Leonardo Education and Art Forum News Winter 2013

Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) News + CAA Events, Winter 2013

Patricia Olynyk, Chair, Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF)

UCLA Art | Sci center launches LA LASER

a Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) event 

LASER meetings, which were founded by Piero Scaruffi in San Francisco are now being held in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The UCLA Art | Sci Center, a Leonardo Affiliate is extending their social network through North / South campus mixers to the Los Angeles megalopolis, across University of California campuses, and to anyone involved with Art I Sci collaborations who happens to be in Los Angeles during the monthly meetings. Gatherings are held at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) presentation space but future meetings are planned off campus with affiliated institutions and groups.  The Art | Sci director and former LEAF Chair, Victoria Vesna will lead the LA LASER meetings.

January 17th, 7-9 pm is the inaugural LA LASER with participation of: Christina Agakapis (post-doc, bio), Jonathan Arnou (UCLA SPIN lab), Robert Bilder (UCLA Neuroscience), Rita Blaik (PhD, Material Sciences), Mark Cohen (UCLA Neuroscience), Douglas Campbell (MindShare LA), Joyce Cutler-Shaw (artist), James Gimzewski (UCLA Nanotech), M.A. Greenstein (CGI Inc.), Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA Media History), David Familian (UCI Beall Gallery), Eric Parren (media artist), Julie Pate (artist), Siddharth Ramakrishnan (Puget Sound, Seattle, Neuroscience), Marcos Novak (UCSB, Media Art).  Additional audience members are asked to rsvp: artscicenter@gmail.com

Everyone invited will introduce their work in a three-minute pecha kucha style presentation, followed by drinks and food / socializing and making new connections.  LA LASER also invites you to submit your name for the next LASER scheduled. Meetings are topic-based to better facilitate networking and collaboration. Please send an email to: artscicenter@gmail.com. OPEN CALL for the next LA LASER events are: FEB 21 (games), MARCH 7(biotech), APRIL 18(neuroscience), and MAY 9 (environment).

NY LASER events

sponsored by the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF)


Patricia Olynyk (LEAF Chair) and Ellen K. Levy (former LEAF Chair) lead monthly NY LASER events located at LevyArts and hosted by the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).  NY LASER events address an array of key topics that range from: the evolution of Art/Sci communities; art and ecology; the citizen scientist: art, science and film; and art, science and consciousness.  Recent presenters include: Charles Lindsay, Catherine Chalmers, Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Sara Lynn Henry, C. Bangs and Greg Matloff, and Linda Weintraub.


The salon is open to all members of LEAF on a respond-first basis. Those members who wish to present work after presentations by featured speakers may participate in the pecha kucha that follows.  NY LASER events can accommodate up to four additional presentations and attendance is limited in order to allow for a meaningful exchange of ideas.


LEAF events at the College Art Association

sponsored by the Leonardo Education and Art Forum, a CAA Affiliate


Panel: Re/Search: Art, Science, and Information Technology/ASIT: What Would Leonardo da Vinci Have Thought? February 16, 9:30 – 12:00 pm,
Gramercy A, 2nd Floor 
Chair: Joseph S. Lewis, University of California, Irvine


Entrepreneurship and Experimentation: Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide as a Case Study of Funding an Online, Open Access Journal 
Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Seton Hall University; Emily Pugh, Center for Advanced Study of the Visual Arts


New Resourcing Models for Hybrid Arts and Sciences Research Praxis 
Shawn Brixey, University of Washington


Walking through Time: iPhone App and the Comob Net App 
Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh


Artists as Connectors: In Education, Research, and Technology 
Richard Jochum, Teachers College, Columbia University


Discussant: Juli Carson, University of California, Irvine


Panel: Art and Medicine: Reciprocal Influence, Thursday, February 14, 5:30 7:00 pm,
Gramercy A, 2nd Floor. Chairs: Patricia Olynyk, Washington University in St. Louis; Adrienne G. Klein, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.


Is There a Doctor/Curator on Board?, Kóan Jeff “KJ” Baysa  M.D., Curator, Chief Medical Officer – Medical Avatar, Programming Director – Institutute for Art and Olfaction


Transplantation, Transpeciation and Patricia Piccinini’s Transgenic Art,

Fae Brauer, University of East London Art & Design and The University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts


Art & Medicine: Anecdote or Antidote, Justine Cooper – artist, represented by Jan Manton Art (Australia)


Business Meeting: Leonardo Education and Art Forum
Business Meeting, Thursday, February 14, 12:30 PM-2:00 pm, Gramercy A, 2nd Floor


Other Art I Science Events at the College Art Association


Workshop: Face the Scientists, Thursday, February 14, 2013, 2:30 to 5:00, Gramercy A, 2nd Floor.  Chair: Francesca Samsel, Independent Artist. Scientists willing to open their lab doors to an artist are, understandably, rare. The goal of this workshop is to help artists understand the constraint and pressures of the scientists and thus be able craft realistic, mutually beneficial proposals.


Scientists will give a five-minute talk on their current research and the group will then break into small groups, including one scientist, and one group facilitator. The groups are tasked with brain storming and troubleshooting ideas for a realistic collaborations that blend the scientist’s research with the interests and skills of the artist. The goal is not to create actual collaborative projects but to help artists understand the scientists’perspective, giving them the tools to pursue future collaborations.


Current researchers participants include:Dr. Koan Baysa, M.D. and curator, Dr. Ellen Levy, IDSVA, Dr. Daniel Keefe, UMN, Dr. Carol Marcus, NYU, Dr. Rachel Bernstein, NYU.

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