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

September 28, 2007

Patterns SIG: Patterns In Nature Meeting

Filed under: Patterns in Nature — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:36 pm

The next meeting of the Patterns In Nature Group is
October 21, 3pm
at Chuck Thurston’s digital print studio
Map To Thurston Digital

Any refreshments you can bring are appreciated.

Chuck Thurston has not only created wonderful natural-looking
patterns in Photoshop, but he has the means to print his work and
yours on all kinds of materials, from silk to rubber mats.

His studio is south of Market, 1/2 block from The Concourse on Bryant
St., and not far from the SomArts Gallery. For you CalTrain riders,
he’s within walking distance of the station.

Do bring examples of your work! And be thinking of places we could
exhibit. We have both the wonderful art and the vigorous people that
make a glorious exhibit possible!

September 22, 2007

Call for Entries: ISEA2008

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:05 am

ISEA 2208 Logo

Call for Papers, Panels and Artist Presentations

ISEA is accepting submissions to the conference of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2008 that will be held in Singapore between July 25th & 30th, 2008. The conference is held alongside workshops, courses, exhibitions, performances and other in-conjunction events that will be held for the duration of ISEA2008 from July 25th to August 3rd, 2008.

The conference, as in previous ISEAs, is expected to bring together artists, theorists, historians, curators and researchers of media arts from around the world to jointly explore the most urgent and exciting questions in the field. The five themes of ISEA2008 are especially focused on eliciting a wide range of international scholars and artists.

Conference Programme

The conference programme will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed individual papers and panel presentations. This year we are also encouraging artists who wish to share their works with a broader audience of their peers to submit artist presentations where they can speak about the specific aesthetic, conceptual and technological aspects of their works. The conference also promises to present a list of internationally renowned Keynote Speakers expounding on the major themes of the conference. There will also be a special lecture delivered by a Nobel Laureate.

Call for Proposals

We welcome contributions from creative practitioners and researchers from a variety of disciplines and institutional contexts as media arts benefits from and exemplifies the interdisciplinary linkages between contemporary art, science, technology and their related philosophies, pedagogies and institutional practices. The submissions must address or be of relevance to at least one of the themes of ISEA2008 in order to be considered for inclusion in the conference. The conference will be of interest to those working in but not limited to the following areas: media art, contemporary art, design, art history and theory, film and media studies, gaming, toy design, human-computer interaction, cultural studies, literary studies, musicology, sound studies, theatre, dance and performance studies, science, technology and society studies, history of science and history of technology, philosophy, history, gender studies, political science, anthropology, sociology and geography.


A dedicated website and online paper submission system is currently being developed and will be ready for submissions from 15th July 2007. Submission period: September 30th November 14th, 2007.

Submission link

Submission requirements:

We only require abstracts (not more than 300 words) of the proposed paper, panel presentations and artist presentations to be submitted in either Text, RTF, Word or PDF formats via this site. Please do not submit full papers at this stage. While we encourage submissions to include relevant images, it would be useful if the formats in which such images are submitted is restricted to low resolution jpegs. In the case of submissions for artists’ presentations, artists are encouraged to provide links to their and/or relevant websites.

The deadline for submissions will be September 30th November 14th, 2007. Submissions sent after this date will not be considered.

September 21, 2007

Graffiti Research Lab talk

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:30 pm

Graffiti Research Lab Logo

A talk with James Powderly and Evan Roth of the Graffiti Research Lab

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7pm

San Jose City Hall, Council Chambers

The G.R.L. has embarked on a mission: to revolutionize tools and languages of urban artists with cheap technology and open knowledge. The lab is dedicated to outfitting graffiti writers, artists and protesters with open source tools for urban communication. The goal of the G.R.L. is to technologically empower individuals to creatively alter and reclaim their surroundings from commercial and corporate culture. G.R.L. agents are currently working in the lab and in the field to develop and test a range of experimental technologies for the state-of-the-art graffiti writer. Their website documents those efforts with video documentation and DIY instructions for each project.

James Powderly is a maverick hobbyist dabbling at the fringes of robotics, chemistry, writing, pyrotechnics, graffiti and art. As a Fellow in the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab for the last year James has developed experimental creative technologies and media for the public domain. Powderly was an engineer and the Director of Technology Development at Honeybee Robotics, and a Manhattan-based NASA contractor. He worked on developing the Mars Exploration Rover’s Rock Abrasion Tool and built a wall drilling robot for Diller + Scofidio’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Powderly has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including an Award of Distinction in 2006 from Ars Electronica for his work with the Graffiti Research Lab. His work can be found on the surface of Mars and other people’s walls throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the Spring, he will begin teaching a class at Parsons Communication Design and Technology program called, “Disruptive Home Economics”.

Evan Roth is a recent MFA graduate from the Design Technology department at Parsons where he was his class valedictorian. He is the creator of Graffitti Analysis video, a project that uses motion tracking, computer vision technology, and a custom C++ application to record and analyze a graffiti writer’s pen movement over time. Evan’s media experiments also include Explicit Content Only, Postal Lables Against Bush video, and Graffiti Taxonomy.

If you can’t make it physically, you can catch the G.R.L. in Second Life, the talk will be streamed live to Ars Virtua in Second Life via this slurl link.

This is a part of FUSE: conversation, a research residency initiative hosted by San Jose State University’s CADRE Laboratory for New Media and the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga California.

Call For Entries: The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:28 am


The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

“If success or failure of the planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do… How would I be? What would I do?”
— R. Buckminster Fuller

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced a call for entries to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an international design science competition which seeks to confer a prize of $100,000 to a single winning solution.

Prize monies will be awarded in June, 2008 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth’s ecological integrity.

Inspired by the life and work of visionary 20th Century futurist and global thinker, R. Buckminster Fuller, The Challenge seeks solutions that epitomize what Fuller called the trimtab principle. The Trimtab — a nautical term for a tiny rudder on the trailing edge of the main rudder of very large vessels, causes an initial momentum allowing the main rudder to turn with less effort in pulling the whole ship around.

“The winning solution will demonstrate how a relatively small effort – in terms of energy and resources – precisely applied at the right time and place can put the ship onto a whole new course. We think there are solutions out there, in the hands of visionary individuals and teams of people, that will play a pivotal role in helping to turn things around.”

“Participants in The Challenge can submit solutions from any domain of human endeavor, focused on the problem they feel most urgently in need of attention. Fuller’s pioneering example of ground breaking, highly original solutions to problems such as shelter and transportation serve as an inspiration for the approach we have taken in crafting the call for proposals. We have deliberately avoided limiting The Challenge to a particular professional field and topical focus, in an effort to capture Fuller’s comprehensive approach to problem-solving. You never know what form a brilliant idea might take, and we want to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge to attract the very best ideas out there.”

Submissions to The Buckminster Challenge will be accepted from Sept. 4th through midnight (EDT) October 30th, 2007.

Click here for more details and to submit an entry.

September 19, 2007

Member Events: New San Francisco Gallery opens with YLEM member work

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 4:20 pm

Corinne Whitaker's Squircle 23
Corinne Whitaker’s Squircle 23

Paul Mahder Gallery, a new commercial gallery, is holding it’s first ever opening on October 4th. Among the artist showing work is YLEM’s own Corinne Whitaker.

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 4th 2007
5 to 8pm

Paul Mahder Gallery
3378 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA

September 18, 2007

November Forum TBA

Filed under: Forums — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:58 am

This forum is still being organized. Tentative details below.

Watch this space for future details!

Thursday, November 8, 8 pm

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm, buy refreshments and meet each other.

RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
Click for directions
Public parking is available on the next street up, Ellis St., between Taylor and Mason Street for $10.
No one under 21 allowed
Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

Diane Ullman, entomologist and Donna Billick, artist, who teach bug science with mural painting at UC Davis will speak with Julie Newdoll, artist and scientific illustrator.

September 8, 2007

Member Events: Jo Hanson Memorial & Artwork Showing

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:09 pm

Jo Hanson 2006
Jo Hanson in 2006 from NCWA web site

Jo Hansen passed away March of this year and the art community suffered a great loss.

Here is a touching biography on the WEAD site. She was a powerful force for environmentalism and feminism in the art world and a friend of YLEM.

Please come to Remember Jo, to take home some of her fabulous artwork, share food, and celebrate her legacy.

Sunday September 16, 2007
Noon Till 5pm

201 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
Memorial Program starts at 12 Noon

Cosponsored by
Northern CA Women’s Caucus for the Arts & WEAD – Women Environmental Artists Directory.

Jo was a pioneering member of the NCWCA.
The National WCA honored Jo in 1997 for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.

Donations for artworks benefit WEAD which Jo cofounded in 1996.
Today WEAD represents more than 200 women artists working internationally with environmental issues.

September 6, 2007

YLEM Forum: Visual Music

Filed under: Forums — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:23 pm

Transparent Sea
Transparent Sea by Loren Means

Thursday, September 13, 8 pm

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm, buy refreshments and meet each other.

RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
Click for directions
Public parking is available on the next street up, Ellis St., between Taylor and Mason Street for $10.
No one under 21 allowed
Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

“Visual Music” will explore the relationship between sound and image in contemporary experimental film practice. Dan Shulman-Means, from New York City, will show a silent film and a film with audio dialog and music, to point up the differences between the two approaches to the film medium. Three Bay Area filmmakers, Douglas Katelus, Loren Means, and Theresa Wong, will present their films and create improvised live music sound tracks in real time.

In addition, the Visual Music program will include Selections from the 2007 Northeastern University Visual Music Marathon, a group of short computer animations with either music by the filmmaker or in collaboration with composers. These films come from all over the world. Included will be films by Jean Detheux from Canada, Fran Hartnett and Maura McDonnell from Ireland, and John Banks, Brett Battey, Brian Evans, Betsy Kopmar, Stephanie Maxwell, Dennis H. Miller, Nathaniel Resnikoff, Suzie Silver, and Pierce Warnecke, all from the USA.

Dan Shulman-Means recently moved from San Francisco to New York City, where he completed a program at the New York Film Academy. He has exhibited his digital art at galleries in New York, California, and Nebraska, and written feature stories on the arts for GTWeekly in Santa Cruz, CA.

Douglas Katelus is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and musician. He has produced several Documentary and experimental shorts that have screened throughout the U.S.A. Aside from making movies, he also co-curates an experimental film show titled “Pathological Rhetoric” that regularly showcases local and worldwide filmmakers.

Loren Means founded the f8 Filmaker’s Co-operative in the Sixties, and won a prize at the Saginaw 8mm Film Festival in 1968. He has shown his films at the Exploratorium, Artists’ Television Access, and RX Gallery. His sound tracks are drawn from music played in improvising groups from the Seventies.

Theresa Wong completed an MFA in performance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. As a cellist and vocalist, her current work spans the areas of improvisation, composition, video, performance art, and large-scale performance pieces. She recently curated a show of acoustic songs at Maybe Recital Hall in Berkeley, CA.

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