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.
Siddharth (sheep) overlooking the set-up and placement…
Aleksa Mara (horse) sharing her experience with horses…
Marla Berns, director of the Fowler museum speaking about the wonderful exhibition of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón.
Mick Lorusso speaking about
Lerah and Siddarth (sheeps) sharing their dishes.
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
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 —
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).
HOX ZODIAC tasting workshop after the keynote lecture: November 4th.
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.
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 🙂
Because I was a jury member for the Interactive Arts +, they asked me to moderate the winners. More info
Mathias Jud (CH) and Christoph Wachter (CH)
Winners of the Golden Nica of 2016 Prix Ars Electronica in the Interactive Art + category. Project: Can you hear me?
Frank Kolkmann (NL)
Award of Distinction of 2016 Prix Ars Electronica 2016 in the Interactive Art + category. Project: OpenSurgery
Victroria Vesna (US)
Professor at Design|Media Arts UCLA and jury member of the 2016 Prix Ars Electronica
My collaborations are very much related to what I learned from being in a band ages ago. Most of the time I am working with a group taking on different roles and see myself as the lead singer. I compose the songs and think of ways to create environments that amplify the experience for the audience who I want to completely immerse as a performer. BIRD SONG DIAMOND at the Large Space in Tsukuba was a whole different level — so many people were involved that it felt more like I was a conductor and it was a truly magnificent experience. Looking back, from the point when Chuck approached me to participate in his research on Mapping the Acoustic Network of Birds to five years later working with an amazing team from so many disciplines — I learned so much. Most of all, I understand the importance of LISTENING to our environment — from all different perspectives, with all our senses and extending out to the animal world.
June 25th, Chuck Taylor, Joel Ong and I led a workshop at Governor’s Island that was well attended and received. We started outside on the grass with Joel leading a “tuning in” exersice and then went inside for a short lecture / background of the project from each of our perspectives, to finally give everybody an opportunity to play with the Bird Song Mimic. Now preparing for the next workshop / hands-on demo in New York city at Harvestworks on July 19th.
“Tuning in” – Joel Ong leading the sound meditation
Workshop, Governor’s Island, June 25, 2016
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