Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of February 2010

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, February 10
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.

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...

  • Wayne Lanier's presentation in Fremont on Feb 13
  • David Stork's lecture
  • Bay Area Science
  • Audio interviews
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: February 10, 2010

    Where: SETI Institute

    515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA What:
    • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
    • 7:00-7:30:
    • June Power (Altor Systems) on "A Matter of Form" A discussion of how visual thinking might help us better understand how to model and manage self-organizing distributed systems. The talk will be conceptual in nature and will aim to provide a glimpse into this very complex problem space.
    • 7:30-8:00:
    • John Edmark (Stanford Univ) on "Geometric Patterns of Change" A number of transforming and kinetic works have been created as a result of an ongoing exploration into spatial patterns of symmetry and growth, focusing in particular on those arising out of logarithmic spiral structures, Fibonacci numbers, and the golden ratio.
    • 8:00-8:30: BREAK
    • 8:30-9:00: Carlo Sequin (U.C. Berkeley) on "Knotty Sculptures" This presentation explores the use of simple knots as constructivist building blocks for abstract geometrical sculptures. One approach places simple n-foil knots on the n-sided faces of a Platonic or Archimedean polyhedron. Another investigation explores various generating principles for the construction of recursive knots. For instance, a simple crossing of two strands is replaced with a more complicated tangled version of two strands, and the process is then repeated recursively. A few of these designs conceived on a computer are then developed further to make actual 3D models on various rapid prototyping machines.
    • 9:00-9:30:
    • Gertrude Reagan (Visual Artist) on "My Life Among the Patterns" Studying natural patterns both by drawing them and finding analogs for them in crafts materials. Patterns as metaphors for philosophic ideas.
    • 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

    • John Edmark teaches design, color theory, and animation at Stanford University. His creative investigations range from geometric kinetic works and transformable objects, to products for storage, kitchen, and creative play. Previously, he researched 3-D virtual environments at Bell Laboratories. He has Masters degrees in Product Design (Stanford), and Computer Science (Columbia), and is named inventor on nine U.S. utility patents. His other interests include hyper-stereo landscape photography, ultra-light backpacking, and throat singing.
    • June Power has degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and University College London. She has published numerous research papers in the area of distributed systems and has been invited to speak on this topic at several universities. She is also the co-founder of Altor Systems, a company that has developed, patented and licensed technology for 3D applications, including games.
    • Gertrude Reagan was born in Washington, DC in 1936, and spent her early years in the Southern Appalachians where her father was doing geology. She moved to California in 1954. In 1956, Gyorgy Kepes' book "The New Landscape" celebrated images from science as art. It validated images like her father's geologic maps as subjects for her work. Myrrh began mining science and natural patterns for art ideas by finding analogs in crafts media for natural patterns. In 1981, she founded YLEM: Artists Using Science and Technology, which held forums and had a publication for 28 years. She now conducts a special interest group in patterns in nature and visual math.
    • 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.
    • Carlo Sequin has been a professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1977. His research interests lie in the fields of Computer Graphics, Virtual Environments, and Computer Aided Design Tools. He has built CAD tools for the layout of integrated circuits, for the conceptual phase in architectural design, for the design of mechanical systems, and -- most recently -- for artists who create abstract geometrical sculptures.

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