Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of December 2009

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, 9 December 2009
c/o SETI
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,
School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the University of Illinois' eDREAM Institute,
the University of Calabria's Evolutionary Systems Group.

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
  • Berkeley's New Media Center
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Almost Scientific
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: December 9, 2009

    Where: SETI Institute

    515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA What:
    • 6:30pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking. Anyone in the audience is welcome to describe in 30 seconds what they are working on.
    • 7:00-7:30: Chris Chafe (Stanford) on "Making Music in Data-Rich Environments" The material of music now includes possibilities from the vast and accessible "datascape" that we're able to hook into via computers and media. The lecture will traverse musical projects which have engaged data in many forms, from internet traffic and computer animation, to real-time environmental sensors as musical performers.
    • 7:30-8:00: Brad Drda of the Recology San Francisco (formerly San Francisco Dump) on "The Art of Recycling" An overview of the Artist in Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal and will focus on a few of the 70 artists who have had residencies. I will also discuss recycling, the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch and sustainability.
    • 9:00-9:30: Cindy Stokes (Photographer) on "Dynamic Form" A discussion of 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.
    • 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

    • Chris Chafe is a composer/ cellist / music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University where he directs the center and teaches computer music courses. His doctorate in music composition was completed at Stanford in 1983 with prior degrees in music from the University of California at San Diego and Antioch College. Two year-long research periods were spent at IRCAM, and the Banff Center for the Arts developing methods for computer sound synthesis based on physical models of musical instrument mechanics. Two recent discs of his works are available from Centaur Records.
    • Brad Drda is the environmental manager for Recology San Francisco. He manages energy efficiency and renewable power projects at Recology San Francisco facilities and is an adjunct instructor at the University of San Francisco's Environmental Management program.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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