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

July 26, 2008

Call for Entries: EvoMUSART 2009

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:27 am

evo 2009 logo

EvoMUSART 2009 is the seventh workshop of the EvoNet working group on Evolutionary Music and Art. Following the success of previous events and the growth of interest in the field, the main goal of EvoMUSART 2009 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in this area.

The workshop will be held from 15-17 April, 2009 in Tubingen, Germany as part of the EvoStar event.

Accepted papers will be presented orally at the workshop and included in the EvoWorkshops proceedings, published by Springer Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

Details at http://evostar.na.icar.cnr.it/EvoWorkshops/EvoMUSART/EvoMUSART.html

July 20, 2008

YLEM Forum 9/3: The OmniCircus

Filed under: Forums — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:13 am

Frank Garvey opens up the OmniCircus to the public for an YLEM forum.

September 3rd, 7pm.

The OmniCircus is located at 550 Natoma Street, between Mission and Howard and 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district.

The door is on Russ Street.

July 11, 2008

Member Events: OmniCircus presents Wall of Ashes

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:33 pm

Flyer for Wall of Ashes

OmniCircus presents our NEXT EVENT-

Join Frank Garvey plus other OmniCircus collaborators

Friday August 15 @ 7pm @ OmniCircus

Over 20 years in the making, Frank Garvey and OmniCircus present the WALL of ASHES installation: open for public viewing!

Garvey will discuss his surreal anthem to the urban night- a multimedia installation with paintings, sculptures, robots, music, photography, and video.

This installation will be open to the public most Saturday afternoons 12noon – 4pm, with special evening events TBA. OmniCircus DVDs, CDs and publications will be available for sale.

$5 suggested donation
Call 415-701-0686 for more information.

The OmniCircus is located at 550 Natoma Street, between Mission and Howard and 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district.

The door is on Russ Street.

July 10, 2008

Member Events: Julie Newdoll’s Journey into the Senses

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:54 pm

Cochlea Surrounded by Waves, mixed media, 30?x 36" By Julie Newdoll

Journey into the Senses
An exhibition of prints and paintings by
Julie Newdoll

In the grand showrooms of
creativeliving@Petra Hellas
Opening reception Saturday, August 16, 2008 4:00 p.m.
The artist is flying in from California for this special event
Unit 7, Park Road Business Centre, Bacup, Lancashire, England
Tel. (+44) 01706 876102

July 9, 2008

Event: 8th Annual Fire Arts Festival

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 11:07 am

The Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival (click for more info and to buy tickets online)
July 9-12, 2008
8PM – 12AM
Tickets range from $35 – $55 depending on day of show and time of ticket purchase.

Each July The Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival celebrates creativity through fire and light with a spectacular open-air exhibition of interactive fire art, performance and the largest collection of outdoor fire sculpture on the West Coast.

The 2007 Fire Arts Festival attracted over 10,000 people from as far as England and Australia and featured The Fire Odyssey, an innovative production that blended industrial fire theatre with ballet, opera, hip hop, aerial dance and fire performance.

With an eye-popping array of cutting edge interactive fire sculpture and art from the all over the country and incredible fire, music and dance performances, it’s the must-see event of the summer.

You’ll be dwarfed by gigantic sculptures by Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito, watch Nate Smith control his blazing Fire Vortex, or get hands-on with interactive installations like the Flamethrower Shooting Gallery. On the main stage each evening performers will awe and amaze the most discerning pyrophile from the theatrics of the Copper Lantern Fire Theater to the urban dance beats of fLo-Ology. Enjoy a beverage and food as you stroll through nearly four acres of amazing fire art, listen to some great music, and explore the world of fire and light!

The Fire Arts Festival is the Crucible’s major fundraising event, and proceeds benefit The Crucible’s arts education programs for youth and adults.

June 26, 2008

Member News: Help find a stolen artwork

Filed under: Member News — Torrey Nommesen @ 6:03 pm

Crucifixion 2050 by Mike Wittels
Crucifixion 2050 by Michael Wittels

The art work depicted here, Crucifixion 2050, was taken at the close of a show in Napa. The person who took it claims he did so by mistake and then gave it to a friend because the friend “really liked it.” The friend admits he had it at one time but claims he not longer has it. Present whereabouts: Unknown.

It is a wall-mounted piece measuring about 20″ high including the cross. The figure is formed from a heated and manipulated plastic and metal robot toy called a Transformer. The cross is charred wood. The figure and the cross may have been separated.

Because stolen art has a way of traveling rather than remaining in the location near where it was taken, I am seeking your help in locating it. A reward is offered for information leading to its return. Please email me if you have any leads.

Thank you,

Mike Wittels

More images of piece

See also:
SFGate article
Vallejo Times article
Benica Herald article

June 25, 2008

YLEM Forum 7/16: New Paints

Filed under: Forums — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:57 pm

Precita Eyes Mural Arts

Wednesday, July 16, 8 pm
YLEM Forum: New Paint
SomArts Gallery
934 Brannan St. between 8th & 9th Sts.
San Francisco, CA

Free, Open to the public, Wheelchair accessible

Paint technologies expand the ways artists can paint, and newer products resist the ravages of time better. Unusual capabilities of Golden Paints will be demonstrated by Golden Paint expert Judy Gittleson, and an acrylic paint that becomes united with the wall surface will be described by Susan Cervantes, the well-known San Francisco muralist of Precita Eyes. Both women will show interesting bodies of work and describe their history of community activism.


Judy Gittleson gives a Golden Paint Demonstration that includes:
Golden Historical colors (some hues that were on the palettes of earlier painters), a variety of gels and textures, and varnishes for mural paintings. Finally, she will show the new “Mix More Media” products for artists mixing digital media with painting. With it, you can coat papers or create “skins” that can be run through a digital printer. The result can be manipulated manually. A porous top coat on the image allows you to paint on top of it.

Gittleson is a Golden Artist Colors Working Artist in Northern California. She recently opened an art studio, Art For Well Beings, where she presents demonstrations and workshops on Golden Acrylics. As well, she holds workshops to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals, people recovering from illness or injury and at-risk youth. She has enabled groups to produce community murals. Her work can be seen in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery and have been published in TIME magazine and Metropolitan Home Magazine.

Susan Kelk Cervantes, the energetic visionary who is behind many of the community murals you may have seen in San Francisco, describes the new 3poly-fresco2 mural technique. The 3polyfresco2 mural process is similar to the traditional true fresco technique of painting on a wet plaster surface. When the wet plaster surface that has been painted dries the paint crystallizes and becomes embedded into the wall. Instead of staying on the surface of the wall the painting becomes a part of the wall. The use of an acrylic paste in place of the lime putty used in traditional fresco is one of the main differences.

Cervantes, a 36-year veteran of the SF community mural art movement, is the founder and director of the Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States. Influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first collaborative group of women muralists, Cervantes has applied the same process of accessible, community art to any size mural or age group through community mural workshops. Cervantes is responsible for more than 200 murals considered some of the finest in the country. She is dedicated to enhancing the environment through the creation of murals while involving and educating the community about the process and history of public community mural art. Her deep commitment to collaboration guarantees that the creative work produced is accessible, both physically and conceptually, to the people whose lives it impacts.

June 23, 2008

Call for Entries: Multiple Deadlines, June 27 through October 3

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 12:48 pm

The Great Wall of Oakland

The City of Oakland, California is now accepting works for possible screening on the Great Wall of Oakland. This 100 by 100-foot outdoor wall overlooks the busy intersection of Grand Avenue and Broadway in the bustling center of Oakland’s Uptown District, surrounded by restaurants, condominiums and galleries.

Now in its second year of programming, the Great Wall of Oakland is the canvas for exciting experimental media art by contemporary regional and international media artists as well as classic film and video selections. Screenings are held after dark on the first Friday of each month, the night of the monthly Oakland ArtMurmur gallery walk.

For deadlines and submission guidelines, e-mail thegreatwallofoakland@gmail.com.

June 17, 2008

Call for Entries: Second World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium in September

Filed under: Call For Entries — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:59 pm

The Second World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium will be held on September 10-13, 2008 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Home to many international scientific collaborations such as CERN, Switzerland plays host this September to the 2nd bi-annual World Knowledge Dialogue Symposium (WKD). This innovative initiative aims to bridge the gap between the natural/technical sciences and the human social sciences by bringing together 300 top researchers and opinion leaders from around the globe to begin building a framework of understanding across disciplines. Principal speakers include Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Christiane Nüsslein-Vollhard and John Sulston. Debates will be moderated by WKD 2008 Scientist in Residence, E.O. Wilson.

Details on how to submit abstracts on the WDK website.


June 12, 2008

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) July 14, 2008

Filed under: Non-YLEM — Kathleen @ 6:04 pm

Join Leonardo community members for the fourth in the LASER series
SFSU Downtown Center, 835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA

LASER is a bimonthly series of lectures and presentations organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Piero Scaruffi: p@scaruffi.com

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

6:45-7:15pm: Joaquin Alvarado, Director of SFSU’s Institute for Next Generation Internet, on “Economies of Representation and the Rise of Transactional Identity”

Converging platforms and persistent user interactions on the network have created a new tension in communities and communication. Individual agency is now being applied as a quantifiable transaction in the evolving event-horizon of ubiquitous computing. As users continue to deploy mediated actions in abstracted media forms they are inevitably engaging in negotiations with automated agents. This creates a friction point that will deliver the new economics of identity.

7:15-7:45pm: Amy Ione, Director of the Diatrope Institute, on “Art and the Brain”

Art practice and appreciation are generally considered products of human culture, rather than areas for scientific investigation. Yet, perhaps because art that is quintessentially exquisite speaks so deeply to us, it is difficult to see human culture as a map for one1s individual experience with art. Now, with the explosion of brain research on cognition, perception, and sensation we are beginning to explore the nature of art in ways that include neurobiological and neuropsychological questions.

7:45-8:00pm: Roger Malina, CNRS Marseille, on Leonardo ISAST’s worldwide activities

8:00-8:20pm: Robert Rich, Electronic and Digital Composer, on “Microtonal Music and Just Intonation”

A brief introduction to the use of tuning systems based upon ratios, focusing on musical examples and audio demonstrations, with just a bit of history and not much math.

8:20-8:40pm: Lynette Cook, Artist, on “Art and the Cosmos”

Known especially for her collaborations with Geoff Marcy and other exoplanet discoverers, Cook has painted many planet portraits, from those of our own solar system to those orbiting other stars. She will explain how she knows what these distant bodies look like.

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

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

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

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