Panel at Takamatsu media arts festival

Takamatsu Media Arts festival held in Tamamo Park Pavilion directed by Naohiro Ukawa who was born there. I was invited to join by Hideo Ogawa who was presenting 3 past Ars Electronica Prix winners (Stelarc, Alex Verhaest and Nelo Akamatsu and I was respondent on a panel with them. It was so much fun! All was being streamed live and very professionally by Ukawa’s team that was also an amazing discovery – Dommune!

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Probably no better way to get in touch with the Japanese media arts and connect with friends new and old. Gil Kuno gave a performance along with Yamakawa Fuyuki performing. Made me think of Alan Vega (Suicide days), Yoko Ono (early days) + Iggy Pop – exciting!

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And to find out that Stelarc is afraid of dentists!!! 🙂

Art Sci retreat @ the Bermant foundation ranch in Santa Ynez, CA.

A few of Art Sci team made it to the retreat and we had so much fun! Mick Lorusso with his fiancee Frida (whose birthday we celebrated), Mary Tsang (who edited this video), Theresa (graphics), Ben Ward (web) and Marissa (my assistant) — both of whom made a full circle flips on the trampoline! The video was shot by Jim Gimzewski with his new parrot drone! Our agenda: cook, eat, hang out and think about how we are going to celebrate 10 years of Art Sci!

Roy Ascott Symposium

The Influence of Roy Ascott at the Plymouth Art Centre

REMOTE presentation: The Magic of Roy Ascott

My presentation will be in the form of a series of anecdotes starting with the way I first met Roy Ascott at the Venice Biennale in 1986. He became a trusted mentor who I turned to many times while navigating the strange world of academia. Many call him a pioneer in cybernetics and art, but to me, he is a brave soul bringing spirituality into the materialistic environment of Universities, changing the face of education for artists and creative thinkers throughout his career, leading to the Planetary Collegium. Truly a step ahead of the crowd, he is actively changing the paradigm we live in by employing magic that is supported by facts.

Sound + Science symposium opens

This morning the Sound + Science symposium opened — organized by Tyler Adams and wholeheartedly sponsored by the Art | Sci center.

For the opening introduction, after a very brief introduction of self and the center, I simply read out the names / disciplines of people participating. What else is there to say? This is such an inspiring mix — I plan to park myself here for the entire time and listen!

– UCLA – Department of Physiological Science and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

– UCLA – Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

– UC San Diego – Department of Visual Arts

– UC Berkeley – Space Physics Research Group

– UC San Diego – Department of Music

– UC Santa Barbara – Department of Media Art and Technology

– UC San Diego – Department of Psychology

– UCLA – Department of Physics

– UC Santa Barbara – Department of Geography

– UC Davis – Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain

– University of New Mexico – College of Fine Art and School of Engineering

– UC Davis Department of Physics and Director of The Complexity Science Center

– Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles

– UC Davis – Technocultural Studies

– University of Texas at Austin – Butler School of Music

– UC Riverside – Department of Music

– UC Riverside – Department of Music


Future of Media Arts, Science & Technology at UCSB

This NSF workshop took place at my old stomping grounds — UCSB. 15 years later we are still talking about virtual and physical, interface design, digital technologies… Giving a talk about the future of media arts and education in a place where I saw so many people from the past was interesting to me. It was great to see Manjunath and Ramesh Jain, Joanne Kuchera-Morin, Curtis Roads… Pamela Jennings who is at Banff now was presenting her research… Loved checking out the Alosphere which was just an idea when I was there… Lots of people from ASU with some really nice projects. George Legrady showed his Stardust piece which was exhibited quite nicely in the gorgeous studio of his. We chatted a bit about the next upcoming satellite exhibition at UCSB and the news we just received from Simon Penny saying he was canceling (last minute). This did not make Christiane Paul too happy…