Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of November 9, 2015

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
San Francisco, November 9, 2015
c/o University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman 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...

  • 7:00-7:25: Therese Lahaie (Media Artist) on "Permeability and the Icons that Govern Our Movement" Permeability, the way light penetrates the surface of glass, is also a central tenet of Eastern spirituality... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: Robert Horn (Human Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute) on "The End of the World is (Probably) not Coming - The Future of Social Messes" Social "messes" are tightly interconnected clusters of wicked problems... ... 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: Derek Ouyang (Architect) on "Common Ground: Designing for Discovery, Engineering for Empathy" Work at the intersection of art, science, and public space... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Cherie Hill (Choreographer) on "Moving Space & Time: Dub Dance Project" An investigation of dub reggae music, applying its effects to choreography... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • Cherie Hill aka IrieDance is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and scholar, whose art explores human expression and how it is conveyed through the body in collaboration with nature, music and visual imagery. Her choreographic works juxtapose alternative and cosmic existence with "real-life" experience to provide insight into the causes and rationalities of the universe's time and space continuum. IrieDance works have been showcased at the Live Oak Theatre, Shotwell Studios, the African American Cultural Center, the Black Choreographer's Festival, Anschultz Theatre, Bao Bao Festival, P.L.A.C.E Performance, the San Francisco Cathedral, Omni Oakland Commons, Kinetech Arts, and the Dance A World of Hope Festival in Holland, MI. A lover of dance research, Cherie has published essays in Gender Forum, The Sacred Dance Journal, and In Dance, is the creator of the Sacred Dance Guild's blog, Sacred Dance Trends, and has presented at multiple conferences including the International Conference on Arts and Humanities, the Black Dance Conference, and the National Dance Education Organization Conference. She is currently on faculty at Luna Dance Institute, and a research assistant for hip-hop dance legend Rennie Harris. Learn more at www.iriedance.com .
  • Robert Horn, who in 2015 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Thomas Gilbert Award from the International Society for Performance and Instruction, and the Donald N. Michael Award, is a political scientist with a special interest in public policy, organizational strategy, and knowledge management. Bob was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, where he wrote Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century. Bob has also taught at Harvard and Columbia, American, and Sheffield (U.K.) universities. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Information Mapping, Inc., an international consulting and software company. He is also a member of the International Futures Forum, a policy think tank, and president of the Meridian International Institute on Governance, Leadership Learning and the Future. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
  • Therese Lahaie (Artist) is a visual artist and consultant working with light and technology. For over 25 years she has used glass and light as reflective and refractive canvas. Her research into the nature of glass, spans the micro and the macro view of this material. She has made photogram studies of life inside the air bubbles of sheets of glass and has used architectural glass as an integral aspect of her video installation work. She recently completed a public art project in Emeryville, CA where she shifted focus from glass to working with programmed LED lighting technology. The project called "Crossing Signal Mosaic" is a ceiling mounted sculpture made of programmed, DMX-controlled LED boxes that play a pulsing array of icons based on crossing signal imagery. The piece, which can be viewed once the sun goes down, plays continuously through the night in conversation with the rhythms of the adjacent busy intersection. She is represented by Heller Gallery in NY and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She currently has a site-specific installation in at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark. The installation, "Forgotten Ocean" is a video projection through architectural glass based on Fregatten Jylland the largest wooden ship in the world, moored next door to the museum.
  • Derek Ouyang graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design, and is currently completing a Master's in Structural Engineering. He participated in the AEC Global Teamwork Project in 2011 and co-created the Global Urban Development Program in 2012. He was project manager of Stanford's first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE's 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming architect in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine's "30 under 30", at TEDxStanford and Stanford+Connects NY and Seattle, and at fiiS 2014 in Santiago, Chile.
  • 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. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature.

Address and directions:

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117
Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Fromm Hall is behind the church, best accessed from Parker Ave.

Extended abstracts

As an artist working with primarily with glass and light, I have long been interested in the idea of permeability- the way light penetrates the seemingly solid surface of glass. Permeability is also a central tenet of eastern spiritual practice which focus on punching holes in judgments and the solidness of our perceptions so that air and light can flow through. I have continued to think about permeability and its many metaphors as I worked with the tiny seeds of light embedded in glass photograms and programed the colorful dots of light that comprise my most recent piece, Crossing Signal Mosaic. The latter is a public light sculpture in conversation with the adjacent intersection at Powell Street and Hollis Streets, in Emeryville. The piece re- presents the familiar iconography of crossing signals that govern our everyday movement. I will describe the ways that permeability practice is translated through my sculpture and photographic work with light and technology.
Social messes are more than complicated problems. I define them as tightly interconnected clusters of wicked problems and other messes. They are very complex; ambiguous; highly constrained; seen differently from different ideologies and worldviews; and contain many value conflicts. They usually contain major entanglements of economic, social, and political, cultural, and psychological factors. Bob is a pioneer in dealing with messes through interactive visual analysis with task groups. Recently, he has been helping major government agencies and businesses in the U.S. and U.K. to develop large info-murals and leading mess mapping (TM) processes and workshops to enable decision-making groups to get their minds around larger contexts for strategic discussions. These projects range from global climate change, energy security, nuclear waste disposal, NASA's research programs, to planning for a potential mega-flu pandemic.
Electronic music is sometimes referred to as "spiritual technology" utilizing repetitive beats to access the brain and create metaphysical connections. These connections can change states of consciousness, resulting in sensations of oneness and unity with self, community, and other. In this talk, I will explain my investigations of dub reggae music, and discuss the effects that are found within the sound. I will share my process of applying the effects to actual movement and choreography, and discuss how the filming of my dances incorporates improvisation and site-specific environments.
In April of 2015, Cloud Arch Studio debuted an installation for the San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival called Common Ground. The urban prototype combined hidden Arduino controls, sleek wooden architecture, and a simple interaction concept to reactivate the pedestrian experience on Market Street. As Derek explains, what happened during those three days in San Francisco changed the way they understood the urban human condition, and provided an impetus for continued work at the intersection of art, science, and public space.
Photos and videos of this evening