New ideas for integrating the arts, humanities and computer science


I highly recommend this report chaired by Noah Wardrip-Fruin at UC Santa Cruz  
that was funded at the same time as the SEAD report i co chaired ( )

Noah’s report has a number of recommendations for integrating the arts, humanities and computer science

“Envisioning the Future of Computational Media,”  

This is the final report of the Media Systems project, held at University of California,
Santa Cruz in 2012. This gathering brought together field-leading participants from media-focused computer science,
digital art, and digital humanities — located in and across universities, industry, federal agencies, publishers, and other
stakeholders in the future of media. Different participants focused on diverse aspects of how new media forms are
impacting culture, education, the economy, and other areas of national importance, using examples ranging from the
World Wide Web to computer animation, and from video games to social media. Surprisingly — despite this diversity of
background and focus — rather than struggling to explain our different fields to each other, we found ourselves engaged
in deep conversation focused on a coherent set of shared activities. For the purposes of this report, the authors have
chosen to name these activities computational media.
Computational media involves four types of work and develops four types of knowledge and skills — generally combining
two or more of these categories simultaneously:
● Technical — computational media work requires and develops deep technical engagement, from
the invention of new algorithms to the use of specialized tools for purposes such as 3D animation or
examining code archives.
● Creative — computational media practitioners must exercise creative skills, from the creation of
new genres of digital art and scholarship to the imagining and prototyping of new technology and tool
possibilities for media.
● interpretive — the creation and understanding of computational media requires being able to
interpret particular examples and place them in broader contexts, from situating media forms historically
to interpreting new kinds of human learning behavior enabled by computational artifacts.
● Collaborative — computational media work is most often carried out by interdisciplinary group

for discussion see

roger malina

Leonardo DASER Prometheus Unbound at US National Academy of Science

The National Academy of Sciences’ Cultural Programs and Science & Entertainment Exchange and thirstDC announce Prometheus Unbound: A DASER Special, a collaborative live event on Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. The event is free and open to the public; a photo ID and registration are required for admittance. To register, visit Join the Twitter conversation with #DASERthirst.

Prometheus Unbound brings together a diverse group of experts for an entertaining and engaging look at the science behind the popular movie Prometheus (2012). Join us for an evening of abject nerdiness and witty banter as we explore the representation of science in the movies. The panel of experts includes: Summer Ash, astrophysicist and director of outreach, department of astronomy, Columbia University, New York City; Jeffrey Kahn, professor of bioethics and public policy, Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore; Michael Sappol, historian, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.; and Eric Schulze, molecular biologist and co-founder, creative director, and chief nerd, thirstDC, Washington, D.C. JD Talasek, director, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, will moderate the discussion.

Margot MacDonald and DJ AutoRock will provide creative disruptions. Included in NPR’s Favorite Discoveries from the 2013 CMJ Music Festival and voted 2014 Best Singer by Washington City Paper readers; songwriter, vocalist, and live looper Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. With his former band Big/Bright and as a DJ, AutoRock has played to packed crowds at the Howard Theater, U Street Music Hall, Black Cat and other venues around Washington, D.C. His monthly party MASS APPEAL is now in its sixth year at the Rock & Roll Hotel.

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences sponsors exhibitions, film screenings, the quasi-monthly salon called D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), and other events that explore relationships among the arts and sciences. DASER is co-sponsored by Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. For more information, visit
The Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming. For more information, visit<>.
thirstDC aims to create and foster thought leaders both on and off stage by crafting an informal environment where world-renowned experts socialize, interact with, and inspire attendees in a lounge atmosphere. thirstDC: Be utterly fascinating. For more information, visit

Alana Quinn
Senior Program Associate
Cultural Programs (CPNAS)
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St., N.W., NAS 121
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: (202) 334-2415
Fax: (202) 334-1690

Data Dramatisation and Cognitive Innovation ?

The UTD ATEC ArtSciLab ( ) is part of the new European COGNOVO consortium on Cognitive Innovation 

CogNovo is an Innovative Doctoral Programme, funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and Plymouth University, to foster research training in the emerging field of Cognitive Innovation. CogNovo offers transdisciplinary training that combines scientific studies of the neural correlates and mechanisms of creativity, with investigations into the role of creativity in human cognition, and their application in sustainable technological and social innovation. The Principal Investigator is Prefessor Sue Denham ( ) Professor in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience.

I will be presenting our work on data dramatisation of connectome data on the internal connectivity of the human brain at the first meeting of the  consortium in Plymouth England at the end of April 2014.

Enabling Art-Science Collaboration: A Case Study in Brain Data Dramatisation

Roger F Malina
Collaborators: Gagan Wig, Andrew Blanton, Scot Gresham Lancaster, Max Schich

(All at the University of Texas at Dallas)


The ArtSciLab in the ATEC program at University of Texas Dallas was founded in November 2013 and seeks to enable collaboration between artists and scientists on problems of societal urgency and cultural timeliness where such collaboration is essential. ( I will present early results from the collective work of an astrophysicist, two artists and music designers, an art historian and a cognitive neuroscientist. The neuroscientist, Gagan Wig, is involved in a research program uses a combination of structural and functional imaging tools (including fMRI, DTI, and TMS) to understand the organization of large-scale human brain networks and how these networks change over the adult-lifespan. The collaboration seeks to develop techniques of ‘radical re-appropriation’ to represent the data, develop software tools for data exploration but also show the work in art settings; we are exploring multi-modal data translation using visualization, sonification but also data remix and data dramatization techniques.

The methodology is informed by the results of the US National Science Foundation Report, chaired by Roger Malina, on enabling collaboration between the sciences and engineering and the arts, design and humanities ( ). The report identified 11 key processes for enabling such collaborations: i)Translating ii) Convening iii) Enabling iv ) Including v): Embedding vi) Situating vii) Sense Making viii) Documenting ix) Learning x) Collaborating xi)Thriving. We also refer to the work of James Leach and his proposal for a template for cross cultural partnership agreements applicable to art-science collaboration ( ). I will also present early results for a ‘fuzzy taxonomy’ of data sonification being developed by three of the collaborators in this project ( RFM,AB,SGL) together with sound designer Frank Dufour. The work presented also draws on the collaboration on the Data Remix project with Ruth West, Alejandro Borsani, Lifan Wang and Brian Merlo that is developing data remix methodologies using artistic works as scientific data exploration tools. ( ).

In this workshop presentation I will take the risk of presenting early results of work in progress, informed by the discussion of goals and methodologies that are going on inside the collaboration. I will also embed the presentation in the context of my work as Executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press, where we have advocated the work of 10,000 researchers over forty years: artists deeply involved in science and technology, scientists and engineers deeply involved in the arts and collaborators between these communities of practice.



For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014

Director, CONTACT: Margot H. Knight, Executive Djerassi Resident Artists Program | 650-­‐747-­‐1250 (office) | 407-­‐963-­‐5309 (cell)

Residents for Scientific Delirium Madness Announced Washington DC

— LEONARDO, The International Society for Arts, Sciences and Technology and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program announced the selection of 13 scientists and artists (names & biographies are posted at the end of this announcement) for a residential retreat July 1-­‐31, 2014 at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA.

Dubbed Scientific Delirium Madness, the retreat will connect some of the world’s most distinguished scientists with some of the world’s most forward-­‐thinking artists selected from over 225 applicants and nominees. During the course of the residency, choreographers, composers, writers and visual artists will work closely with physicists, biologists and industrial engineers to explore and transform the boundaries of art and science.

The announcement was made at the DC Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) organized by the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). J.D. Talasek, CPNAS Director noted, “We have reached a point of critical mass. Given our time of deep knowledge and ever evolving networks of communication, it seems ridiculous and irresponsible to not create spaces where the disciplines can converse and inform one another. The residency addresses this timely need.”

“New generations of artists, scientists and engineers are proving C.P. Snow wrong. There are no longer two cultures,” said Roger Malina, past chair of Leonardo and a member of the project’s steering committee. “Leonardo/ISAST is delighted to team with the Djerassi Program for these art-­‐ science residencies: they will provide time and space for the residents to work outside their home discipline as ‘hybrids’ and stimulate trans-­‐disciplinary collaboration.

The project is a tribute to Carl Djerassi, the co-­‐founder of the Djerassi Program and the late Frank Malina, founder of the Leonardo Journal. Djerassi and Malina enjoyed shared success both in the sciences and in the arts.”

In addition to collegial time, the retreat will include a regular series of blogs, LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) events organized by noted cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, an Open House/Open Studio public gathering at the Djerassi Program, a white paper by journalist and writer Jamie Diamond and a special insert in the LEONARDO journal. “An art/science residency is in our organizational DNA,” noted Margot H. Knight, Executive Director of the Djerassi Program. “Our founder, biochemist Carl Djerassi has an active arts practice as a writer and playwright. Our Silicon Valley location reminds us constantly of the robust interplay between art and science and technology.”

The residency is supported by LEONARDO and Djerassi Resident Artists Program donors and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Partners

Recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious artist residencies, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program has accelerated the creative process of more than 2200 residents since its founding in 1979. Perfectly suited to grant creative thinkers freedom for intense work, the facility sits on an isolated 583-­‐acre ranch amidst native redwood and oak forests, rolling grasslands, and broad Pacific Ocean vistas. Residents connect with and use the inspirational grounds—for hiking, installation and performance areas, and for gathering artist materials. Its mission is to nurture creativity and provide space and uninterrupted time for arts and to protect, preserve and restore— in perpetuity—the natural habitat upon which it sits.

Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas between practitioners in art, science and technology. Through publications, initiatives and public forums, Leonardo facilitates cross-­‐ disciplinary research, seeking to catalyze fruitful solutions for the challenges of the 21st century. By enhancing communication among scientists, artists and engineers, Leonardo supports experimental projects and interacts with established institutions of art and science to transform their practices. It has served as a critical content provider in the field of Art/Science through its Publications Program since 1968, currently in partnership with the MIT Press. Through its Engagement Programs, Leonardo has a rich history of collaborative activities and events with like-­‐minded organizations and institutions around the world. Leonardo’s popular LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) lecture/networking gatherings spotlight art and science practitioners and thinkers

The LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. The series was started by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi in January 2008. The Bay Area LASERs now alternate between San Francisco (at USF), Silicon Valley (at Stanford University) and the East Bay (at UC Berkeley), and sister series were started in 2010 in Washington DC at the National Academy of Sciences, 2013 in Los Angeles at UCLA, in Santa Cruz UC Santa Cruz, and in Davis at UC Davis, and 2014 in London at the University of Westminster, and in Austin, TX at the Umlauf Museum. ###

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

LEONARDO, The International Society for the Arts, Sciences & Technology

Artists’ & Scientists’ Bios - Scientific Delirium Madness

July 1 – July 30, 2014



Sasha Petrenko, Richmond, CA. Media Artist.

Petrenko received her BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and Diablo Valley College where she teaches drawing and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and institutions including Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center for Performance, New York, Bay Area Now 4 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts where she was an artist-in-residence, San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure and Kala Art Institute where she was awarded a fellowship and artist residency. Her work has been reviewed in, the San Francisco Chronicle, The SF Weekly, KALW Radio,, and Art in America.


Meredith Tromble, Oakland, CA. Media Artist

Tromble is an artist and writer whose areas of interest include creative process and interdisciplinary research. She is the author of “Art & Shadows”, a series of essays on contemporary in light of contemporary research, funded by the Art Writers Grant Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her installation works have been exhibited in California at Southern Exposure, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Mills and Rosicrucian Museums; and lecture/performances have been presented at the Tate Britain, the University of Provence, and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Sumner was an artist commentator for KQED-FM in San Francisco, for the program that became Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live. She has authored hundreds of interviews, essays and commentaries for print and digital publications including Artweek, Aspect, and Leonardo and edited a book on the new media artist Lynn Hershman published by the University of California Press. In addition to her work as an Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, she is currently collaborating with Dawn Sumner of the University of California, Davis on a virtual installation, Take Me Me To Your Dream (Dream Vortex) and the “Madame Entropy” series of lecture/performances.


Donna Sternberg, Santa Monica, CA. Choreographer

Donna Sternberg has professionally premiered over 75 works, presented performances, educational programs and taught throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  After dancing in and directing several dance companies, she founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers in 1985 and has collaborated with artists and scientists from a variety of backgrounds.  In 2013 Sternberg was awarded a choreographic fellowship from the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Dept.   She has been commissioned to create works for numerous organizations such as the California Science Center, SIGGRAPH, Skirball Museum, Dance Moving Forward Festival and California Choreographer’s Festival.  Her work has been presented in theaters, site-specific locations and alternative venues including UCLA, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Edythe Broad Stage, UC Irvine, Annenberg Beach House, Rancho La Puerta in Mexico and ODC San Francisco. She has participated in adjudicated dance festivals throughout California such as Dance Kaleidoscope, So Cal Invitational, Festival of Solos, Summerfest, and at the Los Angeles County Art Museum.  Her work has received support from the California Arts Council, California Council for the Humanities, National Performance Network, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department, Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National/State/County Partnership, Pacific Bell, Bank of America and the Amgen Foundation.  For the past 10 years science has served as an inspiration to create evening-length works on themes such as quantum physics, quantum entanglement, perception and memory, the environment, celestial mechanics and plant biology.  Her work and dance company have been featured in print (Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Los Angeles Times), radio and television (PBS, City TV) She has been a guest artist at the University of Washington, UC San Diego, Cal State LA, Reed College and the CA Dance Educators Assoc. as well as an artist-in-residence in Costa Rica and Mexico.


Ari Frankel, New York, NY. Composer

Frankel writes, composes and produces operas, chamber and electroacoustic works, dance/theater scores, studio recordings, streams, and site-specific installations. His explorations have included The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, T.S. Eliot, Anne Sexton, Primo Levi, Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Ezra Pound. Collaborators have included Muna Tseng, LaMama, The Actors Studio, The Atlantic Theater, John Kelly, Fiona Shaw, Tai Dang, Rina Schenfeld, William H. Macy, and Andreas Scholl. Frankel has also worked in film, television and sound design. His Neverland work with Suzanne Ciani was nominated for a Grammy award. He has written and taught an Audio for New Media course at Emerson College and Advanced Interactive Sound at Northeastern University. The New York Times described his Head Games as a “haunting collage of sounds, original and popular music”. The Glasgow Herald felt “true passion” in Spirit Ruins and The London Times marveled at “light seeming materials build[ing] an overwhelming effect”. The Village Voice explained SHATTERED, hymns for mortal creatures’ “emotionally charged original music” as “wonderfully poignant and plangent.”


Charlotte Jacobs, M.D., Stanford, CA. Writer.

Jacobs is a Professor of Medicine (Emerita) at Stanford University where she has served as Senior Associate Dean and as Director of the Clinical Cancer Center. Her numerous academic honors include an endowed professorship, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Washington University.  Ninety scientific articles and three books reflect her medical research. Mid-career, Jacobs began studying biography writing. She has been awarded writing residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, MacDowell Colony, and Ragdale Foundation. Her first biography, Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin’s Disease, was published by Stanford General Press in March of 2010; the paperback was released in 2012. The Wall Street Journal named Jacobs’ biography one of the “Five Best Books on doctors’ lives.” The San Francisco Chronicle called it an “exquisite, compelling biography of the man who helped make Hodgkin’s disease a curable condition.” She is currently writing Jonas Salk’s biography-Jonas  Salk: American Icon, Scientific Outcast-and is under contract with Oxford University Press.


Pireeni Sundaralingam, San Francisco, CA. (UK) Poet

Pireeni Sundaralingam, a cognitive scientist, poet, and playwright, explores the cognitive and neural bases of visual perception and the role of metaphor in reconfiguring what we perceive in the world around us. Dedicated to examining the confluence of science and art, Sundaralingam has held national fellowships both in cognitive science and in poetry. Educated at Oxford, she has held research posts at Cornell, UCLA, and MIT. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares and The Progressive and anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, and Macmillan, and has also been featured on national radio in the United States, England, and Sweden. Pireeni has spoken on the intersections between poetry and the brain at MOMA (New York), the Exploratorium (San Francisco), and the Life in Space symposium at Studio Olafur Eliasson (Berlin). She recently guest-edited a special issue of World Literature Today on the “Crosstalk between Science & Literature.” Pireeni is currently Associate Professor at the CIIS where she is enjoying creating MFA poetry courses that explore the cross-section between poetry and science.


Devavani Chatterjea, Saint Paul, MN. Biologist

Chatterjea is an immunologist who studies the development of T cells, stromal cell signaling in the bone marrow and the roles of mast cells in the initiation of inflammatory pain. She has previously worked on developing models of bone marrow transplantation and bacterial infection in mice as well as in therapeutic drug development for autoimmune diseases in the research immunology division of Genentech, Inc. Chatterjea is the associate director of Macalester’s Program in Community and Global Health and is particularly interested in the development of curricula and programs that bring public health education into the context of undergraduate liberal learning. She likes to explore the use and application of immunological metaphors and frameworks of thought to issues of socio-cultural identity. Chatterjea teaches Cell Biology, one of the courses in the Department’s core sequence, as well as courses in immunology and public health. Her recent work includes collaborative explorations in poetry, performance based ways to communicate her scientific interests. Chatterjea was recently awarded a $30K two-year grant from the National Vulvodynia Association to extend Chatterjea’s mast cell-pain studies into a vulvar pain model in mice. She received her BA from Holyoke College, and her PhD from Stanford University.


Jim Crutchfield, Davis, CA. Physicist  Crutchfield teaches nonlinear physics at the University of California, Davis, directs its Complexity Sciences Center, and promotes science interventions in nonscientific settings. He’s mostly concerned with what patterns are, how they are created, and how intelligent beings discover them; see∼chaos.Crutchfield received his BA summa cum laude in Physics and Mathematics and his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Over the last three decades Crutchfield has worked in the areas of nonlinear dynamics, solid- state physics, astrophysics, fluid mechanics, critical phenomena and phase transitions, chaos, and pattern formation. His current research interests center on computational mechanics, the physics of complexity, statistical inference for nonlinear processes, genetic algorithms, evolutionary theory, machine learning, quantum dynamics, and distributed intelligence.


Curtis Frank, Stanford, CA. Chemical Engineer
Frank is Sr. Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry; Polymer Physics and Molecular Assemblies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. He received his BA with High Distinction in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota; and his MS in Chemical Engineering, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.  Frank is the 1990 Winner of the C.M.A. Stine Award of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and 1993 Chairman of Division of Polymer Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He is on the Editorial Boards of Polymer and Polymers for Advanced Technologies. Frank explores the molecular structure of high polymers and small amphiphilic molecules capable of self-organization through photostationary and transient fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, surface plasmon spectroscopy, and optical and atomic force microscopy. He studies polymers, fatty acids, surface coupling agents, dendrimers and liquid crystals at the air/water interface and in constrained geometries on solid substrates; organic/inorganic nanocomposites; and applications of polymers in microelectronics. He is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA).


Natalie Jeremijenko, New York, NY. Engineer/Artist
Jeremijenko directs the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, and Faculty of Engineering at Yale. Her work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art and the Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-7. She has a permanently installed Model Urban Development on the roof of Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea, featuring 7 residential housing developments, concert hall, and other public amenities, powered by human food waste where it continues to toy with new conceptions of urban futures, and re-imagine our relationship to nonhuman organisms. Her work is described as experimental design, hence xDesign, as it explores the opportunity new technologies present for non-violent social change. Her work spans a range of media from statistical indices (such as the Despondency Index, which linked the Dow Jones to the suicide rate at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) to biological substrates (such as the installations of cloned trees in pairs in various urban micro-climates) to robotics (such as the development of feral robotic dog packs to investigate environmental hazards). Jeremijenko is also a visiting professor at Royal College of Art, in London and an artist not-in-residence at the Institute for the Future. Palo Alto. 


Budi Prakosa, Bogor, Indonesia, Industrial Engineer

Prakosa is a self-taught programmer who explores various possibilities in creative programming. He started the project as a Video Jockey (VJ) with the name ‘Manticore’ in 2009, combines an interactive programming with graphical data visualization. He has a background in industrial engineering and an interest in the field of image and voice processing, video jockey, generative art, machine learning, algorithms, data mining, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the collaboration between science and art. Currently he is working on developing – an online visual mapping documentation on street art, and citizen initiatives in the arts, science and technology


Andreas Siagian, Bogor, Indonesia, Industrial Engineer

Siagian is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in formal education as a civil engineer graduate of Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, his activities focused on the creative community, alternative education, culture DIY / DIWO and interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, science and technology. Since 2004, he worked with community-based initiatives and created a wide variety of installations, workshops and events and festivals held in Indonesia. Collaborative activities with local creative community involving herself as a co-founder of several initiatives such as breakcore LABS: an experimental platform for audiovisual performances,; visual online site for documentation and mapping of street art in Indonesia and; community-based organizations that work in creative and effective application in the fields of art, science and technology.


Dawn Sumner, Davis, CA. Geobiologist  Sumner is a geobiologist interested in how early life evolved on Earth and whether or not Mars may have once hosted microbial life.  She explores life in many ways, ranging from describing the ancient remains of bacteria from remote areas on Earth to characterizing modern bacterial communities living in ice-covered Antarctica lakes.  She helps run the Curiosity rover on Mars and works collaboratively to develop virtual representations of data for improved scientific interpretations.  Sumner has several active collaborations, including with Tromble and Crutchfield, that integrate scientific data with novel implementations of visualization technology.  In these collaborations, the merged artistic and scientific visions provide insights that benefit both the aesthetic and technical understanding of the natural world.  Sumner also dances and plays capoeira as a means of pushing herself creatively and physically.  Sumner earned her B.S with honors at Caltech and her Ph.D. at MIT.  She is based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis, where she has been a professor since 1997. 



 From Sonia Sheridan


CP Snow gave us a warning that was much needed. We have been acting on that. This did not make CP Snow wrong. Instead thank him for the warning!


thanks for your comment on my blog post being wrong-
yes Snow did give a good alert- but in recent discussions i
have become impressed at how his metaphor of the two cultures
has become ingrained in peoples thinking and has actually
become an obstacle

the other problematic metaphors are
a) left brain/ right brain- recent neuroscience makes clear that this is not the
most useful way to categorise cognitive functioning
b) the tree of knowledge- as trees age they become rigid and hard to
re structure- the metaphor of the network of knowledge immediately
is dynamic and reactive
c) the third culture metaphor- the idea must be to create links not to merge
d) the concept of Kuhnian paradigm change has been widely mis interpreted (to Kuhn’s dismay)

people still disseminate CP Snow as a fact- and the reality is there is now
a large and growing creative community that is hybrid and migrates easily
across the network of knowledge

i know its a bit polemical but i do think we need to change our metaphors !

If you read C.P Snow carefully he was much more nuanced than his followers
and his focus was on development in the developing world and the need to
have civil servants that understood science and technology

– roger


The UTDallas ATEC ArtSciLab is please to bring your
attention to

Free Crowd-funding Workshop Offered Friday, April 4, 2014 at UT Dallas

Taking note that ATEC alumae raised $770,000 on kickstarter

for their animation project

We have set up a CROWDFORMATION club in the ArtSciLab in ATEC UT Dallas 

and are organising a workshop open to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex community

The Arts and Technology Program (ATEC) and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) are hosting a ½ day program on crowdfunding from 11:00-3:00 on April 4th.   The purpose of the event is to promote awareness of this topic across campus and to bring together students and faculty who have interest.   Please mark your calendars!

WHO:  UTDallas Community,Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex Community

WHAT:  Half-day workshop on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing including:

Overview and trends
Company presentations
Overview of what other universities are doing
Latest developments on equity crowdfunding resulting from the JOBS Act

WHEN:  April 4, 2014, 11-3:00 PM (Come and go as you please)

WHERE:  UTD Faculty Dining Room (adjacent to the UT Dallas cafeteria)

COST:  Free!  Refreshments provided.  Bring your own lunch or plan to eat in the cafeteria that day.

RSVP Requested:

More information on the ArtSciLab CROWDFORMATION initiative

roger malina

Arts Humanities and Complex Networks final call


We are delighted to invite submissions for

Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks
— 5th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2014

taking place in Berkeley at the Clark Kerr Campus of the University of California,
on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Deadline for submission: March28, 2014.





Submission Of Proposals for PAPERS for this year:
For submission instructions please go to:

Deadline for submission: March28, 2014.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 7, 2014.

For the fifth time, it is our pleasure to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2014 symposium will follow our established recipe, leveraging interaction between those areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion.
In our call, we are looking for a diversity of research contributions revolving around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Focusing on these five pillars that have crystallized out of our previous meetings, the 2014 symposium again strives to make further impact in the arts, humanities, and natural sciences.
Running parallel to the NetSci2014 conference, the symposium provides a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers in complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations.
As in previous years, selected papers will be published in print, both in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal MIT-Press and in a dedicated Leonardo eBook MIT-Press. Cf.

Confirmed Keynote:
Lada Adamic, Associate Professor, University of Michigan & Data Scientist, Facebook, USA
As in previous years, we will feature three high-profile keynote speakers from the areas of cultural data science, network visualization, and network art.

Best regards,
The AHCN2014 organizers,
Maximilian Schich*, Roger Malina**, Isabel Meirelles***, and Meredith Tromble****

*    Associate Professor, ATEC, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
**   Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, France/USA
***  Associate Professor, Dept. of Art + Design, Northeastern University, USA
**** School of Interdisciplinary Studies, San Francisco Art Institute, USA

To Phd or Not To Phd; What do you want to tell the U.S College Art Association ?


Our community is involved in an international discussion about the emergence of
the PhD in Art and Design


I announced in a previous post that we are launching a three year project

with Leonardo Journal led by Ken Friedman and Jack Ox to develop rigorous

rationales and methods best practice documentation on the Phd in Art

for art-science and art-technology professionals

Many of our programs in art-science and art-technology are setting up such
programs internationally driven by a variety of rationales.

In the U.S.A there is a vigorous debate about the role of the PhD in Art or Design
as compared to the Master of Fine Arts

In recent decades the MfA was considered the ‘terminal degree’ or the most advanced degree
in art in universities. With the emergence of PhDs, many universities are now considering
that educators that wish to supervise PhD students must themselves have a PhD first (
as is usually the case in other disciplines). De facto the Phd is becoming an important diploma

for professionals in art-science and art-technology.

There are a number of books an articles that have been appearing in the last few years
addressing the various issues involved- for instance the problem faced by artists who in
addition to their art creative work are asked to produce a scholarly written thesis.

The U.S College Art Association is developing a policy statement on the issue- I append
details they have released.

The Leonardo Education and Art Forum is developing an input to the US College Art Association
that must be submitted by April 22.
We have set up a google group named: LEOCAAPHD
for those interested in contributing to this input- join the google group or email me
at if you want to be included.
Or you may wish to send your inputs directly to the CAA at
Roger MalinaDevelopment of a Statement on Terminal Degree Programs in the Visual Arts and Design

While the College Art Association (CAA) continues to affirm that the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is the terminal degree in visual arts and design practice, a growing number of PhD and other doctoral degree programs in the arts are being offered by institutions within the United States and abroad. Consistent with its commitment to offer guidance to its members, their institutions, and other professional arts organizations, CAA recognizes the need to develop a statement regarding terminal degree programs in the visual arts and design. In February 2013 CAA’s Professional Practices Committee (PPC) outlined a twenty-month course of action to develop a Statement on Terminal Degree Programs in the Visual Arts and Design. This process began with the formation of an ad hoc committee to lead the project.

The committee worked over the past year on collecting and comparing information about terminal degree programs and developing draft statements. The most recent draft was presented to members at the CAA Annual Conference in Chicago in February 2014. The session was extremely well attended and included an open discussion period and a mechanism for collecting post-conference feedback. In addition, the committee presented an earlier draft at the September 2013 National Council of Arts Administrators Annual Conference and many committee members attended an open hearing on the same subject at the October 2013 National Association of Schools of Art and Design Annual Meeting.

The committee continues its work on a timetable to submit a final draft statement for PPC review by June 1, 2014; for CAA staff and legal counsel review by September 1, 2014; and for CAA Board of Directors review in October 2014.

Please review the current draft statement. Members can offer responses, comments, and suggestions until April 22, 2014. All submissions will be reviewed and considered. Please be aware that the committee will be unable to respond directly to members.

Thank you for your time and for your continued support of CAA.

Linda Downs
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Open Call For Reviewers for Leonardo Reviews

Open Call For Reviewers for Leonardo Reviews

Leonardo Reviews, , is the leading
international review journal of the art, science technology fields.
The Editor in Chief is Prof Michael Punt of the University of Plymouth.
Published since 1968 Leonardo Reviews, reviews are written by
international experts and cover books, conferences, exhibitions, CDs and other
multimedia publications. They are an invaluable record of the
collective consciousness of our community of practice as well as
an important guidepost to help authors and artists to reach their audience.

We are pleased to invite interested professionals to serve on the
Leonardo Reviews panel:

If you are interested in writing reviews for Leonardo Reviews,
end an email with a URL, or attachment, to your professional writing and
bio to Michael Punt:

If you are not familiar with Leonardo Reviews check out the latet


Leonardo Reviews is pleased to announce

the new postings at:

(ISSN:  1559-0429)

Michael Punt


Leonardo Reviews

Art and the Senses
by Francesca Bacci and David Melcher, Editors
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Constructing an Avant-Garde: Art in Brazil, 1949-1979
by Sérgio B. Martins
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

Divine Fury: A History of Genius
by Darrin M. McMahon
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Illusion Confusion: The Wonderful World of Optical Deception
by Paul M. Baars
Reviewed by Madalena Grimaldi

Relive: Media Art Histories
by Sean Cubbitt and Paul Thomas, Editors
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Hear sonifications of brain connectivity in Austin, Texas March 4

ArtSciLab researchers Roger Malina and Andrew Blanton will be presenting their
work at the inaugaural LASER in Austin Texas on March 4- The LASER series
is being organised by JD Talasek, the Cultural Director of the US National Academy of Science.
Malina and Blanton will present in particular the ArtSciLab work in collaboration with Professor
Gagan Wig of UT Dallas (  ) His research
program  uses a combination of structural and functional imaging tools (including fMRI, DTI, and TMS) to understand the organization of
large-scale human brain networks and how these networks change over the adult-lifespan. The Art Sci Lab is working with him to develop nnovative ways of representing the data, in particular using data sonication techniques.
The resulting work is intended to develop scientifically useful research tools but also create compelling art work.
Further details on the ArtSciLab can be found at :

Join us for the

The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing



The UMLAUF proudly announces the inauguration of ATX LASER (Austin, Texas – Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), a salon series culminating at the intersection of art and science. In today’s environment of new technologies and scientific advancements, cultivation of creativity among all areas of human endeavor is paramount to knowledge production and fully understanding the impact of our changing world on the development of our identity within it.  Over the next year, this salon will explore such diverse topics as: the impact and creative application of technology; the intersection of anatomy, art and genetics; arts role in environmental education and activism; visualizing and understanding Big Data; building community and communication between disciplines; and much more.


Akin to successful art-science programs in London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC David, UC Santa Cruz, and New York City, ATX LASER provides an opportune environment for progressive thought leaders to come together to form community and explore the intersections of disciplinary thinking.  ATX LASER welcomes innovators of all types: artists, scientists, curators, scholars, engineers, designers, and educators, to participate. Throughout his life’s work, Charles Umlauf explored the relationship of art and science through both process and symbolism. Emphasizing the importance of sharing ideas and knowledge as a platform of its mission, the UMLAUF offers the ideal creative crucible for seemingly unrelated disciplines to reconvene. 


Each ATX LASER session will feature multimedia presentations and three to four speakers, each given the opportunity to address a compelling aspect of their research. Following the presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees. All ATX LASERs are free and open to the public. Please join us at ATX LASER’s launch: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.


The UMLAUF is proud to be partnering with Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST), a non-profit organization that serves the global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers, and thinkers through programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output, and innovation.


ATX LASER was conceived by J.D. Talasek, Scholar-in-Residence, UMLAUF. Talasek is Director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the founder of that city’s DASER program. His co-organizers for ATX LASER are Katie Robinson Edwards, PhD., UMLAUF Curator, and Diane Sikes, UMLAUF Director of Programs. ATX LASER is made possible through the generous support of J.D. Talasek and the UMLAUF.


At ATX LASER, art and science will unite in the serene environment of Lawrence Speck’s architectural gem amidst the UMLAUF gardens. The UMLAUF was founded in 1991 with the mission of exhibiting the work of Charles Umlauf (1911-1994) and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting and providing educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. An inventive problem solver, in his lifetime Umlauf engaged with the fields of anatomy, architecture, engineering, and geology. ATX LASER pays homage to Umlauf’s creative vision and will include future sessions relating directly to the sculptor’s vast oeuvre.


Join us for the

The Inaugural ATX LASER: March 4th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited so RSVP today by emailing

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Call for Proposals


Buckminster Fuller is a great figure in the history of art science technology=
a couple of years back I served on the jury for the buckminster fuller challenge
they have issue a new call for proposals which i bring to your attention

Roger Malina  


February 17, 2014, New York City – The Buckminster Fuller Institute formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Recognized as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award”, the Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy. Entries will be accepted until April 11, 2014.


Buckminster Fuller called for a design revolution to “to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

Answering this call is what the Fuller Challenge is all about.

Winning entries for the last six years have applied a rare combination of pragmatic, visionary, comprehensive and anticipatory thinking to tackling issues as broad as urban mobility, coastal restoration and innovation in biomaterials packaging. BFI has created an application process for entry to the Fuller Challenge in which global changemakers grapple deeply with a unique set of criteria. Internationally renowned jurors and reviewers look for whole systems strategies that integrate effectively with key social, environmental and economic factors impacting each design solution.


“The Challenge program has defined an emerging field of practice – the whole systems approach to understanding and solving the interrelated crises facing us. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to global sustainability’s most entrenched challenges,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. “We are committed to further supporting this emergent field through our Catalyst Program, which provides much needed additional support to select initiatives: mentoring, pro-bono legal services, consideration for fiscal sponsorship, international press coverage, special invitations to present at conferences and exhibitions, and more! We partnered with Interface in 2013 to launch this program, and we could not be more gratified that we are able to continue its development in 2014.”


Are you or someone you know working on a holistic solution to make the world work for 100%? Read below for more information on what we are looking for, download the full Call for Proposals, and APPLY!

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 11, 2014, at 5pm EST.


Buckminster Fuller led a prolific life of research, invention, writing and teaching. He developed a comprehensive systems approach to understanding complex global problems. By rigorously adhering to his unique set of “design science” principles, Fuller’s work embodies a deeply attuned ecological aesthetic. Fuller conceived and prototyped new strategies intended to enable all of humanity to live lives characterized by freedom, comfort and dignity without negatively impacting the earth’s ecosystems or regenerative ability. He emphasized that the technology and know-how already exist to successfully surmount our global challenges and advocated “doing more with less” by increasing the overall performance of every resource invested in a system.


Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation that focuses on one aspect of a system failure. BFI looks for holistic strategies that demonstrate a clear grasp of the big-picture dynamics influencing your intervention. If a proposal emphasizes a new design, material, process, service, tool or technology, it is essential that it be part of an integrated strategy that deals effectively with key social, environmental and economic factors.

BFI seeks initiatives that tackle urgent needs at a range of scales: from macro-strategies that have the potential for widespread, tangible impacts, to local, community-based initiatives with global relevance and replicability. A highly competent project team with the capacity and commitment to move the solution forward for transformative impact is essential.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

Visionary – put forth an original idea or synthesize existing ideas into a new strategy that creatively addresses a critical need

Comprehensive – apply a “whole-systems” approach to the design and implementation process; aim to address multiple goals, requirements and conditions in a holistic way

Anticipatory – factor in critical future trends and needs as well as the projected impacts of implementation in the short and long term

Ecologically Responsible – reflect nature’s underlying principles while enhancing the ability for natural systems to regenerate

Feasible – rely on current technology, existing resources and a solid team capable of implementing the project

Verifiable – able to withstand rigorous testing and make authentic claims

Replicable – able to be adapted to similar conditions elsewhere

Winning initiatives integrate these criteria into powerful design solutions that have the potential to play a significant role in the transition to an equitable and sustainable future for all.

To receive updates on the 2014 Fuller Challenge, please contact

Buckminster Fuller Institute ///
181 North 11th Street, suite 402
Brooklyn, New York 11211
tel: 718 290 9283