Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of October 2009

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

Mountain View, 14 October 2009
c/o SETI Institute
515 N. Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043

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
and by: School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Leonardo ISAST and SETI Institute 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
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    When: October 14, 2009

    Where: SETI Institute

    515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA What:
    • 6:30pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking. Anyone in the audience is welcome to describe in 30 seconds what they are working on.
    • 7:00-7:30: Julie Newdoll on "Molecular Mirror up to Shakespeare, and other Tales" Cell biology as a new surface upon which to gaze at the magnificent works of William Shakespeare as well as other myths and stories Biological systems and the myths and legends of cultures both ancient and contemporary have evolved in similar ways. Over time they have both been refined into the masterpieces they have become and speak from our deepest roots.
    • 7:30-8:00: Steve Wilson (Artist and Author) on "Overview of Art and Biology Experimentation" Biological research promises to have even more impact on the culture than electronics. It is critical that artists get involved. The presentation gives an overview covering the following topics: Cultural and Pragmatic Rationales for Involvement of Artists, Philosphical Issues Underlying Biology Research, Examples of Emerging Areas in Biology Research, Examples of Areas of Biology Research & Development Asking for Artistic Inquiry, Examples of rtists Working with Biology, Examples from the presenter's installations: Protozoa Games and IntroSpection.
    • 8:00-8:30: BREAK
    • 8:30-9:00:
    • Wayne Lanier (San Francisco Exploratorium) on "Walking the Salt: Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain" How salt marsh microorganisms get together to form well-ordered communities
    • 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

    • Wayne Lanier is earned his PhD degree in microbial genetics at the University of Chicago. Wayne professed these, and similar subjects at New York University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and London Polytechnic. He has been Research Director in Biotechnology and a Consultant in Clinical Studies. Finally, Wayne gracefully retired and now wanders the San Francisco Bay salt marsh, examining the natural history of life at the bottom of the food chain. "Hidden Ecologies" is the title of his program.
    • Julie Newdoll is a painter who merges life science, mythology and culture. Her artwork has been featured on over 20 journal covers in the last few years, and is in collections world wide, including several universities. Newdoll, who studied microbiology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and medical illustration at the University of California at San Francisco, runs the "Brush with Science" Gallery in Menlo Park.
    • 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.
    • Steve Wilson is a San Francisco author, artist and art professor who explores the cultural implications of emerging technologies and scientific research. His interactive installations & performances have been shown internationally in galleries and art shows. He won a Rockefeller New Media Fellowship and the Prize of Distinction in Ars Electronica's international competitions for interactive art and several honorary mentions. He is also author of many books and articles including Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology. (MIT Press, 2002)

    Address and directions: 515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043.
    Phone: 650-961-6633
    Directions to SETI
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