Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 11 September 2018

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
San Francisco, 11 September 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.
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Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: John Bischoff (Composer & Mills College) on "Free Association: Snapshots of an Electroacoustic Musical History" From electro-acoustic music to computer network music... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50:
  • Clair Brown (UC Berkeley) on "Buddhist Economics" 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: 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
  • 8:35-9:00: Caroline Sinders (Buzzfeed) on "Emotional Data and Participatory Design" Sustainable methods to think about studying online violent data inside of social networks... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • 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.
  • Clair Brown is Professor of Economics, Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society, and past Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Berkeley. Clair has published research on many aspects of how economies function, including development engineering, high-tech industries, the standard of living, and discrimination. Today Clair works on how our economic system can provide comfortable, meaningful lives to all people in a sustainable world. Her graduate students in Development Engineering work on technologies to improve people's lives in low-income regions. Her undergraduate students apply Buddhist economics to evaluate financial risk of fossil fuel companies in order to push for fossil-free public pension portfolios. Clair and her students have developed a holistic measure of economic performance based on the quality of life for California. This index integrates inequality, environmental degradation, nonmarket activities, and consumption to provide an inclusive measurement of sustainable economic performance. Read about Clair's life and work in Eminent Economics II (Szenberg and Ramrattan, eds, Cambridge U Press). The Labor and Employment Research Association honored Clair with their Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to improving workers' lives. She practices Tibetan Buddhism. Learn more about Clair and listen to podcasts on Buddhist Economics at www.buddhisteconomics.net.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Caroline Sinders is a machine learning design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, artificial intelligence, abuse, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Caroline is a designer and researcher at the Wikimedia Foundation, and a Creative Dissent fellow with YBCA. She has held fellowships with Eyebeam, the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured at MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Biennale, as well as others. Caroline holds a masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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

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.

"Emotional Data and Participatory Design" explores sustainable methods to think about studying online harassment, trauma, and violent data inside of social networks while design with and for a community.


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.

Photos and videos of this evening