Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of September 2008

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 8 September 2008
c/o SFSU Downtown Centre
835 Market, Room 609
San Francisco

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) the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, a couple of brief "news", 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
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
  • Visual Music Series
    When: September 8, 2008

    Where: Donwtown facilities of SFSU

    835 Market, between 4th and 5th Streets, 6th floor, Room 609
    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: Thomas Zimmerman IBM Almaden Research Center, on "Music as the Mother of Invention" Many of my inventions started as input devices for musical instruments. The DataGlove was a means to play air guitar. The Personal Area Network was a means to play air drums. I shall discuss the development of input devices for electronic musical instruments and how they contributed to inventions.
    • 7:15-7:45: Sharon Siskin, of WEAD, on "A Second Life: Artistic Reuse to Revive Memory and Ecologies" Over the past 20 years my studio art has had clear and sometimes subtle overlaps with science. Some recent projects make visual the detritus our family produces in the process of raising twin daughters. I will be showing documentation of a variety of recent and past gallery projects; from work that resulted in the creation of a garden at an AIDS hospice, to installations that combined reused, altered X-rays and scientific paraphernalia to address issues related to food and my ethnic identity, loss, memory and healing.
    • 7:45-8:00: Break
    • 8:00-8:20: Deborah Munk of the San Francisco Dump on "The Art of Recycling" An overview of the Artist in Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal and will focus on a few of the 70 artists who have had residencies. I will also discuss recycling, the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch and sustainability.
    • 8:20-8:40:
      William Hsu and Matt Heckert of the Multimedia & Visualization Lab at SFSU on "Sound Machines and Computer Control" An overview of several mechanical sound installations and performances they have collaborated on over a 5 year period: the Rotifiers/Centripetal Sound, the Fencers, and the Chainboxes.
    • 8:40: 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

    • William Hsu is an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. His interests are in interactive computer music, computer architecture and performance evaluation.
    • Matt Heckert has been working as an engineer, as well as a performance and sound artist, since 1978. He operates his own design-build shop where he does design, fabrication and machining. One of the founding directors of Survival Research Laboratories, he has built robots and designed soundtracks for performances and films. In 1989 he conceived and developed a group of sound producing machines know as the Mechanical Sound Orchestra and toured it in the United States and Europe. Matt is obsessed with making sound-noise-music with the mechanical devices he builds.
    • Deborah Munk is the director of the Artist in Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc. and has spent the last eight years working with artists who make art out of garbage. She was the assistant editor of "Parallels and Intersections, Women Artists in California" published by UC Press, in 2002 and is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University with a Masters in Educational Technology focusing on art and media. Deborah also manages the Educational Learning Center at SF Recycling & Disposal where she teaches children and adults the importance of sustainability and recycling.
    • Sharon Siskin's artwork has been featured in numerous publications and received numerous awards. She was the Artist in Residence at San Francisco Recycling & Disposal, Inc. in the summer of 2004 and has taught at University of San Francisco, the Graduate Department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, California State University East Bay, University of New Mexico and at several California Community Colleges. She is a long-time board member of WEAD (Women Environmental Artists Directory.)
    • 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.
    • Thomas Zimmerman is an inventor and educator, exploring the frontiers of human-computer interaction at the IBM Almaden Research Center. His 30+ patents cover position tracking, user input, wireless communication, music training, biometrics and encryption. His Data Glove invention established the field of Virtual Reality, selling over one million units. His electric field PAN invention, developed with Professor Neil Gershenfeld at the MIT Media Lab, sends data through the human body. He also founded and directs the Extreme Science Program at the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) in East San Jose.


    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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