Pledge via crowdfunding to make a mission to the moon possible

Colleagues

 

I just made a pledge to make this mission to the moon possible- I encourage you to join us in helping make

citizen space possible !
Roger Malina

 

Dear IAF  Colleagues,

Apologies for any cross-posting.

In case you have not yet seen any of the media announcements, I’d just like to let you know that at midnight UK time, Lunar Mission One was unveiled. The official launch will taking place here in London at the Reinventing Space conference this afternoon. Although UK-originated, LM1 is intended to be developed globally. It is a not-for-profit activity and any gains made will be used to support future space education and space exploration activities – which is why I am sending out this email to members of relevant IAF committees (I must, though, declare an interest in LM1 – ISU is educational partner of LM1 and I sit on the LM1 Education Committee).

An ISU summary of LM1 can be found at

http://www.isunet.edu/news-and-media-center-2/1346-lunar-mission-one-a-new-lunar-mission-for-everyone while the main website ishttp://www.lunarmissionone.com

Understandably, I think, I believe LM1 to be an excellent space education and outreach project and am keen to see it succeed. I hope that you will share this view.

The next four weeks are key to this. During this time we must kickstart GBP 600,000 (approx USD 1,000,000, EUR 750,000) to fund the next stage  of the LM1 mission development.

I would therefore encourage you all to spread the word through your own networks and, if you support the idea of LM1, that you contribute to the Kickstarter campaign ( http://kck.st/1xB8wIr )at whatever level you can. (I was, I think, the very first LM1 crowdfunder at 0001 last night).

If any of you have any questions, do please let me know.

Thanks,

Chris Welch
Chair IAF-SEOC

Creative Disturbance is Lifting Off !! Organised Serendipity and Synchronicity here we come !!

Dear Leonardo Colleagues

We are in the final 24 hours of the crowdfunding for Creative Disturbance
our new Leonardo Initiatives podcast driven collaboration platform.

We hope you will consider contributing !!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance

We now have a number of new channels on the platform which will
be posting new podcasts in the future:

AUDIOLATS: http://creativedisturbance.org/audiolats/
Beginning in January new channels will include Arts and Space Exploration

already in the OLATS Pioneers and Pathbreakers channel
http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/pioneers-and-pathbreakers/
we are posting memoirs of pioneers in our community

and in OLATS Meta-Life channel:
http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/meta-life/
we feature work in the Leonardo Art and Biology projects

in the ISAST New Leonardo’s Channel :
http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/new-leonardos/
Where Leonardo publication and editors are featured

In the OLATS Virtual Africa:
http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/virtual-africa/
Where we are relaunching the OLATS Virtual Africa Project with
podcasts from africans and from the african diasporas.

We are particularly excited about the BOLD ROAST channel
http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/the-bold-roast/
Where we feature podcasts by Masters and PhD students internationally.
If you are a Masters or PhD student and would like to submit a podcast
about your project- contact us !  http://creativedisturbance.org/ask-a-question/

if you would like to propose a podcast for one of the channels, or would like
to produce a new channel- contact us at
http://creativedisturbance.org/ask-a-question/

Roger F Malina

Creative Disturbance : Enabling Serendipity and Synchronicity

PLEASE DONATE TO OUR
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR CREATIVE DISTURBANCE !!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance

Hear the Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association on Creative Disturbance- Adventures in Crowdfunding Channel

Hear the Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association on Creative Disturbance- Adventures in Crowdfunding Channel

http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/adventures-in-crowdfunding/

And help us expand the channel with discussions with succesful crowdfunders by backing our crowdfunding campaign

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance

Crowdsourcing disturbing connections from Siberia to Calcutta to Antarctica

Friends and Colleagues

For almost 50 years the Leonardo networks have championed
risk takers whose work bridges the arts and sciences , and the arts
and new technologies. It has been my privilege to work with many
of you and its been amazing to see how art-science-tech is now spreading
through the world.

Our publications have often served as forcing functions that brought
unlikely people together. Our new Creative Disturbance multilingual
podcast platform is now doing this in new ways (that most social networks
systems fail at).

http://creativedisturbance.org/

As you may know we have been crowd-funding to raise a fund to make
grants to students internationally to crowdsource content for Creative
Disturbance

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance

We are in the final days of the crowdfunding ( wow this is hard work !!)

Many of you have already pledge to our campaign-we thank you !
and hope you will spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

If you havent pledged and can-we hope you will help in the next
few days before the end of the campaign, or if you cant pledge-
tell your own friends and colleagues about the campaign.

Looking back on the euphoria at the time of the birth of the internet
(remember everyone was going to connect to everyone , and world
peace was going to break out ! collaboration would become easy,
ah such techno optimism )- we now realise that creating useful
connections – enabling serendipity and synchronicity- takes imagining new
ways of using the tools. We hope that Creative Disturbance will really
be useful
for the art-science-technology community practice internationally.

Roger Malina

Creative Disturbance : Enabling Serendipity and Synchronicity

PLEASE DONATE TO OUR
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR CREATIVE DISTURBANCE !!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance

UTD ArtSciLab receives NEA funding for One Antarctic night collaboration

Colleagues

 

pleased to announce that one of the ArtSciLab projects will be receiving US National Endowment for the Arts Funding

 

Roger Malina

 

NEA Grant Awarded to collaboration between University of North Texas xREZ Lab,University of Texas at Dallas ArtSciLab and Texas A and M C Star project  for One Antarctic Night

We are thrilled to announce that xREZ lab and collaborators at UTD ArtSciLab and Texas A and M CStar antarctic telescope have received a prestigious NEA art works grant for creation of the interactive artwork Instrument” One Antarctic Night.

 

http://oneantarcticnight.xrezlab.com/

INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night is an interactive artwork created from 287‚800 images of the universe captured recently by a robotic telescope in Antarctica. Using this data about how the universe works‚ we are creating electronic instruments that participants interact with to make digital image and sound remixes. The experience is like a video and music jam session taking place in the gallery‚ on large scale displays‚ mobile devices‚ and online simultaneously. 

The project is art+science collaboration between artists and astrophysicist led  by UNT (http://www.xrezlab.com/ ) , with UT Dallas Art SciLab, and Texas A&M ( http://mcba11.phys.unsw.edu.au/~plato/cstar.html) with participating artists from RISD and SJSU. Watch the project video and learn more about this exciting artwork at http://oneantarcticnight.xrezlab.com.

ArtScilab  collaborators Scot Gresham Lancaster and Brian Merlo and Andrew Blanton at San Jose State University are participating.

Launching the First International Networking Platform for organising serendipity and synchronicity.

ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS , STUDENTS AND NERDS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

Launching the First International Networking Platform

for organising serendipity and synchronicity.

Dallas, Texas

December 2, 2014

Today Creative Disturbance announced its launch of a unique multi-lingual online platform for intellectually curious people around the world to make unlikely connections with each other. A key initial way for sharing those connections is through a curated catalog of original, multilingual podcasts covering a broad array of topics connecting the arts, sciences, and new technologies. www.CreativeDisturbance.org

Creative Disturbance is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/1yeXC7S) to raise funds for grants to international students to work with Creative Disturbance and spread its message. “We need multiple student ambassadors on every continent, out to the four corners of the earth,” said David Marlett, Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association (www.NLCFA.org), a Research Fellow in Malina’s ArtSciLab, and works on the Creative Disturbance Launch Team. “This Kickstarter campaign is one way of helping fund those student grants.

A team of students at the University of Texas in Dallas (UTD),  soft-launched Creative Disturbance a few weeks ago under the guidance of Dr. Roger Malina, Arts & Technology Distinguished Chair. Coordinated by undergraduate student Stephanie Brisendine the student team ( http://creativedisturbance.org/meet-the-team/ )  has been developing innovative approaches and carrying out experiments in emerging media and communication. Creative Disturbance comes from a collaboration of the students working in the UTD  ArtSciLab ( http://artscilab.utdallas.edu/ )   overseen by several faculty , as well as a number of podcast producers and partners located around the world. “Our team has built an innovative method for connecting perhaps a million people otherwise unlikely to meet,” said Malina, then adding, “other than perhaps at a shared professional conference in their niche field, or accidentally though traditional online social media like Facebook, or even because they happened to sit next to each other on a plane. That is too ‘by chance’ for us, or for them. We want to organise serendipity and synchronicity”

The podcasts for Creative Disturbance are well underway, with channels (aka ‘disturbances’) such as Indie Game Nation, Big Dreams Big Data, Cinemersia, and Virtual Africa.  The Bold Roast channel will present podcasts by students internationally about their MA or PhD thesis projects.The next phase, development of the social networking core element, will begin next month. Cassini Nazir, who oversees the Creative Disturbance’s student design team said, “Once completed, we believe CD [Creative Disturbance] will be a powerful, and truly important new tool for all scientists and artists trying to connect on unlikely projects.” He continued, “The podcasts are great. Here you can listen in on fascinating conversations that, without Creative Disturbance, most likely would never have happened. But that’s just the beginning for us. Next comes the networking.”

Dubbing it (tongue-in-cheek) as ‘online dating for intellectuals’, Malina emphasizes that Creative Disturbance’s network will be for anyone with interests in interconnections of the arts, sciences, and new technologies. “Although a significant number of our members come from an academic perspective, either as faculty members or grad students, Creative Disturbance is truly for everyone who has a curiosity about their world, about science, about their art and their connections.”

Creative Disturbance is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/1yeXC7S) to raise funds for grants to international students to work with Creative Disturbance and spread its message. “We need multiple ambassadors on every continent, out to the four corners of the earth,” said David Marlett, Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association (www.NLCFA.org), a Research Fellow in Malina’s ArtSciLab, and works on the Creative Disturbance Launch Team. “This Kickstarter campaign is one way of helping fund those student grants. So, of course, we are seeking pledges shamelessly! Go there now!” said Marlett with a smile. “But our highest objective with the campaign is to raise awareness, to send up a flag telling millions of people that Creative Disturbance will soon be a one-of-a-kind online home for them.”

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To visit Creative Disturbance:  www.CreativeDisturbance.org

To visit Creative Disturbance’s Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/1yeXC7S)

For general information, contact: Dr. Roger Malina at roger.malina@utdallas.edu

Geologist Susan Ericksson and Artist Jack Ox named UTD ArtSciLab Research Fellows

Colleagues
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Geologist Susan Erikkson and Artist Jack Ox as

research fellows in the University of Texas at Dallas ArtSciLab

 

Our lab seeks to create the conditions for artists and scientists to collaborate routinely on hard problems.
Roger Malina

 

Geologist Susan Eriksson Joins ArtSciLab as a Research Fellow

Susan C. Eriksson is a geologist, educator, and artist, with a specialty in translating cutting-edge scientific research into programs that impact students and society. She has served as a research scientist for a major oil company; faculty, administrator, and museum director at Virginia Tech; and Education and Outreach Director for UNAVCO, an NSF facility for geodetic research and for the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

She supports an emerging community of scientists and artists working together in the subject of the Earth by founding  Bella Roca, a website with news and articles on people and events in the geoscience and art arena and by co-convening several sessions on geoscience and art at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting.

Susan has exhibited her Earth-inspired art work nationally at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Eriksson is also an independent consultant in strategic planning and evaluation of STEM programs.

Dr Eriksson is producer of the podcast channel on Art and Earth Sciences on the ArtSciLab Creative Disturbance project ( www. Creativedisturbance.org )

AND

Artist Jack Ox Joins ArtSciLab as Research Fellow

Jack Ox  is an artist who used research as the method behind her art works and is now taking the procedures developed as an artist to the scientific and engineering world of visualization. She is also a longtime member of Leonardo Journal’s editorial board, and has served as both a Research Assistant Professor in Art and Art History, and Research Associate Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico. She  just finished  a PhD dissertation on “Manifestations of Conceptual Metaphor and Blending Theories” for Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne .Her 30-year career of mapping musical scores to paintings such as Kurt Schwitters’s intermedia masterpiece, “Ursonate,”  can be seen athttp://www.jackox.net/pages/Ursonate/ur_MAINindex.html and virtual reality renditions, such as the “Gridjam” at http://www.jackox.net/pages/gridjamIndex.html. She began asOx is presenting at IEEE VIZ conference in Paris .

Jack Ox, together with fluxus artist Ken Friedman, is leading the 3 year Leonardo symposium on the PhD in Art and Design. This project

is documenting best methods and practices, as well as issues and challenges, that are emerging with the introduction of the PhD in Art and

Design in universities internationally and in particular for hybrid professionals in the art-science and art-technology fields.

STEM to STEAM powers CREATIVE DISTURBANCE

Colleagues

One of the areas that Creative Disturbance will be covering is

the STEM to STEAM movement which seeks to integrate the arts. design

and humanities into STEM ( science technology and mathematics education)

We are really keen to record podcasts with hybrids that have professional activity

in both the sciences and engineering as well as art and design

We are featuring the work of these new Leonardos on the Bold Roast channel

where we feature podcasts  by students around the globe as well in the various Art

and Science Channels (Art and Earth Science, Art and Biology..you name it..we are open to

new channels )

If you have someone you would like to recommend that we record a podcast with please do send us the nomination via

http://creativedisturbance.org/ask-a-question/

 

and Help us on our crowdfunding campaign !!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1008226087/creative-disturbance 

 
Roger Malina