AFFILIATED RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Art + Biosensors + Audiences

Bio_sensor_ProjectLogo_UCSC_OpenLabAn art project that engages biosensors brings these approaches into play. The term biosensor has a wide discursive range including the sensing of bodily information from location and movement to chemical detection of blood sugar and heart rate. The term intersects with that of biometrics (measurements of the body), which could also include facial recognition, body temperature and perspiration levels.    Associate Professor Kate O’Riordan and Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Sussex/ 2014 Visiting Scholar Science & Justice)

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BLUE TRAIL – Imagination + Innovation for Ocean Sustainability

Despite a growing awareness of “green,” most people are unaware that our actions are polluting, depleting and killing the biodiversity of the ocean—or that we can make a difference. The ocean crisis is at a tipping point—the time for “blue” is now

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Mass Transfer in Binary Stars

Lead Artists Sudhu Tewari and Drew Detweiler are developing an interactive sculpture  inspired by Mass Transfer in Binary Stars. The aim of the project is to better understand matter flow interacting with binary stars and to visualize what it might look like three dimensionally.

Advisors: UCSC Porfessors Astrophysicist Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz  and  Artist Jennifer Parker

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Oceanic Scales

Dioluminescent-Project-Poster-(small-file)This is a project titled Oceanic Scales being developed by Gene A. Felice II & Jennifer Parker
and the Mechatronics research group in the Digital Arts and New Media Program at UCSC.

Oceanic Scales is a place to learn and to be inspired about phytoplankton, the first link in the oceanic food chain. This project explores biomimicry as a tool. It explores the tipping point between humanities desires and the oceans needs. 

 

You can download the full project proposal here

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Infant-Family Program: a non-profit serving infants, families and professionals

THRIVE studies the infants’ capacities for emotional communication and social relatedness as well as the coresponding abilities of the caregiver.  Our treatment clarifies infant communication and facilitates caregiver empathy and response.  THRIVE provides training and education for professionals and disseminates knowledge to the community.

THRIVE’S vision is to understand the emotional development of the infant from the beginning, facilitate communication in the infant-caregiver relationship, and to provide an environment for infants to thrive from the beginning.

The THRIVEfamilyLAB is a new initiative for the creation of  iPhone/iPad APPS for parents in the NICU and at home. In addition to the creation of new APPS, the THRIVE familyLAB will provide inter-disciplinary training for professionals, Infant Observation Courses and pregnancy accompaniment groups from the THRIVE director, Julie McCaig in association with artists, infant researchers, scientists, and with the help of THRIVE’S Forward Observer and THRIVE President, Vladimir Lipovetsky, M.D.

Project Website: Dr. Julie McCaigDirector THRIVE

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ArtHERE.org

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 site for more information

website: ArtHERE.org ArtHere Video

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Latex balloons: a major cause of death in marine turtles, birds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions as well as other wildlife

Robin Dunkin, Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, LML Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Latex balloons are a major cause of death in marine turtles, birds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions as well as other wildlife.  Despite claims to the contrary, there has been very little work to quantify the degradation time of latex in the environment.  This data gap is continuously exploited by pro-latex lobbying groups to claim that latex balloons and balloon releases are safe and even environmentally friendly.  Read More

 

 


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Listening to the Earth

 The Listening to the Earth, research cluster, (originally sponsored by the Davis Humanities Institute (2010-12)), brings together graduate students and faculty at both UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz to explore the diverse creative possibilities that promise to emerge out of conscious collaboration between environmental studies, landscape architecture, the visual arts and performance studies. In the face of the most trying environmental challenges in human history, we are compelled to explore the collaborative possibilities that can emerge from a mutual exchange of knowledge, research and creation. 

Contact: Professor Elizabeth Stephens,  estephe[@]ucsc.edu

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John Matthias + Nick Ryan

http://openlabresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Grant_NeuroArts_Image_1.jpgTHE SOUND OF SMALL BRAIN CIRCUITS: THE NEUROGRANULAR SAMPLER, PLASTICITY AND CORTICAL SONGS

The level of synchronization in distributed systems is often controlled by the strength of interaction between the individual elements. Read More…

Websites: Nick Ryan: nick.ryan{@}mac.com, John Matthias: john.matthias{@}plymouth.ac.uk

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AUX

Aux is a collaborative research group lead by Sudhu Tewari, graduate student pursuing a PhD in Cultural Musicology and MFA in Digital Art and New Media. Aux takes its name from the auxilary input often found on older stereo equipment, an acknowledgment of the potential offered by something other than the traditional/standard phonograph, tape or radio input. The goal of Aux is to explore the world of sound art, primarily though experimentation with kinetic sound producing sculptures and electronic devices.

Contact: Sudhu Tewari, Research Director + Founder, Aux , loopstick [at] hotmail [dot] com

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Finger Codes

Finger Codes is the title relating to the body of artwork produced by Eleanor Gates-Stuart as part of her artist residency at the University of California Santa Cruz. Using the fingerprint as a device for human identity, Gates-Stuart merged numerous reference information meshed into multiple grids and layers as a new visual translation of complex systems and network existence.Human fingerprints are translated into numerical symbols, coded through the artist’s drawings and used as symbolic data. Patterns that merge are also to be lost, woven and undone again, in layers adding complexity in the language of code and information architecture. The artist strives for simple representation, the artworks to appear non-technological and seemingly painterly, a result that belies the underlying infrastructure and composition of this creative endeavour.

website: Eleanor Gates-Stuart

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Astrophysics Visualization Lab

Visualization LabEmpirically, astrophysical objects are not amenable to experimental studies; we rely on careful observations rather than laboratory experimentation to obtain data.  Theoretically, astrophysical objects are rarely amenable to simple physical models; we rely more and more on computational methods to understand the complicated physics that governs the phenomena we observe. With the advancement of computer technology and numerical algorithms, complex astrophysical phenomena such as supernova explosions, accretion of material onto stars, stellar pulsations, and the granular patterns of solar convection are now accessible via simulation almost as if they were accessible via experiments in the laboratory.  But humans are visual creatures. Numbers alone do little to feed our physical understanding and intuition. To fully realize the scientific and aesthetic potential of these simulations, we also need sophisticated visualization tools.

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SonicSENSE

SonicSENSE, gaffta, SonicSENSE is an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies, digital media, collaboration, and participation. Founded by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2008.

SonicSENSE uses the creative diversity of computational media and traditional visual art practices to cultivate space for sharing, questioning, and exploring interdisciplinary frameworks, methodologies, and experiences. Each exhibition of the platform is a new iteration consisting of a series of mechanical sound sculptures and interactive objects that drive data mined from the internet and biometrics gleaned from the audience.

Project Website: SonicSENSE

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Eco-Art: Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison

Eco-art
Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.

 

Website: The Harrison’s Studio

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Innovation & Design Lab

Innovation & Design Lab
The Innovation and Design Lab (IDL) is devoted to creating and publishing new knowledge in the health and wellness industries through a holistic approach to innovation and design research that generates products, tools, services, and solutions to improve health outcomes.

 

 

Website: Innovation & Design Lab

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Nomadpad

Nomadpad

Collaborators: Amy Boewer and Jack O’Neill

Nomadpad is committed to providing a free and accessible multifunctional product designed to  deliver comfort and protection to those who are imposed-by the difficulties of the urban nomadic experience. Nomadpad is a nondiscriminatory, non-profit organization whose aims are to successfully supply a utilitarian product available to all users in the community of the city.

 

 

Website: NomadPad

 

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