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 — 


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.


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 🙂


Moderating Ars Electronica Prix Forum: Interactive Art + winners

Because I was a jury member for the Interactive Arts +, they asked me to moderate the winners. More infocanyouhearme


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

Bird Song Diamond Report from EMP

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

Workshop, Governor’s Island, June 25, 2016


More pics on flikr

NY Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous @ Ellen Levy’s

How auspicious that I arrived the dat before Ellen and Patricia Olynyk were hosting their monthly LASER. This gave me an opportunity to introduce the Bird Song Mimic workshop a couple of days later at Governor’s Island. Many good friends showed up including Kathy Brew, Christiane Paul and Linda Weintraub. Carol Parkinson from Harvestworks was there to introduce her program and it was also lucky I was presenting last as Chuck Taylor and his daughter Amy just made it from the airport. He walked in as I was mentioning him and went straight up to talk about our collaboration.

Describing Bird Song Diamond installation in Tsukuba.

Here is the original illustration of the Bird Song Mimic evolving. We stayed pretty true to the vision.

Chuck graciously introducing his experience as a scientist working with an artist.

More pics from the evening on flikr.

HOX ZODIAC lunch for the UCLA Staff

This is becoming a tradition at the end of the academic year — to say thank you to the staff that is invisible but makes things happen and certainly helps the Art Sci center! We have a great showing from the Fowler and the Arts but no one from CNSI so we have to throw another one. Jaya was on her way but got lost 🙁 Roland helped us book the room in the beautiful IPAM (Institute for Applied Mathematics) designed by Gehry. He works there and many do not know that he is a chef on the side and goes to Japan every summer to learn!


Flan by Dawn and a original curry balls by Roland (horse).

Brenda with her offering 🙂


More pics on flikr.