Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of December 8, 2016

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

Stanford, December 8, 2016
c/o Stanford University
School of Medicine - Alway building - AlwayM112
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. The event is free and open to everybody. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
Where: Stanford University, School of Medicine - Alway building - Alway M112
There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 4pm.
What (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Cheryl Leonard (Composer) on "Music from High Latitudes" Making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions. Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: Mark Nelson (Co-director, Stanford Peace Innovation Initiative) on "Technology for Peace" The Peace Innovation Lab is an initiative from Stanford's Persuasive Tech Lab... 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: Enar de Dios Rodriguez (Photographer), Thomas Juffmann (Stanford/ Physics and SEEC Photography) and Phillip Haslinger (UC Berkeley/ Physics) on " Photography at the Speed of Light" Photographing light as it travels across objects... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Caterina Zhang (Media Artist, China) on "Multi-dimentional representation of Oriental Art" [live from Shanghai] We are bridging ancient Chinese culture and contemporary high-tech culture... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
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See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Archive of past LASERs
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
  • Other recommended events
    • Cheryl Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers and bones as musical instruments. Leonard uses microphones to explore the intricate sounds hidden within these instruments and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices they contain. She has also composed numerous soundtracks for film, video, dance and theater, and created sounds for museum exhibits Her commissions include works for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor and Michael Straus.
    • SEEC Photography is a collaboration of artist and photographer Enar de Dios Rodriguez und two physicists, Philipp Haslinger (UC Berkeley) and Thomas Juffmann (Stanford University). Having met during their studies in Vienna, the trio is now based in and around San Francisco.
    • Mark Nelson is co-director of Stanford's Peace Innovation Initiative. A former relief-worker, investment banker, and social entrepreneur, Mark Nelson founded the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, where he researches mass collaboration and mass interpersonal persuasion. Mark focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He has described a functional, quantitative definition of peace, in terms of technology-mediated engagement episode quantity and quality across social difference lines; he has identified innovative, automated ways to measure peace, both at the neighborhood and global level; and he has developed a formal structural description for peace data. He leads the Global Open Social Sensor Array Project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Mark's mission is to create an entire new, profitable industry, where positive peace is delivered as a service. other projects include epic global challenge and peace markets. mark is also a researcher and practitioner at Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, and a member of Stanford's Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.
    • 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.
    • Caterina Zhang, based in Shanghai and trained in Italian literature and international communications, is the founder of GENESIS OpenLab, as well as an independent curator and promoter of Art+Tech concepts. She is currently working on organizing an edition of the L.A.S.T. Festival in Shanghai. GENESIS OpenLab is the emanation of a collective of artists and hackers in Shanghai with strong background in new media art, virtual reality and interactive technology, with the aim of promoting a cross-disciplinary concept of Art + Tech, with special focus on interactive digital art.

    Extended abstracts:

    We describe a science-art project that investigates how light moves across objects. This happens at the speed of light and within a few nanoseconds (1 nanosecond = 0.000000001 seconds). Using a gated camera, which allows for exposure times as short as 0.1 nanoseconds, we record the motion of ultra-short laser pulses across subjects that represent traditional photographic themes, like the portrait, the still life or a horse's head-in reference to Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering work in stop-motion photography. The main character of these archetypical forms of photography is not the subject in front of the camera but light itself, traveling across the subject, being scattered and reflected off of surfaces. We literally watch light (photo-) in the process of writing (-graphy) an image.
    The Peace Innovation Lab is an initiative from Stanford's Persuasive Tech Lab. Launched in Spring 2010, the PI Lab is focused on casting a spotlight on how technology and emerging social behaviors and insights are promoting new paths to global peace. The Peace Innovation project started with Peace Dot. The goal of Peace Dot was simple: persuade any individual, organization or corporation with a website to create a peace subdomain that spotlights what they are doing to help promote peace in the world. At our launch in 2010 over 50 sites ranging from Facebook to the Dalai Lama Foundation, Khan Academy to CouchSurfing, in multiple languages created peace dot pages around the world.
    Genesis OpenLab is a collective group of artists, hackers, engineers in Shanghai focusing on the development of new media art using edge-cutting technologies. For this project of "Multi-Dimensional Representation of Oriental Art", we are bridging ancient Chinese culture and contemporary high-tech world through interactive digital art that reimagines classic China in the language of today's digital China.

    Composer and instrument-builder Cheryl Leonard has been making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions. In 2009 she travelled to Palmer Station, Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, and this past September-October she participated in the Arctic Circle expeditionary residency program in Spitsbergen (aka Svalbard). Leonard will discuss working with sound at the ends of the earth and share examples of the field recordings, instruments, and compositions that have grown out of her polar adventures.

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