1st Marjorie and Frank Malina ArtScience Fellowship Award to S. Gresham-Lancaster

Announcing the first Marjorie and Frank J. Malina ArtScience Fellowship to Scot Gresham-Lancaster.

Scot Gresham-Lancaster has been awarded the first Marjorie and Frank J. Malina ArtScience distinguished fellowship. The award is for his innovative work using sound and music to advance new scientific exploration and research. The research has applications in the analytics of big data in business, medicine and other sectors of the economy that rely on big data for decision making.

This work has been in sonification, which is the conversion of raw data into audio information. In particular the Data Stethoscope project at the UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab where he works as a research ArtScientist.

Working closely with scientist and artist collaborators, his research has been to try to codify new standards of listening that allow the use of sonification to scale across the entire field of data science. He has developed and tested an innovative taxonomy of data sonification.  

He is the lead artist in a collaborative developing the data stethoscope, in collaboration with Sharath Chandra Ram, Kristen Duepree and Roger Malina. This work builds on the scientific research use case with neuroscientist Dr Gagan Wig in the Center for Vital Longevity at UTDallas https://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/cnl/ together with a team of artists, scientists, engineers and humanities researchers. DARPA provided seed monies for this project which included Tim Perkis, Andrew Blanton, Michela Chan, Neil Savalia, Veena Somareddy, Anvit Srivastav, Shruthi Ayloo, Max Schich, Mike Leach and Robert Nally.

Current use case collaborators for data sonification include: UTD JSOM Business Professor Judd Bradbury, ( business use case) , UTD design faculty Cassini Nazir (UX sonification research),Lynx High School Science teacher Jason Brogden (K-12 education use case). 

The research methodology involves the artistic performance of the same software as used in the use cases,  The recent performance at the 9e2: 9 evenings of art, science & technology in Seattle in honor of John Cage and Marcel Duchamp, https://vitallongevity.utdallas.edu/cnl/ , and at the University of Caldas, Colombia URL and CNMAT http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/crossroads-convergence-sonification-practitioners .

The award includes artscience residencies at  No17, former studio of Frank and Marjorie Malina just outside of Paris:   https://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/divers/historyHouse.php 

About Scot-Gresham Lancaster:


Scot Gresham-Lancaster (b. Redwood City, CA, USA, 1954) is a composer, performer, instrument builder, educator and educational technology specialist with over three decades of professional experience. He is dedicated to research and performance using the expanding capabilities of computer networks to create new environments for musical and cross discipline expression. As a member of The Hub (band), he is one of the early pioneers of “computer network” music which uses the behavior of interconnected music machines to create innovative ways for performers and computers to interact. He has recently performed in a series of “co-located” performances collaborating in real time with live and distant dancers, video artists and musicians in network based performances. For the last decade his work has been focused on refining the practices surrounding sonification in attempt to bring these resources to general use at a worldwide scale.

About Marjorie Malina


Marjorie Duckworth Malina was born 28 April 1918 in Elslack, Yorkshire, England. The daughter of John James Duckworth and Mary Anne Bolton, she was the youngest of four; her sisters were Thyra, Annie and Mary Duckworth. She attended the University of London, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1939. She trained in accountancy while working in her father’s textile company, JJ Duckworth Ltd. During World War II she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps, reaching the rank of captain, and with the antiaircraft batteries operated by women that helped defend Britain during the war.

Shortly after the war she applied to work at UNESCO, a newly founded organization, after hearing a radio broadcast by Julian Huxley, and was hired in the personnel department in 1947. There she met Frank Malina, then Deputy Director for Science of UNESCO, and they married in 1949. Frank and Marjorie bought a house in Boulogne Billancourt, and raised two sons, Roger and Alan. The Malina home was the birthplace of the journal Leonardo and the Leonardo Network and a center of art-science debate in Paris in the 1950s and 1960s. It was also the studio where Frank Malina worked as a pioneer in the kinetic art movement. The steady flow of guests and visitors included astronautical pioneers, artists and scholars including Jacob Bronowski, Frank Popper, Academician Sedov, Roy Ascott and Leonardo editorial board members. Numerous friends and colleagues enjoyed the hospitality of Marjorie Duckworth Malina. She worked tirelessly for the success of the Leonardo project and was an ardent defender of the ideals of international collaboration. Marjorie passed away in March 2006.

About Frank J Malina

Frank Joseph Malina (October 2, 1912 – November 9, 1981)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Malina  was an American astronautical pioneer and a ground breaking kinetic artist. His led the team which launched the first human object into outer space beyond the Karman boundary.  He is also known for becoming both a pioneer in the kinetic art world https://www.olats.org/pionniers/malina/malina.php , but also through the founding of the Leonardo Publications http://www.leonardo.info  which promote and document the works of innovators that bridge the art science technology disciplines. The International Federation of Astronautics awards the (http://www.iafastro.org/activities/honours-awards/frank-j-malina-astronautics-medal/ ) Frank J.Malina Astronautical Prize. The Prize to an educator who has demonstrated excellence in taking the fullest advantage of the resources available to them to promote the study of astronautics and related space sciences; the award recognises  the key role educators and mentors of young professionals. Frank Malina and a group of Caltech students and collaborators were the initiators of the engineering breakthroughs in astronautics that led to the Wac-Corporal rocket, the Aerojet General aerospace company, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where Malina served as first director. Theodore Von Karman was the educator, PhD advisor and mentor who created an environment which contributed to the founding of  space age.

The Frank J Malina Distinguished ArtScience Research Fellowship

Marjorie and  Frank J. Malina ArtScience Research Fellowships have been created to support the research, artistic practice and scholarship of well recognized individuals or teams. The awardees are working closely in both the Art and Science domains to make new ways of pushing the boundaries of both Art and Science by integrated transdisciplinary work. The fellowship includes an No 17 ArtScience residency at the studio and former home of Marjorie and Frank Malina in France.

For further information contact: rmalina@alum.mit.edu

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