of the first "Big Bang" conference at U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley's New Media Festival titled "Big Bang" will be a two-day academic conference,
augmented with a digital art exhibitions, social events and campus events.
One day will be devoted to the Berkeley
Center for New Media and directed by
Richard Rinehart (Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator, Berkeley Art Museum University of California at Berkeley, 2625 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA, 94720-2250).
The other day will be hosted by Leonardo ISAST, as an extension of the celebrations for Leonardo's 40th birthday.
This Berkeley festival will be coordinated with and timed to occur
immediately before a similar festival in San Jose titled
"ZeroOne San Jose" that will take
place June 4-8 and will include many more exhibitions, performances,
a few talks, and no conference, estimated to involve 20,000 people.
The San Jose event and the Berkeley event will cross-market each other.
The Berkeley event will differentiate itself by adopting the typical academic
format of a conference/symposium.
However the two events expect to share the same audience (see below).
However, Berkeley will keep it free and open to the general public.
Berkeley Art Museum
will provide the venues for the Berkeley conference.
The first day (June 2) will be managed by Berkeley's
Center for New Media.
The theme for the first day will be: "Embodiment" (the role of the human body in an increasingly digitally-mediated experience).
On the first afternoon starting at 3pm
there will be demos and other happenings around the campus. At 6pm an
exhibition will open with social events. Some other exhibition may open later
in the night. This way the audience will leave the conference at 3pm and
start wondering around the campus till late evening.
Leonardo day - 3 June 2008
"Remix: From Science to Art and Back in the Digital Age"
- 9:00 Introduction: Celebrating Forty Years of Leonardo, by Steve Wilson, Leonardo board member since 1983, artist, author, Leonardo board member since 1983 and Director of the Conceptual/Information Arts Program at San Francisco State University
- 9:30-11:00 "Osmosis": What can the arts do for the sciences?
Art-Science interaction is a two way process. The impact of science and technology on the arts is much discussed and well documented. This panel seeks to examine the influence of the arts on the sciences, and the benefits that science can derive from the arts.
- Bronac Ferran, Writer, Researcher, Instructor at Royal College of Art in London, Past director of the Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England
- Melinda Rackham, Executive Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology
- Jim Crutchfield, Complexity and Chaos Researcher, Professor of Physics at UC Davis, Co-founder and Scientific Director Art and Science laboratory
- Chris Chafe, Composer, Duca Family Professor at Stanford University, Director Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
- 11:15-12:45 "Brilliant Noise: how data becomes experience for artists and for scientists"
Most information about the world we live in is now mediated by instruments. This data is often visualised and sonified both to aid analysis and to communicate with other researchers, but artists too can make this data meaningful and "sensual". The same data sets can lead to very different kinds of work. One person's noise is another person's sound.
- Camille Utterback, Interactive Video Artist, Inventor, and Founder of Creative Nerve
- Laura Peticolas, Space Scientists and Educator at the Space Sciences Lab, UC Berkeley
- Douglas Kahn, Auditory and Sound Culture Historian, Director of Technocultural Studies, UC Davis
- 12:45 free-form meeting of the interested audience with Leonardo ISAST board members during the lunch break
- 14:00-15:30 "The New Sensuality: Epistemologies of the Very Very Small"
Human cognition is bounded by the inadequacy of human senses to allow us sensory contact with the world on scales larger or smaller than ourselves. To perceive the nano world one needs extended senses or new senses. The nano world requires a new ontology and a new epistemology.
- Ruth West, Director, Interactive Technologies, at the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, UCLA
- Wayne Lanier, Microbiologist, San Francisco Exploratorium
- Jennifer Frazier, Project Director of the Visualization Laboratory, San Francisco Exploratorium
- 15:30-17:00 Closing event of the two-day conference for the audience to mingle with the speakers of the various panels and with Leonardo board members.
Winners of the first Leonardo Art/Science Student Contest will also be presented.