Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of May 13, 2013

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
San Francisco, May 13, 2013
c/o University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - Maier Room
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi and Tami Spector

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.

Leonardo ISAST and USF invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. The event is free and open to everybody. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
See below for location and agenda.
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See also...

  • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
  • 7:00-7:25:
    Lucia Ayala Asensio (UC Berkeley) on "Fluid Skies - or how to combine art, history and cosmology" A collaboration between an art and astronomy historian, an astrophysicist and an artist... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50:
    Sara Loesch-Frank (Lettering Artist) on "Follow the Glow: Metallic Leaf and Unusual Media in Art" Many people are familiar with gilding as the flash of gold on medieval manuscript pages. Most people are unaware of how the metal adhered to the page or where the colors came from on the illuminations. 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:
    Reuben Margolin on "Making Waves" Making kinetic sculptures... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00:
    Sasha Leitman & John Granzow (Stanford CCRMA) on "Research in Computer Music at Stanford's CCRMA" An overview of the history of CCRMA's research and current work ... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • Lucia Ayala, art and astronomy historian, is currently a postdoc researcher at the Office for History of Science and Technology in the University of California, Berkeley. She accomplished her binational PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) and the University of Granada (Spain). She deals with historical as well as contemporary contexts, since her main research field is the visual history of astronomy from early modern period until current astrophysics. She is a team member of Fluid Skies, a collaborative project developed together with the astrophysicist Jaime Forero and the artist Yunchul Kim.
  • John Granzow is a Canadian artist, instrument designer and music researcher. He studied classical guitar with Dale Ketcheson and constructed his first instrument (a flamenco guitar) under the instruction of luthier George Rizsany in Nova Scotia. In 2006 he took began research in auditory perception, completing a Masters of Science in Psychoacoustics at the University of Lethbridge in the lab of Dr. John Vokey. At the Analogous Fields: Arts and Science residency at the Banff Centre in 2009 John explored instrumentation in artistic and scientific practice with artist Denton Fredrickson. A generative construction process was devised to produce a series of daxophones from a single plank of cherry, each instrument undergoing an imposed mutation with timbral consequences. These daxophones were played in networked performances in Portugal and Italy as well as at The Center For Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, where John now pursues his Ph.D in Computer Based Music Theory and Acoustics. In more recent research, he investigates applications of computer aided design and digital fabrication to new organologies. Rapid prototyping techniques are leveraged to produce performance-specific musical instruments. Outcomes from this research have been presented at concerts and sound installations in Canada, France, and the United States.
  • Sasha Leitman is an inventor, composer, sound artist, and teacher. She is currently the Technical and Projects Manager at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where she teaches courses and workshops on interactive sound art.
  • Sara Loesch-Frank is an exhibiting artist and educator working in the Bay Area. Her work has been included in the book, " Art and Craft of Hand Lettering," " Writing Beyond Words," and Letter Arts Review magazine. Her work has been shown at the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville N.C. and at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Along with Chinese artists, Sara exhibited her work in Chengde and Qufu, China in a joint exhibition. Filoli Gardens and the Triton Museum of Art have often shown her artwork. Sara team teaches a Sophomore Seminar Series at Stanford University: "Art Chemistry and Madness: the Science of Art Materials." in Chemical Engineering with her husband.
  • Reuben Margolin was raised in Berkeley, California. A love of math and physics propelled him to Harvard, where he changed paths and got a degree in English. He then went on to study traditional painting in Italy and Russia. In 1999 he became obsessed with the movement of a little green caterpillar, and set out to make wave-like sculptures. In 2004 he moved to his current studio in Emeryville and began making a series of large-scale undulating installations that attempt to combine the logic of mathematics with the sensuousness of nature. He has since made about 20 of these mechanical mobiles and shown them internationally. He also makes pedal-powered rickshaws and has collaborated on a couple large-scale pedal-powered vehicles.
  • 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). 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. He has also written extensively about cinema and literature.

Address and directions:

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117
Fromm Hall - Maier Room

See the campus map and directions

Extended abstracts

Fluid Skies.
"Fluid Skies" is a creative and research platform developed in collaboration between the art and astronomy historian Lucia Ayala, the theoretical astrophysicist Jaime Forero and the artist Yunchul Kim. They started to work together in Berlin, Germany, in 2011. Since then, they have developed a fruitful exchange of concepts, views, and thoughts, and have produced several events, such as an art exhibition, a publication, a symposium, and a concert. During its first phase, the group has worked on concepts such as structure formation in cosmological scales, physical instabilities of dark matter, or scientific and artistic experimental processes. In this talk I will give an overview of the motivations, methodology, results, and future of our collaboration.

Stanford's CCRMA.
The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is a multi-discipline facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. We will give an overview of the history of CCRMA's research and current work being done in Digital Signal Processing, Network Sound, Laptop Performance, Perception, Interface Design and Interactive Art Installations. We will focus on recent work using 3D printing to make novel musical instruments and test predictions of musical acoustics.

Making Waves.
Reuben will talk about his latest adventures making kinetic sculptures.

Gilding and Illumination survived the Middle Ages.

Many people are familiar with gilding as the flash of gold on medieval manuscript pages. Most people are unaware of how the metal adhered to the page or where the colors came from on the illuminations. Artists are still working with these materials on a myriad of substrates. Some present thought-provoking challenges to art conservators. Lettering artists are using metallic foils, not only on traditional vellum and paper but also on textured panels, encaustics, canvas, glass and metal. The use of various polymers and unusual substances make an exciting dynamic to mirror the hand's motion. While students explore and experiment, traditional techniques are often insufficient to answer their needs. Loesch-Frank will show examples of her own and her student's work using these techniques from the traditional to more exotic. This sophisticated time in which we live moves so quickly, the expressive touch of the human hand with tools on a surface can reacquaint us with the joy of making our own marks.

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