Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 13 December 2017

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
UC Berkeley, 13 December 2017
Soda Hall (corner of Hearst and LeRoy), Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

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. The event is free and open to everybody. Email me if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking. This event is kindly sponsored by the Minerva Foundation.
Where: UC Berkeley
Soda Hall, Room 310
NOTE: Use the WEST-entrance of SODA Hall entering from Etcheverry Plaza.
Campus map
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Kristina Dutton (Media Artist) on "A Musician Contemplates Gesture and Silence" How we derive meaning from sound and gesture... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50:
  • 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: Allen Saakyan (Eureka! Science Comedy) on "The Greatest Story Ever Told" Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? ... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Meredith Drum (Video Artist) on "Effect/Affect: New and Old Media for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Art Projects" The production of socially and ecologically engaged art projects requires specific forms and tools... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Archive of past LASERs
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • CODAME
  • Other LASER series
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
  • Other recommended events
    Bios:
    • Meredith Drum creates experimental cinema as fictions, essays and documentaries in the form of linear videos, interactive installations, printed books, place-based movement research and mobile media projects. Her work has been supported by grants and residencies from a range of institutions including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, iLand, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Wassaic Project, the Experimental Television Center, Wave Farm Transmission Arts, ISSUE Project Room, HASTAC and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Meredith exhibits frequently in New York City, and has also recently been included in international exhibitions in Dubai, Mexico City, Rio, Brighton (UK), Manizales (CO), Paris, Copenhagen, and Valencia (ES).
    • Kristina Dutton (Media Artist) is a violinist, composer, and educator. Dutton works in a wide range of musical settings, moving freely between improvisation, new music, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Dutton began her musical studies on piano and violin at the age of three. Conservatory trained, she has performed on more than 30 albums of various genres, appeared with numerous orchestras, and a handful of internationally acclaimed rock groups. Her music has been featured on international labels ranging from pop to new music, experimental to indie. In recent years her interest has focused on composition inspired by science, the natural world, and visual works. Most recently she travelled to Iceland with producer Jason K Cupp to create a series of violin and vocal field recordings in various dome shaped settings including caves, a sound sculpture, and the Reykjavik Art Museum Dome. Her current work includes collaborative projects with geneticist Dr. Arnaud Martin of George Washington University, and the Sonya Rapaport Legacy Trust on a musical reimagining of the famed Bay Area artist's visual oeuvre. Recent film works include the UC Berkeley Integrative Biology Lab's short on the life stages of cephalopods showing at the Imagine Science Film Festival, and artist/filmmaker Kim Anno's upcoming trailer and feature-length film, 90 Miles from Paradise.
    • Allen Saakyan is a polymath, empath, and science communicator propelling unconventional concepts like world peace & sustainable colonization of planets and stars. He hosts and produces Eureka! science comedy shows, Worlds Fair future festivals, and The Simulation - his newest series asking global leaders humanity's most thought-provoking questions. Allen mentors entrepreneurs around the world and is a sought after speaker, emcee, and life coach.
    • Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian 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.

    Extended abstracts:

    Saakyan
    Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Get ready to dive into a laconic explanation of spacetime, evolution, consciousness, machine intelligence, and simulation theory as we learn to better understand our world and our future trajectory.


    Dutton
    This talk focuses on concepts of listening and movement. Dutton will explore some of the ways we derive meaning from sound and gesture, and what it can teach us about intuitive processes.


    Drum
    Questioning the effect and affect of the use of specific forms and tools, both high and low tech, for the production of socially and ecologically engaged art projects, I will critique two of my own recent works: Fish Stories Community Cookbook and the Oyster City AR Walking Tour.


    Photos and videos of this evening

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