Bibliography of Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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Bitstreams, Whitney Museum.
BitStreams is a provocative and stimulating presentation of contemporary art that harnesses digital media to achieve new dimensions of artistic expression through the transformation of images, space, data, and sound. The exhibition also illuminates the fascinating crossovers among media, as photography, film, video, installation, sculpture, and sound develop closer connections through their common use of digital software. Among the forty-nine artists included are: Jeremy Blake, Leah Gilliam, LOT/EK, Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid), Jim O'Rourke, Paul Pfeiffer, Marina Rosenfeld, Elliott Sharp, Diana Thater, and Pamela Z.

Nano (UCLA).
Two UCLA professors-media and net artist Victoria Vesna and nanoscience pioneer James Gimzewski-are at the forefront of the intersection of art and science. Their groundbreaking project, "nano," now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Boone Children's Gallery, presents the world of nanoscience through a participatory aesthetic experience. The exhibition, a collaboration between LACMALab and a UCLA team of nanoscience, media arts, and humanities experts, is free to the public and runs through September 6, 2004. The exhibition seeks to provide a greater understanding of how art, science, culture and technology influence each other.

Pockets Full of Memories.
Conceived as an installation on the topic of the archive and memory, "Pockets full of Memories" was exhibited on the main floor of the Centre Pompidou from April 10 to September 3, 2001. During this time, 20000 visitors came to view the installation and contributed over 3000 objects in their possession, digitally scanning and describing them. This information was stored in a database and organized by an algorithm that positioned objects of similar value near each other in a two-dimensional map. The map of objects was projected in the gallery space and also accessible online at where individuals in the gallery and at home could review the objects and add comments and stories to any of the them.

Sonia Landy Sheridan.
Sonia Landy Sheridan is a visual artist and professor Emerita of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where, after ten years of teaching the fine arts, she founded the program Generative Systems in 1970. With the cooperation of scientists, industry, artists and a unique body of graduate students, Sheridan was able to explore the implications of the communications revolution for the arts.

Victoria Vesna.
Dr. Victoria Vesna is an artist, professor and chair of the department of Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. Her work can be defined as experimental research that resides in between disciplines and technologies. She explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in 16 solo exhibitions, over 70 group shows, published 20 papers and gave over 100 invited talks in the last ten years.

Zero@wavefunction is one of a few collaborative art and science projects of Victoria Vesna, a media artist, and James Gimzewski, a nanoscientist. Both are professors at UCLA, home to the recently formed California Nano Systems Institute (CNSI). They first started their dialogue during a conference entitled ‘from Networks to Nanosystems’ in November 2001. Soon thereafter, Gimzewski opened his lab to Victoria Vesna and together they initiated a number of projects whose goal is to make nanoscience more accessible and understandable to the broader public. At the same time they are interested engaging the audience in probing larger philosophical questions about the impact of this emerging science on the culture at large.

Viewing Space - Ruth West.
Ruth West is an artist with background as a molecular genetics researcher. Her work explores the relationship between and genetics and culture, within the broader framework of the interrelationships of artistic and scientific practice. Working in predominantly computer-based media, she is also self-taught as a painter. She received her MFA in Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been featured in publications such as Artweek , Genome News Network and The Scientist. She conceived the seminar, "Genetics and Culture: From Molecular Music to Transgenic Art" at UCLA where she lectures in the Department of Design | Media Arts. Ms. West is a Research Associate at the UC San Diego Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and founder of “in silico v1.0” a trans-disciplinary collaborative producing works at the intersection art, science and emerging technology.

Art in Technological Times, SFMOMA.
01.01.01 focuses on artists, architects and designers who create work that echoes the omnipresence of technology in modern life-directly and indirectly-and construct different ways to navigate the reshaped information landscape. The exhibition, both online and on site, features a number of specific commissions, recent SFMOMA acquisitions and new work by an international roster of artists and designers that includes, among others, Asymptote Architecture, Rebeca Bollinger, Janet Cardiff, Alison Craighead and Jon Thomson, Droog Design, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Aureia Harvey and Micha'l Samyn, Jochem Hendricks, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mark Napier, Adam Ross, Karin Sander and Sarah Sze.

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