Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 9 April 2020

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

Stanford, 9 April 2020
LiKaShing building - Room LK120
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi and prof. Curtis Frank

The LASERs are an international 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 and the dates for the Bay Area. 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.
Where: Stanford University, LiKaShing building - Room LK120
There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 6pm.
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Walter Scheidel (Stanford/ Classics) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: Craig Hobbs (SJSU CADRE) on "Interdependence: A comingling of art, science and cultural exchange" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 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: Scott Bukatman (Stanford/ Film and Media Studies) on "The Comedic Nature of the Digital Superhero Body" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Tina Seelig (Stanford) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

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See also...
  • Other LASER series
  • Archive of past LASERs
  • Leonardo ISAST
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • LAST Festival
  • Other recommended events
    • Walter Scheidel is...
    • Tina Seelig is...
    • Craig Hobbs is currently Associate Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jos‚ State University in San Jos‚, California. His video projection mapping projects involve collaboration with artists, students, and communities working across cultures and borders. Using workshops and peer-to-peer learning to develop community-based public artworks, his projects address issues of globalization, migration and technology. Hobbs' recent collaborations include Robin Lasser, Migratory Cultures, 2014-2019, 3rd Space Labs, Social Weavers, 2016-18, and Hidden Lily, 2018-19, and Yannick Jacquet of AntiVJ, VPM3D, 2015-2017. Since 2014, he has worked with artists, students, and cultural institutions to create video mapping projects in the cities of Bangalore, Panjim, Vadodara and Chennai, India, and across the wider Bay Area. Hobbs produces large-scale public art, projection mapping projects and films. His past collaborators include Natalie Jeremijenko, Usman Haque, Blast Theory, Andrea Polli, Yung-Ta Chang, AntiVJ, Robin Lasser, Thomas Dolby and fabric | ch, among others. His films include Solatrium and We Won't Bow Down. Hobbs received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and his MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served as a visiting professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et M‚tiers in Paris, France and as researcher and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
    • Scott Bukatman is...
    • 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. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.

    Extended abstracts:



    My talk will address the Buddhist concepts of in interdependence and ahimsa in my work as a digital media artist and professor. The presentation will originate in theories of embodiment arising from sea anemones in the tide pools of coastal California, and will end in the streets of Chennai where I eat fish curry with my Indian collaborators who whom I've forged creative projects addressing migration, nationalism, public art, collaboration and weaving societies of Gajendragad, India over the past 5 years. Through this talk, I seek to reveal the interdependent nature of people, places, cultures and politics by bringing the viewer's awareness to both contemporary and ancient manifestations of Hindustani and Buddhist art, addressing the radical multiplicity of everyday life in India while lifting the veil between the sacred and profane, spiritual and material worlds we coinhabit.


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    The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Stanford Deans of: Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; Research; and Medicine; by Continuing Studies.