PULSE | Spring 2017: Science Imagery Oscars, Dementia & Arts, Design in Tech, Innovation Measurement, and the Disruption Myth
March 30, 2017 § Leave a comment
Introducing PULSE: Essinova’s quarterly highlight of insights, news and events at the creative edge across art, science, design, (purposeful) technology, leadership and innovation.
…Tis the Season for Science Imagery Oscars!
(And congratulations Greg and Brian!)
Spring is when both Wellcome and NSF/Popular Science unveil their awards for the best science images, videos and visualizations.
The Wellcome Image Awards are Wellcome’s most eye-catching celebration of science, medicine and life. Now in their 20th year, the Awards recognise the creators of informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science.
This year’s Wellcome Image Awards were presented on 15 March 2017, celebrating the scientists, clinicians, photographers and artists who bring science to life through remarkable imaging.
October 28, 2015 § Leave a comment
The 3rd installation of the L.A.S.T. Festival, organized by Thymos Foundation and originally conceived by Piero Scaruffi, took place over the weekend of October 16 to 18, at Stanford University. The L.A.S.T. Festival celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences that are transforming sociality and experience in the 21st century.
The Festival featured four programs:
- Interactive multimedia art installations that break the “Do not touch!” taboo of the traditional museum and are meant to let people experience something they never experienced before
- Inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science, including Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotech, Space Exploration, and Neuroscience
- Live performances
- Interactive workshops or talks by artists
Click to watch video recordings of the talks.
And here are some photos of the art installations. Click on the images to learn more about each installation. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 10, 2015 § 2 Comments
Epilogue – The comfort of my cake
July. I have not found answers.
July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Act III – The hybrid Here and Now
The birthday came and went, but the angst have not subsided.
Stop thinking so much about the future. Worry not about your place in the universe. Quit the futile attempt of analyzing yourself. “Here and now” I remind myself. Live the moment as it is!
But where is Here and what is in the Now? And how best to capture the moment? Suddenly I am so disoriented that even the zen attitude is challenged on the most fundamental levels.
The lifelogging exhibition still open for a few more days, my mind revisits the Science Gallery to take a look at another installation, which could be a superior method of capturing the “now”. Compared to some of the other works, it also emphasizes “caring for oneself” more than “knowing oneself”. Since the 24th September 2003, Alberto Frigo, an Italian media artist currently living in Sweden, has been photographing objects he has used with his right hand, as one of eighteen different aspects of reality he is collecting.
It has been 31 years since I inked the very first word in my journal, but my teenage self at the time gave it no forethought whatsoever about this number. Three decades in the future would have felt like the next life to her, too distant to be bothered with. Frigo’s project, on the other hand, is well planned out – it will be 36-years-long, from 2004 to 2040 when he turns 60.
July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
Act II – Quantified-self, lifelogs and someone else’ mindscape
I don’t quite know how “generations” worked, be it human and digital cross-bred or purely digital procreation. But at this point, my mind stops to care.
However fast technology develops, superhuman upgrade will unlikely be readily available at the end of MY lifetime. More than “Our” place in the Universe, what I really want to know is “My” place in the Universe.
Perhaps starting with a smaller, simpler question: “why am I lying in bed thinking about these things, when I’m supposed to be sleeping?”
Yes, know thyself first!
Last autumn I went back to corporate employment to take a sabbatical from entrepreneurial independence. Besides health insurance, a benefit of this sensible move has been perks such as a free Fitbit. A wearable laggard, I finally wrapped one around my wrist, courtesy of my employer. The nights before my birthday, my teal-colored Fitbit records my sleep pattern like this:
March 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
At 9:26am this Saturday, take a moment to pause from your bike ride, lazy cup of coffee, dog-walking in the park, or whatever you will be doing for the weekend morning.
It will be a special moment that comes only once in a century:
March 14, (20)15, 9:26:53:59…..
when the date and time digits match those of Pi, π, that mathematical constant expressing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, an irrational number that goes on forever.
While Pi Day has been celebrated on March 14 for 27 years, in honor of this mysterious number, the Pi Day this year is the most accurate of the entire 21st Century, an occurrence that will not roll around again until March 14, (21)15.
Although PI Day is not mainstream enough for merchants to have blasted promotions at you for two months, festivities are popping up around America on college campuses, at museums or other public venues to commemorate the occasion. March 14th being also Albert Einstein’s birthday, math and science lovers have even more reasons to spend this weekend in exuberance.
If you are not geeky enough to have planned on participating in such festivities, and are now at a loss for how to revel in this unique moment, I offer you the company of something quieter and more intimate; something sweet and beautiful, which you might appreciate for your children or for yourself.
Some Pi arts, and two stories of the creators behind them. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 6, 2014 § 1 Comment
As impressive as the Rodin collection at Stanford University’s Cantor Art Center – one of the largest in the world, with 200 works in all – most of them are not one and only edition of the artist’s masterpieces. As part of his bequest, Auguste Rodin authorized the Nation of France to continue to cast his works poshumously, either from his original plaster molds or from molds newly taken from his plasters. Up to twelve examples of each size can be cast of each of Rodin’s works.
However, a recent exhibition at the museum (on view April 9 – August 3), inspired by the great artist’s sculptures of human hands, was truly one of its kind.
A multidisciplinary collaboration between the Cantor Art Center and Dr. James Chang, a hand reconstruction surgeon at Stanford’s School of Medicine, supported by the School’s Division of Clinical Anatomy and the Lane Medical Library, “Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology, and Surgery” looked at the artist’s powerful depictions of hands with an anatomical eye, aided by cutting-edge technologies such as 3D imaging and augmented reality. Take for example Left Hand of Eustache de Saint-Pierre. The images and video clip here illustrate the three-dimension, anatomical view for visitors to see “beneath the skin”, with imaginary bones, nerves and blood vessels:
April 7, 2014 § 2 Comments
(Click thumbnails to view larger images in Gallery)
When I came across Megan McGlynn’s neuro-inspired wood sculptures, one piece grabbed my attention in particular – “Structure of the Mammalian Retina”. It is not the most visually stunning example of her work. In fact it may be a more understated piece. However the title intrigued me a great deal. My mother had just suffered from retinal tear and vitreous hemorrhage in her left eye during her cataract surgery, when the doctor accidentally punctured her retina with anaesthesia needle. This necessitated a second, emergency surgery – vitrectomy – to repair the damage. I never knew that the delicate, sacred human eye can withstand such abuses!
Dealing with this unfortunate accident and preparing my mother for the procedures gave me a crash course on anatomy of the eye, and ophthalmology. McGlynn’s sculpture prompted me to look further into the biological structure of the human retina, its functional connection with the brain and the part it plays in the vision system.
February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Since the emergence of human consciousness, mankind has been grappling with two eternal questions:
- What is life and where did life come from?
- What is death and what happens after death?
These questions gave rise to religion. They also endure in works of art.
Paul Gaugain inscribed this on one of his masterpieces:
D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous
(Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?)
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” by Paul Gauguin
E.B. White asked in “Charlotte’s Web”:
“After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
Photo by: Nathan Hunsinger
For fellow humans living in the 21st century, composer Tod Machover asks these existential questions again in a futuristic opera “Death and the Powers“, a production of the MIT Media Lab where he teaches Music and Media. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
By Dan P. Lee, originally published in the September 30, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.
Against a black screen, these words appear first.
“At 600 km above planet Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit. There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.”
The screen disappears.
The planet—this planet, in three dimensions—appears.
Its arc engulfs you, outstretching in front, beside, and, somehow, below you. It is massive. Silently, majestically, cloud-covered and multicolored, it spins. There is the immediate sensation of everything—Earth, you—floating.
A spot appears along an orbital plane of the planet, off to the right, very far away, tiny, slowly moving closer. It is impossible to make out what it is. Telecommunication sparks: muffled, hollow, as if inside your ears, bits of a conversation between here and Houston. There are so many stars all around you. The planet continues spinning, the spot moves closer, drifting on its orbit until finally it arrives—the American space shuttle and a team of astronauts floating outside—and begins orbiting in the same space with you.