Lights) on "Schizo-curation: Transcending the boundaries of spectatorship" Schizo-curation explores the development of cultural programs that communicate core ideas from avante-garde currents... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Vanessa Chang (Stanford/ Modern Thought and Literature) on "A Poetics of Mediated Movement" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • Vanessa Chang is a writer, scholar, curator and educator who builds communities and conversations about our virtual and physical encounters with new media and technology. She works with artists, dancers, scholars, technologists, coders and musicians to understand how we might live and move in a technologically mediated world with humor, grace, deliberation, responsibility, and a sense of play. Her first book project, Tracing Electronic Gesture: A Poetics of Mediated Movement, focuses on the choreographic coupling of human bodies and new media art of the 21st century. Examining hybrid human-machine gestures in such digital art objects and practices as virtual dance, electronic poetry and musical controllerism, she maps the potential of these kinetic engagements to generate new forms of sensory experience and creative agency. Her current research explores the emerging field of art and artificial intelligence. Bridging cultural representations of early automata and artificial intelligence in film, literature, and performance with the recent deployment of machine learning algorithms in art-making, this project considers how the erotic dimensions of this cultural past have shaped how we build our digital automata. She also writes about circuses, street art, hip-hop, disability, and digital motion capture, and has published essays in Popular Music, Animation: an interdisciplinary journal, American Music and in media res. Vanessa holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University, and is a Lecturer in Visual & Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. She is a Curator with CODAME ART + TECH. She was a Geballe fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, as well as the coordinator of the Graphic Narrative Project, a Stanford Humanities Center research workshop dedicated to comics, cartoons and other forms of graphic storytelling.
  • Rosanna Guadagno is a social psychologist who conducts research at Stanford's Peace Innovation Lab and who teaches Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas. She was previously at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at UC Santa Barbara and served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation for three programs. Her work has been widely published in scholarly journals and covered by mass media. Her forthcoming book is "Why We Click: The Psychology of Social Media."
  • Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of San Francisco Noir and San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics. He produces the noir reading and performance series, Subterranean SF. Together with international and academic partners he has produced numerous festivals celebrating the European avante-garde. These include Dada World Fair, Carnival Pataphysique, Fantomas By The Bay, Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco, Subtle Channels: An Oulipo Laboratory, Trajectories of the Catastrophic: The Life and Work of Paul Virilio, and others. He's been known to occasionally moonlight with private investigators.
  • 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. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008 and the Life Art Science Tech (LAST) festival in 2014. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.

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.

Extended abstracts

Abstract forthcoming...

This talk will report the results of a social network analysis of men and women's social media use in the workplace. Collected over 6 months, this data aggregates communication between employees at an Australian bank. Across 23 different communication dimensions, our results revealed that, compared to their male colleagues, women were more commutative with each other and with men. These results have implications for understand workplace dynamics and also provide a unique example of how big data can contribute to helping people understand best practices in technology use for the facilitation of positive interactions mediated by technology.

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.

Schizo-curation explores the development of cultural programs that communicate core ideas from avante-garde currents. Many of the methods employ breaking down the boundaries of spectatorship, blurring, cracking, distorting, and subverting the smooth surface of consensus reality. Serendipitous alignments are utilized to breach the borders of consumer-narcosis and encourage participants to heightened states of receptivity and engagement. The work of Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille, Marcel Maus, Donna Haraway, Alfred Jarry, and others is explored in the context of real-time pataphysical derives that rework physical as well as psychological landscapes.

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