YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

June 2, 2011

Leonardo/ISAST Appoints Jeffrey N. Babcock Interim Executive Director

Filed under: — Kathleen @ 2:32 pm

Leonardo/ISAST announces the appointment of Jeffrey N. Babcock as interim executive director of this internationally acclaimed organization that serves a creative network of distinguished scholars, artists and researchers working in the critical field of ArtScience.

A current member and former chairman of Leonardo/ISAST’s governing board, Babcock has over 30 years of experience as a senior nonprofit arts and academic executive, consultant, event and media producer, and entrepreneur. He has served as chief executive and artistic director of both established and start-up cultural, arts and academic organizations.

In announcing Babcock’s appointment, Leonardo/ISAST board chair and attorney Greg Harper said, “The Board welcomes Jeff Babcock as Leonardo/ISAST’s new Executive Director. We look forward to working with Jeff to expand the influence of Leonardo beyond its well-known prominence in the academic community into the larger realms of business, education and social concerns.” Babcock has been actively involved in creative technologies throughout his career, collaborating with arts technology engineers and artists to produce and present complex projects. He continues to be committed to advancing the field by promoting creative and engineering collaborations at the intersection of multiple disciplines.


October 27, 2009

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

Filed under: — Tags: , , , , , — Kathleen @ 2:30 pm

Monday, November 9, 2009

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117
McLaren room #251

LASER is a monthly series of lectures and presentations organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST)

This event is FREE but space is limited. Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com.


6:15pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking.

6:45-7:10: Warren Sack (UC Santa Cruz) on “Software Studies, Software Art, Software Design”

Since software design is a process of writing, the “computer revolution” can be understood as the rewriting of the world. One can identify a minor literature, within computer science, that has been premised on an understanding of software designers as writers, as essayists, as those who articulate ideas in code to communicate with other people. In other words, within this minor literature, computers are understood not just as tools but also as media that connect and separate people. Software studies is an emerging area in which code is examined as a digital medium.

7:10-7:35: Jim Campbell (artist) on “More is Less: Delving Into Lo-fi”

I’ll discuss how my work over the last few years has gone from looking at very low-resolution visual image representations to looking at almost no-resolution non-image visual representations. I’ll show different ways of distilling time and rhythm information from an event, ways that , when successful, present an essential and felt (as opposed to analytic) extremely minimal representation.

7:35-7:50: BREAK

7:50-8:15: Phil Ross (artist) on “It’s Alive!: Curating life into the art realm”

An introduction to the ideas and ambitions that gave rise to BioTechnique, a 2007 show that traced the history of life as a cultured thing; the complicated logistics in curating living works into galleries and museums; a larger view of the bio-culture industry.

8:15-8:45: Renetta Sitoy (artist) on “The Internet as Media”

Employing a range of strategies for acquiring, organizing, and re-contextualizing information found on the World Wide Web; exploring themes such as online communities (in which participants communicate through mediated, self-defined personas), “cyber-stalking,” as well as using the Internet as a means of self-discovery and recollecting personal histories.

8:45-9:30: More Socializing/Networking

Find out more about past LASERs: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/laser.html

September 8, 2009

Leonardo, Vol. 42, Number 4 (2009)–Special SIGGRAPH Issue–Now Available from The MIT Press!

Filed under: ,Non-YLEM — Tags: , , , , , — Kathleen @ 12:18 pm


This special issue of Leonardo (published by The MIT Press), produced in collaboration with the world-renowned, annual SIGGRAPH Conference, presents the peer-reviewed SIGGRAPH 2009 Art Papers and documents the projects on exhibit in the BioLogic gallery at the SIGGRAPH 2009 Conference in New Orleans, LA, August 3-7, 2009.

View the Table of Contents and Abstracts: http://leonardo.info/isast/journal/toc424.html

This issue is part of the 2009 subscription volume of Leonardo Journal. It can also be purchased as a single issue from The MIT Press. To order a copy, visit: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/leon

August 4, 2009

Close Nancy Worthington’s “The Police State” in the “Control” Exhibiton

Filed under: — Tags: , , , , , — worthington @ 6:31 pm

“THE POLICE STATE-PART I (You Have The Right To Remain Silent”
will be exhibited in the CONTROL EXHIBITION at SOMArts Cultural Center.
This all-women show, presented by the Women’s Caucus for Art was juried by The Guerrilla Girls West.

In light of the arrest of Dr. Gates on July 16, 2009 at his home by Police Sgt. Crowley, and the escalation of this incident to national attention, “The Police State” created by Ms. Worthington in 1992 is extremely relevant in today’s world.

August 6 – 27, 2009
SOMArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA
Opening Reception, Thursday, August 6, 6-9 P.M.
Gallery Hours, Tuesday-Friday, 2-7 P.M., Saturday 12-5 P.M.

For more information on “The Police State” please click on: http://www.domjoy.com/image-gallery/socialpolical-commentary-art/the-police-state/

May 7, 2009


Filed under: — Tags: , , , , , — worthington @ 10:51 pm

Planet Pluto Meritage wine (2005), released in April 2009, was created by winemaker Clark Smith (of Vinovation fame), Winesmith Cellars, Sebastopol, CA, to honor Pluto–the absurdly demoted planet.
The original artwork design for Planet Pluto Meritage was done by the internationally acclaimed artist Nancy Worthington, whose unique and controversial style has attracted thoughtful connoisseurs the world over with a gravity all its own. Her insightful and courageous art distills the essence of complex themes, sometimes social, sometimes political, sometimes romantic. Nancy Worthington’s dreamy artwork of Pluto the planet addresses all three realms as we stretch to reconcile science, tradition and our love for the ninth planet.
This delicious blend of Meritage varietals will rock your world!


PLANET PLUTO MERITAGE WEBSITE http://planetplutowine.com/planetpluto/plantet-pluto-front-web-rdy-3

March 3, 2009

Alex and Martha Nicoloff to show work at Bay Area Visual Music meetup, March 12

Filed under: — tjt @ 9:00 pm

Longtime YLEM members Alex and Martha Nicoloff will be showing their work (visuals generated with sunlight and prisms) at the next meeting of the Bay Area Visual Music Meetup.   The meeting will also include a live performance by Scott Davey (visuals) and Lx Rudis (music) .  A unique aspect of this performance is that Scott’s visuals will be transmitted live over the network from Sacramento.

The meeting will be at the New Nothing Cinema (16 Sherman St, San Francisco) at 8pm on March 12.  Complete details can be found at the Bay Area Visual Music calendar.


Together with his wife Martha, Alex Nicoloff, based in Berkeley, California, creates environments consisting of sunlight, prisms, the spectrum and sound. They convert scientific principles and technological innovation into a variety of aesthetic formats. Their focus involves the organization in video of visual energies released by means of improvisation and orchestration. Here’s an article about their work.

Scott Davey is a musician and visual artist living in Sacramento. He is again involved, both live and remote, in an improvisational abstract cinema project with LX Rudis called Live Feed. In addition to that he plays in a rock ‘n roll band called Lost Lake, records solo as Tackhammer, and teaches learning disabled elementary school students.

lx rudis is a new media producer and live performer with roots in san francisco’s art-punk-industrial movement. mostly known for his work in videogames and related technology, lx also is a prolific experimental artist who works comfortably in a wide range of disciplines; from audio/video synthesis to social computing.

Complete details on the evening be found at the Bay Area Visual Music calendar.

February 19, 2009



The San Jose Museum of Art has enthusiastically accepted “Not Some Random Thoughts” into its permanent collection. Nancy Worthington, M.F.A. created “Not Some Random Thoughts” between 1980 and 1998. The work is a book art mixed-media double triptych comprising both handwritten commentary and graphic imagery as a satrical and sardonic view of everyday life.

Click here to see full view of  artwork: http://www.domjoy.com/image-gallery/fantasycommentary-art/not-some-random-thoughts/

January 23, 2009

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous at SETI Institute

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Tags: , , , , — Kathleen @ 12:55 pm

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)
SETI Institute
515 N. Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043

February 11, 2008, 6:30-10PM

LASER is a monthly series of lectures and presentations on art, science and technology organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST.

Please RSVP to p (at) scaruffi (dot) com to attend. Admission is free but limited.


6:30pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

6:45-7:15pm: Amy Ione of the Diatrope Institute on “Perception, Photography, and the Art/Sci Equation”

7:30-8:00pm: Frank Pietronigro, co-founder and director of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, and Lowry Burgess, former Dean and Professor, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, on “I See The Earth and it is Beautiful”

8:00-8:30pm: break

8:30-9:00pm: Daniel “Cosmo Kichman” Grupp (Artist in residence at DeYoung Museum) on “Yielding to Irony: Understanding the Illusion of Importance in Art and Science.”

9:00-9:30pm: Robert Rich, Electronic and Digital Composer, on “Microtonal Music and Just Intonation”

For more information, visit: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/laser.html

January 7, 2009

Member Show: In the Light – 50 Years of Figures

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:27 pm

Show runs January 16th through February 4th, 2009
Smith Anderson Editions
440 Pepper Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Reception: Saturday, January 17th
3pm to 5pm

Smith Andersen Editions presents “In the Light: 50 Years of Figures”, an exhibition of small-scale, figurative painting and drawings by Eleanor Kent. All 27 pieces were created in Kent’s San Francisco studio over the span of 50+ years in various large or small groups. The work featured is an array of black and white and saturated color, and while some figures verge on abstraction, the focus of light dancing with the human form is evident in all. These painting and drawings are not portraits, but studies of people: model’s such as Flo Allen, neighbors and her children in relation to real and imagined landscapes or interiors.

Eleanor Kent began to concentrate on painting and drawing the figure in North Beach during the late 1950s. She describes this period as “an exhilarating time where the coffee shops and bookstores were full of ideas and people and music”. Kent studied with the likes of Bischoff, DuCasse, Lobdell, Marie-Rose, McGaw and Oliveira at today’s San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is in the collections of the Fresno Museum of Art, Cornell University Museum in New York and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Eleanor Kent exhibits regularly in the Bay Area and Mexico as well as other international sites.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment.

For information please email Smith Andersen Editions or visit the Smith Anderson website.

December 26, 2008

Art/Science Evening Rendezvous in San Francisco

Filed under: Member Events,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:55 pm

Click here to view this invitation online.

Leonardo ISAST invites you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community.

Like previous evenings the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, a couple of brief “news”, and time for casual socializing/networking.

Feel free to forward to relevant acquaintances.

Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com. Admission is limited.

When: January 12, 2009 at 6pm

Where: Downtown facilities of SFSU, San Francisco
(RSVP for detailed address and directions)

6:00pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking.
6:45-7:10: Steve Wilson (Artist and Author) on “Overview of Art and Biology Experimentation”
7:10-7:35: Dor Abrahamson of Berkeley’s Embodied Design Research Lab on “Close Listening to Gesture – An Embodied-Design Perspective on Mathematical Reasoning”
7:35-7:50: BREAK
7:50-8:15: Kavita Philip and Beatriz da Costa on “Tactical Biopolitics
8:15-8:45: Paul Rabinow of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Science on “Ars Synthetica”.
8:45-9:30: More socializing, Q/A

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