Leonardo Art/Science Student Exhibition

The Jury of the first Leonardo Art/Science Student Contest has selected the following projects as winners:

Hiroki Nishino
(DXARTS, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
"Oberhausen Requiem"

“Oberhausen Requiem” is an experimental, psycho-acoustic, site-specific live performance designed for the Gasometer, one of the largest tank structures in the world, in Oberhausen, Germany. The piece, which includes audience-controlled cyalume pen lights, is an homage to this “industrial cathedral” and the history and culture it symbolizes.

Michiko Tsuda
(Tokyo National University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan)
"Where Are You?"

The images in the video work “Where Are You?” refer to the mechanism of self-generation. It gives a chance for viewers to re-think what "seeing" is.

Jaewook Shin
(ITP, Tisch School of Art, New York University, New York, USA)
"Afterimage—Mind Frame"

"Afterimage—Mind Frame" is a visual installation in which the 'medium' of the art work is the mind. It gives viewers an uncanny glimpse of how perception and memory work together to form the world as they see it.

Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl
(School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA)
"Circadian Capital"

"Circadian Capital" is an interactive sound installation which sonifies exchange rate data via Max/MSP. The piece reacts to "coins" being placed on the surface of a reacTable and plays different sounds influenced by the Foreign Exchange trading data of the day.

Byeong Sam Jeon
(Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA)
"Telematic Drum Circle"

Combining telecommunications, robotics, human-computer interaction, and improvisational music, "Telematic Drum Circle" allows multiple online users around the world to create a live collective sound improvisation through controlling robotic percussion instruments via the Internet. The project explores the rupture of deeper communication in the technology-mediated world, and addresses the issue of global harmony by sharing participants' rhythmical spirit produced through the telematic live drum ensemble.

In addition, the jury has given honorable mention to:

Hung-Lin Hsu and Cheng-I Tsai
(National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan)
"Open Space 2.0"

In the "Open Space 2.0" system, users can take pictures using their cell phones and upload them with geographical data to a shared server. Other users can access these photos when they reach the same location, either at the same time or in the future, allowing them to see locations from different perspectives at different times.

Cheth Rowe
(San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA)
"A Reward-Driven Process for Local, Noospheric, and Computational Detection of Stochastic Deviation Fields"

This project provides a method for measuring combined human thoughts. Three letters are randomly and repeatedly generated. It is theorized that group consciousness will skew these formations toward the generation of English words and poetry.

ArtSci Student Contest Gallery

See the work of the ArtSci Student Contest winners in the Leonardo Gallery


The jury consisted of:

- Nina Czegledy, independent media artist, curator and writer
- Piero Scaruffi, cognitive scientist and writer
- Tami Spector, professor of organic chemistry at the University of San Francisco
- Pamela Winfrey, senior artist at the San Francisco Exploratorium

Three of the winning projects were displayed at the closing reception of "Remix: From Science to Art and Back in the Digital Age," day 2 of the Berkeley Big Bang 08 symposium at the UC Berkeley Art Museum (June 3, 2008). All seven projects will also be highlighted in a special gallery section in an upcoming issue of Leonardo (TBA).

Updated 6 April 2011