LASER (Leonardo Art/ Science Evening Rendezvous), November 5

Image Credit: Gene Felice, Oceanic Scales Project, Molecular Rings cast from 3-D Printed Prototypes
Image Credit: Gene Felice, Oceanic Scales Project, Molecular Rings cast from 3-D Printed Prototypes
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
DARC 108

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences presents Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvousa national program of evening gathering that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. 

This event is open to the public. Please join us in DARC 108 for refreshments at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by:

Robert Dawson, "From Alan Chadwick to Bill Moyers: Forty years of thinking about the commons"

Amy Franceschini, "Excursions through Domains of Familiarity and Surprise"

Jennifer Parker and Gene Felice, "OpenLab: Publishing in Public and Oceanic Scales"

Bruce Schumm, "The Higgs Boson Discovery: What it Reveals and Where is Leads"


Robert Dawson’s photographs have been recognized by a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and by a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His books include Robert Dawson Photographs (1988); The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland (1993); Farewell, Promised Land: Waking from the California Dream (1999); and A Doubtful River (2000). His upcoming book is titled The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (2014). He is founder and co-director of the Water in the West Project. Mr. Dawson’s photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution); and the Library of Congress. He has been an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986 and at Stanford University since 1996.

Amy Franceschini is an artist and designer. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature.”  In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers and in 2004, she co-founded Free Soil, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, and gardeners who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political and environmental organization of space. Amy's solo and collaborative work have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Walker Art Center. She received her BFA from San Francisco State University in Photography and her MFA from Stanford University. She is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and has received a 2009 Creative Capital Grant, 2011 Creative Workfund Grant and 2007 SF MOMA Seca Award. 

Bruce Schumm joined the UCSC faculty in 1995 and is a Professor of Physics and a member of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics. He is part of the UCSC team working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)  in Switzerland, where the long-theorized Higgs Boson was discovered in July 2013. His current research focuses on the search for dark matter, which might also be expected to be found among the collision products of the LHC proton beams. He is also works on the development of advanced instrumentation for the proposed International Linear Collider - the most likely follow-on project to the LHC. Schumm has published physics papers on a wide range of topics, and is the author of Deep Down Things – The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), a treatment of the Standard Model of Particle Physics written specifically for non-physicists.  Schumm notes that the book presents “physicists’ current thinking about the forces of nature without requiring formal scientific background of the reader.  The Universe is a wonderfully subtle yet fascinatingly structured place, and I hope the readers of Deep Down Things come away with a deeper appreciation of its miraculous beauty, as well as some of the conundrums that its deeper study present.”  Schumm received the UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002-2003 and holds a B.A. from Haverford College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.   

Jennifer Parker maintains a multifaceted art practice at the intersection of art and science. The conceptual framework of her research includes a literal, formal, and idiomatic approach to materials and a political, private, and metaphorically abstract attitude toward expression as it relates to information and creativity. This research approach animates a space of possibility by asking the viewer to pay attention to the overlooked details, juxtapositions and interdependencies of our physical and sensory experience in the world around us. She is currently Chair of the UCSC Art Department; professor in the Digital Arts and New Media program; and the founding Director of OpenLab, a research center facilitating innovative, creative and collaborative research with art, community, design, technology and science at UCSC. Parker’s solo and collaborative work have been presented nationally and internationally at SFMOMA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the World Trade Center in Osaka, Japan; Školská 28 Galerie; Kala Art Institute; Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and ZER01, and the Tech Museum. She has been the recipient of visual arts fellowships from Art Matters, the New Forms Regional Grant administered by the Inter-Arts Program of the NEA, the NSF, The New Jersey State Council of the Arts and the Kate Neal Kinely Memorial Fellowship Award.

Gene Felice is a graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is enrolled in the Digital Arts and New Media program and is currently working with OpenLab and the Mechatonics Research Group to develop Oceanic Scales. He currently divides his research between:  Art, Design & Education.  This split allows him to develop balance between interactive art, living systems, and the latest available technology for new media. He has a hybrid practice at the intersection of nature and technology, developing symbiotically creative systems as arts/science research.