News + Events

VizLab Open House. The Digital Scholarship Commons is hosting an Open House in the VizLab next Wednesday, January 24 from 1 - 3pm.

If you’ve never tried VR before, this is your chance. Explore the new DSC VizLab and experience Virtual Reality. They invite you to test the HTC VIVE headset, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard Headset. DSC Staff will be available to answer questions and introduce you to available resources and hardware. The event is designed for IDEA Hub fellows, but open to anyone.
Click here for event flyer

Cosponsored by the IDEA Hub, Institute for Humanities Research and the Digital Scholarship Commons.


Student Tutorial in the HiVE with J Gaston.

Learn Alternatives to Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator using FREE software

When: Friday January 19, 2 - 4pm, Location
Where: The Art Dept. Hive, A101 (across from the wood shop)

Bring your own laptop with the following programs pre-installed:  


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The Norris Center for Natural History is soliciting proposals from scientific researchers (faculty, post-docs or graduate students) to work with a student artist who will create art inspired by the scientific research. The goal of the program is to fund and support creative communication opportunities for science research and student artist professional development.

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Join the faculty and staff governing board of IDEA Hub at any time during the IDEA Hub Fall Open House. Meet some of the fellows of the fall cohort and learn of their social-benefiting and/or creative enterprises for which they’re receiving funding. Find out how you can apply to form an IDEA Hub team. Tour the incubator spaces of the OpenLab at the Digital Arts and New Media Center.

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OpenLab partners with the CIED to establish IDEA Hub

The IDEA Hub is a campus-wide initiative for students, created to spread social and creative entrepreneurship at UCSC, Led by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED), . A network of incubation facilities, fellowships, seminars, workshops, and mentorships provide students space to critically think about the challenges facing society and propose pathways for meaningful intervention.

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OpenLab Welcomes the Crochet Coral Reef

The Crochet Coral Reef project, by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

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Dark Deleuze in the Dark

Andrew Culp’s Dark Deleuze (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) offers a radical reinterpretation of the theorist Gilles Deleuze that challenges today’s world of compulsory happiness, decentralized control, and overexposure. Arranged in a series of contraries, Culp’s cataclysmic politics exhorts us to kill our idols and cultivate “hatred for this world.”

February 22, 2017, 5-7pm, UCSC Digital Arts Research Center, Click here for more information




Featuring 10 UCSC artists each using an English phrase to query a corpus & presenting the results. A cross-disciplinary event representing Creative Writing, Digital Arts & New Media, Film & Digital Media, Computer Science, and Linguistics students. The event will start with a reception and presentation of artist works at 6pm, followed by an informal panel discussion at 7, offering an opportunity to see the processes behind various works. Writ Large at UCSC is made possible with support from the Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, OpenLab, and Digital Arts & New Media.

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Black (W)hole

Black (W)hole, an interactive exhibition experience. The visitor becomes immersed in a field of stars accompanied by the visual and auditory re-creation of a black hole and the abstract equations that describe it.



OpenLab ArtCrawler at the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Fair


Gateway School in Santa Cruz. April 16,  2016  7-11pm Saturday. The Art Crawler developed by Sean Pace with OpenLab will be at the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Fair

More information HERE


Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

OpenLab with Digital Arts and New Media students will have their work to the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, March 24-26. Including Sean Pace's CRAWLER hosting a game by Ben Spalding, and the Water Tank in its latest iteration by David Harris and Zach Corse, and Sean Pace.

More information HERE


OpenLab Bio-Sensing Workshop with UCSC & University of Sussex 

Led by David Harris and Emile Devereaux with support from Kate O’Reardon, Jennifer Parker and UCSC OpenLabLocation: Digital Arts Research Center, January 27-28, 9am-5pm – by invitation Rm 108 (UCSC) More info about the Exchange with Sussex and the Workshop HERE



OpenLab at the 3rd L.A.S.T (Life Art Science Technology) Festival

The LAST (Life Art Science Technology) festival celebrates the confluence of art with the technologies and sciences that are shaping the 21st century. Free and open to everybody.

Click HERE for more info about OpenLab projects



California Academy of Sciences, NIGHT LIFE Live, San Francisco, CA

OpenLab's cymatic water tank visualizer at California Academy of Sciences Night Life! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 6-7:45pm

Details: Here


OpenLab at Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, San Mateo, CA

May 16-17, 2015 – Sat: 10am- 8pm Sun. 10am-6pm. Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.



OpenLab at California Academy of Sciences, NIGHT LIFE Live, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 6-7:45pm

eve Warnock and Pellham Johnston help kick off NightLife LIVE this Thursday at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with an exhibit in the garden for OpenLab! 

Details: Here



OpenLab sponsors TRANSFLUX @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Transflux, an interactive exhibition where the artists transform the Front Door Gallery into a living, breathing organism and symbiotic ecosystem. Developed by OpenLab affiliated artists Gene A. Felice II, Nathaniel Ober, and eve Warnock with coordinating artist Kate Spacek transform the Front Door Gallery into a living, breathing organism and symbiotic ecosystem. Through the exploration of the interconnectedness of our inner and outer world, the artists demonstrate the patterns and forms within life that shape who we are and where we come from. Read more....


OpenLab: Blue Trail Receives Grant from Alliance Data and Epsilon

OpenLab: Blue Trail was recently awarded $10,000 from Alliance Data and its Epsilon business to help further the innovation and construction of 10 interactive art-design-tech installations that will be spread out across San Francisco’s waterfront during 2015.

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OpenLab sponsors workshop at University of Sussex, Creativity Zone

OpenLab affiliated arts Gene Felice and David Kant present artwork on biosensors in conversation with Kate O'Riordan. 1pm - October 30, 2014 Read More:



The second L.A.S.T. festival - San Francisco, California

This exhibition will feature a group of art installations, curated by Lily Alexander, that break the "Do not touch!" taboo of the traditional museum and that are meant to let you experience something you never experienced before. OpenLab: BioSensing Garden by Joel Horne, Sean McGowen, Richard Vallejos, and Ian  Ayyad will be on at the exhibit

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OpenLab ArtCrawler at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland

UCSC_OpenLab-EastBay_Mini Maker Faire. Read here for more info:


OpenLab's Oceanic Scales with Gene Felice at California Academy of Sciences -July 10, 2014

Oceanic Scales is an interactive art installations featured at the opening night of Soundwave--San Francisco’s innovative biennial three-month art and music festival—at the California Academy of Sciences.

Read More: Oceanic Scales at Cal Academy of Sciences


OpenLab: BioSensing Garden at ZERO1 for the L.A.S.T. Festival


 BioSensing Garden is a sculptural garden and water-droplet fountain that visualizes data from a Fitbit, (an exercise tracking device). The fountain is made from a re-purposed printer that drips water onto a pane of tilted glass. The droplets are timed and placed precisely so that they create visualize the data from the fitbit as they fall. Imagery will be projected onto the droplet patterns as they fall onto a garden below. The data droplets are the sole source of water for the plants and so their health is a direct reflection of the amount of exercise from the participant. OpenLab Team: Sean McGowen, Ian Ayyad, Richard Vallejos, and Joel Horne

Read more about L.A.S.T. FESTIVAL ZERO1



Bay Area Maker Faire 2014, San Mateo, CA

May 17-18, 2014 - Sat: 10am- 8pm Sun. 10am-6pm

Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.


OpenLab at the Tech Museum for Open Make with DANM graduate student Wes Modes

UCSC OpenLab Spastic Robots and Frankenthings: Tear into consumer electronics and repurpose the parts for making with OpenLab Maker, Wes Modes. Create robots, kinetic art, and DIY toys from the cast-offs of consumer society. Spastic Robots are robot doodles, cyborg rejects, the workings of the mad-scientist who lives just below the landfill. We'll have VCRs and other things with motors and controllers for you to reconfigure into spastic robots.


UCSC receives NEA grant for Associate Professor Jennifer Parker's Art/Science project on ocean ecology. 

UC Santa Cruz has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to supportBlue Trail: Imagination and Innovation for Ocean Sustainability--a series of interactive visual and sonic art installations that will be spread out across the San Francisco waterfront.


 OpenLab presents BLOOM: Ocean + Art + Science

April 19. 2014 6-11pm Lighthouse Point
Ocean / water / wildlife / ecology advocacy groups that would like to participate in our event at Lighthouse Point on April 19th!With the UCSC Art Department, the Digital Art & New Media program, the Openlab collaborative research group and the city of Santa Cruz, artists & scientists will join together to create a series of events focused on local water issues
Click HERE for more details!


Celebrating Alterity: Imagining Other Worlds 

Presented by  Geoffrey Thomas, Interactive

DesignerWednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:00pm. Digital Arts Research Center Room 206, University of California, Santa Cruz

Geoffrey Thomas has worked as a programmer, interaction designer, and university professor. He has trained in the fields of fine art, animation, and multimedia. His work has been exhibited and screened at Siggraph 2002, File2003, Select Media Festival, Kunst Aus Strom, Popcorn Incident, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Chiangmai First New Media Art Festival and featured online at ArtMedia2002,,,, and
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Justice in the More-than-Human World: Fostering Care and Affinity in Emergent Collaborations Co-Sponsors: UCSC OpenLab, Digital Arts and New Media, SJRC, UCIRA

This multi-day event series includes presentations and conversation from visiting artists; Amy Youngs ,Ohio State University and professors emeritus Helen & Newton Harrison  and Oron Catts from Symbiotica.  Wednesday Feb. 26th at 4pm. Thursday Feb. 27th noon to 2pm. Friday the 28th at 4pm up in UCSC Engineering 2 room 599.

 more info click here


LASER (Leonardo Art/ Science Evening Rendezvous)

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking. Tuesday, February 25 DARC

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERS) are a national program of evening gathering that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. At UCSC's inaugural LASER, speakers will lay the foundation for the series by speaking about the intertwining of art and science. Questions like "why art and science" and "why now" will provide context for the series as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway throughout the University of California, in the Bay Area, and beyond.

more info click here


Climbing Godzilla with Fitbit: assessing media coverage and the user interface.

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex/ UCSC Science and Justice Research Center 2014 Visiting Scholar)
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Digital Arts Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz
Aristea works at the intersections of media & cultural studies with science & technologies studies. She has written about digital networks and feminism, and recently, on information politics, knowledge production, and digital engagement. She currently explores practices of data sharing and algorithmic living (Project Tracking biodata: sharing and ownership, She also works in the EU-funded project EPINET, a technological assessment of new emerging technologies, such as wearable sensors, with focus on media and digital culture.
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Institute of Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz host second LEONARDO LASER
November 5, 2013 7:00-8:30PM


The Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations.

The goal of the series is to feature compelling new developments in the arts and sciences, and--in the words of series founder Piero Scaruffi--"to mix audiences that would not normally be found at the same event."

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Leonardo Art/Science Evening at UC Berkeley

October 9, 2013 6:30-9:00PM
Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz) on "Publishing in Public: Breaking Down Academic Silos to Create Trans-Disciplinary Research"

Highlighting new works created by artists and scientists from the UCSC OpenLab Network... 
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OpenLab @ #ZERO1 in San Jose – participate in public research- exhibits, workshops and talks – Tues. 7/23 – Fri. 7/26

OpenLab: Creating Art + Science Platforms to Engage Citizens and Grow Community Workshops, Exhibits, and Talks, organized by Jennifer Parker

Learn about Phytoplankton, Desalination and Bike Mechanics. Create CB Radios,Discover How to Build DIY Water Rafts and Play Yahoo Answers Jeopardy Game Show. Join artists Gene Felice, Laura Wright, Matthew Jamieson, Kyle McKinley, Wes Modes, FICTILIS and Blue Trail for a series of innovative, creative and collaborative workshops combining art, community, design, technology, and science. Bay Area participants of all ages welcome to attend!

Workshops and events are free but we'd love to know you are coming: RSVP HERE!

All events will be Free and Open to the Public at the ZERO1 Garage, located at 439 S. 1st Street, San Jose

OpenLab at Sketching in Hardware 2013 Conference

July 19-21, 2013

Our digital design tools help us think of things we would never have considered, before the tool gave us the ability to think of them (as per the ideas of distributed cognition). As these tools move into the cloud, these thoughts become increasingly social and the tools create a shared understanding of what’s being designed, an understanding simultaneously shaped by the capabilities of the tools and the knowledge and skills of the people using them. More info....

Openlab in conversation with Owen Driggs: Can Artists Heal Nature? at ZERO1 Garage in San Jose

June 28, 2013 6pm

As human actions impact the natural environment, can artists heal nature? Does art bring “special powers” to the table? If so, what are they? What is ‘art’? What is ‘nature’? What needs healing? What arrogance!

Presented by ZERO1 and the Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, this conversation is organized by Lucas Artist Fellows Owen Driggs in association with their project Mapping Biointimacy, developed for COME HEALING, Montalvo’s 2013 Art on the Grounds exhibition. OpenLab Founding Director Jennifer Parker and OpenLab affiliate artist Gene Felice to join the conversation June 28th at 6pm. Read More...

OpenLab open studios Friday  June 7, 2013

Oceanic Scales team showed an amazing amount of dedication and hard work leading up to our first demonstration of our prototype system  More info...

Balance-Unbalance May 31-June 2

Founding Director, Jennifer Parker to present OpenLab at Balance-Unbalance 2013. An International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities. Hosted in the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The 2013 conference theme, Future Nature, Future Culture[s] is aimed to provoke discourse around what our elusive future might hold and how transdisciplinary thought and action could be used as tools for positive change.   More Info....

Bay Area Maker Faire 2013, San Mateo, CA

May 18-19, 2013 - Sat: 10am- 8pm Sun. 10am-6pm

Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.



UCSC Digital Arts & Research Center Room 108, Wednesday

April 17, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm   Free and Open to the Public!

A panel discussion at UCSC exploring expressive interactions across: theory, science, art, & the public.  Panelists: Karen Barad (UC Santa Cruz), Sally Jane Norman (University of Sussex), Eric Paulos (UC Berkeley), Simon Penny (UC Irvine), Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz).  Program developed by Jennifer Parker and Kate O'Riordan.  Free and open to the public.

Workshop with visiting artist Joel Dittrich: Audio & Visual Installation, VJ & Projection Mapping

UCSC Baskin Arts D101, WednesdayApril 10, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm   Free and Open to the Public!

Students, come to a workshop with visiting artist Joel Dittrich.  The workshop will cover audio and visual installation, and vj and projection mapping.

Let's Talk App Launched
Let’s Talk App for the NICU created in collaboration with the THRIVE Infant-Family Program and OpenLab Artists: Jack O’Neill and Amy Boewer of GirlBoy Media support from Associate Professor Jennifer Parker is now available on iTunes.

Thrive Infant Family Program has been awarded grants from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation through the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association for our Let’s Talk Smart Phone App for parents while their infants are in the NICU. THRIVE has an affiliation agreement with the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

OpenLab Director, Jennifer Parker talks Art +& Science 

Under the Microscope: In Museums, schools, and research facilities scientists and artists are swapping methods to illuminate natural phenomena and solve global problems 

by Suzanne Muchnic

When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology celebrated its 150th birthday two years ago, a group of professors organized a Festival of Art, Science & Technology. The bonanza of installations, concerts, kinetic illuminations, and new-media explorations “turned the campus upside down”, says Evan Ziporyn, a composer and clarinetist who has been on the faculty for 20 years. Read more….


OpenLab Artist Drew Detweiler  + DANM Mechatronics  create the Wave Walker

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

 Fri Feb 15 2013 at 05:00 pm
Designed for Peer Gynt in Collaboration with UCSC Mechatronics for Kimberly Jannarone's amazing version of Peer Gynt. The show literally takes the audience on a journey. It opens March 1st at UC Santa Cruz and shouldn't be missed!

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Leonardo Art/Science Evening a Standford University

Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor and OpenLab co-founder) on "Down to earth: Art, Astronomy and Physics" Highlighting new works created by artists and scientists from the UCSC OpenLab Network... Read more...


Blue Trail Design Jam Competition @ Adaptive Path

Imagination + Innovation for Ocean Sustainability
October 27 10am - 5:30pm
Join us for a day of art-design-science-tech collaboration to generate concepts for Blue Trail. Blue Trail is a trail of Ten (10) commissioned interactive installations that will take place along the San Francisco waterfront during the final races of the America's Cup sailing challenge in September 2013. Blue Trail is a non-profit initiative developed by 7Story in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab and the UN Safe Planet Campaign. Blue Trail is a member of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program.Read more....


Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meeting of Arts, Science and Humanities

Panel: Chris McKay (Chief scientist at NASA Ames), Anne Fougeron (Award-winning architect), George Legrady (Director of the Experimental Visualization Lab in the Media Arts & Technology at UC Santa Barbara). Read More.....

Critical Play, Mary Flanagan – Art, Games & History

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 2:00pm

Dark Lab (Rm. 108) - Digital Arts Research Center (UCSC)
Presented by:

Art Department/Arts Division/Digital Arts and New Media, Co-sponsored by OpenLab + Games and Playable Media

Free and open to the public.  More Info...

Sound Installations + Exhibits Opening Night
Event hosted by California Academy of Sciences and Exhibition by UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab/Mechatronics Group at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
July 5, 2012  More Info
July 13, 2012 - Sept 28, 2012  More info...

 ISEA International Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness

September 19-24, 2012

Associate Professor Jennifer Parker will give a talk on OpenLab at ISEA International 2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wildernes in New Mexico September 19-24. Read More...

OpenLab to present two projects at the ZERO1 Biennial 2012

September 12 – December 8, 2012
Opening weekend: September 12-16, 2012Under the theme Seeking Silicon Valley, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will feature work by a diverse group of local, national, and international contemporary artists whose work will transform Silicon Valley into an epicenter for innovative art production and public experience. Read More....

Dynamic Mechatronics for Artists
UCiRA + OpenLab Sponsored Workshop with Sudhu Tewari

July 9-12, 2012

Location: Digital Arts Research Center: OpenLab RM 214

A workshop designed to give artists a basic understanding of electronics and mechanics for augmenting their artwork, We will transform static artwork into active pieces allowing for interactive functionality. More Info....


DANM Mechatronics + OpenLab

Location: Digital Arts Research Center, OpenLab rm#214

June 8, 12-4pm  More Info...

John Matthias + Nick Ryan


Public Presentation:

Wednesday May 23, 1-2:30pm UCSC Art Department room D101


THRIVE Infant-Family Program

OpenLab is happy to announce THRIVE Infant-Family Program partnership to develop "Let’s Talk App" for the NICU with the American Psychoanalytic Foundation.

Check out their website:

Intersection for the Arts: The Artist as Citizen and Public Arts Partnerships

artist as citizen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

EAP brings together dynamic panelists to discuss artistic citizenship and issues of engagement with place.

Panelists: Jennifer Parker (UCSC OpenLab), David Kasprzak (Artist) and Randy Rollison (Intersection for the Arts).  More info...

Contact Microphone Building

With Sudhu Tewari OpenLab affiliated artist and founder of AUX, at the Exploratorium Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Do you ever wonder if there are sounds you can’t hear? Well, there are! Some sounds are too quiet to be picked up by human ears and so go unnoticed. Sudhu Tewari wants to share these sounds with you. Read more...

Armchair explorers of the cosmos can now have at their fingertips the nearly 2,000 distant planetary systems discovered by NASA's Kepler Mission. Kepler Explorer, an innovative app for iPads and iPhones developed by a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, provides interactive displays of newly discovered planetary systems based on Kepler data. Read More....


Report on our new Kepler Explorer OpenLab app!!!

Released 4/3/2012

The app, called Kepler Explorer, provides interactive displays of the 2,300 alien planet candidates that NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope  has detected thus far. It’s available for free at the iTunes App Store and runs on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. It was developed by astronomers, artists and designers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

March 28, 2012
OpenLab has helped to launch a new exciting on-line tool for art, science, tech, and education at the ZERO1 Biennial:Seeking Silicon Valley. Please visit the website and Read more...

Kepler ExplorerReleased: Mar 27, 2012
By OpenLab   {Available for Free at  iTunes}
Kepler Explorer is an exciting new application for the iPad and iPhone, allowing anyone to gain a better understanding of the faraway planetary systems found by NASA's Kepler Mission. Read More...


OpenLab and UCSC Baskin Visual Arts Offer Experimental Game Design Class

Spring Quarter 2012

There is so much more to games than what you play on your Xbox or Facebook!  We will look at game design as an art practice, engaging with the works of the New Games movement, Fluxus artists, the Big Games movement and makers of socially conscious board and card games. Read More...

San Francisco Museum of Art

January 15 - August 12, 2012

Sudhu Tewari (OpenLab member and Founder of  Aux) has a new game at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Visitors can view game in the Koret Visitor Education Center, and pick up instructions for prototype games to be played in the museum's galleries and other public spaces. Read more...


   Leonardo Art/Science Evening

November 7, 2011 6:30-9:30PM

Jennifer Parker (UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor and OpenLab co-founder) on "Down to earth: Art, Astronomy and Physics" Highlighting new works created by artists and scientists from the UCSC OpenLab Network... Read more...

The Tech Museum After Hours: Cosmos Under the Cosmos

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 6pm-11pm

Come and celebrate OpenLab Art + Astrophysics projects and with Co-Founder Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz presentation of Cosmic Dynamics at After Hours, the new monthly themed event at the Tech Museum in San Jose where adults only can enjoy science, technology, entertainment and cocktails together with their friends. Read more...

OpenLab @ Bay Area Science Festival

November 6, 2011, 11-4PM

AT&T Park will become a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science concludes with this FREE science extravaganza on Sunday November 6th. The event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. Over 170 exhibits will overwhelm AT&T Park – are you ready to unleash your inner scientist? Read more...

KZSC Radio: Artist on Art Interview with OpenLab co-founder Amy Boewer

October 10, 2011

Local installation artist, Amy Boewer was the guest on Gamers on Game for October 10, 2011. Amy is Research Assistant and one of the student Founders of OpenLab at UCSC, and the Resident Artist in the UCSC AstroPhysics Department. She recently graduated from UCSC in the Art and History of Art and Visual Culture Programs. Read more...

OpenLab Art + Astrophysics Exhibition at UCSC Digital Arts Research Center

September 17- October 28, 2011

The exhibition features four exhibits of astrophysical phenomena including Black Hole/Star Bowling Game; a Kepler App for iPad/iPhone; a 3D Zoetrope of Moon-Splat; and an interactive sculpture of Spectral Shifts in the Milky Way

More information can be found in the Exhibition Catalog...

OpenLab Astronomer Jonathan Forntey contributes to confirm first planet orbiting two stars

A world with multiple suns is a common trope in science fiction, as in the iconic double sunset in Star Wars. Scientific reality has now caught up, with a report from NASA’s Kepler mission of the first unambiguous detection of a planet orbiting two stars. More...

OpenLab Kick-off Event at the Media Theater UCSC

July 12, 14, 15, 21, 2011

Visualization presentations by Alex Pang, Nic Brumell, Joel Primack and technical workshops by Nic Brumell, Uliana Popov, Ralf Kaehler and Hank Childs.

All are welcome to attend.

OpenLab Marker Workshops

August 3, 4, 5, and 9, 2011, 1-4PM

You are invited to join the OpenLab Summer Makers Workshops in Metal, Woodworking, Casting and Prototyping Labs at the Arts Division at UCSC. These workshops are designed for everyone regardless of skill level. The Makers Workshop is perfect for inventors, makers, tinkerers, artists, students, scientists, and entrepreneurs.   read more...

OpenLab Scientist, Erik Asphaug on NPR Morning Edition

feature on the origin of the lunar farside (Jutzi and Asphaug, Nature, Aug 4, 2011).

This made the front page of LA Times, Denver Post, many other papers worldwide. Read More...

TRANSMUTATIONS: Sound, Data, and Mechanics Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

March 26-May 13, 2011

By taking data out of archives, pie charts and graphs and giving it a physical form through sculptural, audio and visual means, we aim to build a compelling experience synthesizing scientific research with new media as a method of engaging community participation. We believe in the concept of learning by doing, that material exploration is an important part of the understanding process and that explaining through tangible tools, where people can actually touch, explore and play with information, is essential to collaborative communication and visual thinking.

Graduate students in the UCSC Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) program, UCSC Arts + Physics Research Lab and OpenLab worked collaboratively with SonicSENSE to develop and create the design, content, and conceptual framework of the interactive art exhibition. Read more...