Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of May 2008

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 12 May 2008
c/o SFSU Downtown Centre
835 Market
San Francisco

An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at the intersections of the Arts and Science.

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi. (
Part of a series of cultural events

Leonardo ISAST invites 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 . Admission is limited.

Like previous evenings (See the January meeting and the March meeting) the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, a couple of brief "news", 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...

  • Berkeley's Big Bang conference
  • Leonardo day at the Berkeley conference
  • San Jose ZeroOne festival
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
  • Stanford's Symposium on Music and the Brain
  • Students willing to help set up a student mailing list email me!
    When: May 12, 2008

    Where: Donwtown facilities of SFSU

    835 Market, between 4th and 5th Streets, 6th floor
    BART and MUNI tip: the building is above the Powell Station
    • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Socializing/networking. We encourage you to interact with Leonardo ISAST board members:

    • 6:30pm-6:45pm: Welcome by Jeff Babcock (Executive Director of the International Center for the Arts, SFSU, and Leonardo ISAST board member)
      and Piero Scaruffi (Author)
    • 6:45-7:15: Ken Goldberg, Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media on "Robots as Naturalists" Ken will present experiments and questions raised by robots and social networks, ranging from ouija boards to human "tele-actors," and tell a true story about how invasions of privacy led him and his students to investigate how robots can assist in monitoring the natural environment. he'll describe a robotic system they've deployed to assist the search for the ivory billed woodpecker, a bird of extreme interest to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and conservationists whose last confirmed sighting was in 1944. ken will also present the manifesto of the berkeley center for new media and propose a hopefully controversial definition of "media."
    • 7:15-7:45: Carlo Sequin, professor of computer science at 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. Powerpoint Presentation
    • 7:45-8:00: Richard Rinehart, Curator of the Berkeley Art Museum, on the new media program at the Berkeley Art Museum and the forthcoming "Big Bang" new digital media conference of June 2008 Berkeley's New Media Center and Leonardo ISAST are organizing a two-day academic conference to be held in June 2008 at the Berkeley Museum. Richard Rinehart, Curator of the Berkeley Museum, will present the new media program at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Big Bang conference.
    • 8:00-8:20: Kris Paulsen, grad student at Berkeley Center for New Media on "Participation TV". I will examine a sequence of projects from the 1960s to the present in which artists have worked to reverse the unidirectional structure of broadcast television. These artists feed back into the networks by disrupting broadcasts, 3hijackingę programs through pseudo-events and hostile takeovers, and by developing their own multi-directional systems that challenge the television viewer1s traditionally passive role. By exploiting the potential for liveness on television news, CCTV, and public access, the artists I address in this talk attempt to put viewers into direct contact with the event and with the others who are watching - the network becomes a crowd.
    • 8:20-8:40: Trevor Paglen of the Department of Geography University of California at Berkeley on "The Other Night Sky" Artist/geographer Trevor Paglen will talk about his recent project to track and photograph 189 classified "moons" (reconnaissance satellites) in Earth orbit. Along the way, he introduces us to an international network of satellite observers, tracks the history of two "stealth" satellites, and contemplates the relationship between classical empiricism and democracy.
    • 8:40: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening event that will take place on July 14.
    • 8:45pm-9:45pm: Discussions, more socializing

    • Ken Goldberg is an artist and professor of engineering at UC Berkeley, where he is currently Director of the Berkeley Center for New Media. Goldberg's art installations such as the Telegarden have been exhibited. Goldberg is an IEEE Fellow and Vice President of Technical Activities for the Robotics and Automation Society. His PhD is in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
    • 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.
    • Trevor Paglen (U.C. Berkeley) has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the 2009 Istanbul Biennial; the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. His most recent book, The Last Pictures is a meditation on the intersections of deep-time, politics, and art. Paglen has received grants and awards from the Smithsonian, Art Matters, Artadia, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the LUMA foundation, the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, and the Aperture Foundation.
    • Richard Rinehart is a digital media artist and Digital Art Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. He is Associate Director for Public Programs of the Berkeley Center for New Media. Rinehart's papers, projects, and more can be found on his website
    • Kris Paulsen is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric with a designated emphasis in New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a dual BA in the History of Art and Semiotics from Brown University. Her work focuses on intersections of technology and the arts from the 19th century to the present. She is currently finishing her dissertation, 3Real Time over Real Space: Artists in the Telecommunications Networkę- a study of liveness, remote witnessing, and telepresence in the arts from the 1960s to the present.
    • 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. As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock Music" (2003) 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.


    From Market Street, Enter at SFSU (835 Market) and take elevator to 6th Floor. Signs will be posted If coming on BART, take POWELL STATION exit, enter Concourse Food Court, look for Out The Door restaurant on the left. Immediately past the restaurant, turn left, walk past the first set of elevators to the second set of elevators and go to the 6th floor.

    If coming on MUNI, take POWELL STATION exit, enter Westfield Centre and head through the first mini-food court to main concourse food court. Walk straight across the food court and walk between Amoura and Out the Door restaurants, past the first set of elevators to the second set of elevators and go to the 6th floor.

    If driving, Park in the 5th and Mission Garage. Enter through Market Street or walk through Bloomingdale's, look for the signs to San Francisco State University and take elevator to 6th floor.

    SFSU Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103

    ICA Office: 415.817.4476

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