Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of July 2011

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 11 July 2011
c/o University of San Francisco
See below

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) and Tami Spector
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, School of Visual Arts Computer Art Department, and USF Dean's Office of Arts and Science.

Leonardo ISAST and USF 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.

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...

  • Bay Area Science Festival
  • DASERs
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings

    • 6:30pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking.
    • 6:45-7:10:
    • Margarita Marinova (NASA) on "The Dry Valleys of Antarctica as an analogue for Mars" The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are a unique place on Earth: the coldest and driest rocky place, with no plants or animals in sight. Studying the Dry Valleys allows us to understand how the polar regions on Earth work, what the limits of life are - and to apply these ideas to the cold and dry environment of Mars.
    • 7:10-7:35:
    • James Thompson (Stanford University) on "Boutique for robots" introduced by Shona Kitchen (multidisciplinary artist) and Bill Smart (Willow Garage and Washington University of St Louis) Imaginary products designed specifically for a world where robots and humans live in harmony playfully and imaginatively interrogate the future through design experiments.
    • 7:35-7:50: 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.
    • 7:50-8:15:
    • Grisha Coleman (Arizona State Univ) on "Echo::system - mapping information to action through embodied aesthetic experiences" An installation that looks at the geographic, historical and cultural conditions of the southwestern desert with a dynamic, simulated walk through the landscape on "smart" treadmills
    • 8:15-8:45:
    • 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.
    • 8:45: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.
    • 8:45pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

    • Grisha Coleman, assistant professor of Movement, Computation and Digital Media at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and School of Dance at Arizona State University works as a dancer, composer and media artist in performance and experiential media systems and is currently a resident at the Montalvo Arts Center in Silicon Valley. She has created large scale works for a variety of residencies and venues, e.g. the site-specific sound/kinetic installation for public interaction and participation "Reach, Robot", commissioned by the Robotics Institute.
    • James Thompson is a student from the Graduate Design Program of Stanford University. James Thompson holds an AS in engineering from Shepherd University and a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia.
    • Margarita Marinova's main research interests are in characterizing extreme environments, and understanding the surface of Mars. She has worked at NASA Ames Research Center on understanding extreme environments and the limits of habitability for Earth life. Margarita received her PhD in Planetary Science from Caltech in 2010, where she examined planetary-scale impacts and their implications for the early history of Mars and the solid Solar System planets. Her research interests focus on understanding interesting processes and features on Mars through simulations and field measurements. Her study sites range from the High Arctic, to the Sahara Desert in Egypt, the bottom of a lake in British Columbia in Canada, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.
    • 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.
    • 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 and directions:

    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    SF, CA 94117
    McLaren building, Room #251

    See the campus map and directions

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