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Scientific Delirium Madness 2014

Djerassi Executive Director Margot Knight describes the genesis of the Scientific Delirium Madness progam: "What if we devoted a 30-day live/work residency to bringing artists and scientists together to live, work and explore the universe? What would happen? What could happen? Because of Carl Djerassi’s work in art and science, this sort of collaboration had happened a few times in the program’s history. But what if we deliberately selected a group of scientists with demonstrated interest in art and artists whose muses were informed by science?" On 1 July 2014 the experiment began.

SDM 1.0 Gallery

2014 Residents

Biologist
United States
Physicist
United States
Chemical Engineer
United States
Composer
United States
Writer
United States
Media Artist
United States
Industrial Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Choreographer
United States
Geobiologist
United States
Poet
United States
Media Artist
United States

Blog Posts from the 2014 Residency

By Donna Sternberg

Take this image: a string seems to be unraveling from her body.  It is like a skein of silk looping out, unfurling as if her being was made of cloth and she sees that the fabric is made of a billion...

By Meredith Tromble

As Dawn and I were making the Djerassi version of our interactive, 3-D installation Dream Vortex, I also turned Barn Studio B into an installation about the creative process: It's All The Real World...

By Dawn Sumner

The Dream Vortex, a collaboration between myself and Meredith Tromble, reached a new level during our residency at Djerassi. It is finally artistically interesting, with two scenes and several...

By Ari Frankel

E=m is my first publicly installed sculpture.  It follows a beautiful mystery of red lines sighted around Princeton University, presumably guiding absentminded Albert Einstein on his routes from...

By Charlotte Jacobs

When most hear the name Jonas Salk, the man about whom I am writing a biography, they think about the polio vaccine.  In 1959, however, Sir Charles Percy’s “The Two Cultures,” became his bible. “We...

By Ari Frankel

Gravitas was one of several Roman Virtues along with Pietas, Dignitas and Virtus.  It may be translated variously as weight, seriousness and dignity, also importance, and connotes a certain...

By Dawn Sumner

Snakes dance beautifully, providing their own music with rattles in dry grass. Their tiled patterns shift as skin stretches to consume other tiled patterns. So many subtle features are tuned by...

By Sasha Petrenko

Flake of sandstone sedimentary rock broken off along the trail. I am not a Scientist. I don't know what it was that made me think that San Francisco sat on the Farallon Plate. I guess it's easy to...

By Dawn Sumner

Full moon (behind fog) Estaciones de Luz Walled in Rain under trees Great horned owls One scuttling animal Still no moon Damp morning Squirrel squabble Mourning dove Misting misting misting

By Dawn Sumner

Meredith Tromble and I have been working on the Dream Vortex for a bit over three years - or I should say we started the project three years ago.  We’ve made some progress but approaching the vision...

By Devavani Chatterjea

To enter another world you must first find an opening …baby, air and light and time and space have nothing to do with it. - Charles Bukowski Hemetca Sii, Anthony Heinz-May, 2014   The...

By Jim Crutchfield

Rather odd, but I find myself having to be an advocate for time. Things come into being through time. And so, to my mind, time is important. And, for that matter, time shouldn't need championing....

By Sasha Petrenko

Hello. It's my first post and I'm uncertain how to begin so I will do as I usually do, just throw myself in. Rather than summarize all the wonderfully enlightening conversations and encounters I've...

By Donna Sternberg

Determined not to be cowed by my first hike, I started out again this morning, albeit on a safer route. My thoughts turned again to lost - being lost, feeling lost.  We live in what we think is...

By Ari Frankel

I have finally chosen one of the 5-6 projects floating through my musical mind to focus on developing.  Or perhaps it chose me.  That doesn't matter just now.  I should be able to complete it during...

By Laura

As you might expect, my job as the Resident Manager at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is heavily influenced by the personalities and needs of the rotating artists in residence. Usually this...

By Meredith Tromble

Watching Mandelbrot sets in Jim's studio. Counterclockwise from Jim, in foreground: Meredith, Henry, Anwyl, and Dawn. Photo: Ari Frankel Djerassi fellows cook for each other on Saturdays. Dawn and...

By Donna Sternberg

   I started out eagerly on a hike, a simple 5 mile loop that progressed from grasslands on the top of the world where I could look out and see all the way to the ocean - if it wasn't fogged in...

By Donna Sternberg

The gift of time becomes evident when you step out of your familiar routine.  Time approaches the fluid state, evolving from the linear progression in which we normally view it.  I have been given...

By Charlotte Jacobs

At breakfast an engineer tells me about his plans to write a book on the science of art materials, observations that will influence the way many of us think about art. While hiking in some of the...

By Meredith Tromble

Dawn working on Dream Vortex Prototype 4 in her Middlebrook Studio at the Djerassi Resident Artists program. Finding something that I have been longing for happens so rarely, at least for big...

By Margot Knight

Let the cerebration begin! I have only experienced 3 of the first 72 hours of Scientific Delirium Madness but the words and ideas and laughter are flying. A dream since I first took this job, since I...

By Maryam Shamlou

  The variable media approach that Rinehart and Ippolito propose in Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory asks to what extent works to be preserved might be medium-independent and...

By Anna Davidson

I use life forms as artistic media to comment on their phenomenal nature, bring intrigue to the species at hand, and illustrate the diversity of life. I propose the following  questions: How...

By Tami Spector

Image: Blair G. Bradshaw, Periodic Table 49”x90”, 2002   When people ask me what I do, I say I am an organic chemistry professor; when they ask me about my research, I say I focus on...