Gender and Sound



This semester UT Graduate Student Nathan Grande is taking my graduate seminar

( on Experimental Publishing, Knowledge Curation and the Technologies of Attention)

and his research area this semester  is “gender and sound” this semester and I will be working

With him to work this up.


We are going to be looking both at experimental psychology/psychoacoustics aspects

But also social/cultural research
He will be building a resource web site on the topic, and we will be recording

some podcasts for Creative Disturbance


This is a quick alert – in case you have a quick lead on particular people

Working on this or resources- it would be great if you could drop us an email=

When we get a bit further-we will send you the work for comment !
Roger Malina:

Nathan Grande:


ArtSciLab participation in Trust me I am an Artist

The UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab is pleased to announce its participation in collaboration with Leonardo/OLATS

In “Trust Me, I’m an Artist”


“Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Developing Ethical Frameworks for Artists, Cultural Institutions and Audiences Engaged in the Challenges of Creating and Experiencing New Art Forms in Biotechnology and Biomedicine in Europe” is supported by funding from Creative Europe and is a collaboration between Waag Society, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The Arts Catalyst, Ciant, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion, Capsula and Leonardo Olats. The lead artist on the project is Anna Dumitriu and the lead ethicist is Professor Bobbie Farsides.


The aim of “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” is to investigate how artists and cultural institutions can best engage with biotechnology and biomedicine in order to drive innovation in artistic production, ways of presenting artworks, and developing new audiences in Europe. The main goal is to provide artists, cultural institutions and audiences with the skills to understand the ethical issues that arise in the creation and exhibition of artworks made in collaboration with biotechnology and biomedicine. Additionally the project will provide science and technology collaborators with new ethical frameworks for successfully working with cultural and creative players. By giving confidence to stakeholders it will open up opportunities for artists and creative organisations to work in new partnerships across Europe and internationally.


Lead artist Anna Dumitriu said:


“Artists tend to work at the forefront of innovation and push boundaries, whilst engaging in ethical and philosophical challenges that resonate through society around new technologies, and this project has the potential to situate them at the forefront of the latest research. Our high impact outputs will prompt new ways of thinking about how art, biotechnology and biomedicine can intersect, and bring together diverse stakeholders and audiences to create new ways of working at the cutting edge of art, science and technology.”


“Trust me, I’m an Artist” will involve a series of practical and discussion-based participatory workshop activities; a major series of performative events (before a live audiences) where a specially selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee will then debate the proposal and come to a decision, the artist will then be informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they can enter into a discussion about the result.


The learning from the project will be shared through a major symposium; a touring exhibition; a series of publications; a website; and an exciting distributable format designed to give other cultural institutions, artists groups, community groups, students and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue by creating their own DIY Trust Me, I’m an Artist events, leaving a strong legacy for what we learn.


This new project builds on the strong foundations laid by the previous “Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration” project. The book of the project is available on


The ATEC ArtSciLab will be participating through the Leonardo Initiatives projects in Experimental

Publishing including the Creative Disturbance platform ( ) channel on art and biology  and the MetaLife platform:


Website Links:


Waag Society

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

The Arts Catalyst


Kapelica Gallery

Medical Museion


Leonardo Olats ; UT Dallas ArtSciLab

Anna Dumitriu

Pledge via crowdfunding to make a mission to the moon possible



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 while the main website is

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 ( )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.


Chris Welch

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 !!

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

Beginning in January new channels will include Arts and Space Exploration

already in the OLATS Pioneers and Pathbreakers channel
we are posting memoirs of pioneers in our community

and in OLATS Meta-Life channel:
we feature work in the Leonardo Art and Biology projects

in the ISAST New Leonardo’s Channel :
Where Leonardo publication and editors are featured

In the OLATS 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
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 !

if you would like to propose a podcast for one of the channels, or would like
to produce a new channel- contact us at

Roger F Malina

Creative Disturbance : Enabling Serendipity and Synchronicity


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

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

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).

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

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


UTD ArtSciLab receives NEA funding for One Antarctic night collaboration



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.

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 ( ) , with UT Dallas Art SciLab, and Texas A&M ( with participating artists from RISD and SJSU. Watch the project video and learn more about this exciting artwork at

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.


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.

Creative Disturbance is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign ( 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 (, 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 ( )  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 ( )   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 ( 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 (, 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.”


To visit Creative Disturbance:

To visit Creative Disturbance’s Kickstarter campaign:

For general information, contact: Dr. Roger Malina at

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

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. )


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 at and virtual reality renditions, such as the “Gridjam” at 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.