Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of November 2008

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 10 November 2008
c/o SFSU Downtown Centre
835 Market
San Francisco
Room 609

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

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 p@scaruffi.com . Admission is limited.

Like previous evenings (See the January meeting, March meeting, May meeting, July meeting, September meeting) 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...

  • Wonderfest On Nov 1-2
  • Overlap in Green on Nov 8
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Visual Music Series
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: November 10, 2008

    Where: Donwtown facilities of SFSU

    835 Market, between 4th and 5th Streets
    BART and MUNI tip: the building is above the Powell Station
    • 6:00pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking. We encourage you to interact with Leonardo ISAST board members:

    • 6:45-7:15: Sam Bower, executive director of the the Green Museum, on "Rebuilding a Sustainable Culture" By addressing the intra-disciplinary needs of our communities and ecosystems directly through the arts, artists and their collaborators are pioneering a reintegration of aesthetics, restoration science, spirituality, urban development and green planning. To create a more sustainable human population, the arts, beauty and metaphor need to be profoundly engaged. Art can inspire creative problem solving, connect infrastructure and ideas to local culture and history and engage people in a vision of a better and more beautiful world.
    • 7:15-7:45: Nomi Talisman, video and photography artist, on "Cultural Objects and their Relationship to Everyday Life" The artist will describe how her work with photography, digital media and video, combining media from public archives and footage that was shot on ordinary locations and depicting everyday events, explore systems and structures of knowledge; explore psychological, emotional, fictionalized and mythologized relationships to definitions of "the real".
    • 7:45-8:15: Frank Pietronigro, co-founder and director of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, on "Humanities and Culture in Space" A general overview of some of the groups, individuals and institutions involved in expanding the presence of the Arts, Humanities, and Culture within the context of human space exploration.
    • 8:15-8:45: Hasan Elahi, San Jose State University's CADRE Lab for New Media, on "Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project" Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project builds on a series of installations, performances, and websites that use Elahi's self-surveillance to critique contemporary investigative techniques. Aspects of Tracking Transience include: a self-tracking device that constantly transmits and maps his exact location alongside his financial data, communication records and transportation logs; a database of thousands of images of airports Elahi travels through and sometimes sleeps in, food he consumes in transit, and public toilets he uses while traveling. Elahi has protected himself from unwanted scrutiny by making his entire life and whereabouts publicly accessible.
    • 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

    • Sam Bower is co-founder and executive director of greenmuseum.org, an online museum of environmental art, launched in 2001. Prior to this, Sam created environmental art for 8 years as part of a San Francisco Bay Area collaborative art group known as Meadowsweet Dairy. He helped found Cellspace, a non-profit community art space in San Francisco, and Co-Directed Crucible Steel Gallery. Sam has worked as a solo artist, puppeteer, web designer, in advertising, events planning and the environmental non-profit sector in the United States and in Ecuador.
    • Frank Pietronigro is an interdisciplinary artist and author, an Associate Fellow at the Studio For Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, and the co-founder and director of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium. In 1998 he pioneered "drift paintings" where his body floated within a three-dimensional painting in zero gravity aboard NASA's KC135 turbojet. The Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, founded in 1999, is a space arts organization dedicated to fostering greater access for artists to zero gravity space through international partnerships with space agencies.
    • Hasan Elahi is an assistant professor at San Jose State University's CADRE laboratory for New Media. He is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues worldwide.
    • 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.
    • Nomi Talisman is an Israeli-born artist who earned her MFA and photography, video and electronic arts from Mills College. She has exhibited her work in four continents. She was chosen to be the first artist to be working on a new series of online works commissioned by the Magnes Museum in Berkeley (2008-09).


    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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