Interdisciplinary Interviews

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  • John Law (Burning Man cofounder) [october 2015], a two-hour conversation in 8 parts:
    Part 1 (Suicide Club - late 1970s)
    Part 2 (Suicide Club - more details)
    Part 3 (The beginning of Cacophony Society)
    Part 4 (Cacophony Society and Survival Research Labs)
    Part 5 (From the "zone trips" to Burning Man)
    Part 6 (Burning Man - the early days: Bill Binzen, Judy West, Pepe Ozan, Dream Circus)
    Part 7 (Burning Man - sociohistorical context)
    Part 8 (Burning Man and Silicon Valley)
  • Bill Pentz (computer scientist) [6 august 2014] (See also Bill's note)
    • The first computer built on a microprocessor
    • Origin of the personal computer software business
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  • Jeanne Finley (video artist) [26 march 2013]
    • Individual vs power institutions
    • Workplace design at Xerox PARC
    • "There is no such thing as a mistake"
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  • Lera Boroditsky (Stanford Univ) [15 march 2013]
    • Does language shape thought?
    • Languages are disappearing rapidly
    • How children learn language
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  • Curtis Frank (Stanford Univ) [19 march 2013]
    • What is fascinating about chemistry
    • The uniquity of chemistry
    • The chemistry of art
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  • Amy X Neuburg [8 march 2013]
    • Electronic sound art
    • Cabaret and pop in the age of the new wave
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  • Oussama Khatib (Stanford Univ) [8 january 2013]
    • Early robotic research
    • Progress in robotics
    • Robotics and neuroscience
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  • Sarah Cahill (Contemporary Music Performer) [20 december 2012]
    • Life as a contemporary music performer
    • Henry Cowell, John Cage, etc
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  • Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley) [13 december 2012]
    • Robotics
    • Engineering and art
    • Art and society
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  • Antara Bhardwaj (Khatak Indian Dancer, Chitresh Das Dance Company) [3 december 2012]
    • Khatak dance
    • Western vs Indian dance
    • Filmmaking and dance
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  • Amitav Ghosh (Writer) [3 december 2012]
    • China and the Making of Modern India
    • The importance of the opium industry for the history of the last two centuries
    • The great capitals of the opium trade: Guangzhou, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Singapore
    • The opium industry in West India (mostly independent) and East India (mostly contolled by the British)
    • Chinese products assimilated in Indian culture (eg, the wedding sari) via Guangzhou ("the Cantonization of India")
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  • George LeGrady (Director, UC's Experimental Visualization Lab) [19 september 2012]
    • Interactive digital media
    • Computational photography
    • Harold Cohen and the early days of computer art
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  • Anne Fougeron (Architect) [10 september 2012]
    • West Coast architecture
    • Green architecture
    • The future of urban life
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  • Chris McKay (NASA planetary scientist) [29 august 2012]
    • Searching for life on other planets
    • The state of space exploration
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  • Piero Scaruffi (Cultual historian, scientist, poet) interviewed by a German journalist on Silicon Valley [august 2012]
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  • Piero Scaruffi interviewed by a Danish journalist on Silicon Valley [june 2012]
  • Piero Scaruffi interviewed by an anthropologist on Cognitive Science [may 2012]
  • Jaron Lanier (Writer, composer, computer scientist) [february 2012]
    • Cyberculture and counterculture
    • Cybernetic totalism
    • Digital maoism
    • You are not a gadget
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  • Eric Schlosser (Journalist at the Atlantic and author of "Fast Food Nation") [14 march 2012, lecture]
    • The environmental movement lost touch with its democratic roots
    • The food supply has changed more over the last 40 years than over the previous 20,000 years
    • The industrialized food system causes hidden costs for society the same way that polluters do
    • Increased chances of food-borne illnesses
    • Organic food movement and sustainability movement
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  • Chris Chafe (Director of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) [february 2012]
    • Summary of career
    • CCRMA, IRCAM, Banff music centers
    • Distributed improvised music
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  • James McClelland (Director of Stanford's Center for Mind, Brain and Computation) [february 2012]
    • Summary of career
    • Modeling the brain
    • Tracking neurons
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  • Deborah Aschheim (Multimedia artist) [february 2012]
    • Summary of career
    • The theme of memory
    • Louise Bourgeois (1911), Eva Hesse (1936), Christian Boltanski (1944), Mark Lombardi (1951), Sophie Calle (1953)
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  • Jean-Pierre Changeux (neuroscientist) [27 january 2012]
    • The neuroscience of Art
    • There is a history of art, but no progress: one can't define one age as "better" than a previous age. They are different.
    • However, evolution is critical to the definition of art: art has to be unique.
    • The first sign of aesthetic activity are the symmetric tools of prehistory.
    • Literacy reorganizes the brain at the physical level: reading and writing hijack a brain. So do other symbolic activities and art.
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    Slide show
  • Lynn Hershman (San Francisco Art Institute) [4 january 2012]
    • Interactive multimedia art
    • Identity and privacy in a high-tech society
    • We are cyborgs
    • Feminist art movement
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  • David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton Univ) [8 december 2011, lecture]
    • Compassion
    • Altruism
    • Group-based selection
    • Social engineering

  • Paul Rabinow (UC Berkeley, Dept of Anthropology) [30 Oct 2011]
    • Foucault
    • Synthetic Biology
    • Epistemology of Anthropology

  • Brian Arthur (Santa Fe Institute) [5 Aug 2011]
    • The silent and unseen digital economy
    • Processors and sensors

  • Leonard Susskind (Stanford Univ, Dept of Theoretical Physics) [2 Aug 2011]
    • Holographic principle
    • Quantum vacuum
    • Life sciences and physical sciences

  • Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford Univ, Human Virtual Reality Lab) [28 july 2011, lecture]
    • Virtual Reality
    • Psychology of the Self
    • Communication

  • Pamela Z (Multimedia Composer) [11 july 2011]
    • Extended vocal techniques and electronic music
    • Interactive installation
    • Avantgarde music

  • Jan English-Lueck (San Jose State Univ) [6 july 2011]
    • Anthropology of Silicon Valley
    • Busier than ever
    • Health in the high-tech world

  • Gail Wight (Stanford Univ) [1 july 2011]
    • Art and Science
    • Electronic sculpture
    • Living art

  • Tanu Sankalia (USF Department of Architecture) [13 september 2010]
    • Megalopolies and slums
    • The architect as an activist
    • Cities of the West vs cities of the developing world

  • Anthony D'Agostino (SFSU Department of History) [2 march 2010]
    • Russia
    • Euro crisis
    • Global economic crisis
    • China

  • Robert Buelteman: a visual interview [12 december 2010]
  • John Chowning (Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) [13 may 2010]
    • What is computer music
    • How it was born
    • Sociological relevance
    • Interaction with Silicon Valley

  • Bruce Damer [21 june 2010]:
    • EvoGrid for studies on life origins
    • Telepresence for space exploration
    • History of computing
    • Virtual worlds and psychedelic worlds

    Part 1
    Part 2
  • Sonya Rapoport (Interactive and Web-based Art) [24 january 2010]: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
    • Interactive art: art as a collaboration between the artist and the audience
    • Interactive art: art as a recapitulation of the artist's process of creation
    • Reconciling technology and aesthetics
    • The cultural role of the Internet
    • Thought-provoking art vs art as entertainment
    • Art that reflects society at a point in time
    • Gender-conscious art: the female as a displaced person
    • Science in art
    • Cross-cultural art before the advent of globalization
    • Interactive art as gradual refinement of the artist's autobiography

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