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.
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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.
This event is kindly sponsored by the Minerva Foundation.
Where: UC Berkeley Extension Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave, Berkeley - Room 206
Danielle Siembieda-Gribben (Visual Artist and Curator) on "The Future of Eco Art/Tech"
How is Eco Art adapting to the growth of Green Engineering, CleanTech and Environmental Politics?... Read more
Philip Marcus (UC Berkeley/ Mechanical Engineering) on "ZOMBIE Vortices - Self-replication in the DEAD Zones of Stars"
Scientists have discovered a fluid phenomenon that not only allows a vortex to thrive, but permits a turbulent vortex to reproduce itself... 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.
Marion O'Leary (Stanford) on "Music and Science"
How music can influence a scientist and science a musician... Read more
Andrea Lingenfelter (USF) on "A Translator's Tale: The Joys and Perils of Online Resources"
The pros and cons of online resources such as Google Translate for language translation... Read more
- 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
Previous Art/Science Evenings
- Andrea Lingenfelter is a poet, China scholar and translator of many genres of contemporary Chinese-language literary works, primarily fiction (including Farewell My Concubine, Candy) and poetry by authors from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her translations have appeared in Manoa, Push Open the Window, Chinese Literature Today, Pathlight, Chicago Review, Frontier Taiwan, Time Asia, and Foreign Policy, to name a few, and she composed subtitles for Chen Kaige's film, Temptress Moon. Her translation of the poetry of Zhai Yongming, The Changing Room, won a 2012 Northern California Book Award. A 2008 PEN Translation Fund grant winner and 2014 NEA Translation Grant awardee, she is currently translating Hong Kong writer Hon Lai Chu's collection of surrealistic short fiction, The Kite Family, and Wang Anyi's historical novel, Scent of Heaven. Dr Lingenfelter has taught Chinese literature at UC Davis and was 2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow at the Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco. She lives in Northern California.
- Philip Marcus is a Professor of Fluid Dynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also Head Advisor for the UC Berkeley Graduate Program in Applied Science and Technology and a former associate editor of The Journal of Computational Physics and of The Journal of Fluid Dynamics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a former Chair of its Division of Fluid Dynamics. He is interested in a wide range of fluid flows: from Jupiter's Great Red Spot to the formation of stars and planets, to the use of novel ways of carrying out three-dimensional morphing and using those ways to design the next generation of high-speed trains.
- Marion O'Leary has held positions at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Nebraska, Sacramento State University, and the Carnegie Institution for Science. An internationally-recognized authority on the use of isotopes for studies in chemistry and biology, his early work demonstrated how exquisitely evolution has optimized the dynamics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. His later work used isotopes to revolutionize studies of water-use efficiency in plants. He is an expert on the biochemistry of carbon dioxide. O'Leary is also a pianist and composer, with a particular interest in the music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly Ravel, Debussy, and Faure. His compositions include works for both acoustic and electronic instruments. His recent memoir, Musical Milestones: My Tale of Science and Music, explores the interaction of his two creative passions.
- 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). 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 "Demystifying Machine Intelligence" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature.
- Danielle Siembieda-Gribben is an Arts Entrepreneur working in the intersection of New Media Art, Sustainability and Community. She practices between genres of Social Practice, Institutional Critique, Intervention and New Media. Most of her work includes an emphasis on the environment and technology. Her most recent project, "The Art Inspector" was incepted in 2009 as a method to reduce the carbon footprint of art. This project has been funded Silicon Valley Energy Watch to conduct energy assessments on artist's studios and take them through an eco-art makeover. She has been an artist in residence at the TechShop SJ where she create a body of work around cyborg politics and the anthropocene. Some of her other roles include being a board member of the Women's Environmental Art Directory; art consultant to the SF Department of the Environment, member San Jose Public Art Advisory Committee; and Fellow Alum at SF Emerging Arts Professionals. Siembieda has a MFA in Digital Media Art at SJSU at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media with a focus on green technologies, sustainable materials. More at www.siembieda.com and www.artinspector.org
Turbulence is a highly-disordered, chaotic state of fluid flow. Yet, it is well-known that sometimes there is order in chaos. Jupiter's Great Red Spot, which has dominated its atmosphere for at least 350 years and which is 30 times larger than the United States is an example or order. Some ordering mechanism allows it to persist, while the lack of such a mechanism makes hurricanes die in times much shorter than a month. Recently, we discovered a new fluid phenomenon that not only allows a vortex, such as the Red Spot, to thrive, but permits a turbulent vortex to reproduce itself and take over other areas of the formerly quiet and laminar flow (hence, their name zombie vortices). Although we plan to create these vortices in the laboratory, we believe that they likely occur naturally in the gas that orbits a forming star (the protoplanetary disk) and that their presence is vital in both allowing a star to complete its formation and allowing planets to form.
Award-winning Chinese-English literary translator Andrea Lingenfelter shares some of the highlights of a career that spans fiction, poetry and film subtitles across the Chinese-speaking world. In particular, she will talk about the ways that online resources have been a game changer for translators, providing instant access to valuable and often crucial information. She will also discuss the limitations of online resources, taking examples from current and recent projects to illustrate the pitfalls of tools such as Google Translate. This exploration of some of the ways that present technology does and doesn't work for literary translation opens up fundamental questions about the nature of language and art.
Many scientists are also accomplished musicians; I count myself among this interesting group. My recently published memoir was an exercise in understanding the events that led to my choosing science as my vocation and music as my avocation, rather than vice versa. What has interested me most is the evolving interaction between these two passions; when I was young, they were always in competition, with music frequently being the loser. In my more mature years, I find the two interacting and reinforcing each other. Music often becomes part of my work as a scientist; science often becomes a basis for my musical activities. My story is also the story of an interesting and diverse group of people who encouraged me along this path.
The evolution of the Eco Art movement has always borrowed from the sciences and social justice. How is Eco Art adapting to the growth of Green Engineering, CleanTech and Environmental Politics? Danielle Siembieda will explain how and why artists are using Art + Tech to save the planet.
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