Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of September 2010

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

San Francisco, 13 september 2010
c/o University of San Francisco
See below

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) and Tami Spector
Part of a series of cultural events
Sponsored by:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the University of Illinois' eDREAM Institute,
the University of Calabria's Evolutionary Systems Group,
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology,
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 but 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...

  • Making Music in the 21st Century
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings

    • 6:30pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking. During the evening anyone in the audience is welcome to present their work in 30 seconds.
    • 6:45-7:10:
    • Tanu Sankalia (USF) on "Urban Fabric of Past, Present, and Future" "Slots" are interstitial spaces located between Victorian-era buildings in San Francisco. Slots can be interpreted as architectural devices that can connect past, present and future urban forms.
    • 7:10-7:35:
    • Deborah Aschheim on "Memory" Creating installations using video, light and sound to map, investigate, recreate and try to give form to invisible networks of memory.
    • 7:35-7:50: BREAK
    • 7:50-8:15:
    • Anne Fougeron (Architect) on "City of the Future" As of 2008 over 80% of the land of the world that is suitable for raising crops is in use. Where will we find the farm land we need? By 2040, 80% of the world's population will reside in urban centers, pushing urban edges further out into neighboring agricultural land. How will we feed ourselves?"
    • 8:15-8:45:
    • Jeff Hull (Nonchalance) on "Situational Design; Interactions at the Conflux of Narrative, Consciousness and Genuine Space" The trans-media narrative adventure called "The Jejune Institute" leads participants on a journey of urban exploration & discovery through San Francisco's hidden future & past.
    • 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

    • Deborah Aschheim makes drawings, sculptures and installations that try to give form to invisible worlds of the mind and brain. her recent work exploring the subject of memory has led her to collaborate with musicians and neuroscientists on projects that are a mixture of science and poetry. she has exhibited recent projects at the Armory Center and the Pasadena Museum in Pasadena, ca; at the Austin Museum in Texas; the weatherspoon museum in Greensboro, North Carolina; Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis and the mattress factory in Pittsburgh. Aschheim is the Hellman visiting artist at the memory and aging center in the neurology department of UC San Francisco.
    • Anne Fougeron has provided architectural services in the Bay Area since her graduation from the Masters program in Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley 25 years ago. Currently her firm's work ranges from feasibility studies to new construction projects in the commercial, health care and residential sectors. Some of her major projects include: the two phase remodel of Planned Parenthood MacArthur Clinic started in 1996 and completed in 2003 (winner of several awards), a 2005 award-winning vacation house in Big Sur, mixed-use housing developments and urban planning studies, and supervising the redevelopment effort for San Jose's downtown area. Fougeron has taught architectural design to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley and at the California College of Arts.
    • Jeff Hull's aim, As a street artist and guerrilla events producer, was "to infuse more variability and play into the civic realm" and to create opportunities for real cultural exchange in negative urban space. The result was Oaklandish, a decade strong grassroots community arts organization with 21 consecutive "Best of the East Bay" Awards to its credit. Having dabbled in many creative professions, he was not satisfied until he invented his own job; Creative Director at Nonchalance, a hybrid arts consultancy with an expertise in Situational Design. Their mission is to provoke discovery through visceral experience and pervasive play.
    • Tanu Sankalia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco, is currently at work on a book project that examines slots or interstitial spaces in San Francisco-the subject of an exhibition, The Urban Unseen, he curated last February. He teaches classes in architecture, urban design and city planning, and has worked as an architect and urban designer in Mumbai and San Francisco.
    • 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.

    Address and directions:

    University of San Francisco
    2130 Fulton Street
    SF, CA 94117

    See the campus map and directions

    McLaren building, Room #251

    Confirmed so far: