Note: this is a special LASER that will take place at CCRMA before their outdoors concert

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of October 10, 2013

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

Stanford, October 10, 2013
c/o Stanford University
Stanford Knoll (CCRMA) - Stage
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

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. 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.

This specific LASER at Stanford's Center for Research on Computer Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and followed by their outdoor concert.

Where: Stanford University,
Stanford Knoll - Stage: directions (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 4pm.
  • 6:30-6:55:
    Kate Nichols (Visual Artist) on "Misadventures in Art and Nanoscience" Art-practice which incorporates methods of chemistry, biology, and physics... Read more
  • 6:55-7:20:
    Taraneh Hemami (Visual Artist) on "Theory of Survival" "Fabrications" is a pop up bazaar of ideas and ideologies that makes visible the systematically erased histories of dissent in Iran... Read more
  • 7:20-7:25: 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.
  • 7:25-7:50:
    Katharine Hawthorne (Choreographer) on "Choreography as Research" Choreography as embodied and experiential research... Read more
  • 7:50-8:15:
    Sasha Leitman (Stanford CCRMA) on "Research in Computer Music at Stanford's CCRMA" An overview of the history of CCRMA's research and current work ... Read more
  • 8:15pm-: CCRMA outdoor concert

See also...
  • Stanford events calendar
  • CODAME Festival
  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Other LASER series
  • ScienceSchmoozer
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings
    • Katharine Hawthorne is a San Francisco based choreographer and dancer working at the intersection of art and science. She has performed with Hope Mohr Dance, Liss Fain Dance, and Ledges and Bones, among others. Her choreography has been presented widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Belgium, Greece, and Argentina. Katharine holds a B.S. in Physics and Dance, with honors, from Stanford University.
    • Taraneh Hemami is an Iranian-born artist who relocated to the USA after the Iranian revolution of 1979. Hemami's work examines the liminality of her existence, of being of two world that are continuously and contentiously at odds with one another. Through her projects she explores personal and collective stories and histories while creating spaces for creative exchange and dialogue.
    • Sasha Leitman is an inventor, composer, sound artist, and teacher. She is currently the Technical and Projects Manager at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where she teaches courses and workshops on interactive sound art.
    • Kate Nichols is an artist who synthesizes nanoparticles to mimic structurally colored animals, grows artificial skin from microorganisms, and cooks up her own paints, following 15th century recipes. In 2010, Kate was appointed a TED Fellow and was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Kate holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College, a M.A. in Visual Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MFA from California College of the Arts.
    • 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.

    Extended abstracts:

    Kate Nichols.
    Kate will give us a peek into her unique art-practice which moves between lab and studio, and which incorporates methods of chemistry, biology, and physics into her work as an artist. She will tell us what led a classically trained painter into the world of nanoscience and how nanoparticles forever changed her understanding of light and color. Expect to encounter structurally colored animals, cellulosic skins, and beguiling nanoparticles.

    Taraneh Hemami.
    Fabrications is a pop up bazaar of ideas and ideologies that makes visible the systematically erased histories of dissent in Iran, through the production and dissemination of collected historical archives in hand crafted and manufactured replications, as well as print and web publications. The project uses the traditional bazaar architecture as its inspiration to create multidisciplinary installations that include retail-shops, a teahouse, a library and a story-booth. Fabrication is a Theory of Survival project, which engages with archives of over twenty years of activism (1964-84), belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California (ISA). The layered archive reflects the political sensibilities of these politically critical years- between the CIA coup d'état to the aftermath of the Iranian revolution.

    Choreography as Research.
    In my creative practice, I treat choreography as embodied and experiential research. I use movement to filter the foundations of the natural world - particles, sound waves, light, force, mass, direction - through the lens of human experience. This presentation explores some of the topics at play in my current performance project Analog. Topics include group decision making, improvisation as an iterative learning algorithm, and the experience of performance as a complex system.

    Stanford's CCRMA.
    The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is a multi-discipline facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. We will give an overview of the history of CCRMA's research and current work being done in Digital Signal Processing, Network Sound, Laptop Performance, Perception, Interface Design and Interactive Art Installations. We will focus on recent work using 3D printing to make novel musical instruments and test predictions of musical acoustics.

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