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ART SCI PARTICLES
In active response to the novel coronavirus and its unfolding, we offer ArtSci PARTICLES interviews with members of our concentric network. We are deeply inspired by the thoughts, actions, and research-based responses made by our community in this unprecedented time. 
EPISODE 4 //

LEVI SIMONS AND BEN SAX


ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
 
 
"The thing about this moment is that
WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME FIGHT."

We got a quick chance to catch Ariel (Levi) Simons and Ben Sax in the midst of their city-wide hospital & maker mobilization project to hear more about their vital work located at the CRASH (Collaborative Research Association of Social Hacktivity) Space. Together they have worked to unify hospitals with makers seeing production as a separate entity from distribution. This project urges hospitals to drive the content of what's needed most, and then makers respond by producing and delivering that content. 

We are throughly impressed and inspired by these actions! 

 
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ABOUT
LEVI SIMONS

Levi Simons is currently a biology graduate student at USC and is involved in research ranging from modeling light pollution, to improving shellfish farming, and developing new methods of monitoring the health of streams. Before embarking on his current career of ecology and aquaculture research, Levi has also worked as a high school science teacher in the Los Angeles area. Over the years he and his students have been involved in projects ranging from the design of insect traps, to monitoring nuclear fallout from the Fukushima meltdown, and mapping the chemistry of the Los Angeles river. He currently lives with his wife in Koreatown and draws daily inspiration from watching his cats sleep while leaving for work.

Levi Simons led an incredible workshop at SciArt Lab + Studio last year on systems thinking and ecological network activities. 60 species were linked together visually through different colors, and students learned how these multi-species interactions shape ecosystems and form networks as well as how understanding these models could help us better design human-based systems.
ABOUT

BEN SAX

Ben Sax is an interactive artist, patented inventor, and social entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. He’s the founder of Perceptoscope, an interactive public arts initiative devoted to engaging people with the places around them through interactive sculpture and immersive public media. He received his BA from Wesleyan University (2007) with a double major in Film Studies and Philosophy, with additional focus in interactive art, installation, and experimental music.

Ben was the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the SupplyFrame DesignLab, an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Fellow, and a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow. His documentaries have been aired on public television and incorporated into museum exhibitions. As an Arts Scientist, his prototyping and field research have been supported by the Knight Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

 
MORE TO CHECK OUT!

11 APR
YURI'S NIGHT TO HOST GLOBAL WEBCAST


Yuri’s Night is a grassroots annual event with hundreds of parties around the globe (and beyond!) centered around April 12, the anniversary of the first human spaceflight and the first launch of the space shuttle. These events celebrate all that humanity brings with us as we explore the cosmos: music, art, science, culture, and each other! Local groups, science centers, museums, NGOs, and other non-profit groups independently produce events in the US and worldwide. We use space to bring the world together, to empower the greatest parts of who we are, and give vision to where we are going. Everyone is invited to launch a Yuri’s Night party in their own community using logos and resources from YurisNight.net!

LEONARDO / ISAST
COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE TOOLKIT FOR ART AND SOCIAL CONNECTING

Our friends at Leonardo are offering virtual space, creative platforms and partnership to facilitate socially connecting, even while physically distancing. This includes a curated reading list of free articles from Leonardo journal, virtual LASER programming and community resources

LEONARDO / ISAST
COFFEE AND COCKTAILS

Leonardo is also holding a virtual space to connect. These twice-weekly online gatherings don’t have a theme, but we offer this as an opportunity to connect with the greater Leonardo community. Join with a coffee or a cocktail/mocktail as appropriate to your time zone!

Coffee & Cocktails #1 Time Zones:
San Francisco: Mondays 5:00–6:30 p.m. 
Hong Kong: Tuesdays 8:00–9:30 a.m. 
Sydney: Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


Coffee & Cocktails #2 Time Zones:
San Francisco: Thursdays 9:00–10:30 a.m.
New York: Thursdays 12:00–1:30 p.m.
São Paulo: Thursdays 1:00–2:30 p.m. 
Paris: Thursdays 5:00–6:30 p.m. 
OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR SOUND SUBMISSIONS //

HEARING IS HOW WE TOUCH AT A DISTANCE;
online radio based in BERLIN, GERMANY


"The project is an attempt to address our conflicting new reality; we are living in universal solitude, finding ways of being alone together, and touching from a distance.

Every 24 hours (provisionally - this could change) I will send out an open-call for audio clips up to 1 minute in length, in response to a prompt word or sentence. Participants will then have 24 hours to submit their audio. Anyone, from anywhere, can submit anything in response. All entries (unless I deem them to be offensive, hateful, or infringing on copyright laws) will be played on mixlr.com the following day. It doesn’t matter if the audio is old, or if it is recorded on the day.

Entries could be original music, spoken word, found sound etc. You are welcome to submit more than one audio file per prompt (each up to 1 minute in length)."
 

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