Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of August 11

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, 11 August 2010
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:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the University of Illinois' eDREAM Institute,
the University of Calabria's Evolutionary Systems Group,
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology,
SETI Institute

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-Tech Rooftop Party
  • FITC Conference
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • 2010 01SJ Biennial
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: August 11, 2009

    Where: SETI Institute

    515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA What:
    • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking. During the evening anyone in the audience is welcome to present their work in 30 seconds.
    • 7:00-7:30:
    • Shona Kitchen (San Jose State Univ's CADRE) on "Hyper-functional Landscapes and Art" Airports are a work of art in themselves; an aesthetic framework for routing people through the microcosm of airline travel. Airports have what one might call a "captured" audience, creating a perfect place for art to take advantage and send the traveler on an alternative journey within a journey.
    • 7:30-8:00:
    • Leila Takayama (Stanford Univ and Willow Garage) on "Throwing Voices" Audio projection technologies in our everyday environments throw our voices to new locations in ways that influence our experiences of closeness, comfort, and dominance. Psychological experiments demonstrate several ways that the spatial locations of projected voices influence how well we perform on tasks, how psychologically distanced we become, and how we feel about each other.
    • 8:00-8:30:
    • Fred Kuttner (UC Santa Cruz) on "Can Quantum Mechanics Save Science from Newton's Sleep?" Newtonian physics and its sequelae in the sciences including biology and psychology point to a comprehensible yet pointless universe. Quantum mechanics may offer a way out, but there are dangers.
    • 8:30-9:00: Roger Malina (CNRS Marseille) on "What is the climate artist?"
    • 9:00: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.
    • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

    • Shona Kitchen is an international multidisciplinary artist/designer. Graduating in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London, she continued for several years within the Interaction Design Department, while running her own London-based design partnership KRD (Kitchen Rogers Design) until 2004. Now Residing in California, Kitchen is a parttime professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University's "CADRE Lab" and serves as a thesis advisor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her projects are realized using a network of collaborators, working with manufacturers on practical commissions such as interactive museum exhibits and public artworks and with scientists and large corporations on research based conceptual projects that create foundations for more applied projects to follow. Most recent works are a multi-site electronic installation DATA NATURE (Hooker & Kitchen) centered at San Jose International Airport, conceptual housing project ELECTROPLEX HEIGHTS (Hooker & Kitchen) part of a touring exhibition commissioned by Vitra Design Museum & Art Center Pasadena, DOMESTIC WILDERNESS CHANNEL (Shona Kitchen) a site-specific exhibition at Montalvo Arts Center, DREAMING F.I.D.S., commissioned for San Jose International Airport that combines forms and technologies derived from familiar airport information and security systems with an aquatic ecosystem, and THE GREEN CORRIDOR for Deptford Creek in East London, a 328-foot long, 10-foot high solar-powered billboard.
    • Fred Kuttner is currently Lecturer in Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds degrees in physics from MIT and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is coauthor with Bruce Rosenblum of Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness, published by Oxford University Press.
    • Roger Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a specialty in space instrumentation and optics, previously Director of the NASA EUVE Observatory at U.C. Berkeley and Director of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille CNRS). He serves on the Comite National of the French CNRS for astronomy and on the French National Commission on Cosmology. He is also Chairman of the Board of Leonardo/International Society for the Arts/Sciences and Technology in San Francisco and President of the sister association in Paris.
    • 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. 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). He has also written extensively about cinema, literature and the visual arts. An avid traveler, he has visited 121 countries of the world.
    • Leila Takayama is is a research scientist at Willow Garage, studying human-robot interaction. She holds a PhD and MA in Communication from Stanford University (2008) as well as BAs in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley (2003). The work she is presenting is from her doctoral dissertation on Throwing Voices: Investigating the Psychological Effects of the Spatial Location of Projected Voices, which won the Nathan Maccoby dissertation award. http://www.leilatakayama.org

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