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Exploring the Intersections of Art and Science LA!

UCLA Art|Sci Center  awarded project!

Atmosphere of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption" -

“Atmosphere of Sound” is a multi-year research project culminating in a large-scale exhibition of sound-based art. UCLA Art | Sci Center proposes to explore the relationship between sound as a post-object art form, and our shifting relationship to the world of things as necessitated by climate change. The culminating exhibition, hosted by UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance, will present sound and moving image artworks that respond to climate change as the condition of our times. Live performances and a print publication with interactive Augmented Reality (AR) elements will accompany the exhibition in 2024. The research phase of the project consists of artist residencies, panel discussions, and workshops hosted by the UCLA Art | Sci Center on the UCLA campus in Westwood. “Atmosphere of Sound” will be organized and curated by Art | Sci Center Director Victoria Vesna and guest curator, UCLA Department of Art faculty Anuradha Vikram.

About Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented series of collaborations among institutions across Southern California. In each, organizations simultaneously present research-based exhibitions and programs that explore and illuminate a significant theme in the region’s cultural history.

In Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, more than 60 cultural institutions joined forces between October 2011 and March 2012 and rewrote the history of the birth and impact of the L.A. art scene. In Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, presented from September 2017 through January 2018, more than 70 institutions collaborated on a paradigm-shifting examination of Latin American and Latinx art, seen together as a hemispheric continuum.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

Our exhibition and symposium will be organized around key questions such as: “Can we learn to connect empathically with non-human species such that we come to appreciate their value as sentient beings?” “How we might expand our acoustic senses in order to raise our appreciation of the diversity of patterns of communication beyond human language?” “What is the value of artistic collaborations for scientific researchers working on urgent environmental issues?”
Images from NASA
Sounds From Around the Milky Way from NASA

Over the next two years, we will be in the research phase of the project. This will aspect facilitate collaborations between other artists, including (virtual) artist residencies and small project exhibitions, along with Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) art and science panel discussions, and growing our annual summer workshops with high school students -- all of which build on existing Art | Sci program formats and facilities. 

As part of this program we will host five artist residencies. Each resident artist will receive a stipend, production support from the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), the department of Design Media Arts, and installation support to present their work in the Art | Sci Gallery in conjunction with a regular Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) panel discussion focused on sound art, art and science collaborations, and climate change.  All of these activities will be streamed live, documented in photography and video, and archived online and in a culminating publication. At the end of the research period, Sound + Science 3.0 symposium will be held, summarizing the activities and in preparation for the final phase that will involve a large-scale exhibition and symposium. 

What does the sun sound like? Check out Solar Sonification from NASA. Projects like these are inspiration for our vision for the project

Victoria Vesna

Ph.D., is an Artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Although she was trained early on as a painter (Faculty of Fine arts, University of Belgrade, 1984), her curious mind took her on an exploratory path that resulted in work can be defined as experimental creative research residing between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (PhD, CAiiA_STAR, University of Wales, 2000). Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. 

Anuradha Vikram

Anuradha Vikram is a Los Angeles-based writer, curator, and educator. She is faculty in the UCLA Department of Art and USC Roski School of Art and Design, and serves as an Editorial Board member for X-TRA, an editor for MhZ Curationist, and an editor for X Topics, a subsidiary of X Artists’ Books. Vikram is the author of "Decolonizing Culture," a collection of seventeen essays that address questions of race and gender parity in contemporary art spaces (Art Practical/Sming Sming Books, 2017). She holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from NYU.

Project Assistant
Kaitlin Bryson
is an ecological artist concerned with environmental and social justice. Her art practice and activism are focused on biological and metaphysical applications of healing, responding to the pervasive persistence of harm in the world. She received an MFA in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico and currently works at the UCLA Art|Sci Center.  
Sound Artists in Residence

Bill Fontana: Nov 2020
Bill Fontana is an American composer and artist who developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. SInce the early 70’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Post Museum in Frankfurt, the Art History and Natural History Museums in Vienna, both Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, the 48th Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of NSE in Sydney and the new Kolumba Museum in Cologne. He has done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio.
Bill Fontana during his performance, "Sonic Dreamscape"

Bill Fontana's guest lecture in 'Vibrations Matter' seminar

Bill Fontana, Sonic Dreamscape, 2020 with ArtSci Center and Harvestworks NY
Bill Fontana's Studio Visit as a part of Telluric Vibrations at Ars Electronica 2020

Yolande Harris: Dec 2020

Was our resident for the month of December 2020. Yolande is an artist and researcher exploring ideas of sonic consciousness, creating installations and performances with sound and video to create intimate and visceral experiences that heighten awareness of our relationship to the environment. Her projects consider techniques of navigation, expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments and our relationship to other species. Her projects on underwater sound aim to bring us closer to this inaccessible environment, encouraging connection, understanding and empathy with the ocean.

Yolande Harris leading her Sound Walk 
Yolande's feature in Art|Sci Series: Under the Hood
From a Whale's Back
Melt me Into the Ocean
Sound Walk led by Yolande Harris for Dr. Vesna's "Vibrations Matter"
"A Waterfall of Sounds that I Catch Dreaming" meditation and performance for [ALIEN] Star Dust: Signal to Noise, Solstice guided meditation 

Anna Nacher: Feb 2021

Anna Nacher, PhD, associate professor at the Jagiellonian University. Her research interests include digital culture, cultural theory, media art, sound studies and e-literature. She currently pursues a 3-year long research project on the aesthetics of post-digital imagery on a grant from Polish National Science Centre. She is also a part-time musician and sound artist focusing on field recordings.

Anna and Victoria preparing for [ALIEN] Star dust at the Integratron
Anna Nacher as chair of the panel: VIBRATIONS, FREQUENCIES & ECOTISTICAL ART SCI, LAZNIA in Gdansk/Poland
Anna Nacher and Bill Fontana featured in October 2020 LASER
Congratulations to the other FIVE selections from UCLA!

"Six arts projects at UCLA have received grants from the Getty Foundation to research and plan exhibitions for the third iteration of “Pacific Standard Time,” which when it opens in 2024 will explore the intersections between the visual arts and science. 

The six grants, which were announced today, total $745,000 and were awarded to the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Art | Sci Center, Fowler Museum, Hammer Museum, the Film and Television Archive, which is a division of UCLA Library, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The Getty Foundation has provided $5.38 million to 45 arts institutions across Southern California.

The awarding of six grants to UCLA arts institutions highlights the important global arts programming taking place on campus and the school’s impact on the city’s cultural fabric. Across academic programs in the arts and humanities, leading performers, scholars, designers, artists, musicians, makers and thinkers are teaching new generations of creators and conducting research that advances our cultural conversation. Campus’s extensive permanent collections, archives and arts programming bring the world to UCLA and UCLA to the world — providing accessible platforms upon which the civic mission of the university is carried forward. 

These grants will enable transdisciplinary explorations of topics such as climate change, social justice, indigenous practices, science fiction and contemporary art."

- Avishay Artsy 

Read the full article HERE

"Breath(e): Towards Climate and Social Justice" 
Hammer Museum at UCLA 

The lungs of our planet — oceans, atmosphere and forests — are under threat, invaded by carbon emissions, plastics and man-made pollutants. The act of breathing has been rendered even more perilous by the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality. “Breath(e): Towards Climate and Social Justice” will consider the connections between climate change, environmental justice and social justice through the lens of contemporary art. The project will bring together artists, activists, scientists, designers and architects to address the effects of environmental and climate issues on communities, particularly those that are already subject to social, political or economic discrimination. The exhibition also considers the ethical impact and proposed solutions of climate advocacy through collaborative strategies of intervention, public participation and visual transformation of scientific data. The exhibition will be structured by key themes and modes of artistic production that will serve as referential criteria for artists: eco-activism, soundscapes, lecture-performances, sustainable design and radical architecture, new imaging technologies, engineering ecosystems and climate justice. The curators are artist Glenn Kaino and independent curator Mika Yoshitake

"Cultures of Corn: The Art and Science of Maize in Mexico and the American Southwest"
Fowler Museum at UCLA

Corn (Zea mays or maize) has occupied a central place in the life and art of Indigenous Americans from the ancient past to the present day. Humans developed a symbiotic relationship with maize, one richly documented in the aesthetic and cultural traditions of Mexico and the American Southwest. “Cultures of Corn” will examine how art has transmitted knowledge about the plant’s properties and life cycle for more than 8,000 years, from ancient Olmec carved jades to contemporary paintings, performances and installations. The exhibition will explore the social, economic, artistic and ritual ties between Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, integrating archaeological research and Indigenous perspectives alongside centuries-old sculptures and artifacts. It will consider the role of maize in ceremonial practices across the region and assess the impact of colonization and industrialization on Indigenous agriculture. Finally, the exhibition will look at the modern culture of corn in Southern California, where maize is often a homegrown food crop and an expression of identity. The exhibition will be curated by Matthew Robb, chief curator of the Fowler Museum, with Wendy Teeter, curator of archaeology at the Fowler Museum, and Patrick Polk, the Fowler Museum’s curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts.

"Science Fiction Against
the Margins"

The UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with the cinema and media studies program

“Science Fiction Against the Margins” explores what takes place when the science fiction genre extends outside of Hollywood and into independent and international filmmaking productions that foreground cultural difference, political injustice and social inequality. Sci-fi films are typically dominated by Hollywood’s action-driven melodramas and state-of-the-art spectacles featuring a heteronormative star who will restore social order, whether on Earth or in space. “Science Fiction Against the Margins” challenges these conventions of mainstream cinema by considering how certain independent filmmakers repurpose established tropes to create alternative representations of race and ethnicity, gender politics and national identity in the construction of speculative cinema. This project will comprise an eight-week, public film series showcasing feature films from around the globe, complementary narrative shorts and television programs, and a groundbreaking anthology of original scholarship on the subject. The project team includes Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and distinguished professor of film, television and digital media; and UCLA Film & Television Archive staff: Maya Montañez Smukler, officer of the Archive Research and Study Center; film programmers Paul Malcolm and K.J. Relth-Miller and research assistant Nicole Ucedo.

"Art and the Internet in LA"
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Websites are today’s most radical and important art objects.” This was the dictum of Miltos Manetas, artist and founder of Electronic Orphanage, a short-lived art space in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, where websites could be seen through the windows of an empty gallery. “Art and the Internet in LA” will explore the history of artists in Los Angeles who have worked with, responded to, and transformed the internet from the pivotal moment in 1969 when UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock made the first internet transmission from his laboratory to Stanford University, through the emergence of the World Wide Web, to the ubiquitous influence of the internet today. While the internet is often seen as being placeless, focusing on Los Angeles-based artists will demonstrate how specific social, political, environmental and cultural context still shapes artistic work. In a novel approach, the exhibition will be crowdsourced: an online research portal will allow artists and community members to contribute information about artworks and make connections between them through keyword tagging. The project team will then collaborate with local curators and communities to identify key themes and select pieces for inclusion in the final exhibition. The project will be led by UCLA design media arts professors Casey Reas, Lauren Lee McCarthy and Chandler McWilliams, as part of the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio.

"Verdant Worlds: Exploration and Sustainability across the Cosmos"
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

“Verdant Worlds” is a collaboration between UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology, or CalTech GALCIT. The project seeks to explore the ways in which artists, scientists and imagineers informed each other, envisioning seemingly unimaginable futures, transforming fantasies into realities as they looked beyond known limits to dream of new verdant worlds. The resulting collaboration and research will be transdisciplinary in nature and includes major scholars, world-renowned artists and some of the most innovative scientists in the world. It will result in an exhibition at USC Fisher Museum of Art about exploration and sustainability in the Spanish and British empires, as articulated by scientists and artists; the entanglement of these European ideas with indigenous epistemologies; and their legacies in art and science today, including NASA’s scheduled trips to the Moon and Mars in 2024. The collaboration also includes an exhibition catalogue, with contributions by major scholars that will define the topic for years to come. Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana and Chicano and Central American studies at UCLA, and Morteza Gharib, professor of aeronautics and bioinspired engineering at CalTech, will participate in and oversee research, curation, programming, and publications.

Congratulations to Art|Sci Collective member Maru Garcia!

And her award for an environmental justice and sustainability exhibition:

Sinks: Places We Call Home (Self Help Graphics and Arts), presenting interdisciplinary, research-based projects by artists Beatriz Jaramillo and Maru Garcia about the long-standing reservoirs of industrial pollution in two communities of color near the institution’s studios

Thank you to our partners

2021 SciArt Lab + Studio will focus on the nanoscale entities and vibrational frequencies that surround and enfold us. We will look deeper into how the invisible and inaudible affect the body, the mind, the planet and universe, as well as how complex and important the interrelationships are. 

In accordance to UCLA campus policy, we will be holding our summer course remotely again this year. Last year's program was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to bringing the knowledge that we know now to this year's group of students. As always we warmly welcome international students and will be facilitating another GLOBAL program with instructors around the world in multiple time zones.

To find out more CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

PhD program DCODE led by IDE

Do you see design as a way to open pathways toward inclusive and sustainable futures? Are you ready to cross sectors and disciplines? Would you like to apply your research to real-world challenges?

DCODE is a European network and PhD program. We rethink design's role in the digital transformation of society. We break new ground by positioning agency as foundational to digital design today, just like function was critical to industrial design. 

Our network brings together a consortium of world-class universities and design institutes with partners from industry, government and civil society in seven countries across the EU and the UK.

We offer 15 PhD positions in five areas. Participants will explore critical questions – and come up with solutions.

We are looking for backgrounds in design, anthropology, media studies, science and technology studies, design informatics, human-data/AI interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Applications close on February 14th 2021 


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