The pacific rim art science technology community invites you to south korea


ISEA is in south korea next year and is shaping up as an
amazing gathering of the communities of practice around the pacific rim and beyond

the guidelines for submitting proposals is available at  

help us redesign and rethink what the enlightenment could mean in the 21st century
lux aeterna is the overall bridging theme

deadline is in a couple of weeks

am in Dartington

  • Aeternitas Eternity of
    the Mortal
  • Symphonia Harmony of Noise
  • Illuminatio Enlightenment of
    A.I (Artificial
    Intelligence) & A.E
    (Artificial Emotion)
  • Penumbra In-between
Major Topic
Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light)

A topic inspired by the literal meaning of the host city Gwangju, “City of Light”, includes subcategories embracing complex themes that allow open interpretations in culture, science, and history. For example, religiously, light implies divinity and immortality. Scientifically, it is an energy collection of particles and wavelength signals. It symbolizes the enlightenment and rationale in humanities. Also, the presence of light creates Umbra and Penumbra. In light of the fact that light is the most specific example of versatility in which various interpretations can occur, it will provide us with the context where cohesion of procedural logic based on the human sensibilities and technology of artistic inspirations is freely presented, which is in line with what ISEA has been pursuing.

Detailed Topic
Aeternitas : Eternity of the Mortal

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. – John Milton

※ Related Research Fields:
Bio Art, Neuroscience, Hypernatural, Technological Singularity, Human Brain, Artificial Life, Brain-Computer Interface, Digital Undertaker, ‘Right to be forgotten vs. Freedom of expression, etc.

This topic includes various perspectives associated with the eternity of the human being. Humans are finite beings. In contrast to their physicality, their achievements embody transcendental personalities beyond time. Scientific research, on the other hand, denies time transcendence because it is based on the experimental modification. In the near future with the technology’s singularity, humans may have to confront a moment to make a decision whether to physically gain an eternal life or to bestow transcendent personalities upon their traces. We look for works and researches in the theme of eternity and mortality that are inspired by religious, scientific, humanistic, and artistic aspects.

Symphonia : Harmony of Noise

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. – Carl Sagan

※ Related Research Fields :
Sound and Music Computing, Signal Processing, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Socio-Technical System, Data Science, Complex Network, Data Visualization and Analysis, Computational Aesthetics, etc.

Since both sound and light are wave-like phenomena (by possessing the characteristics of wavelength), a research topic in both sound and light can be expanded to Vision technology and the Signal Processing in engineering. In fact, there have been emerging opinions about Vision Insight that machines could be more accurate than humans when looking into the essence. However, not only limited to the field of science but also in many other fields, an unrefined signal could open up various possibilities of perspectives in interpreting the nature of collections of data. For example, in Phaidon, Simmias mentions the attunement referring to the remaining sound even after the destruction of Lyre. This topic, involving the two different types of wavelength invites a wide range of researches on light and sound, Data Analysis, Data Visualization that would extract meaningful signals from noise, and harmonization.

Illuminatio : Enlightenment of A.I (Artificial Intelligence) & A.E (Artificial Emotion)

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. – Laozi

※ Related Research Fields :
Perception, Cognition, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Emotion, Impact of A.I on Society and Arts, Education, Media Art Education, Learning, STEAM

Eighteenth-century Europe embraced Enlightenment ideals in order to advance culture and civilization by the power of the human intellect and rationale. The influence of the Enlightenment movement in the society is similar to that of Artificial Intelligence(AI) which could happen in the near future-breaking down the old customs and discovering and spreading the universal truth through objective observation. AI has been a controversial topic because it is uncertain how SNN(Spiking Neural Network) that mimics the thinking process of human’s social and artistic brain activity will be able to solve problems. Even if SNN gains the problem-solving ability, various kinds of questions still remain. For example, SNN’s decision-making process and the purpose for solving problems is vague. This topic seeks a type of projects and researches that explores AI’s ability to configure human’s creativity and emotion. In addition, assuming the feasibility of Artificial Emotion (A.E), this topic invites works and research that deal with the essence of a man in the near future.
As the significance of redefining human creativity and ingenuity is emphasized with the advent of AI, ‘education’ in the regard of incubating the talents the contemporary society needs is also being highlighted. The role of education in the era of the machinery is not only restricted to nurturing the capability to stay abreast of the latest innovations and implement science and technology to the today’s everchanging turmoil of interests. There are active discussions on the education reflecting the transitions and transformations of the contemporary society from programming, code literacy, to STEAM, aiming to further present how the essence of humanity could be innovated. We await various researches and opinions on the importance and role of media art, focusing toward the direction of education for the present and the future.

Penumbra : In-between

Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. – Paul Cezanne

※ Related Research Fields :
Robotics, Altered Reality(VR/AR/MR), Interactive Art, Blockchain, etc.

We look for various topics for research that are not mentioned above. Light and shadow are relative concepts. A research that might be deemed a failure for some researchers could be seen as the process of the search for the truth from the perspective of another research field. The topics of the paper mentioned so far are the signposts for guidance and inspiration. However, beyond our narrow point of view, we would like to hear your very own stories. We hope to encounter works and research that are full of imagination and creativity, beyond our limited frame.

Pablo Reyes slams Leonardo at Birthday Party in ATEC at UTDallas


We are about to bring to a close the Leonardo 50th birthdays around the planet in Buenos Aires and Monte video: . We take the opportunity to thank the Leonardo Network of Villages for their enthusiasm and vision for the future that they have created for our community of practice.

Here we recognise the contributions of Pablo Reyes in Dallas:


Leonardo 50th Birthday Party Slam at ATEC, UTDallas

The Leonardo Slam idea was launched during Ars Electronica  ( )…it was picked up by Pablo Reyes during the UTDallas Leo50 Birthday party as a collaboration between the ATEC 3D Studio directed by Prof Andew Scott and the ATEC ArtSciLab co directed by Cassini Nazir and Roger Malina. At the Leo50 Birthday Party an ATEC awarded to the first ATEC director Tom Linehan.

3D Studio provides a space for the exploration of Art, Design, and Technology through intensive project-based studio practice. Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) tools such as laser cutters, mills, large format 2D printers, and 3D scanners and printers provide the platform of discovery through invention, collaboration and hands-on building activities that resonate beyond the school and into the larger university community.


See the Pablo Reyes Leo50 slam on youtube with the voice of Tom Linehan ( who is a long time Leonardo Editorial Board  and who helped Leonardo pilot through the chaos of creating new communities of practice )

Inspired by the fusion between artistic and technological practices fostered at the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, Pablo Reyes created a digital sculpture based of the Leonardo Journal’s brain logo. Combined with the philosophy of ideas being arbitrary, his model recreates Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary Logo by implementing digital fabrication and projection mapping techniques into a piece that activates with digital paint.

The 3D model was created in Rhino 3D using curves and surfaces. The curves were drawn over an image of the logo, then the points were edited to translate the 2D image into a 3D object. Surfaces were created between the curves to create a more solid object. The edges on the outside were extruded to include two levels of rim around the model to give it more depth. It was then exported and taken into Pepakura to be unfolded for fabrication.


After choosing where the seams would be in Pepakura and editing the flaps that would be used for construction, the cutting blueprints were exported to Adobe Illustrator so that they could be saved as PNGs.  These image files were taken into MadMapper, a projection mapping software, and arranged to project   48in x 96in long sheets of cardboard. The corners, edge numbers, and fold types were marked before the sheets were placed flat on the ground to draw the lines between the dots. They were then cut out and folded where marked. Once all of the pieces were cut, they were organized in preparation for assembly.


Finding one matching seam at a time, the pieces were held together using Loctite super glue. After all pieces were connected, the seams were reinforced on both the inside and outside with hot glue. The seams were then covered using long pieces of white tape. To create a cleaner look and a better prepared surface for projection mapping, the brown cardboard was painted white with two coats of house paint. Finally, slits were cut in four places along the top to allow for it to be hung from the ceiling using canvas straps.

About the artist:

Pablo Reyes was born in Mexico City and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 14. He graduated from Elsik High school in Houston, Texas. Afterwards, he pursued UTD’s Mechanical Engineering program during his freshman year, before changing majors. His current degree plan in the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC), where he focuses on design and production combining elements of his engineering experience with digital fabrication and projection mapping. Pablo plans to continue his education at the university, pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts program, hoping to become a teacher for the school that empowered his aspirations.He is pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts program, hoping to become a teacher for the school that empowered his aspirations.

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 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, , and at the University of Caldas, Colombia URL and CNMAT .

The award includes artscience residencies at  No17, former studio of Frank and Marjorie Malina just outside of Paris: 

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)  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 , but also through the founding of the Leonardo Publications  which promote and document the works of innovators that bridge the art science technology disciplines. The International Federation of Astronautics awards the ( ) 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:

ALERT Leonardo Slam Begins In Dallas

Alert: on Friday Oct 19 we will be playing the Leo50 Cellphonia. Please contribute sound, noise and music by phoning toll free    1-972-200-9122 and visiting    the cellphonia opera will be played at the Leonardo 50th Slam party in the ATEC Building on the University of Texas Dallas  campus 6pm on                                                  

+1 (972) 200-9122

+1 (972) 200-9122

Invitation to Leonardo Slam Oct 15-19 Dallas


This is an open invitation to contribute at the Leonardo Slam during the week of Oct 15-19 culminating in the Leonardo 50 Birthday party at UT Dallas. If you want to slam on line or in person just drop me an email at

We know slams cant be planned or organised so consider this an enabling invitation. We heard rumours of strange things that might happen.

If you would like to be invited to the birthday party, or know someone in dallas who would-contact me.

 We are also pleased to announce…shh. some of the mystery guests:

The following colleagues will be in attendance and receive Leonardo and ATEC awards: 

Lynn  Hershman, pioneer, former leonardo board member 

Linda Henderson, pioneer artscience historian, leonardo book author

Mihai Nadin, pioneer and leonardo author

Tom Linehan, ATEC founder, Leonardo Editorial Board member.

Magda Stanova, Slovak artist from the region where the Malinas originate.


Draft subject to disruption due to un anticipated slamming

Oct 15 – Monday             Feminist Engagement with Emerging Technology


12:00 – 1:30        Screening: Electronic Diaries

                                ATC 3.225 (open to ATEC Faculty)


3:00 – 5:00          Stitch – N – Glitch

ATEC Lobby

“Literally, a glitch is a spike or change in voltage in an electrical circuit which takes place when the circuit suddenly has a new load put on it.” – John Glenn, Into Orbit 

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Fashioning Circuits, the Studio for Mediating Play, SPaCE Media, and the Feminist MakerSpace will conduct a “Stitch n’ Glitch.” This performative embroidery event invites participants to contribute stitches to a monstrous embroidery project that reflects on the ways in which feminist media artists glitch dominant systems.  


                5:30 – 7:30          Film screening:  Conceiving ADA

Hershman as an Artist working with Emerging Technology an introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)


Oct 16 – Tuesday              Reality Hacking


4:30 – 5:30          Reality Hacking Roundtable – Blurb – Heidi Cooley

Participants – Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL), Future Immersive Environments (FIVE) Lab, Cultural Science Lab

ATC 1.705 – PIRL Lab


                6:30 – 8:15          Film screening:  Strange Culture

                                                Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)


Oct 17 – Wednesday      Art Pushes Science


3:00 – 5:00          Art Pushes Science Panel Discussion – Blurb – Roger Malina

ATC 3.209 – ArtSciLab


                5:30 – 6:30          Genomic Art / Science

A conversation about Genomic Art: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Charissa Teranova, moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 5:00 p.m.)


7:00 – 8:15          Film screening:  TeknoLust

                                                Introduction by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

SSA Theater (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)



Oct 18 – Thursday            Art Pushes Technology


6:00 – 7:30          Lynn Hershman Leeson: A presentation of Agent Ruby and DiNA

Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Paul Fishwick, moderated by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

ATC Lecture Hall (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)



Oct 19 – Friday                  ATEC Open House: Celebrating Artist in Residence Lynn Hershman Leeson and Leonardo 50th Birthday


3:00 – 5:00          Artist’s Talk – Lynn Hershman Leeson

ATC Lecture Hall (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)


7:00 p.m.             Reception

                                                ATC Lobby


7:30 p.m.             Welcome to ATEC Open House

                                                Special Recognition Award

                                                Leonardo 50th Birthday Celebration

                                                Leonardo Pioneer Award Ceremony

                                                ATC Media Wall and Steps


8:30 – 10:00         ATEC Open House

Featuring performances and installations by

3D Studio –  – Andrew Scott

Animation and Games Demos – Blurb – Todd Fechter

LabSynthE –  – xtine burrough

Leonardo Slam –  – Roger Malina

Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL) Film Montage –  – Sean / Eva

The Alexa Dialogues– Blurb – Dean Terry





Director of Communications

School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

The University of Texas at Dallas


(972) 883-7567   |   |




you are hereby invited to the Leonardo 50th Birthday party to be held Oct 19 in Dallas at the University of Texas, ATEC school. RSVP Here and we will send you more details:


or send me an email at

The party is from 5pm to 10 pm and includes some unexpected strange activities through the LEONARDO SLAM:

More seriously we will make Leonardo Pioneer Awards to Linda Henderson, Lynn Hershman, Mihai Nadin and an Emerging Leonardo Award to who will be present.

Feel free to share this invitation

Roger Malina


Open call for Village Idiots: Dallas Leo50 Birthday Party Slam Fri Oct 19 2018

Open call for Village Idiots at the Leonardo Slam at UTDallas ATEC Friday Oct 19 2018. HELP US REDEFINE THE CRUCIAL ROLE THAT CAN BE PLAYED BY SO CALLED VILLAGE IDIOTS
IN THE MIDDLE AGES. In the art science technology our pioneers were often treated as ‘idiots’ or not confirming to the social norms of our institutions. Some times these pioneers laid the ground work for the STEM to STEAM movement today. Sometimes they were just crazy and they didnt change the history of ideas.

If you consider yourself a village idiot and would like to be invited (read to end to know if you qualify to attend as a village idiot).

UTD Dallas ATEC will be hosting a Leonardo 50th anniversary party and leonardo slam – all villagers invited including village idiots. My classics educated colleague Cassini Nazir enlightened me that one of the things we need is more village idiots:

The village idiot  ( ):

The village idiot was long considered an acceptable social role, a unique individual who was dependent yet contributed to the social fabric of his community.[4] As early as Byzantine times, the “village idiot” was treated as an acceptable form of disabled individual compatible with then-prevailing normative conceptions of social order. The concept of a “village savant” or “village genius” is closely related, often tied to the concept of pre-industrial anti-intellectualism, as both figures are subjects of both pity and derision.[5] The social roles of the two are combined and applied, especially in the sociopolitical context, in the European medieval/Renaissance court jester.

So if you consider yourself a village idiot, and would like to be invited to the Leo50th birthday party at ATEC on  Friday evening October 19 2018 drop me an email at – and village idiots are invited to slam publicly. Who knows maybe this village gathering will help change the history of ideas and contribute to overcoming the tragedy of the internet. I will try to participate in the poetry slamming, if you would like to join the slam contact me

Other Leonardo Village 50th birthday parties are listed at:    

contact the organisers to make sure village idiots are invited, but I am pretty sure they are.




disarrangemuddlerearrangedisorganizedisorder, mix up, 

We are pleased to note that we now have podcasts in 14 different languages on the Creative Disturbance podcast platform- and over 100,000 downloads of podcasts

The Creative Disturbance team is starting a project REDISTURB to redesign the creative disturbance project- we look for your ideas, critiques and general slams

 send to and i will make sure you disturb the creative disturbance team

and hope you will participate in the leonardo slams at ars electronica next week – 


roger malina

Announcing the 1st Leonardo Slam at Ars Electronica.. do something weird

Leonardo SLAM


The Leonardo Slam is an event for cross contamination of ideas, a short open public gathering based on the format of poetry slam, but more free-form: an individual or group may present work, words, stories, video, sound, ideas about work, work about ideas, work about work, ideas about ideas, work about nothing, ideas about music, music about performances, apples about oranges, oranges about history, history about histories, dance about architecture, et cetera.

Present or demonstrate an artwork, give a serious presentation, give a parody presentation, read a manifesto, tell an anecdote, involve the audience, improvise a song. There is no limit on the form of the presentation other than having a non negative duration and not being too long.

Leonardo Archive Material: Assorted materials from the Leonardo Archive are here for reference and inspiration. Presentations need not be directly related to this material, but feel free to seed your clouds with it. Readings based on this material may receive special consideration.

Presentations may be given in any language.

Sign up is encouraged in order to reserve a spot for presentations. If you register, you are guaranteed a slot. If you do not register, then you still may be able to present depending on space & time, but without guarantee.

Spectator spots allocated on first come first serve basis.

Microphone, audio & video playback equipment will be provided.

Prizes will be awarded according to a set of criteria perhaps including, but not limited to:

  • Originality

  • Creativity

  • Presentation Style

  • Orderliness

  • Disorderliness

  • Compliance to IEEE 1872-2015

  • Public Involvement

  • Sense of Humor

  • How Appropriately the Wine Pairs With the Cheese

  • Balance

  • Most Jargon

  • Most Inappropriate Combination of Topics

  • Audience Prize

  • The Sleeper Award

  • Most Creative use of PowerPoint

  • Best Soundtrack

  • Loudest

Free Pizza & Beer.

Address further questions to

Sponsored by Interface Cultures/Kuntuniversität Linz.

Fake News ? Dark Matter is Greasy..Astronomers too clean to find it ? Calling for Grease Monkeys

Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Content of Interstellar


I have no idea if this is fake news or not but indeed cold grease particles emit light at wavelengths and brightnesses we can’t detect. So maybe some dark matter is made of grease ?? Astronomers need help from grease monkeys ? 

The Milky Way contains about 10 billion trillion trillion tonnes of greasy matter — or enough for 40 trillion trillion trillion packs of butter — according to research from a joint study by astronomers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Ege University in Turkey

the finding were published in the royal astronomy society ( I am a member so I know its not fake, hmm am pretty sure) monthly notices

In previous blogs i have argued that we need to make science’ intimate’ because so much that we know about is not accessible to human senses, even augmented and extended. Well here is the proof in the pudding ! we need grease monkeys to help us understand the structure of the universe


here is the non fake abstract as  validated by myself as being from credible researchers

Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Content of Interstellar Dust 

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, sty1582,
18 June 2018


There is considerable uncertainty as to the amount of carbon incorporated in interstellar dust. The aliphatic component of the carbonaceous dust is of particular interest because it produces a significant 3.4 μm absorption feature when viewed against a background radiation source. The optical depth of the 3.4 μm absorption feature is related to the number of aliphatic carbon C-H bonds along the line of sight. It is possible to estimate the column density of carbon locked up in the aliphatic hydrocarbon component of interstellar dust from quantitative analysis of the 3.4 μm interstellar absorption feature providing that the absorption coefficient of aliphatic hydrocarbons incorporated in the interstellar dust is known. We report laboratory analogues of interstellar dust by experimentally mimicking interstellar/circumstellar conditions. The resultant spectra of these dust analogues closely match those from astronomical observations. Measurements of the absorption coefficient of aliphatic hydrocarbons incorporated in the analogues were carried out by a procedure combining FTIR and 13C NMR spectroscopies. The absorption coefficients obtained for both interstellar analogues were found to be in close agreement (4.76(8) × 10−18 cm group−1 and 4.69(14) × 10−18 cm group−1), less than half those obtained in studies using small aliphatic molecules. The results thus obtained permit direct calibration of the astronomical observations, providing rigorous estimates of the amount of aliphatic carbon in the interstellar medium.