Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of November 2009

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 9 November 2009
c/o University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117
McLaren room #251

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: ZKM|Center for Art and Media, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 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. Feel free to invite relevant acquaintances.

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

Like previous evenings, 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...

  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Berkeley's New Media Center
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Almost Scientific
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings

    • 6:15pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking. Anyone in the audience is welcome to describe in 30 seconds what they are working on.
    • 6:45-7:10: Warren Sack (UC Santa Cruz) on "Software Studies, Software Art, Software Design" Since software design is a process of writing, the "computer revolution" can be understood as the rewriting of the world. One can identify a minor literature, within computer science, that has been premised on an understanding of software designers as writers, as essayists, as those who articulate ideas in code to communicate with other people. In other words, within this minor literature, computers are understood not just as tools but also as media that connect and separate people. Software studies is an emerging area in which code is examined as a digital medium.
    • 7:10-7:35: Jim Campbell (artist) on "More is Less: Delving Into Lo-fi" From looking at very low-resolution visual image representations to looking at almost no-resolution non-image visual representations. A review of different ways of distilling time and rhythm information from an event, ways that , when successful, present an essential and felt (as opposed to analytic) extremely minimal representation.
    • 7:35-7:50: BREAK
    • 7:50-8:15: Phil Ross (artist) on "It's Alive!: Curating life into the art realm" An introduction to the ideas and ambitions that gave rise to BioTechnique, a 2007 show that traced the history of life as a cultured thing; the complicated logistics in curating living works into galleries and museums; a larger view of the bio-culture industry.
    • 8:15-8:45: Renetta Sitoy (artist) on "The Internet as Media" Employing a range of strategies for acquiring, organizing, and re-contextualizing information found on the World Wide Web; exploring themes such as online communities (in which participants communicate through mediated, self-defined personas), "cyber-stalking," as well as using the Internet as a means of self-discovery and recollecting personal histories.
    • 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

    • Jim Campbell, who studied Mathematics and Engineering at the MIT, is an electronic artist whose work is included in the collections of several museums around the world. In 1992 he created one of the first permanent public interactive video artworks in the USA. He has lectured on interactive media art at many Institutions throughout the world. As an engineer he holds almost twenty patents in the field of video image processing.
    • Phil Ross is an artist, curator, and educator who places natural systems within frames of social and historic contexts. Phil's living artworks are grown into being over the course of several years, integrating traditional manufacturing techniques with practices and technologies from disparate fields. His recent work includes a trilogy of documentary videos on microorganisms, and the growing of a building composed of living fungus. Phil currated an exhibition on biotechnology for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2007, and is the founder and director of CRITTER, a science and art salon located in San Francisco's Mission District.
    • Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. He is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz and earned a B.A. from Yale College and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory. Warren's writings on new media and computer science have been published widely and his art work has been shown internationally.
    • 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.
    • Renetta Sitoy is a Filipino-American new media artist who graduated in Design + Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the recipient of the San Francisco Art Institute MFA Fellowship from 2005-2007.


    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    SF, CA 94117

    McLaren room #251

    See this page to reach USF. See this map to locate the McLaren building. There will be signs for room 251.

    Confirmed so far: