Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of February 2011

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, 9 February 2011
c/o SETI Institute
Mountain View, California

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. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs.

Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com . Admission is limited.

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...

  • Tours of Djerassi Art Center
  • Antarctic Science and the Cultural Arts
  • On-line art exhibition of contemporary Science Art
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: 9 February 2011

    Where: SETI Institute
    189 N. Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043


    • 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:
    • Steven Oscherwitz (University of Washington) on "Studying Cognition through Spontaneous Digital Composition" A discussion connecting the tradition and modernity about how an artist who paints and draws has unique cognitive strengths in producing knowledge
    • 7:30-8:00:
    • Bill Smart (Washington University and Willow Garage) on "Human-Robot Interaction and the Performing Arts" As robots enter our everyday lives, they will have to interact socially with people who do not understand how they work. How can we use insights from the performing arts to make these interactions better, and more effective? What, in turn, can robots bring to the performing arts, other than acting as moving props?
    • 8:00-8:30: Break
      Announcements by the audience
      A brief tour of the Djerassi Art Center
    • 8:30-9:00:
    • Miu-Ling Lam (UCLA) on "Streaming Nature" A live relocation of sound from Africa, Antarctica and Maui underwater to the telephone system
    • 9:00-9:30:
    • Pamela Z (Multimedia artist) on "Baggage Allowance" The making of a sonically and visually layered multimedia work focusing on the concept of baggage in all its literal and metaphorical permutations.
    • 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

    • Miu-Ling Lam is a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute. Her research interests include Robotics, Computational Geometry, Pattern Formation, Complex Systems and Bioinformatics. She received the Best Student Paper Award in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, the Croucher Fellowship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship.
    • Steven Oscherwitz is a digital media artist, an art and science historian and an educator who most recently taught "Comparative History of Ideas" at the University of Washington.
    • 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.
    • Bill Smart is an associate professor of computer science at Washington University in St. Louis, where he works on problems in robotics, machine learning, and brain-machine interfaces. He is currently on sabbatical at Willow Garage, Inc., a very unusual robotics company in Menlo Park. He is currently looking at how to make humans and robots interact more naturally and effectively.
    • Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions worldwide. Her multimedia work "Baggage Allowance" (2010) involves vocal performance with electronic processing, found text, recorded interviews, multi-channel sound, interactive video, and sculptural objects; and includes three interconnected components: a large-scale solo performance (premiered at Theater Artaud in San Francisco and The Kitchen in New York), a gallery installation (solo exhibition at the Krannert Museum, IL), and an interactive web portal which is scheduled to go live in 2011.

    Address: 189 N. Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043
    Phone: 650-961-6633
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