November 7, 6:30-9:30PM: Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)

November 7, 6:30-9:30PM

The University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
Berman Hall
San Francisco, CA 94117

LASER is a monthly series of lectures and presentations organized by Piero Scaruffi on behalf of Leonardo/ISAST. LASER is sponsored by School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art Department, Arizona State University Art Museum, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sound Department.

Admission is free but limited. Please RSVP to


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

  • 6:45-7:10:
  • Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz) on “Down to earth: Art, Astronomy and Physics” Highlighting new works created by artists and scientists from the UCSC OpenLab Network… Read more
  • 7:10-7:35:
  • Bob Ostertag (Composer) on “The Human-machine Interface Blues” Various human-machine interfaces used by a composer over the years
  • 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.
  • 7:50-8:15:
  • Laurie Frick (Headlands Center for the Arts) on “Sleep, Self-tracking and Art-making” Installations and scores that incorporate the abstractions that emerge from sleep monitoring… Read more
  • 8:15-8:45:
  • Walter Kitundu (Sound artist) on “The Turntable as a Lens” Records are sonic archives and they naturally reference the past. They are also objects that encourage a conversation with materials and movement. The turntable becomes a lens through which one can view the world… Read more

  • 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


  • Laurie Frick draws from neuroscience to construct intricately hand-built works and installations to explore the nature of pattern and the mind. Formerly an executive in high-technology, using her background in engineering and high-technology she explores science, compulsive organization and the current culture of continual partial attention. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yaddo, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Amerian Academy in Rome, McColl Center for Visual Art, The Lower East Side Printshop, Djerassi Fellowship and the Headlands Center for the Arts. The body of work from her Spring 2011 show at Edward Cella in Los Angeles are experiments in brain rhythm using time studies of daily activity logs and sleep charts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Frick lives and works in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn, New York.
  • Walter Kitundu is an artist and designer, instrument builder and photographer. He is a Senior Design Developer for the Studio Gallery at the Exploratorium. In this capacity he helps to design and build environments for learning, develops and facilitates activities, and provides artistic direction. As an artist he has created hand built record players powered by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. Walter has performed and been in residence at art centers and science museums internationally. He has performed with the renowned Kronos Quartet, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, the electronic music duo Matmos, and the legendary Marshall Allen – in venues from Carnegie Hall to a high school library in Egilstaadir, Iceland.
  • Bob Ostertag has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, transgender chanteuse Justin Bond, and others. He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men. In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings available as free digital downloads. He has a new book in press about labor organizing in Nevada, and is working on another about the construction of human identities through technology. He is currently Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis.
  • Jennifer Parker is an Associate Professor of Art and Digital Arts and New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research is rooted in sculpture, interactive and kinetic art, and cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. Current and past projects explore new methodologies for art making that engage art and science thinking. She is co-founder and director of The OpenLab Network at UCSC and has been working with Barney Hyanes since 2008 developing the SonicSENSE interactive art platform. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Local venues include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF Camerawork; The Lab; Gray Area Foundation for the Arts; Kala Art Institute; and ZER01:10SJ Biennial.
  • 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). His latest book of history is “A History of Silicon Valley” (2011). He has also written extensively about cinema, literature and the visual arts.