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Of Brain Games + Space Jams: Jan 24th Weekly Roundup

Highlight of the Week: Dolphin Dance Project

“When you approach dolphins with dance, they recognize it as intelligence.”

Conceived by dance educator + musculoskeletal research scientist Chisa Hidaka, the Dolphin Dance Project brings humans and wild dolphins together in a collaborative + improvised underwater dance for film. Incredibly, the dolphins dance of their own free will, engaging in a cross-species movement-based conversation, without the temptation of a treat or reward, inspiring respect for the intelligence and beauty of underwater life. As someone who has become increasingly concerned about the state of our oceans + our impact on life underwater, this project has really resonated with me since I first learned about it at Cursiosity3’s Dance in Art + Science event last week. For more video and information, visit the Dolphin Dance Project online here!

Tweeter’s Digest

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The sound of space: Voyager provides music from solar system and beyond by Samuel Gibbs [@guardiantech]

Data visualization is all the rage this day, but Domenico Vicinanza, project manager at Géant—Europe’s high-speed data network powering Cern + the Large Hadron Collider—has translated data from NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 into music that’s out of this world!

Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Her’ [@SciFri]

On this edition of Science Friday, scientist film critics weigh on on Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her: the story of a man who falls hard for his operating system, adding a new dimension to *technophilia*!

Dreamcasters: how video games alter our subconscious by Katie Drummond [@verge]

Intrigued by her son’s video-gaming hobby, psychologist Jayne Gackenbach investigates the effects of hardcore gaming on dreaming + the unconscious: “The major parallel between gaming and dreaming is that, in both instances, you’re in an alternate reality… It’s interesting to think about how these alternate realities translate to waking consciousness, when you are actually reacting to inputs from the real world.”

Review: Auditory Hallucinations, Composed by Ajai Raj [@TheScientistLLC]

The music in your head. Stanford music professor Jonathan Berger transports audiences into the world of imagined sound with Visitations—a pair of one-act chamber operas inspired by the science + sensation of auditory hallucinations.

Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm? by Amy Standen [@NPRAllTech]

Playing with brainwaves: the rise of commercially available EEG headsets a la Emotiv + NeuroSky’s MindWav Mobile has made for some pretty awesome projects—from Orbit brain-controlled helicopter to funky//fresh NeuroDisco.

The Art of Science: Hiroshi Sugimoto Gets Right to the (Infinity) Point by Michelle Banks [@finchandpea]

Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto sculpts his way to the infinity point, artfully modeling equation for a surface containing a single point extended to infinity in his piece Mathematical Model 009 [below].

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Mathematical Model 009 [2006]

Dance, Factors, Dance: A Variation On Yorgey’s Factorization Diagrams by Stephen Von Worley [@DataPointed]

Inspired by Yorgey’s factorization diagrams, DataPointed artist + scientist Stephen Von Worley crafted the Factor Conga: “a promenade of primes, composites, and their constituents” breaking numbers down into their prime factors.

Talk Piece: Modes Of Perception And Communication Discussed At NYC Leonardo LASER by Ashley P. Taylor [@SciArtinAmerica]

How can we take advantage of all our senses? SciArt in America thoughtfully recaps the work and discussion presented at last week’s NYC Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous [LASER]—featuring artist-activist Eve Mosher, installation artist Nina Yankowitz, communication + perception researcher Mark Paterson, and New York-based artist Sherry Mayo.

Beauty and the Brain [@BBCRadio4]

What can the brain tell us about art? Can there ever be a recipe for beauty? Or are the great works beyond the powers of neuroscience? BBC Radio 4 explores the world of neuroesthetics.

SciArt in the City

01.27.2014 – SciArt Speed Date // Collaborate // 7:30pm @ The West

Beer, Brooklyn, breaking boundaries. ArtLab + SciArt in America have joined forces to co-opt the speed date format as artists + scientists pair off in a series of conversations geared towards creating cross-disciplinary collaborative connections. If you’re interested in participating as a “dater,” be sure to email me. Or if you’re just curious, stop by and say hello!

01.29.2014 + 01.30.2014 – CULTUREMART 2014: Science Fair // 7pm @ HERE

Science Fair is an opera-singer’s love-song to the scientific worldview. Conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, and featuring pianist Mila Henry, Science Fair melds Science and Opera into a witty evening of songs, slides, and live experiments.

Through 03.02.2014 – Science Inspires Art: The Cosmos @ New York Hall of Science

View images from ASCI’s 15th Annual international competition and exhibition. These stunning images relate to astronomy, space exploration, extra-terrestrials and the nature of matter or time in relation to universal laws.

My Pic of the Week

metastasis of music
The Metastasis of Music. These cancerous vinyls by artist Jasmine Murrell were inspired by cancer researcher Dr. Scott Lowe’s work. The piece was showcased at the Ligo Project’s Art of Science Gallery Night as one of four works to come out of six-month long collaborations between artists and scientists. For more information, be sure to check out Ligo’s Facebook page!


Got an article or event at the interfaces of art and science? Care to share? Just tweet @thisisartlab or email me!

Jan 17th Weekly Roundup @ the Intersection of Art + Science

This week launches the newest edition to ArtLab, sharing some of my favorite projects, posts, and happenings at the intersection between art + science every week.

Highlight of the Week: danceroom Spectroscopy

Image by Paul Blakemore.

The grace of dance merges with the elegance of physics to create danceroom Spectroscopy [dS] at the cutting edge of science and art. I had the real pleasure of seeing dS project leader Dr. David Glowacki speak at the latest CUriosity3 Talks at Columbia University and was so blown away by the project I just had to share! Using 3D motion capture, quantum mechanical principles, and sheer supercomputing power, Glowacki + his team transform dancers into energy fields in an utterly beautiful + scientifically rigorous representation of the nanoscale world. To watch as dancers interact + engage with the nano-quantum world, be sure to check out dS’s multi-award winning dance performance Hidden Fields. And read more here if you’re curious about the science behind this incredible project!

Tweeter’s Digest

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NEA Arts: A Kind of Beauty [@NEAarts]

National Endowment for the Arts Magazine highlights some of the incredible people + organizations blurring boundaries at the interface of art + science. The latest issue features Catalyst Collaborative@MIT merging theater + science, Particle Falls: a real-time visualization of air-quality data, the neurobiology of music, and dance company koosil-ja/danceKUMIKO’s plans to dance to the beat of their brain waves.

Cosmic Queries: Art and Science on StarTalk Radio [@StarTalkRadio]

In this after hours edition of StarTalk Radio, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses how art has enhanced his capacity to appreciate the cosmos. Be sure to queue up this podcast for everything from van Gogh’s The Starry Night to Euclid’s The Golden Ratio!

Mindscapes: The first recording of hallucinated music by Helen Thomson [@newscientist]

The curious case of a musician with perfect pitch who suffered sudden acute hearing loss only to begin hallucinating music. Be sure to listen to her mind’s compositions—a familiar song // a classical soundalike // a totally original tune!

Scientists Discover the Very First Hipster by Kalliopi Monoyios [@Symbiartic]

Science illustrator + Symbiartic Scientific American blogger Kalliopi Monoyios gives us the inside scoop behind the cross-disciplinary collaborations that made her reconstruction of Tiktaalik roseae—the famed 375-million year-old fishlike fossil—from a mere fossil skeleton possible. Check out the final product pictured below!

Tiktaalik reconstruction © Kalliopi Monoyios

These 12 Viruses Look Beautiful Up Close But Would Kill You If They Could [@HuffingtonPost]

Get up close + personal with 12 strikingly beautiful + seriously deadly viruses reconstructed using X-ray crystallography + cryo-electron microscopy. If looks could kill… but thankfully they can’t.

STEM Needs a New Letter by Jessica Lahey [@TheAtlantic]

Over the last few years, the quest to improve science education has been steadily gaining STEAM—that is Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Mathematics. According to Margaret Honey, CEO of the New York Hall of Science: “It’s not about adding on arts education. It’s about fundamentally changing education to incorporate the experimentation and exploration that is at the heart of effective education.” Well said!

New Online Magazine Bridges the Divide Between Art and Science by Allison Meier [@hyperallergic]

Sciart makes its way to arts blog Hyperallergic as they give some love to online magazine [and ArtLab’s SciArt Speed Date // Collaborate co-host] SciArt in America!

An Unexplored World Between Science and Art by Larissa Zimberoff [SciArt in America]

Speaking of SciArt in America, the magazine just launched their blog this week! Check out their first post: artist Bruno Levy + scientist Matthew Putnam join forces placing ordinary // everyday objects under the microscope “taking photography to microscopic proportions.”

SciArt in the City

nyc events at the intersection of art + science // week of 01.19.2014

01.20.2014 – Contemporary Temporary – Sound Works + Music // 9pm @ <a href=”http://www.eyebeam.org/visit-eyebeam” target=”_blank”>Eyebeam</a>

For all you audiophiles + music enthusiasts interested in where sound meets technology, Contemporary Temporary – Sound Works and Music [CT-SWaM] presents a series unique spatial pieces as part of Eyebeam’s Annual Showcase. The evening features sound artist // composer Andrea Williams, the hypno-acoustic beats of David First’s The Western Hemisphere, and artist // composer Byron Westbrook. More details here.

01.23.2014 – Art of Science – Gallery Night // 7pm @ <a href=”http://www.culturefixny.com/” target=”_blank”>CULTUREfix</a>

The Ligo Project presents an evening of art, science, and beer. Artists + scientists meet to mingle featuring art by Gustavo Asto, c.hill, Grace Markman, Jasmine Murrell, Nora Petroliunas, and Marie Roberts // science by Dr. Teresa Bandosz, Dr. Steve Franks, Dr. Scott Lowe, and Dr. Charles Sherr.

01.24.2014 – Brainwave: The Ballet Dancer // 7pm @ Rubin Museum of Art [$25]

In this Friday night installation of the Rubin’s Brainwave series, New York City Ballet dancer Wendy Whelan joins neuropsychologist Mark Solms in a conversation about the immense discipline + sheer willpower required to stay on pointe.

My Own SciArt Pic of the Week

Wifi Eye
Sporting a personal favorite from Eyebeam‘s 2014 Annual Showcase on 01.16.2014. In Offline Eye artist-in-residence Wu Juehui explores the question: what if our eyeball “falls from” our body? Thanks to this 3D-printed eyeball prosthetic with built-in WiFi video camera, which quite literally rolls been online and offline mode, I got to peek into this very unconventional + rather disorienting perspective. For more info about Eyebeam’s 2014 Annual Showcase, be sure to visit their site.


Got an article or event at the interfaces of art and science? Care to share? Just tweet @thisisartlab or email me!