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Scientific Delirium Madness 2015

Djerassi Executive Director Margot Knight describes the beginning of the sophomore year of SDM: "On 30 June 2015, a curious, intrepid and accomplished group arrived at our remote Artists’ Ranch to experience the second annual Scientific Delirium Madness artist/scientist residency. Pireeni Sundaralingam, 2014 SDM alum, facilitated exercises to accelerate camaraderie. Shyness evaporated and conversations began. The group may have arrived as strangers but they left as friends and collaborators." Explore the gallery, artists' statements and blogs stemming from the SDM 2015 residency that took place 30 June–July 29, 2015 to find out what happened.

SDM 2.0 Gallery

2015 Residents

Writer
United States
artist and researcher
Primatologist/Cognitive Scientist
United States
Musician/Scientist
United States
Interdisciplinary Artist and Designer
United States
Media Artist
United States
Physicist
Artist
United States
Mathematician/Choreographer
United States
Choreographer
United States
Writer
United States
Professor, Physical Organic Chemist
United States
Doctor and Writer
United States

Blog Posts from the 2015 Residency

By Luca Forcucci

The main request of the residency was to ‘BE’. A paramount condition in order to let ideas flow in total freedom. There was no obligation of outcomes. Ideas (at least for me) appeared in diverse...

By Guillermo Muñoz

    This is my leaving post. A set of quotes, to say goodbye. Nos vemos pronto !!    “Most of the things i´ve done that have “architectural” implications are really about non-...

By Eathan Janney

I am leaving Djerassi today but just arriving at an understanding of the experience. On day 4 I was only beginning to know my fellow residents. There was a sense of suspense about how our...

By Laurel Shastri

Onward and away! Thank you, Djerassi! Thank you, Leonardo! Thanks to all who made this amazing experience a reality. Thanks to the other residents (past, present, and future) whose creativity,...

By Eathan Janney

Documentation of the Mask's True Origins I think I hear footsteps on the roof of the barn. Could it be Tom, the groundskeeper? Or maybe—because of some strange sequence of occurrences—it is James...

By Eathan Janney

A few weeks ago Guillermo and I posted about our first foray into representing quantum dots musically. We realized there was much more potential to explore this idea. In our subsequent days at...

By Allison Cobb

I’m interested in the idea of trash–how we humans deal (or refuse to deal) with waste. At Djerassi there are many gorgeous and interesting art installations that are numbered and mapped for viewing...

By Laurel Shastri

Exploring 'Door-Space' Ephemera. Is it meaningful? A dance is but a moment. The seasons change with the cycle of the earth. A sculpture lasts maybe decades or centuries, if it's lucky. The hills...

By Jordan Hochenbaum

Hi Leonardo readers! My name is Jordan Hochenbaum and I’m a professor at California Institute of the Arts, where I teach in the Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence, and Design (MTIID) and...

By Eleni Sikelianos

What a rare privilege to be at work and walks here among such a wild profusion of intelligence, inventiveness and ethos. The poet Robert Creeley once said that you forge ahead, writing poems “because...

By Allison Cobb

Deborah Forster gives Feldenkrais to Djerassi dog Hank I've been thinking a lot about caring--"taking care," having an attitude of care and concern--and what that might mean for we humans now...

By Guillermo Muñoz

(3D Periodic Table. Michael Aldersley)   I had noticed about this fantastic Scientific Delirium Madness Residence on the Yasmin list, which by the way is having days of struggle these last...

By Allison Cobb

I’m interested in the idea of trash–how we humans deal (or refuse to deal) with waste. At Djerassi there are many gorgeous and interesting art installations that are numbered and mapped for viewing...

By Guillermo Muñoz

  Last Sunday was the Open House, an important date for our Scientific Delirium Madness residence. It was exciting to see the work of our colleagues, and the fruitful collaborations. Here I...

By Eathan Janney

It is not childish to live with uncertainty. To devote ones self to a craft rather than a career. To an idea rather than an institution. it's courageous. And it requires a courage on the order that...

By Laurel Shastri

Inspiration for the fish food bowl July 20--the day after the annual open house of the Artist Residency Program. Yesterday over 250 people traipsed through the woods looking at artwork, peered into...

By Eathan Janney

Photo by Anthony Ptak. "What the pain feels like from a TBI neurological disorder" A few days ago Caroline Wellbery, a colleague here at Djerassi, gave a presentation on her work. She is an MD with...

By Tami Spector

On a walk during the first days here with four of my co-residents our conversation was peppered with references to authors, artists and movies.  This struck me as one of the ways that we were getting...

By Karl Schaffer

On Sunday at Djerassi we did an open rehearsal of our show Daughhters of Hypatia about the struggles of women in mathematics, but I find unsettling contradictions. I ended this year at the college at...

By Christine Lee

      Last night several residents and I were watching composer and scientist Eathan Janney perform an impressive improvisational piano piece. I recall the sounds coming from the...

By Kate Nichols

Paintings in progress in Djerassi studio.  A few weeks before heading down to Djerassi to participate in Scientific Delirium Madness, I packed up my messy, homemade gelatin lenses and took them...

By Caroline Wellbery

Here's to my trial run as an artist-scientist (from my current writing efforts), an account of my attempt at research before I went to medical school: Luckily, another job opportunity came along....

By Eathan Janney

Day two: On my morning walk the early light through the dewy trees creates a rhythm that enamors me. I've been studying rhythms of the thrush nightingale in my research. I record a video on my walk...

By Allison Cobb

I’m interested in the idea of trash–how we humans deal (or refuse to deal) with waste. At Djerassi there are many gorgeous and interesting art installations that are numbered and mapped for viewing...

By Allison Cobb

I’m interested in the idea of trash–how we humans deal (or refuse to deal) with waste. At Djerassi there are many gorgeous and interesting art installations that are numbered and mapped for viewing...

By Laurel Shastri

Bird mask enjoying lunch of avocado At Djerassi, avocados are a prime commodity. They seem to exist in only two states: (1) unripe and (2) in the stomachs of the residents here. There is a third,...

By Eathan Janney

We arrived at Djerassi forever ago but only a moment has passed. I have been collecting memories and it is time to share. My theme for day one is gratitude and this may well be the theme of all...

By Guillermo Muñoz

  I like words, because all of them are metaphors. There are words that we think that really are “things”, like “table”, “ball” or “door”, for example. But, may be is only because we forgot...

By Luca Forcucci

[The Aleph) contains in its inarticulable shape all the relations with the universe and it is, ultimately, the universe itself. - J.L. Borges   Discovering, casualty, accidents, improvements...

By Eathan Janney

Last night a conversation emerged among a group of Djerassi residents about our feelings on cross-disciplinary interactions—especially between the arts and sciences. Each of us was chosen to be here...

By Caroline Wellbery

What is writing the story of one’s life if not a diagnostic exercise? We look at patterns, discard what’s irrelevant, and go through the old charts looking for early hints of trouble we’d once...

By Allison Cobb

                I'm interested in the idea of trash--how we humans deal (or refuse to deal) with waste. At Djerassi there are many gorgeous and...

By Luca Forcucci

Art and science are inextricably connected. Changing views of the manner in which nature operates bring about corresponding changes in art . . . If I imagine myself then as a composer in a...

By Eathan Janney

On Saturday I went on a morning run with fellow Djerassi resident and physicist Guillermo Munoz. As a result of a conversation about our respective fields of interest we decided to make a...

By Guillermo Muñoz

"First artist was mother nature", Tom Shean, on Looking for Stones Adventure.   Abstract: Here i write about my travel to San Francisco. Where starts?, it is not possible to say only one...

By Tami Spector

Early morning, 5:30am, cup of strong PG Tips in hand I step outside Middlebrook D and snap a picture of the landscape, writ-large, with my i-phone. The moon full, or almost full, up above the marine...

By Luca Forcucci

By Caroline Wellbery

The art of doing nothing   On arriving at Djerassi, I welcomed leaving productivity behind. I’d worked hard to jettison my usual obligations: teaching medical students, supervising residents,...

By Margot Knight

I am grateful to be able to add to Patricia Bentson’s welcome to Scientific Delirium Madness 2.0. If you don’t know me, I am the Executive Director of Djerassi Resident Artists Program. With each...