News + Events
VizLab Open House. The Digital Scholarship Commons is hosting an Open House in the VizLab next Wednesday, January 24 from 1 - 3pm.
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
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
WRIT LARGE at UCSC
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, 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.
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 http://danm.ucsc.edu/people/students/david-harris and Emile Devereaux http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/335881 with support from Kate O’Reardon, Jennifer Parker and UCSC OpenLab, Location: 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.
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OpenLab at Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, San Mateo, CA
OpenLab at California Academy of Sciences, NIGHT LIFE Live, San Francisco, CA
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!
OpenLab sponsors TRANSFLUX @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
OpenLab: Blue Trail Receives Grant from Alliance Data and Epsilon
Read More: http://openlabresearch.com/archives/3431
OpenLab sponsors workshop at University of Sussex, Creativity Zone
The second L.A.S.T. festival - San Francisco, California
Read More: http://lastfestival.com
OpenLab's Oceanic Scales with Gene Felice at California Academy of Sciences -July 10, 2014
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 receives NEA grant for Associate Professor Jennifer Parker's Art/Science project on ocean ecology.
OpenLab presents BLOOM: Ocean + Art + Science
Celebrating Alterity: Imagining Other Worlds
DesignerWednesday, April 16, 2014 - 2:00pm. Digital Arts Research Center Room 206, University of California, Santa Cruz
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
LASER (Leonardo Art/ Science Evening Rendezvous)
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.
Climbing Godzilla with Fitbit: assessing media coverage and the user interface.
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."
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"
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
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
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.
Students, come to a workshop with visiting artist Joel Dittrich. The workshop will cover audio and visual installation, and vj and projection mapping. http://www.joeldittrich.se
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
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
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...
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
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....
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....
Location: Digital Arts Research Center, OpenLab rm#214
June 8, 12-4pm More Info...
John Matthias + Nick Ryan
THE SOUND OF SMALL BRAIN CIRCUITS: THE NEUROGRANULAR SAMPLER, PLASTICITY AND CORTICAL SONGS
Wednesday May 23, 1-2:30pm UCSC Art Department room D101Read More...
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.
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!!!
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).
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
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...
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
All are welcome to attend. Read more...
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...
feature on the origin of the lunar farside (Jutzi and Asphaug, Nature, Aug 4, 2011).
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...