Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of August 2011

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Stanford, 3 August 2011
c/o Stanford University
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.

Leonardo ISAST and Stanford Continuing Studies 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. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs.

RSVP to p@scaruffi.com (not required but appreciated).

Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, 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...

  • Stanford events calendar
  • DASERs
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Bay Area Science Festival
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: 3 August 2011

    Where: Stanford University
    Building/Room: Geology Corner, Bldg 320, Room 105 (Stanford map)


    • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
    • 7:00-7:25:
    • Ken Eklund (Game Designer) on "Massively Seeking Susan: Connecting Strangers Through Gameplay" Don't believe those who dismiss it as some sort of game: Zorop is real, and so is the Great Zoropathetic Warp, the fabric of human connection woven whenever strangers find something in common. Is it possible that just by visualizing simple human connections we can make the world a better place?
    • 7:25-7:50:
    • Jonathan Trent (NASA) on "Space-time traveling in the here and now: How did we get here and what's next?" A broad perspective on our place in the history of the biosphere and the future of civilization with an emphasis on energy
    • 7:50-8:05: 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.
    • 8:05-8:30:
    • Robert Edgar (Art Institute) on "The Simultaneous Opposites Engine" Programs that let the artist jump through videos and reconstruct them in real time, playing the video and its audio like improvising with a musical instrument.
    • 8:30-8:55:
    • Cindy Stokes (Photographer) on "Dynamic Form" Photographs and comments on some of the universal principles involved in the image structures. Formations in the macroscopic world resemble the structure and pattern of cells and tissues revealed by a microscope.
    • 8:55: 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

    • Robert Edgar is a digital media producer presently living in the Bay area. Robert creates and employs software engines to examine mediated artifacts forged at his zone of proximal development. His engines include Memory Theatre One (1985), Living Cinema (1988), Sand, or How Computers Dream of Truth in Cinema (1992), Memory Theatre Two (2003), and Simultaneous Opposites (presently under development). He holds an MFA from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, presently works at Stanford University, and teaches at the Art Institute of Sunnyvale.
    • Ken Eklund is a game designer and a thought leader in the area of serious games and collaborative gameplay for the social good. He is the creator of World Without Oil, a landmark massively collaborative alternate reality game, and currently team lead on EVOKE, "a ten-week crash course on changing the world." Ken has long been interested in the positive social effects of games and open-ended, creative play. Ken and his partner on ZOROP, Annette Mees, both seek ways to use technology to create new narrative forms and experiences - he approaches it as a game designer, she is a director of immersive theater in London. Both believe "participation through play can make stories more personal, meaningful and adventuresome." Zer01 Artist in Residence.
    • 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). An avid traveler, he has visited 135 countries of the world. His latest book is A History of Silicon Valley, coauthored with Arun Rao, and his first ebook was "A Brief History of Knowledge" (2011), available on Kindle.
    • Cindy Stokes is a photographer and systems biology consultant living and working in the Bay Area. She focuses closely on the curious details of the world, having fun with structural and spatial complexity and ambiguity in her abstracts and still-lifes.
    • Jonathan Trent is the lead scientist on Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae)-a system to produce microalgae for biofuels, food, and fertilizer, while treating wastewater, sequestering carbon, and promoting environmentally sustainable aquaculture. Jonathan has conducted research in microbiology and molecular biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the University of Paris (Orsay) in France, and at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School in the USA. He moved to Argonne National Laboratory to study environmental bioremediation, before going to NASA Ames Research Center, where he is currently working. At NASA he has contributed in the fields of Astrobiology and Bio-Nanotechnology and, in 2007, he founded GREEN (Global Research into Energy and the Environment at NASA), which ultimately led to Project OMEGA. In addition to his position at NASA, Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Department at UC Santa Cruz and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

    Registered so far:
    • Jozef Adut
    • Andrea Ayalon
    • Etan Ayalon
    • Anne Babel
    • Rohit Balu + 2
    • Yasemin Baydaroglu (Singularity Univ)
    • Tom Boettcher (Singularity Univ)
    • Paula Brogan
    • Mary Buxton
    • Will Buxton
    • Laura Cassidy-Rogers (Stanford)
    • Cynthia Corn (Singularity Univ)
    • Alec Dara-Abrams
    • Anna Davidson (UC Davis, bioartist)
    • Robert Edgar (Sunnyvale Art Institute)
    • Ken Eklund (Game Designer)
    • Carla Enfield
    • Sam Falkenhagen (Stanford)
    • Amir Farrahi
    • Arne Folkedal
    • Antonio Forenza
    • Curt Frank (Stanford)
    • Anand Ganesh
    • Zann Gill (Author)
    • Jessica Gillis
    • Claudia Goebel (Singularity Univ)
    • Tejas Gupte
    • Mona Hammoudeh (Singularity Univ)
    • Jennifer Joy +1
    • Ted Kamins
    • Amber Kerk (Stanford)
    • Daniel Kottke
    • Simone Lackerbauer
    • Tomas Laurenzo (Universidad de la Republica / Microsoft Research)
    • Josie Lehrer (Singularity Univ)
    • Sylvie Leotin (Tech Atelier)
    • Beverly Lengquist (Stanford)
    • Joe Leung (Stanford)
    • Sara Loesch-Frank (Artist)
    • Uri Lopatin (Gilead Sciences)
    • Sofia Lozano (Notre Dame de Namur)
    • John Mabey
    • Margarita Marinova (NASA)
    • Shannon May
    • Roberto Miller (Filmmaker)
    • N.Nagaraj
    • Gajan Nagaraj
    • Seana McNamara
    • Sharron McPherson (Singularity Univ)
    • Roy Natian (Singularity Univ)
    • Roy Nierenberg
    • Andrew Pope
    • Donald Prolo
    • Nora Raggio
    • Trudy Myrrh Reagan (Visual artist)
    • Kathy Richardson
    • Piero Scaruffi (Author)
    • Justin Seipel (Purdue)
    • Viraj Shah
    • Shareen Singh
    • Vineeta Singh
    • Cindy Stokes (Photographer)
    • Shobana Sundaram
    • Teng Sun (Stanford)
    • Raya Tanakit
    • Jonathan Trent (NASA)
    • Barbara Tversky (Stanford)
    • Kathy Ushiba
    • Wim van Schooten
    • Brinkley Warren (Singularity University)
    • Shenandoah Weiss
    • Jonathan Zilberg (Jakarta Institute for the Arts)

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