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					Cell Ghosts
					
					Sometimes a Cigar is Only a Cigar
					
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					Another Day in Paradise
					
					Nanomandala
					
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						NANO
					
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					Zero@wavefunction
					
					Bhopal Christmas
					CONTEXT PROVIDERS DATABASE ASTHETICS CRAZY HEARTS Blue Morph Exhibitions BRAIN STORMING

Quantum Tunnels 2003 - 2008

Water Bodies 2006 - Present

BRAINSTORMING 2015 - Present

Mood Swings 2005 - 2007

Hox Zodiac 2009 - Present

NANO 2004

Water Bowls 2006 - Present

BLUE MORPH 2007 - Present

BlUE MORPH EXHIBITIONS 2007 - Present


Video Reels

Presenting in the Bodies of Knowledge conference, Friday, December 9th

Simon Penny is organizing this conference and has some amazing people lined up. Takashi Ikegani was going to fly out from Japan to co-present but unfortunately is unable to due to his father’s illness… The program is linked to the poster below.

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HOX ZODIAC at the Fowler museum

After 8 years of work on this project — feels like it is finally taking a wonderful form. Siddharth flew in from Seattle and we worked together on the book and the kickstarter — soon to be up and running. The idea was to have the book and kickstarter ready for this event at the Fowler museum but it took all our energies to pull it together as we were really pushing the possibilities — we had 60 amazing people join the dinner. Since it was held at the museum, we were not able to have our participants bring their food offerings and were super lucky to have Hsin Yu’s mother prepare the feast. Being Taiwanese she really understood the complexity and was excited to work with me closely on the menu based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Western interpretations of both.

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Siddharth (sheep) overlooking the set-up and placement…

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Aleksa Mara (horse) sharing her experience with horses…

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Marla Berns, director of the Fowler museum speaking about the wonderful exhibition of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón.

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Mick Lorusso speaking about

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Lerah and Siddarth (sheeps) sharing their dishes.

HOX ZODIAC WORKSHOP at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

I was prepared to do an actual workshop that would last half a day but was told that it would be 90 minutes and no more. This was a challenge so I decided to buy the food and do one round of the audience serving. Amazingly, we had 12 people and 3 were snakes, 3 rabbits and 3 pigs (incuding yours truly:). This was a good test how to do a fast session — it was TASTING not lunch or dinner! People certainly got the idea and many were asking how we may plan the real dinner sometime in the future.

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More photos from the workshop

LASER Zürich

While getting ready to fly to Zürich, I I sent an email to my dear friend Jill Scott that I will be in her city soon. As it happened, she was organizing the LASER with Boris and roped me in 🙂

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Keynote lecture

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I am getting ready for a keynote talk for the “Showroom Z +: collaborations between art and science” conference at the Zurich University for the Arts.

Here is the short abstract of the talk: Brain Storming: Molecules, Butterflies, Animals and Birds

Using the metaphor of the diamond reflecting different sides of the same idea, problem or environment, I will show how long term collaborations with nanoscientist James Gimzewski, neuroscientists Siddharth Ramakrishnan and Mark Cohen and evolutionary biologist Charles Taylor influence our perception and experience of the world around us. The talk will highlight why it is important for scientists to work with artists.

Showroom Z + N ° 6

4. November 2016: Showroom Z + N ° 6:  Collaborations

Flyer (download pdf)

Victoria Vesna (University of California LA) on Fri 11/04/2016 visited the showroom Z + N ° 6 «collaborations».

9:30: Lecture “Brain Storming: Molecules, Butterflies, Animals and Birds» — Lecture Hall 1, Level 3

13:30 : Workshop “Performing the Self Animal / Ingesting Cultural Hybridity: Hox Zodiac Dinner» space 6.K02

 

 

LASERZurich: Complexity – from particle physics to musical interfaces

I will be attending and giving a short presentation at the LASERZürich — same day as I land! Looks like a great program — Complexity – from particle physics to musical interfaces — 

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Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 18.00,
Hardturmstrasse 169, CH-8005 Zurich.
Dinner is included.

From 18.00 to 20.00: Alexander Penn (Physicist and Researcher, ETH Zurich), Martin Pohl (Experimental Physicist, University of Geneva) and David Rosenboom (Composer-Performer, California Institute of the Arts). The discussion will be moderated by Boris Magrini. An introduction to LASER UCLA will also be presented by Victoria Vesna (Artist and Researcher, UCLA).

Now getting ready for Showroom Z + N ° 6: Collaborations

Showroom Z + N ° 6: Collaborations

HOX ZODIAC tasting workshop after the keynote lecture: November 4th.

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How is it possible to keep track in a project with 22 participating institutions on four continents? How can what the neurologist in the brain of an actor looks, change the theories of a theater scientist?What recognize a philosopher in one of a chimpanzee painted picture? Transdisciplinary collaboration always result in a concerted effort across artistic and scientific territory and thus the attempt with them to overcome traditional boundaries. Not always a collaboration designed smoothly. Collaborations often mean also confrontations of different methods, work modes or call cultures to bridge calls for a high input of motivation and time.

Arts and Business: Building a Common Ground for Understanding Society.

Claudia Schnugg from Austria was behind this — thanks to her persistence we finally managed to contribute our paper to this book: “Media Art in the Context of Art, Science and the Market: A Historical Perspective”. The book is so expensive ($120), you will have to get it from a library or already be in business making money. My ultimate challenge in life!!! Now I am stuck — got to start making money with art 🙂

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Featured artist in Cybernetics & Human Knowing!

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Thanks for collaborator and friend Claudia Jacques!

Octopus background video for the Brain Storming

Octopus BrainStorming: Background from Art|Sci Center on Vimeo.

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