Octopus BrainStorming @ Speculum Artium

Immediately after 24/7 non-stop time @ Ars Electronica, we packed up and traveled to Trbovlje, Slovenia to set up the latest version of Octopus BrainStorming. Mark flew in from LA for just this event and was there for 3 days only before flying back for another set of deadlines. It was the most advance version to date! Here is a short unedited video — this is real time, color and sound changes activated by non-verbal communication of Aleksa and Mitja who volunteered and performed for over 2 hours!

Fluid Visualization and Sound Matters

Just arrived to Vienna — getting ready for the symposium organized by Ingeborg Reichle. This project has its’ own momentum! I have to start working on the sound issues — visuals are no problem — gorgeous visualization by an amazing process involving biologists and animated by Martina Fr├Âschl who is working on her PhD under the direction of Alfred Vendl.

HOX ZODIAC WORKSHOP at the Z├╝rich 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.







More photos from the workshop

Keynote lecture


I am getting ready for a keynote talk for the “Showroom Z +: collaborations between art and science” conference at the┬áZurich 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 ┬źcollaborations┬╗.

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

13:30 : Workshop “Performing the Self Animal / Ingesting Cultural Hybridity: Hox Zodiac Dinner┬╗┬áspace 6.K02



LASERZurich: Complexity – from particle physics to musical interfaces

I will be attending and giving a short presentation at the LASERZ├╝rich — same day as I land! Looks like a great program —┬áComplexity – from particle physics to musical interfaces —┬á


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).