Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of August 2009

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, 12 August 2009
c/o SETI Institute
515 N. Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043

An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at the intersections of the Arts and Science.

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi (p@scaruffi.com)
Part of a series of cultural events
Sponsored by: ZKM|Center for Art and Media

Leonardo ISAST and SETI Institute invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. See below for location and agenda.

The event is free and open to everybody. Feel free to invite relevant acquaintances.

Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com . Admission is limited.

Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, and time for casual socializing/networking.

In order to facilitate the networking, feel free to send me the URL of a webpage that describes your work or the organization you work for. I will publish a list on this webpage before the day of the event so that everybody can check what everybody else is doing. (Not mandatory, just suggested).

See also...

  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: August 12, 2009

    Where: SETI Institute

    515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA What:
    • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
    • 7:00-7:30: David Stork (Ricoh Innovations and Stanford Univ) on "When computers look at art: Rigorous image analysis in humanistic studies of the visual arts". New computer methods have been used to shed light on a number of recent controversies in the study of art. How do these computer methods work? What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is computer image analysis changing our understanding of art?
    • 7:30-8:00: Darlene Lim (NASA) on "Learning by doing: A Hitchhikers' Guide to the Scientific Training of Moon and Mars Bound Astronauts" Humans are set to return to the Moon. Astronauts will to be chosen from a variety of backgrounds. As we train them for their missions, we also want to put the heart and soul of humanity back in space exploration. We will focus on teaching them how to think and operate as field scientists and not just proxy scientists, by training them in Field Science and Exploration camps, notably at at Pavilion Lake , an artist's paradise. This will give them the chance to learn in a social environment, as humans do best. The experiment at Pavilion Lake will also include an artist in residence program.
    • 8:00-8:30: BREAK
    • 8:30-9:00: Irene Chien of Berkeley's Center for New Media on "Embodied Gaming from Dance Dance Revolution and Wii to Biofeedback Gaming" Embodied Gaming from Dance Dance Revolution and Wii to Biofeedback Gaming Video games have been traditionally pathologized for turning players into passive thumb-twiddling zombies sucked into the virtual space of the computer screen. But video game interfaces from Dance Dance Revolution to Guitar Hero to Wii Fit now urge players to get up and move. They direct us away from the screen and toward player's real bodies, calling unprecedented attention to the curious ways our bodies occupy both digital and physical space.
    • 9:00-9:30: Laura Granka (Google and Stanford Univ) on "Applying Ethnography to Search" People acquire information from a number of different sources, and online search is only one part of this equation. By conducting ethnographic research in homes and offices, we are better able to capture the number of different tools, techniques, and sources that people use for information discovery. At Google, I have conducted a great deal of research to better understand how all of these elements factor into the information seeking process. I'll share the insights I've learned from this research, as well as discuss how fostering effective collaboration with design and engineering teams has enabled Google to turn user behavior research insights into actionable ideas for product development and design.
    • 9:30: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.
    • 9:30pm-10:00pm: Discussions, more socializing You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

    • Irene Chien is a PhD candidate in Film and New Media at UC Berkeley. She writes and teaches about race and gender at the intersection of cinema and new media, including a column "Camera Ludica" for Film Quarterly.
    • Laura Granka is a User Experience Researcher at Google, Inc, and is working towards her PhD at Stanford University. She has spent the past seven years studying how people look for information, specifically in online search environments. Laura has approached information discovery through several research methodologies, including the behavioral (eyetracking), the implicit (clickthrough data), and the qualitiative (ethnography). Laura has applied these key learnings towards improving UI design and result ranking algorithms while at Google. She has authored over 20 publications and presentations on this topic.
    • Darlene Lim is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center and is the Principal Investigator of the Pavilion Lake Research Project (www.pavilionlake.com). She has conducted field work from the Arctic to the Antarctic and specializes in limnology (study of freshwater) and geobiology.
    • Piero Scaruffi is a cognitive scientist 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. 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). He has also written extensively about cinema, literature and the visual arts. An avid traveler, he has visited 124 countries of the world.
    • David Stork is Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations and was Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University, where he has taught "Light, Color and Visual Phenomena," "Pattern Classification," "Optics, perspective and Renaissance painting," and other courses. He holds 35 patents and his five books include Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision and Holography with D. Falk and D. Brill and Pattern Classification (2nd ed.) with R. Duda and P. Hart and the forthcoming Computer image analysis in the study of art with Jim Coddington. He has taught the first courses in this new field, and lectured at the National Gallery London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Museum of Modern Art, The Louvre, Venice Biennale, and other museums.

    Address and directions: 515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043.
    Phone: 650-961-6633
    Directions to SETI
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