Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 11 October 2018

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

Stanford, 11 October 2018
c/o Stanford University
LiKaShing building - Room TBA
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.
Where: Stanford University, LiKaShing building - Room TBA
There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 6pm.
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: David McConville (Buckminster Fuller Institute) on "Beyond the "Whole Earth" Remote sensing technologies increasingly serve as humanity's sensory prosthetics... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: David Bates (UC Berkeley) on "The History and Theory of Artificial Intelligence" 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.
  • 8:10-8:35: Carrie Partch (Stanford Biochemistry) on "Circadian Rhythms" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Hughen/Starkweather (Visual Artists) on "Consumerism and cellular transformation" Magnifying, dissecting, and layering forms, words, and images found in the printed media... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

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See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Archive of past LASERs
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
  • Other recommended events
    • David Bates is a...
    • Amanda Hughen has exhibited her work in museums and galleries internationally, including the Asian Art Museum (CA), the Berkeley Art Museum (CA), Danese (NY), Knoedler & Co. (NY), and White Columns (NY). She has been an artist-in-residence at the DeYoung Museum of Art (CA), the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA), and Yaddo (NY). Hughen received an MFA from UC Berkeley, where she was awarded a full Block Grant Fellowship and the Eisner Prize. Hughen/Starkweather (her collaboration with the artist Jennifer Starkweather) has been commissioned to create a permanent artwork on the glass exterior of the Union Square Central Subway station, which will open in 2017. She lives and works in San Francisco.
    • David McConville is co-founder of Spherical, an integrative design and research studio based in Oakland, CA. His research explores how attempts to visualize the world enact new perceptions of it. David currently serves as chairman of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which catalyzes comprehensive design approaches to complex global challenges. He is co-founder The Elumenati, a design and engineering firm developing immersive display environments. He has a PhD in Art and Media from the Planetary Collegium at the University of Plymouth.
    • Carrie Partch is...
    • 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. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.

    Extended abstracts:


    For the past decade, artist Amanda Hughen has created visual representations of cellular transformation by layering fragmented imagery from architecture, biology, and consumer goods. Her work refers to the loaded gun theory of illness: genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger. In years of researching disease and cellular mutation for this project, and as the topic became more personal because of her own genetic makeup, she faced a huge amount of information on the subject in science journals and news media. Multiple articles on a similar topic often contained contradictions, redactions, and institutional agendas. Defeated by the limitations of scientific certainty and by the bias of news media, she has recently turned her gaze to mainstream media, namely, the newspaper of record: the New York Times. In her current series of work, Hughen magnifies, dissects, and layers forms, words, and images found in the printed pages of the New York Times as her search for answers takes a quixotic, absurdist turn.

    Half a century ago, photographs of Earth from space were first broadcast around the world. Initially celebrated for their sublime beauty, they have since transformed into ambivalent icons representing both planetary consciousness and existential angst. Today, remote sensing technologies increasingly serve as humanity's sensory prosthetics, expanding potential interpretations of the meaning of the "whole Earth." They illuminate phenomena across previously invisible spatial, temporal, and spectral scales, revealing the complexity and interconnectedness of Earth's systems. In this presentation, I explore how visualizations of satellite observations can transform perceptions of our home planet and their paradoxical effects on collective sensemaking.

    Abstract forthcoming

    Abstract forthcoming

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    The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Stanford Deans of Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; Medicine; and Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Continuing Studies; and the Office of Science Outreach.