UNT’s first Art + Science Rendezvous hosted by xREZ Art + Science Lab!
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In celebration of its second anniversary xREZ Art + Science Lab hosted the spring meeting of the TxHATS Network Mar. 30, 2016, followed by an Art + Science Evening Rendezvous to engage the community in exploring the collision of art and science! The event held at the UNT Union was moderated by JD Talasek, director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, with presentations by Dallas-Ft. Worth practitioners including computational artist Ira Greenberg, Make Art with Purpose founder Janeil Engelstad, UNT physics professor and data-musician Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, and xREZ Art + Science Lab Director, artist-scientist Ruth West.
About UNT’s First Art + Science Rendezvous
The intersection of art + science is not a place to which a map can be drawn. Its practitioners won’t give you a neat definition of the field or summarize the nut graph of its literature. They will tell you that it’s not about answering the question, “What is art + science?” It’s about asking it. And then immersing yourself in the virtual space of discovery that follows. Taking notes on the...
Ira Greenberg treats himself like a computer. His is the art + science of using coding as a paintbrush and exploring the iterative process of creation. Working generatively, Ira creates art using code and algorithms that are art themselves. The self-dubbed “coding evangelist” believes that coding is the creative mode of our time. While he has two degrees in painting Greenberg decided he wanted to start working with software for art-making. But he found...
One could argue Janeil Engelstad is all purpose, but that would underrate her contributions to the world. Janeil is creative, dedicated and deeply caring. She uses art and science everyday to create new networks, care for the environment, help different communities, and create new ways of interacting with the world around us. In 2010 she founded Make Art with Purpose (MAP) as a platform for international artists using art as a tool to...
Ruth West is her own walking, talking art-science experiment. She’s looking for the kind of resonances that shake things up to create new systems of inquiry. “Computation and digitization is, in my opinion, the most important transformation of culture” West says. “We’re digitizing everything. Ourselves, nature, culture.” A decade ago, working in a laboratory by day and a painting studio at night, West decided to bring art+science together into one practice. Now,...
The Art + Science Rendezvous at the University of North Texas was a kickoff event for dialogue and collaboration among students, faculty, and the general public. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli’s presentation of his MaterialsSoundMusic project proves interdisciplinary thinking achieves novel outputs. MaterialsSoundMusic is a “computer-aided, data-driven composition environment based on the sonification and remix of different data streams.” The project takes data from AFLOWLIB, a large material compounds database and interprets the information through interfaces such...
In celebration of its second anniversary at UNT, xREZ Art + Science Lab hosted the spring meeting of the TxHATS (TexasHATS.org) Network followed by an Art + Science Evening Rendezvous to engage the community in talking about the combination of art and science. The Art + Science Evening Rendezvous event held Mar. 30, 2016 at the UNT Union ballroom was moderated by JD Talasek, director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of...
Dallas native JD Talasek, the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, is coming to UNT to participate in a public dialogue event as well as the TxHATS experts meeting to be held March 30, 2016 at xREZ Art + Science Lab. The TxHATS (Humanities, Art, Technology & Science) is a network of networks geared toward providing opportunities for Texans working in interdisciplinary fields to plan the future of...
JD Talasek is director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and creator and moderator for the monthly DASER (DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous) salon held at NAS. He is currently on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and he is the Art and Design Advisor for the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) based in Irvine, CA.
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Janeil Engelstad initiates interdisciplinary collaborations to produce multi-form projects that address social and environmental concerns. She is the Founding Director of Make Art with Purpose (MAP), an organization that produces international projects in art, science, design and architecture and she is an Associate Artist at the Social Practice Art Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Ira Greenberg is the director of the Center of Creative Computation and professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University. He wrote the first major language reference on the Processing programming language, Processing: Creative Coding and Computational Art, (Berkeley, CA: friends of ED, 2007). Greenberg holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Marco Buongiorno Nardelli is a computational materials physicist, a composer, flutist and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics, a founding member of the AFLOW Consortium and a Parma Recordings artist.
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Ruth West is a veteran creative catalyst. Her work envisions a future in which art-science integration opens new portals of imagination‚creative expression‚ invention‚ knowledge‚ and communication across cultures to create solutions for our most pressing global problems. She is director of xREZ Art + Science Lab.
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THANK YOU, to our March 2016 Advisory Committee Members:
Zach Wallmark, Assistant Professor of Music History SMU
Sally Weber, Holograph Artist, Austin, Texas