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 Stanford Continuing Studies 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.
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Like previous evenings,
the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects,
news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
Stanford interdisciplinary panels
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Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
Previous Art/Science Evenings
When: 10 October 2012
Where: Stanford University
Building/Room: Jordan Hall (Building 420) Room 041
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 4pm.
- 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
- Andrew Todhunter (Stanford) on "Bridging the Fuzzy-Techy Divide: The Senior Reflection capstone in Biology"
Stanford's creative capstone course series at the crossroads of art and science Read more
- Terry Berlier (Stanford) on "Where the beginning meets the end"
Making visible technology's vulnerabilities and illustrating how easily modern inventions can become footnotes to a bygone era... Read more
- 7:50-8:05: 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.
- Mark Jacobson (Stanford) on "A Plan to Power the World For All Purposes With Wind, Water, and the Sun"
Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. Read more
- Cheryl Leonard (Composer) on "Music from High Latitudes"
Making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions. Read more
Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening
I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.
- 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
- Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and focuses on everyday objects, the environment, ideas of nonplace/place and queer practice. She has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in the BBC News Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and in the book `Seeing Gertrude Stein' published by University of California Press. Her work is in several collections including the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland Ohio, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California and Bildwechsel Archive in Berlin Germany. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Zellerbach Foundation Berkeley, Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Fellow at Stanford University, Recology San Francisco, Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest Hungary, Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception in San Francisco, Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, California Council for Humanities California Stories Fund and the Millay Colony for Artists. She currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Her exhibition opens October 9 on the Stanford campu: details.
- Mark Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with distinction, an A.B. in Economics with distinction, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, in 1988. He has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1994. His work relates to the development and application of numerical models to understand better the effects of energy systems and vehicles on climate and air pollution and the analysis of renewable energy resources. He has published two textbooks of two editions each and over 120 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. He received the 2005 American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award for "significant contributions to modeling aerosol chemistry and to understanding the role of soot and other carbon particles on climate." He co-authored a 2009 cover article in Scientific American with Dr. Mark DeLucchi of U.C. Davis on how to power the world with renewable energy. He is also on the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
- Cheryl Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument builder. Over the last decade she has focused on investigating sounds, structures and objects from the natural world. Her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers and bones as musical instruments. Leonard uses microphones to explore the intricate sounds hidden within these instruments and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices they contain. She has also composed numerous soundtracks for film, video, dance and theater, and created sounds for museum exhibits Her commissions include works for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor and Michael Straus.
- 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). An avid traveler, he has visited 135 countries of the world. His latest book is A History of Silicon Valley, coauthored with Arun Rao, and his first ebook was "A Brief History of Knowledge" (2011), available on Kindle.
- An award-winning author, filmmaker and new media consultant, Andrew Todhunter did undergraduate work in the humanities at the American University of Paris, received his BA in Ancient History from UC Berkeley and later studied film production at NYU's Graduate Department of Film and Television. He is the author of three books, including the PEN USA Literary award-winning A Meal Observed, and dozens of articles for national publications including National Geographic, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He has worked on numerous film projects, including productions for Lucasfilm and National Geographic Television. Todhunter teaches writing at Stanford University through the Department of Biology and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and co-directs The Senior Reflection, a creative capstone course series for scientists in the arts.
Where the beginning meets the end.
Berlier will discuss recent works made while in two residencies this year. First at Recology San Francisco (aka the dump) making visible technology's vulnerabilities and illustrating how easily modern inventions can become footnotes to a bygone era. Second at LKV in Norway including a solar powered sculpture that plays "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles utilizing the long summer days of twenty-four hour light experienced in Norway. The work explores ongoing concepts with natural time recorders, environmental concerns and kinetics but through new materials like solar technology. Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and focuses on the environment.
Making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions.
Composer and instrument-builder Cheryl Leonard has been making music out of sounds, objects and experiences from the polar regions. In 2009 she travelled to Palmer Station, Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, and this past September-October she participated in the Arctic Circle expeditionary residency program in Spitsbergen (aka Svalbard). Leonard will discuss working with sound at the ends of the earth and share examples of the field recordings, instruments, and compositions that have grown out of her polar adventures.
A Plan to Power the World For All Purposes With Wind, Water, and the Sun.
Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. This talk discusses a plan to solve the problems by powering 100% of the world's energy for all purposes, including electricity, transportation, industry, and heating/cooling, with wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) within 20-40 years. It reviews and ranks major proposed energy technologies to these problems then evaluates a scenario for powering the world with the best technologies, considering resources, materials, reliability, costs, and policies. Relevant papers are at http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/susenergy2030.html.
Now entering its third year, The Senior Reflection provides three quarters--an
entire academic year--to Stanford students in the sciences to explore and
illuminate areas of scientific passion through creative media of all kinds in a
small, workshop format. Program co-founder and author Andrew Todhunter will
discuss the origins, methods and outcomes of the program's experimental first
two years, and what may lie ahead for interdisciplinary capstones at Stanford.
The talk will try to share the extraordinary excitement of this program from
the faculty perspective, of seeing highly trained young scientists take what
often feels to them to be the "enormous" risk of embarking on year-long,
creative projects with no assurance of success, often in a medium in which they
have no experience. Seeing them traverse this treacherous, exhilarating and
often terrifying terrain (common enough to working writers and other artists,
but to undergraduates at Stanford, all too rare) and emerge at year's end with
striking, deeply personal projects has been a high point in a teaching career
spanning close to thirty years. These journeys of faith and discovery
have been extraordinary to witness, and have given me and my co-director, Sue
McConnell, a renewed and deepened faith in the critical importance of
interdisciplinary experience for undergraduates.