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

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. 

Ken Rinaldo

Filed under: Member News — Jeremiah Allen Welch @ 10:57 pm


Farm Fountain is a system for growing edible and ornamental fish and plants in a constructed, indoor ecosystem. Based on the concept of aquaponics, this hanging garden fountain uses a simple pond pump, along with gravity to flow the nutrients from fish waste through the plant roots. The plants and bacteria in the system serve to cleanse and purify the water for the fish.

This project is an experiment in local, sustainable agriculture and recycling. It utilizes 2-liter plastic soda bottles as planters and continuously recycles the water in the system to create a symbiotic relationship between edible plants, fish and humans. The work creates an indoor healthy environment that also provides oxygen and light to the humans working and moving through the space. The sound of water trickling through the plant containers creates a peaceful, relaxing waterfall. The Koi and Tilapia fish that are part of this project also provide a focus for relaxed viewing.

The plants we are currently growing include lettuces, cilantro, mint, basil, tomatoes, chives, parsley, mizuna, watercress and tatsoi. The Tilapia fish in this work are also edible and are a variety that have been farmed for thousands of years in the Nile delta.

Farm Fountain is a collaborative project by artists Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs. We hope you will be inspired to create one yourself. Please visit our illustrated “How-To” pages to see how we made our home version and join our free online forum to share your ideas.

NEWS: Farm Fountain 4, the large-scale version of this project is currently on display at the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand until January 2009. We were honored to receive a “Green Leaf Award” from the Natural World Museum


September 16, 2008

ExoTV at Expressions Gallery

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:46 pm
Exo TV Aqua


Expressions Gallery’s Visual Music series presents ExoTV

Enigmatic Vision, Improvised electro-acoustic music with kinetic ambient animations by Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronic prcessing/Max MSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello).

When: 7:00 PM, Saturday, September 20

What: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery, ExoTV: Enigmatic Vision; animations with live music

Who: Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronic prcessing/Max MSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello).

Where: Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (Near the Ashby BART Station).

Public Info: Admission Free; 510-644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org

Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

A performance of improvised electro-acoustic music in interaction with kinetic ambient animations by Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronc processing/MaxMSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello)

This performance will include excerpts from the movements entitled BLIPVERT/SUBVERT (Due), CHOREO (Qua), and a full performance of the movement AQUA (Tre).

These are early results of a Kinetic Ambient Fiction Engine Architecture (KAFEA) being designed/developed by Mika with Neal Elzenga. Tonight’s performance utilizes source imagery from the artwork of Artist/Writer
Professor Meg Schoerke of San Francisco State University.

The KAFEA system is a follow-on from Pontecorvo and Elzenga’s earlier generative meta-design concepts entitled ‘Arties’, first presented at the AISB’99 Symposium on Creative Evolutionary Systems in Edinburgh, UK in 1999 and refined for the Generative Arts ’99 Conference in Milan that same year.


Mika Pontecorvo studied composition with and worked as an assistant under, Electronic Music Pioneer, the late Professor Vladimir Ussachevsky. Mika’s other work includes Research and Development in artificial intelligence, virtual environments, and interactive media. Most recently this research has focused on the application of simulated evolutionary systems and other Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) concepts to design, arts, and product ideation.

Adriane Pontecorvo‘s Cello work began with performing live improvised film scores in a arabic-jazz-psychedelic fusion band in 2004. She has performed in a number of noise and experimental rock units since that time.

They are both currently members of the experimental ensembles Cartoon Justice and Theory Garden.

More of their work can be found at the following MySpace Pages:

or for more info email: ponte@edgebuzz.tv

September 3, 2008

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, September 8, 2008

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

LASER is a bimonthly series of lectures and presentations in the San Francisco Bay Area organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST. Space is limited. To RSVP email p (at) scaruffi (dot) com

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

6:45-7:15pm: Thomas Zimmerman IBM Almaden Research Center, on “Music as the Mother of Invention”

Many of my inventions started as input devices for musical instruments. The DataGlove was a means to play air guitar. The Personal Area Network was a means to play air drums. I shall discuss the development of input devices for electronic musical instruments and how they contributed to inventions.

7:15-7:45pm: William Hsu and Matt Heckert of the Multimedia & Visualization Lab at SFSU on “Sound Machines and Computer Control”

An overview of several mechanical sound installations and performances they have collaborated on over a 5 year period: the Rotifiers/Centripetal Sound, the Fencers, and the Chainboxes.

7:45-8:00pm: Break

8:00-8:20pm: Sharon Siskin, of WEAD

Over the past 20 years my studio art has had clear and sometimes subtle overlaps with science. Some recent projects make visual the detritus our family produces in the process of raising twin daughters. I will be showing documentation of a variety of recent and past gallery projects; from work that resulted in the creation of a garden at an AIDS hospice, to installations that combined reused, altered X-rays and scientific paraphernalia to address issues related to food and my ethnic identity, loss, memory and healing.

8:20-8:40pm: Deborah Munk, of the San Francisco Dump

An overview of the Artist in Residence Program at SF Recycling & Disposal and will focus on a few of the 70 artists who have had residencies. I will also discuss recycling, the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch and sustainability.

8:40pm: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening

8:45-9:45pm: Discussions, more socializing

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

August 9, 2008

Member Events: Michael Wright in Second Life

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:43 pm
Torrey views Michael Wrights art in Second Life

Torrey views Michael Wright's art in Second Life

Michael Wright is featured in a one person exhibition on the LearningTimes Squirrel Island in the virtual world Second Life opening Aug 1 2008. The exhibit which will remain up for several months consists of real life works that have been upload to the virtual environment and displayed in two different galleries on the island. Dome West 15,166,22 and Tail Gallery 169,213,28. If you use Second Life, click here to visit his work.

LearningTimes, LLC is a privately held organization that is actively engaged in designing and building learning programs, communities and events, as well as the platforms, environments, applications and marketing strategies that make them successful.

One of their core competencies is the designing and producing of learning environments, programs and communities that connect people with other people, online. They believe in utilizing the Web to enable rich collaboration, vibrant community activity, and meaningful interaction between humans, especially across distances.

Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level over the past 38 years. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.

Wright’s digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” my Bruce Wands, “Going Digital”  by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, “Computer Graphics World” ’25 year Retrospective of Digital Art” in its January 2002 issue and in  the magazine’s “Portfolio” section of the November, 2001, issue. The article was called “Pixel Perfect: Michael Wright”. Wright is profiled in “Computer Graphics Companion” edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears  in  “The Computer in the Visual Arts” by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob’s seminal book, “CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology”. He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright’s digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections.

Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is  a member of SIGGRAPH, YLEM,  ASCI,  ACM and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.   He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and served as Art Gallery Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. He was a guest artist at the SIGGRAPH 2004 & 2005 conferences in Los Angeles where he created the “Portrait Virus” at the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego.  Wright as also curated into the SIGGRAPH international exhibition “Global Eyes.”

August 6, 2008

Member Events: Power to the People – Robots and Representational Democracy

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:01 am


Is there decision-making strength in numbers? Professor Ken Goldberg, of UC Berkeley, and his students are looking into questions raised by robots and social networks – and working on a new class of interfaces and games based on networked robots and cameras that quantify a measure of ‘leadership’ to bring about group discovery and decision-making based on the power of crowds.

Ken will report on experiments and questions raised by robots and social networks, ranging from Ouija boards to human ‘tele-actors,’and tell a true story about how invasions of privacy led him and his students to study how robots can assist in monitoring the natural environment. Ken will describe a robotic system they’ve deployed to assist the search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, a bird of extreme interest to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and conservationists whose last confirmed sighting was in 1944. Ken will also describe the Berkeley Center for New Media, a highly cross-disciplinary center with over 110 affiliated faculty from 30 Cal Departments.

Date & Time: Monday, August 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Atlas Cafe
3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Cost: Free.

About Down to a Science: Down to a Science is a casual forum where leading scientists discuss their research with the public at a local cafe. After a short presentation from a scientist, we have Q&A leading to a dialogue. Speakers come prepared to get you involved in the discussion. DtaS features a blog with information about each topic. All this in an fun and easy atmosphere. You have never experienced Science like this!

August 5, 2008

Member Events: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery – Sylvia Pengilly In Person

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:12 pm

Sylvia Pengilly's art

Expressions Gallery presents a personal appearance by distinguished video artist and electronic musician Sylvia Pengilly showing and talking about her abstract animations.

When: 7-9 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2008; Admission: Free
Where: Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near the Ashby BART Station)
Public Info: 510-644-4930, expressionsgallery@msn.com
Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

Sylvia Pengilly has always been fascinated by the correlation between what the ear hears and what the eye sees. Because of this, many of her works integrate both musical and visual elements. Mathematics and physics, including Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstrings, are of particular interest, and frequently provide the basis for her works, which have been presented at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, the “Not Still Art” Festival in New York, and ICMC. She is professor emeritus of the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she taught theory and composition for many years, also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio.


  1. Elemental Chaos (6:10, 1992) an experimental video inspired by the mathematics of Chaos theory.
  2. DarkPlaces (7:00,1995) a video of a performance work in which the image of the performer/protagonist appears as a silhouette, sometimes stenciled from graphics, and at other times from videotape images.
  3. Patterns of Organic Energy (5:46, 2004) a music/video work in which the sounds used for the music were derived directly from keyframes of the video, thus creating an intimate link between video and audio.
  4. The Outer Edge of Possibility (11:10, 2005) a collaboration between Sylvia (video) and Michael Rhoades (music).
  5. Unperceived Dimensions (6:55, 2006). Just beyond our perception lie unperceived realms of both sight and sound.
  6. Release! (11:13, 2007). created by extracting visual segments of the waveforms, processing and animating them, then synchronizing them with the music they represent.

YLEM Journal: Autonomous Robots That Paint

Filed under: Journal — Torrey Nommesen @ 7:51 pm

Journal Issue 6, 2007

Robot Art: A New Kind of Art Leonel Moura
Chance in Robotic Painting: Max Chandler

Link past issues and pdf downloads

August 4, 2008

YLEM Journal Review in Leonardo

Filed under: Journal,News — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:54 pm

Leonardo on-line masthead

The YLEM Journal was reviewed in Leonardo’s on-line journal.
link to the review

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