OCTOPUS BRAINSTORMING: Empathy premiere at the Grand Opening of the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. Octopus Brainstorming: Empathy, the next evolution of Octopus Brainstorming: Synesthesia that was performed at SONOS Studio last year, will be making a special debut early next month at the grand opening of UCLA's new Luskin Conference Center. The event will showcase cutting edge UCLA research on robotics, augmented reality and art-science. A collaboration between Victoria Vesna and neuroscientist Mark Cohen along with members of the Art|Sci Collective—Mick Lorusso, Dawn Faelnar, Dan Wilkinson—and Daniel Belquer of Not Impossible Labs, the project was recently funded by the Faculty Grant in Transdisciplinary Research. It is a realtime interactive experiment exploring the synchrony of brainwaves between two people reacting to eye contact, sound and color. Experience Octopus Brainstorming: Empathy at the invite-only grand opening of the new Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center at UCLA, which is set to take place on Friday, October 7th!
This summer has been busier than ever for Art|Sci! Victoria Vesna is back in Europe, where she joined Jim Gimzewski at the Kavli prize ceremony in Oslo. After that, they were both off to Linz for a non-stop week at Ars Electronica 2016—not surprising given the topic, Radical Atoms! For the first day of the festival, Victoria joined her colleagues from the world over to participate in the Campus Educators Forum where they discussed education in media arts. The program was organized by Professor Christa Sommerer, head of Interface Cultures, who announced the newly established alliance with the UCLA Art|Sci Center! Yasuko Imura, Machiko Kusahara, Don Ritter, Christa Sommerer, Hiroo Iwata, Victoria Vesna, Jared Donovan, Erkki Huhtamo, Stahl Stenslie, Wand Zhigang As Ars Electronica continued, Victoria—a jury member for the STARTS Prize Interactive Art + category—presented the Interactive Art + Prix winners: “Can you hear me?” by Christoph Wachter (CH) & Mathias Jud (CH); and OpenSurgery, a do-it-yourself surgery robot for domestic laparoscopy by Frank Kolkman (NL)
Students from our Sci|Art NanoLab 2016 summer institute showed their final presentations on August 5, so tune in to watch the action!
We are excited to announce that the Art|Sci Collective has been selected to be a part of the City of Los Angeles' first ever public art biennial—Current:LA! This year's theme: ‪WATER‬. The participatory sculptures / performances / workshops we're producing will kick off on July 19 with a special east-west communicative workshop, BIRD SONG DIAMOND WETLANDS. It is free and open to the public! Here is the complete schedule of our CURRENT:LA public programs:
The Art|Sci team had the pleasure of attending the talk of architect and Art|Sci collaborator Philip Beesley last Friday (April 15th) as part of IPAM's Culture Analytics and User Experience Design workshop! We had a chance to catch up with Philip after his presentation—Living Architecture Systems —and he was more than happy to think back on and discuss his Art|Sci installation of years past: Endothelium, a project which Philip prescribes as formative to his practice.
16 MARCH 2016 The Art|Sci Collective celebrates the recent birthday of creative director Dawn Faelnar! We're also sending off our Soft/Hardware Programmer John Brumley, who is off to Japan to start his Ph.D. in the University of Tsukuba.
 UCLA Art | Sci center Director and Professor in the Department of Design | Media Arts, Victoria Vesna has joined the Empowerment Informatics Program (EMP) with Dr. Hiroo Iwata from University of Tokyo.