Leonardo Calendar of Upcoming Events

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LASER: ATX
16 September 2014
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum (UMLAUF)
Austin, Texas

Arthur I. Miller, historian and philosopher, argues in his book, Colliding Worlds, that artists and scientists share the same mission to “fathom the reality beyond appearances, the world invisible to our eyes.” This ATX LASER will provide an opportunity to explore the benefits of diverse perspectives on innovation in the arts and sciences lead by progressive thought leaders while building community in the Austin area for those working the fertile terrain between disciplines.

Guest speakers:

Linda Henderson is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work on the fourth dimension of space established the widespread popular interest in higher spatial dimensions that was central for modern artists --from the Cubists and Marcel Duchamp through the pioneers of abstract painting--and beyond to figures such as Robert Smithson.

Roger Bonnecaze is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His diverse research interests include developing computer models and predictive tools that improve product development as well as the study of particulate systems that form nanomaterials for optical and electronic coatings. His work on lithographic process modeling improves semiconductor manufacturing, allowing for smaller and more efficient computer chips.

Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring patterns and meaning of self-tracking, sensors, surveillance. Using her background in engineering and high-technology she offers a glimpse into the future of human data portraits physically made and hand built as intelligent wallpaper.

Current exhibiting Umlauf artist Margo Sawyer whose installations translate the notion of an ancient sacred space into a contemporary vocabulary. The artist is particularly interested in relatiosnhips between the experience of space and the experience of transcendence.

Following the speaker presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees.

In partnership with the nonprofit Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), ATX LASER was conceived by J.D. Talasek, UMLAUF scholar-in-residence. Talasek is Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the founder of the D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) program. His co-organizers for ATX LASER are Katie Robinson Edwards, PhD., UMLAUF Curator, and Diane Sikes, UMLAUF Director of Programs.

ATX LASER sessions are free and open to the public.

For tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/atx-laser-tickets-11270314815.


DASER: DC
18 September 2014
National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C
5:30–9 p.m.

S
cheduled panelists include conceptual interdisciplinary artist, curator and author Olga Ast; Ph.D. candidate in geology at the University of New Mexico Magdalena Donahue; contemporary artist and author Rachel Sussman; and Director of Cultural Programs at the National Academy of Sciences JD Talasek. This month’s DASER explores the theme of deep time, in conjunction with the exhibition Imagining Deep Time currently on view at the National Academy of Science. Find out more


LASER: Toronto
25 September 2014
University of Toronto
Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

Details forthcoming.


LASER: UC Berkeley
8 October 2014
UC Berkeley Extensions, Room TBD
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

The evening includes four presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking. This event is free and open to the public.

Evening Schedule:

7:00-7:25: Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley/Psychology) on "The Philosophical Baby"
Gopnik will outline some of the new discoveries in our scientific understanding of babies and their implications on the way we think about young children and ourselves.

7:25-7:50: Edward Frenkel (UC Berkeley/Mathematics) on "Love and Math"

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.

8:10-8:35: Stephen Palmer (UC Berkeley/Psychology) on "Color, Music, and Emotion"

8:35-9:00: John Edmark (Stanford/Art and Art History) on "Geometric Patterns of Change"
Edmark will discuss his transforming and kinetic works influenced by his ongoing exploration into spatial patterns of symmetry and growth, especially on those arising out of logarithmic spiral structures, Fibonacci numbers, and the golden ratio.


LASER: Stanford
9 October 2014
Stanford University
Li Ka Shing Center, Room TBD

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi

The evening includes four presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking. This event is free and open to the public.

Evening Schedule:

7:00-7:25: Andrea Stevenson Won (Stanford/Communication Department) on "The Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab" Andrea will discuss the work of Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab and some of the larger questions the Lab's research aims towards addressing

7:25-7:50: Margot Knight (Djerassi Resident Artists Program/Executive Director) on "Scientific Delirium Madness"
Margot will share what was learned during the July 2014 retreat that linked artists and scientist for 30 days of collegial interaction and exploration. She will also discuss plants for next year's Scientific Delirium Madness 2.0.

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.

8:10-8:35: Maria McVarish (Stanford/Modern Thought and Literature) on "Mapping the Uncharted: Non-Cartesian Spaces"

TBA.

8:35-9:00: Patricia G. Lange (California College of the Arts/Critical Studies) on "Evaluating Techno-Aesthetics in Video"
Patricia's presentation will explore and ultimately challenge the assumptions often made in distinguishing amateurs from professionals in terms of technical and aesthetic competencies.


LASER: ART SV/SF
11 October 2014
San Mateo Events Center
3–4:30 p.m

This LASER event will coincide with the ART Silicon Valley San Francisco Fair (Art SV/SF), Art Miami’s new international contemporary and modern art fair on the west coast, taking place 9–12 October, also at the San Mateo Events Center. Art SV/SF will present a curated balance of blue-chip art along with works by emerging, mid-career and experimental talent. The fair will offer the unique experience of viewing great art and exploring innovative cultural programming including on-site installation projects, interactive art, artist talks and fair tours for all audiences and taste levels. Speakers for this LASER will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to Art SV/SF. Find out more


Updated 15 September 2014