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Hello friends and colleagues,

I invite you to please stop by the SETI Institute on Wed. Dec 8th to attend a talk on “systems and interactivity in drawing” I will be giving. Details and times are below. Space is limited, please RSVP to make sure you get a seat!

You can view this invitation online and RSVP at


Kind regards,

Mountain View, 8 December 2010
c/o SETI Institute
189 N. Bernardo Avenue #100
Mountain View, California

An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at the intersections of the Arts and Science. Chaired by Piero Scaruffi (p@scaruffi.com)
Part of a series of cultural events
Sponsored by:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the University of Illinois’ eDREAM Institute,
the University of Calabria’s Evolutionary Systems Group,
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology,
SETI Institute

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 acquaintances.
Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com . Admission is limited.
Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
Download the program for the next three LASERs
In order to facilitate the networking, feel free to send me the URL of a webpage that describes your work or the organization you work for. I will publish a list on this webpage before the day of the event so that everybody can check what everybody else is doing. (Not mandatory, just suggested).
See also…

  • Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
  • Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
  • Previous Art/Science Evenings

  • When: December 8, 2009 Where: SETI Institute
    189 N. Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043

    • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking. During the evening anyone in the audience is welcome to present their work in 30 seconds.

    • 7:00-7:30:
    • Bathsheba Grossman (Artist) on “3D Printing Sculpture” Notes on making and marketing geometrical sculpture in the medium of rapid prototyping. Freeform fabrication in archival materials has made a Gutenberg moment for sculpture: printing metal and glass in short runs at reasonable prices doesn’t just create a new medium, it also drives new business models.
    • 7:30-8:00:
    • Phillip Prager (Cambridge University and Minerva Foundation) on “What is creativity? Debunking myths and implications for interactive media” Scientific accounts of creativity have little in common with classical, romantic and psychoanalytic notions, many of which remain popular within new media. There remains great potential for instantiating principles of creative cognition with interactive design methodologies.
    • 8:00-8:30: BREAK
    • 8:30-9:00:
    • Peter Foucault (SFAI) on “Systems and Interactivity in Drawing” A discussion on how drawings are constructed through mark making systems, and how audience participation can influence the outcome of a final composition, focusing on an interactive robotic drawing installation
    • 9:00-9:30: Wayne Vitale (Gamelan Sekar Jaya) on “The Aesthetics of Oscillation in Balinese Music.” The gamelan orchestras of Bali are famous for their brilliant ensemble virtuosity. Underlying the metallic flash is an aesthetic sensibility of periodicity or oscillation that affects every aspect of the music. Based on Hindu cosmology, the Balinese concept of rwa bhineda—interdependent opposites—is manifest in the tiniest details of musical elaboration and interlocking melodies, in the paired tuning system of “detuned” unisons, and in extended gong periods several minutes long.

    • 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

    Address: 189 N. Bernardo Avenue, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA 94043

    Phone: 650-961-6633

    Images from my previous LASER lecture at USF!

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