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.

October 1, 2008

Digital’08: Imagination On Behalf Of Our Planet

Filed under: — Torrey Nommesen @ 11:57 am

Digital’08: Imagination On Behalf Of Our Planet
The 10th International Digital Print Exhibition

Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)
at the New York Hall of Science
October 4, 2008 – January 25, 2009
Reception: Sunday, October 5, 2008

Online Exhibition: http://www.asci.org/artikel994.html

New York, NY — One of the world’s leading art-science organizations, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI), opens their 10th annual, international, digital print exhibition, this year dedicated to exploring the use of imagination on behalf of our planet.

The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.

– Albert Einstein.

By utilizing the almost limitless possibilities of digital imaging technologies, the artists in Digital’08: Imagination On Behalf Of Our Planet are contributing new perspectives on the diverse issues surrounding our planet’s current environmental crisis.

On view from Saturday, October 4, 2008 through January 25, 2009 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, Digital’08 is the result of an international “open call” that invited entrants to examine their environmental concerns, indulge their fantasies, and then share their digital visions of how a sustainable future might look.

… we hoped that artists might propound possible solutions to environmental issues. Instead, by and large, we were presented with fresh approaches to framing the problems. But the reframing of a problem can often be a first step towards a solution

– Digital’08 co-juror, John Michael Gorman who is an author, curator, and Director of The Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Artists today play an important role in society by creating art that: provokes thought, helps raise awareness, provides new perspectives, gives hope, seeks a higher consciousness, and on occasion, proposes new solutions.

Cynthia Pannucci, Digital’08’s other juror, and the artist-Founder/Director of ASCI

In this exhibition, you are presented with images reflecting on our environmental stewardship [or lack thereof] that explore topics running the gamut from: physical and digital recycling, as well as an imaginative, new alternative energy source; the fragility of nature in relation to its sustainability and ours; the promises of science and biotechnology, and even the healing power of music; the sad loss of our “natural heritage” marked in time; while from less down-to-earth perspectives come suggestions of there being more to “matter” than meets the eye; as well as the celebration of a more holistic, cosmic consciousness that sees man as “part of” rather than “separate from” nature.

Participating artists & scientists include: Lindsay Bloxam, Christine Chin, Roger Ferragallo, Nathaniel Freeman, Jessica Gross, Stephen Harrison, Nicole Hatanaka, Joseph Ingoldsby, Katherine Kollins, Robin Michals, Steve Miller, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Hugh O’Donnell, Ruth Parish, Rachel Simmons, Lily Smernou, and Mark Stock.

The New York Hall of Science is one of our country’s most renowned hands-on science and technology centers, featuring more than 400 hands-on exhibits exploring the wonder and excitement of biology, chemistry and physics.

September 21, 2008

Scott Draves

Filed under: — Jeremiah Allen Welch @ 11:19 pm

A Springer book entitled “The art of artificial Evolution: A handbook on evolutionary art and music”  The book includes chapters written by artists and scientists that employees artificial intelligence techniques inspired on natural evolution to the creation of art, design, music
and architecture. Some of the authors are “Philip Galanter, Scott Draves, Christian Jacob, Alan Dorin, Günter Bachelier, Gary Greenfield and Jon McCormack”. In the website “http://art-artificial-evolution.dei.uc.pt/” there are information such us the table of contents, preface and so.

Leonard Shlain

Filed under: — Jeremiah Allen Welch @ 11:16 pm

HarperCollins, the publisher of Art & Physics, has reissued the book with a new cover and Shlain wrote a few additional chapters. Increasingly, art schools and universities are using it as a source book.

Shlain’s speaking engagements this fall will be a weekend workshop from Oct 17th to the 19th at Esalen in Big Sur. He will be discussing Leonardo’s Brain along with other books in a free ranging discussion. Shlain will be a speaker at the Idea Festival in September in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Sept: 24 Guest on the Dr. Mehmet Oz show associated with Oprah
Sept: 27 Idea Festival, Louisville KY 2:30-3:30 PM Sex, Time and Power

Oct: 3-5 Norman and Lyn Lear’s Salon Shaftsbury, VT. Invitation only. 
Oct: 17th-19th Esalen, Leonardo’s Brain, weekend workshop Big Sur, CA
Oct: 23 Partner’s Conference, Keynote, Leonardo’s Brain, Banker’s Club
Bank of America Bldg. SF, CA. Invitation Only 

Nov: 6-9 Mediterranean Association of International Schools Keynote
Madrid, Spain. Sex, Time and Power www.mais-web.org
Nov: 11-12 Fusion Project Keynote UC Davis Art & Physics 

Dec: 1 Norman and Lyn Lear’s Salon, Los Angeles, CA. Invitation only.

Nice review of Leonardo’s Brain, in September 2008’s issue, of Marin Magazine. 

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