Laser March 7 San Francisco


An event about Artists and Scientists who work/think/imagine/engage at the intersections of the Arts and Science.

Chaired by Piero Scaruffi (p [at] and Tami Spector

Part of a series of cultural events

Sponsored by:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
the University of Illinois’ eDREAM Institute,
the University of Calabria’s Evolutionary Systems Group,
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology,
School of Visual Arts Computer Art Department,
and USF Dean’s Office of Arts and Science.
Leonardo ISAST and USF invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. See below for location and agenda.

The event is free and open to everybody. Feel free to invite relevant acquaintances but please RSVP to p [a] Admission is limited.

Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.

In order to facilitate the networking, feel free to send me the URL of a webpage that describes your work or the organization you work for. I will publish a list on this webpage before the day of the event so that everybody can check what everybody else is doing. (Not mandatory, just suggested).
See also…

Art, Technology, Culture Colloquia
Antarctic Science and the Cultural Arts
Art/Science Fusion at UC Davis
Previous Art/Science Evenings


6:30pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking.

Henrik Bennetsen (Katalabs) on “What the next phase of the web could mean”

In its first two decades the web has had a profound impact on how we work and collaborate. With the emerging HTML5 and WebGL standards we are poised to see a broad wave of change in the coming years. The inclusion of richer technologies such as 3D in the population of native web citizens is likely to see us truly move beyond the Gutenberg paradigm.

Niki Ulehla (Recology) on “Marionettes, forms and relationships”

How and why does a marionette move? How do the basic mechanics of the construction lead to the imitation of life

7:35-7:50: BREAK
Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

Melanie Swan (DIYgenomics) on “DIYgenomics: An Open Platform for Democratizing the Genome”

Redesigning biology may be man’s ultimate artistic and scientific exploit. The first steps are reading and writing genetic data with DNA sequencing and synthetic biology. Already human genome sequencing costs have declined such that individuals worldwide are accessing their own genomic data, and can explore it through open-source science communities such as DIYgenomics.

Eri Gentry (Biocurious) on “Experimenting with Friends: the Rise of Do-It-With-Others Science”
8:45:  Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening

I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.

8:45pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing
You can mingle with the speakers and the audience


Henrik Bennetsen is the CEO of Katalabs and maintains a strong interest in 3D collaborative spaces and open source technology. In a previous life Henrik was a professional musician and still has a strong side interest in creative self expression augmented by technology.

Piero Scaruffi is a cognitive scientist who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being “The Nature of Consciousness” (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is “Synthesis” (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being “A History of Rock and Dance Music” (2009) and “A History of Jazz Music” (2007). He has also written extensively about cinema, literature and the visual arts. An avid traveler, he has visited 121 countries of the world.

Melanie Swan is the principal of MS Futures Group, a futurist, hedge fund manager, and founder of citizen science organization DIYgenomics. Her educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. Melanie enjoys kick-boxing, independent film, and international travel.

Niki Ulehla is a puppetmaker and goldsmith. She was born in Tennessee and moved 17 times before coming to California in 1997. She received a BA in Drawing and Painting from Stanford University. After completing her degree she studied marionette making in the Czech Republic and goldsmithing in San Francisco. Her jewelry has been shown in the Bay area and across the US. She has been building marionettes (including but not limited to George Washington, the Chicken, the Crow and the Crowmonster) since 2000 and performing with them and other collaborators throughout the SF Bay area and in the Czech Republic. Address and directions:

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
SF, CA 94117

See the campus map and directions