Month: January 2012

New Cambridge Art and Science Circle to launch

Susan Aldworth - Going NativeAnglia Ruskin University is launching the Cambridge Art and Science Circle next Tuesday (31 January), which is a new initiative to bring together artists and scientists from across the city.

The launch event, at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, will feature a talk on ‘Art and Consciousness’ with artist Susan Aldworth and Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the London School of Economics.

The event is part of the VISUALISE art programme, which will see a range of contemporary artists work with Anglia Ruskin to create exciting temporary public art projects, exhibitions, workshops and events across the city.

Bronac Ferran, curator of VISUALISE, said: “The new Cambridge Art and Science Circle seeks to build an infrastructure of connections that may lead to new partnerships for research and public art projects.

“Cambridge is very much recognised as a centre of science and technology innovation and invention.  Art and artists increasingly work in interdisciplinary ways and engage actively through collaborations and residencies with specialists from fields such as genetics, synthetic biology, neuroscience and vision sciences.

“The emergence of public art commissioning opportunities in sites such as the new Addenbrokes/Medical Research Council context and the transformation of the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin through the installation of digital screens, make this the perfect time to encourage new opportunities for partnerships across art and science borders.”

To coincide with the launch of the Cambridge Art and Science Circle, Anglia Ruskin will be hosting the ‘Between: Mind, Matter & Materials’ exhibition from 30 January until 3 February.

Featuring work by Susan Aldworth and Karen Ingham, the exhibition looks at how medical imaging technologies have made the body visually permeable as never before and created an explosion in anatomical knowledge.  The artists, through a number of video installations on the Ruskin Gallery’s digital screens, ask whether these developments have helped our understanding of who we really are.

Aldworth’s art explores the nature of consciousness. In 1999, the experience of observing her brain live on a monitor during a diagnostic brain scan triggered an ongoing fascination with the relationship between the physical brain and the sense of self. Since then Aldworth has worked and collaborated with doctors, neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, etchers, artists and musicians in pursuit of this elusive subject.

She has observed numerous brain scans in hospitals and undergone further brain scans to try and make sense of the material basis of personality.  The film ‘Out of Body’ was made during her residency at the Gordon Museum of Pathology.

Aldworth said: “The time-based works that Karen Ingham and I are showing for our Between show at Anglia Ruskin have never been displayed together before.  These films explore different notions of embodiment, and how we are invested in the structure of our brains and our bodies.”

‘Between: Mind, Matter & Materials’ will have a ‘private view’ on Tuesday 31 January at the Ruskin Gallery (6-7pm), immediately followed by the launch of the Cambridge Art and Science Circle in the new Lord Ashcroft International Business School.  Both events are free and further information is available by phoning Sarah Jones on 0845 196 2981 or emailing

VISUALISE ( is being project managed by Futurecity and delivered in collaboration with Cambridge City Council.



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Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of February 2012

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series.

Leonardo ISAST and Stanford Continuing Studies 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. Email Piero Scaruffi if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs.

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


When: 1 February 2012

Where: Stanford University
Building/Room: Pigott Hall Room 113 (Stanford map)
Parking: Pigott Hall is almost half way between the Oval (dead end of University Ave if you are coming from El Camino Real) and the large parking lot at Tresidder Union (Lagunita & Mayfield) if you are coming from Foothill Expressway. Parking is free at Stanford after 4pm (read the fine free on the parking signs).


  • 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.

  • 7:00-7:25:
  • Daniel Small and Luca Antonucci on “First Light” The Hubble Ultra Deep Field imaging system unveiled the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved by humankind that reveals the first light from 13.5 billion years ago… Read more
  • 7:25-7:50:
  • Zann Gill (former NASA scientist) on “Collaborative Intelligence” Collaborative intelligence is an ecosystem model characterizing distributed, multi-agent, systems where each unique agent is an autonomous contributor to its collaborative problem-solving network. Read more
  • 7:50-8:05: 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.
  • 8:05-8:30:
  • Anne Fougeron (Architect) on “City of the Future” As of 2008 over 80% of the land of the world that is suitable for raising crops is in use. Where will we find the farm land we need? By 2040, 80% of the world’s population will reside in urban centers, pushing urban edges further out into neighboring agricultural land. How will we feed ourselves?” Read more
  • 8:30-8:55: Phil Ross (artist) on “Mycotecture” Fungi can be used to transform agricultural waste into durable and low impact materials at room temperature. The future is moldy. Read more


  • 8:55: Piero Scaruffi on the next Leonardo Art/Science evening I will simply preview the line-up of speakers for the next Leonardo evening.

  • 9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, more socializing You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

New Art Movement? The Science Artists Feed Keeps Growing

By Glendon Mellow | January 12, 2012 |SYBIARTIC Scientific American


Ammonite Flax Flower © Glendon Mellow. Under CCL.


Most people are aware that there are trends and movements in the Fine Art world, just as there are in design, fashion, music and architecture. The most powerful aesthetic movements with the most lasting impact in the last several centuries have had distinguishing attributes that crossed the boundaries of the various arts and permeated cultures. The utilitarian geometry of Bauhaus. The almost sloppy excess of Baroque mixed media.

Last year, when the huge science-blogging network site launched, aggregating recent posts from a wide array of science sites, one of its organizers, Bora Zivkovic (now our blog editor at Scientific American) asked if there were enough science-art and scientific illustration blogs to warrant making a feed for the page.  I assured him there was, and at his request began curating the Science Artists Feed, including scientific illustration, science-inspired fine art, data visualization, webcomics and cartoons, street art and more.

You can see the initial list of blog urls here. It has expanded enough I have had to create a second list that feeds into the first one.

Science communication is not a one-way street between researchers & journalists to the lay public. From the Science Art Feed you can see the array of conversations non-scientists are starting through visual media. There’s a response, an echo and an amplification to the impact the scientific method has had on culture. Researchers, too, are stepping in and showing the inspiring, baffling and illuminating images they come across and use. Does it mean there is a new aesthetic, a new movement afoot?  Will there be leaders, schools, manifestos, turning points? I don’t know for sure, but as someone interested in exploring science in artwork, I feel I’ve seen a rise the past 10 years, and this is coupled with it being easier than ever to find.

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