The Institute of the Arts and Sciences presents Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous:
Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERS) are a national program of evening gathering that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. At UCSC's inaugural LASER, speakers will lay the foundation for the series by speaking about the intertwining of art and science. Questions like "why art and science" and "why now" will provide context for the series as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway throughout the University of California, in the Bay Area, and beyond.
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Rm 108, UC Santa Cruz
Ken Goldberg, New Media, UC Berkeley
Ken Goldberg teaches New Media at UC Berkeley. He and his students investigate robotics, art, and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research Lab and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg has published widely on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight U.S. Patents. Goldberg's art installations are related to his research and have been exhibited at venues such as the Whitney Biennial, Berkeley Art Museum, Pompidou Center, Buenos Aires Biennial, and the ICC in Tokyo. Goldberg co-write three award-winning Sundance documentary films, "The Tribe", "Yelp", and "connected: An Autobiography of Love, Death, and Technology." Goldberg was awarded the Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1995 by President Clinton, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1995, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000, and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.
Jennifer A. González, History of Art and Visual Culture, UCSC
Jennifer González teaches in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She writes about contemporary art with an emphasis on installation art, digital art, and activist art. González has written for numerous periodicals including Aztlán, Frieze, Bomb, Camera Obscura, and
Art Journal. Her book, Subject to Display: Reframing Race in
Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) was a finalist for the
Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.
Gregory Laughlin, Astronomy and Astrophysics, UCSC
Greg Laughlin teaches Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. Formerly, he worked for NASA as a Planetary Scientist at the Ames Research Center. Laughlin's research focuses on the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets and planet-forming environments. He is involved in projects ranging from hydrodynamical and atmospheric modeling to studies of orbital dynamics and evolution, to observational searches for planets using Doppler radial velocity and photometric transit techniques.
Piero Scaruffi, Founder, LASER Series
Piero Scaruffi is a cognitive scientist, author, and cultural historian. Former head of the Artificial Intelligence Center at Olivetti, based in Cupertino, California, Scaruffi has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and Stanford, conducting research on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. He has published a number of books as well as hundreds of articles. Scaruffi began the Leonardo Art/ Science Evenings in January 2008.
Gail Wight, Art and Art History, Stanford
Gail Wight teaches experimental media art at Stanford University. She investigates issues of biology and the history of science and technology. Wight's work engages the cultural inpact of scientific practice, and plays with our constant redefinition of self through our epistemologies. Historical frameworks express themselves in concepts about the nature of existence as well as upon the tools that emerge out of scientific research. As an artist, Wight traces the ways in which those tools carry their
ideologies with them, moving from the scientific to the social sphere and
impacting the art-making process. Recent projects often involve other living
organisms, inviting them to become co-authors in the finished work of art.
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