Program (the order of the speakers might change):
Hughen/Starkweather (Visual Artists) on "Shifting Shorelines"
A series of works in which they examine the complex factors that contribute to changing shorelines... Read more
Peter Maravelis (City Lights) on "Schizo-curation: Transcending the boundaries of spectatorship"
The relationship between audience, artist/writer/musician, and curator in the age of fake news... 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.
- Discussions, networking
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience
- Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather have been working together for over 10 years as the collaborative Hughen/Starkweather. These San Francisco visual artists create abstract artworks based on data. Each project focuses on a specific location or topic and begins with extensive research including current and historic maps and photographs; scientific and numerical data; and interviews with local community members and specialists from a variety of backgrounds. Based on this gathered information, Hughen/Starkweather create abstract artworks that layer past, present, and future narratives to create complex new forms. By allowing the artworks to resonate with the collected data without presenting it in a didactic way, the artists do not attempt to offer concrete information, but hope to prompt questions and new perspectives.
- Peter Maravelis is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of San Francisco Noir and San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics. He produces the noir reading and performance series, Subterranean SF. Together with international and academic partners he has produced numerous festivals celebrating the European avante-garde. These include Dada World Fair, Carnival Pataphysique, Fantomas By The Bay, Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco, Subtle Channels: An Oulipo Laboratory, Trajectories of the Catastrophic: The Life and Work of Paul Virilio, and others. He's been known to occasionally moonlight with private investigators.
- 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.
An exploration of the relationship between audience, artist/writer/musician, and curator in the age of fake news. Schizo-curation explores the development of cultural programs that communicate core ideas from avante-garde currents. Many of the methods employ breaking down the boundaries of spectatorship, blurring, cracking, distorting, and subverting the smooth surface of consensus reality. Serendipitous alignments are utilized to breach the borders of consumer-narcosis and encourage participants to heightened states of receptivity and engagement. The work of Gilles Deleuze, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bataille, Marcel Maus, Donna Haraway, Alfred Jarry, and others is explored in the context of real-time pataphysical derives that rework physical as well as psychological landscapes.
Since 2014, Hughen/Starkweather have been working on Shifting Shorelines, a series of works in which they examine the complex factors that contribute to changing shorelines, including climate change, residential and commercial development, industry, and natural disasters. The artists research specific locations through data, maps, photographs, oral histories and interviews with community members and specialists, including scientists, cartographers, poets, biologists, urban planners, local residents, and others. Hughen will also discuss their recent series Black Gold, which examines the environmental impacts of the industrial food system, focusing on food packaging and food waste. The term Black Gold refers simultaneously to compost (which sequesters carbon in the soil, removing it from the atmosphere) and to petroleum (a primary ingredient in plastic). The artists' research included questions such as: What are the environmental and biological impacts of individual choices about food consumption, including food packaging, disposal, and transport? Can composting food instead of sending it to landfill mitigate climate change? The resulting abstract works on paper utilize the outlines of discarded plastic food packaging to create new forms referencing landscapes, molecular structures, and biochemical and biological processes.
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