piero scaruffi

Javier Ideami’s “El Cuadro” (2012)

William-Robert Moore

The first Kodachromes published in National Geographic (April 1938) that legitimized Kodachrome for photo journalism.

Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERs)

Art+Science = http://www.lasertalks.com/

  • UC Santa Cruz, January 28, 2014
  • Jeanne C. Finley, “On-Site: The Locus Between Public and Private“
  • Rita Mehta, “When Life Imitates Science Fiction“
  • Warren Sack, “Using Software (Art) to See the World“
  • Erika Zavaleta, “Conserving Nature’s Services in An Age of Extinction“


UC Davis - February 6th, 2014

  • Genevieve Quick on “Visual Technologies in Contemporary Art”
  • Maciej Zwieniecki on “Trees – masters of microfluidics”
  • Phillip Benn on “Solid Water and Other Works”
  • Terry Nathan on “Photography: Born of Science and Nurtured by Art”

UC Berkeley, February 11, 2014

  • Curt Frank (Stanford Univ) on “Historical Pigments: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • Bernie Lubell (Kinetic Artist) on “Intimacy and Entanglement”
  • Katherine Sherwood (Visual Artist) on “How a Cerebral Hemorrhage Altered my Art”
  • Eric Paulos (UC Berkeley/ Living Environment Lab) on “Hybrid Assemblages, Environments, and Happenings”

Stanford, February 12, 2014

  • Dave Deamer (UC Santa Cruz) on “Meteorites, soap bubbles and the origin of cellular life”
  • Mark Applebaum (Stanford CCRMA) on “Visual Music”
  • Margot Gerritsen (Stanford) “Linear Algebra: the incredible beauty of a branch of math with a bad reputation”
  • Adrian David Cheok (Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore) on ” Everysense Everywhere Human Communication”

London, February 18, 2014


USF, March 10, 2014

  • Katherine Worel (Visual Artist) on “Touch me now”
  • Dawn Sumner (UC Davis scientist) on “On the CAVE, Creativity and Curiosity”
  • Jeremy Mende (Designer) on “Confrontational Strategies - The Social Mirror”.
  • Ellen Fullman (Musician) on “A Compositional Approach Derived from Material and Ephemeral Elements”

UC Berkeley, April 2, 2014

  • Shan Shan Sheng on “Reinterpreting the Great Wall of China for the age of globalization”
  • Ceci Moss (writer, musician, DJ, and curator) on “Expanded Internet Art”
  • Jim Crutchfield (Chaos Scientist at UC Davis)
  • Johanna Drucker (Cultural Historian at UCLA)

Stanford, April 3, 2014

  • Robert Rich (Composer) on “Slow Music in a Manic World”
  • Patricia Burchat (Stanford Physics Dept)
  • Jennifer Gonzalez (UC Santa Cruz Art Historian)
  • Kal Spelletich (Kinetic Artist) on “Interactive art as a catalyst towards an engaged life”

UC Davis, April 7, 2014

  • Christina Cogdell (UC Davis)
  • Jesse Drew (UC Davis)
  • Michael Neff (UC Davis)
  • Wendy Silk (UC Davis)

USF, May 5, 2014

  • Chhoti Rao (USF) on “India’s contemporary art scene”
  • Terry Johnson (UC Berkeley) on synthetic biology
  • Marcy Darnovsky (Center for Genetics and Society) on “The Case for a New Biopolitics”
  • Ashley Bellouin (Musician)

UC Davis, June 2, 2014

  • Joe Dumit (UC Davis)
  • Evan Clayburg (Performance/Visual Artist)
  • Danielle Svehla Christianson (Fiber artist)

Berkeley, June 11, 2014

  • Tania Lombrozo (UC Berkeley Psychologist) on “What makes an explanation beautfiful?”
  • Allison Leigh Holt (Visual Artist) on “The Beginning Was The End: Hybrid Reality in Javanese Culture”
  • TBA

Stanford, June 12, 2014

  • Stacey Bent (Stanford’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy)
  • Soraya Murray (UC Santa Cruz/ Film & Digital Media)
  • Danielle Tullman-Ercek (UC Berkeley/ Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) on “Synthetic Biology: The Challenges and Potential of Engineering Living Systems”
  • Kiri Rong (Curator) on “The State of the Arts in China”

Full program: www.lasertalks.com

Videos of recent LASER talks (see www.lasertalks.com ):

 Ellen Fullman (Musician) on “A Compositional Approach Derived from Material and Ephemeral Elements” http://youtu.be/_QibOuVrzpU
Sasha Leitman (Inventor and Composer) on “Research in Computer Music at Stanford’s CCRMA” http://youtu.be/q7MIljHx5OU
Wayne Vitale on his gamelan opera “Makrokosma Bali” http://youtu.be/TrjaMoiQ98Y

 Paula Birnbaum (USF Art History) on “Contemporary Feminist Art and Globalization” http://youtu.be/VgiYT87C1Lo
 Danielle Siembieda (Visual Artist and Curator) on “The Future of Eco Art/Tech” http://youtu.be/O4q9b_DY-7k
 Kiri Rong (Curator) on “The State of the Arts in China”  http://youtu.be/5ODgAziHWIk
 Sita Bhaumik (Visual Artist) on “The Edible Body: Food as Political Strategy in a Contemporary Art Practice” http://youtu.be/IwrLjQ6axxw
 Laura Richard (UC Berkeley Art Historian) on “An interdisciplinary introduction to artist Maria Nordman” http://youtu.be/TvAjzOXbZ9U

 Marcy Darnovsky (Center for Genetics and Society) on “The Case for a New Biopolitics” http://youtu.be/NA0scZ5MaiQ

 John Cumbers (SynBioBeta & NASA) on “The Synthetic Biology Startup Ecosystem” http://youtu.be/Uk0UXzzh-x4
 David Stork (Rambus Labs) on “Computer image analysis of Parmigianino’s Self portrait in a convex mirror” http://youtu.be/FoZR5OnCd8w
 Uwe Bergmann (Stanford/ Linear Accelerator) on “The science and applications of X-Rays” http://youtu.be/hU7qKaWBTdA
 Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley/ Psychology) on “The Philosophical Baby” http://youtu.be/BAr-7_CHiTc
 Chris McKay (NASA) on the NASA missions that search for life http://youtu.be/2z7vq_U7T2g
 David Salesin (Adobe Creative Lab) on “How to use the Power of the Computer to Bring Aesthetics and Good Design into our Lives” http://youtu.be/h2-tmfhcRkk
 Tania Lombrozo (UC Berkeley Psychologist) on “What makes an explanation beautiful?” http://youtu.be/1z9jhlqZKhY

More videos: http://www.scaruffi.com/videos.html


Olympic diving

New music

I am selecting compositions of the 20th century and 21st century at http://www.scaruffi.com/music/newmusic.html

A primer on intergalactic distances…

Computing and Religion

Intel anthropologist Genevieve Bell in “No More SMS from Jesus: Ubicomp, Religion and Techno-spiritual Practices” (2006)

"However, it is my contention that these examples of the ways in which new technologies are delivering religious experiences represent the leading edge of a much larger re-purposing of the internet in particular, and of computational technologies more broadly, that has been underway for some time…These techno-spiritual re-purposings are important for the ways in which they highlight alternate paradigms for technology creation, deployment, consumption and resistance, as well as pointing to different communities, practices and habits that could be supported. Furthermore, these re- purposings seems to be of critical importance as the realm of technological infrastructure extends progressively beyond the office, into the home, and many other points of social and cultural significance, including one presumes, places of worship, ritual and meditation."

"If it is indeed the case, that religion is a primary framing narrative in most cultures, and then religion must also be one of the primary forces acting on people’s relationships with and around new technologies – one could go as far as to suggest that there can be no real ubiquitous computing if it does not account for religion."
Donald Knuth, Stanford computer scientist:
"I think people who write programs do have at least a glimmer of extra insight into the nature of God… because creating a program often means that you have to create a small universe"

Grady Booch (IBM computer scientist) on “Computing and Religion”: