Saturday, June 6, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Leonardo/ISAST LASER June 10 2009

I know this isnt in the mediterranean !! send to you friends
in california !


Leonardo/ISAST; Announces LASER June 10 2009
Montain View California,
SETI (Search for Extraterrestial Intelligence Institute)

An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at
the intersections of the Arts and Science.

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi ( and Doug Vakoch
Part of a series of cultural events
Sponsored by: ZKM|Center for Art and Media

Leonardo ISAST and SETI Institute invite you to a meeting of the
Leonardo Art/Science community. See below for location and agenda.

The event is free and open to everybody. Feel free to invite relevant

Please RSVP to . Admission is limited.

When: June 10, 2009

Where: SETI Institute
515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, California, USA

   * 6:30pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
   * 7:00-7:30: Sheila Pinkel (artist) on "Making visible the
invisible in nature and in culture"
     Since 1973 I have been trying to make visible the invisible in
nature and culture. I will briefly speak about the evolution of my
work during this time to provide a conceptual overview of my ideas and
   * 7:30-8:00: Robert Edgar (Stanford Univ) "Temporal Seurats:
Simultaneous Opposites"
     I create and employ software engines to examine mediated
artifacts forged at my zone of proximal development. Or: I collect
stuff that interests me, then make ways of re-experiencing it to help
me consider why I thought it was interesting. I'll show off a couple
of output examples from my current tool-in-development "Simultaneous
   * 8:00-8:30: BREAK
   * 8:30-9:00: Liena Vayzman (San Jose State University) on "The
Aesthetics and Politics of Home in Contemporary Art"
     Is home a fleeting dwelling place? A memory? Luxury for the
rich? Site of regional identity? Domestic heaven or hell? Nostalgic
marker for lost history? In light of the recent foreclosure crisis,
Liena Vayzman will discuss the exhibition "Home: The Aesthetics and
Politics of Home in Contemporary Art" which she curated in 2007. Works
by 30 contemporary artists interpret the concept of home in innovative
works of sculpture, video installation, photography, design, painting,
and documentary film. "Home" demonstrates artistic critiques and
re-imaginings of the embattled white-picket-fenced symbol of the
American dream on the cusp of a shifting cultural terrain etched by
economies of greed and displacement.
   * 9:00-9:30: Roger Malina, CNRS Marseille, on "The Limits to
Curiosity in Art and Science" (remote talk live from France!)
     Curiosity is a great motivator, and is part of the ethos of
scientific inquiry. As pointed out by Leonardo Editor Sundar Sarukkai
in his paper "Science and the Ethics of Curiosity", Curiosity as a
value has different cultural histories. When artists and scientists
collaborate there are cultural differences that create differences on
how one defines success and also ethical and philosophical differences
that act as boundary conditions.
   * 9:30: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening
     I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next
Leonardo evening.
   * 9:30pm-10:00pm: Discussions, more socializing
     You can mingle with the speakers and the audience


   * Robert Edgar is a digital media producer presently living in the
Bay area. Robert creates and employs software engines to examine
mediated artifacts forged at his zone of proximal development. His
engines include Memory Theatre One (1985), Living Cinema (1988), Sand,
or How Computers Dream of Truth in Cinema (1992), Memory Theatre Two
(2003), and Simultaneous Opposites (presently under development). He
holds an MFA from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing
Arts, presently works at Stanford University, and teaches at the Art
Institute of Sunnyvale.
   * Roger Malina is a space scientist and astronomer, with a
specialty in space instrumentation and optics, previously Director of
the NASA EUVE Observatory at U.C. Berkeley and Director of the
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille CNRS. He serves on the Comite
National of the French CNRS for astronomy and on the French National
Commission on Cosmology. He is also Chairman of the Board of
Leonardo/International Society for the Arts/Sciences and Technology in
San Francisco and President of the sister association in Paris.
   * Sheila Pinkel is a Professor of Art at Pomona College where she
has worked since 1986. She has exhibited and spoken nationally and
internationally. Most recently she co-curated the exhibition "In
Transition Russia 2008" in Ekaterinberg and Moscow, Russia, and
participated in a symposium with this title.
   * 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. As a music historian, he has published ten books,
the latest ones being "A History of Rock Music" (2003) and "A History
of Jazz Music" (2007). He has also written extensively about cinema,
literature and the visual arts. An avid traveler, he has visited 121
countries of the world.
   * Liena Vayzman s hybrid practice incorporates photo-based and
curatorial projects. Vayzman co-curated "Chance Operations" and "Night
Light: An Evening of Luminous Environments". She organized "Captured
Accidents: Valencia Street Live," an interactive media project by
digital artist Tim Thompson at Artists Television Access (ATA) and
"HOME: The Aesthetics and Politics of Home in Contemporary Art" at
Root Division. Vayzman started the bands Jerk Alert and I Like Action!
and is currently at work on "The Lemon Tree Project, a yearlong
photographic and narrative collaboration with a fruit tree in Oakland
CA, and a book project on food and agriculture in contemporary art. In
2008-09, she taught in the Photography Program at San Jose State

Address and directions: 515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043.
Phone: 650-961-6633

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