Science and Technology Groups
S.F. Museums on Art & Technology
–More good Art, Science and Technology links
–Science, Technology and Patterns in Nature
–Resources for Artists
–Nature, Awe and Cosmology (Also
see Patterns in Nature Study Group Resources)
–Contemporary Art in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
–More about Quakers
Art, Science and Technology Groups
Artists Using Science and Technology
a group Myrrh founded in 1981, was active until 2008. It still has a web
International Society for Art Science and Technology.
Principally known for the prestigious journal, Leonardo, published
since 1967, of artists working in this field.
ISEA, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts
Principally known for its tech art conferences, held in places as various
as Finland, U.S.A., Brazil, Japan and Australia. The next one will be
in San Jose, CA, August 2006.
Holds autumn weekend-long seminars in cutting-edge science for the general
public at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
ISAMA, International Society of the Arts, Mathematics and Architecture
Holds an annual conference.
ASCI, Art, Science Collaborations, Inc.
New York City organization dedicated to organizing art/science exhibits
Some S.F. Bay Area
Museums on Art and Technology
The Exploratorium has created hundreds of exhibits relating to perception
and the visual aspects of science. It has actively collaborated with artists.
Silicon Valley Art Museum
An online art museum originating in Belmont, CA that emphasizes the links
of art to technology, education and collecting.
The Computer History Museum
has just opened at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, CA. The world’s
largest collection of computer artifacts. Currently on display: 500 key
objects from the collection. Also, lectures, tours and restoration projects.
The Tech Museum of Innovation
in San Jose, CA. Celebrates technology developed in Silicon Valley and
beyond. Its people-and-technology focus and the integration of advanced
technologies into visitor experiences and infrastructure, distinguishes
it from other science centers. IMAX Theater.
More good Art, Science and Technology
Professor, Computer and Information Arts (CIA) Program, Art Department,
San Francisco State University, author of Information Arts
(MIT Press,2001). To find:
Art Festivals, Competitions, & Shows
Art Organizations, Journals, Research Centers, Research Organizations,
Online Essays - Theory Resources - Syllabi
Introduction to Emerging Research Areas of Interest to Artists (Technological
& Artistic research in GPS,Biotechnology, Biosensors, Materials Science,
Wearable Computing, Ubiquitous Computing, etc.) go to:
Science, Technology and Patterns
Science Images - Outer space
Hubble images: The easiest way to access a library of Hubble
images is to go to the search window and type "Hubble Images"
with some identifier like "nebulae" or a particular year.
Space.com is a site paid
for with annoying ads, but some of Hubble's prettiest, most interesting
images are very accessible from a window on its front page.
Beautiful microscopy! Nikon "Small World" contest
Images from the Lab
Felice Frankel: An artist who helps scientists make images
of what they do. Author of Envisioning Science,
MIT Press, 2002.
Patterns in Nature
Kahn creates moving fluid dynamics effects as public art. He received
the Mac Arthur “Genius” Award in 2003. Did some of his early
work as exhibits for the Exploratorium.
Digital paintings, especially “The Universe Knew we were Coming.”
This has the most intriguing property of having unexpected detail when
you interactively zoom into it.
Visionary artist of exquisite skill whose detailed knowledge of anatomy
forms part of his symbolism.
ASCI exhibit of digital art on patterns curators'
statement - eloquent!
Visual math in sculpture
Asawa, crocheted wire interlocking structures, designs based
on paper folding
Harriet Brisson, Many polyhedra held in place by monofilament;
mirror and neon infinity boxes
(Keep clicking ahead to the pages that follow).
Nathaniel A. Friedman
Mathematics in wood sculpture. Started several Art and Mathematics Conferences
beginning about 1990.
Bathsheba Grossman, ingenious designs in cast metal
George Hart, polyhedra from a variety of sometimes humorous
Fun links about polyhedra, too.
Carlo Sequin, collaborator with Brent Collins - computer
design of minimal surfaces; knot theory
Charles Perry, polyhedral and loop sculptures. Also,
puzzles and jewelry.
Math and Dance
Dr Schaffer & Mr. Stern Dance ensemble
Dancing about Math
Escher and the “Droste” effect.
Mathematician Hendrik Lenstra has done an infinite-regress animation in
the center of the Escher print called “Gallery.”
Kelly M. Houle
(Distorted images which only look right in a misshapen mirror)
Mathematics in Computer Art
art, math and art exhibits, computer animation demonstrating fourth-dimensional
Prolific writer and puzzle-master
Kenneth Snelson, sculptor and inventor of the tensegity
Museum of Arts and Design
Near the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it features a wider variety
of media, including crafts and electronic art, than you will usually see
elsewhere. An outgrowth of the “crafts as fine arts” movement.
Surface Design on Fabric
Surface Design Association
Lia Cook, extraordinary experimental weaver, paints her
warp and weft.
Mary Stieglitz, and her collaborations with J.R. Campbell
Computer imagery based on nature inkjet printed onto fabric.
Shibori (an intricate form of tie-dye)
World Shibori Symposium
Good pictures of shibori:
Resources for Artists
A prize-winning online magazine offered since 1994 by computer
and high-tech artist Corinne Whitaker
Myrrh's article on patterns is published in a shorter form on Giraffe:
Helpful Articles about the Art Business Online
Since the vast majority of artists don’t have gallery representation,
open studios are a way to get their art before the public. About 1980,
arts organizations began to form to facilitate this. A search on “Open
Studios” shows this is important all over the US and the UK. In
the San Francisco Bay Area alone, six organizations have websites.
South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art
A branch of the national organization, which has done much to break down
barriers for women in the arts.
Nature, Awe and Cosmology
growing number of people are finding meaning in knowing how the universe
works. Astronomy and cosmology have pushed the boundaries of our concepts
of where we are. Molecular biology is showing that our DNA is closely
related not just to chimpanzees, but yeast! Ubiquitous patterns found
in the natural world at all scales provoke wonder. There are probably
a billion billion galaxies. Here are some people and groups studying this:
UCSC cosmologist speciallizing in "dark matter" and "dark
Authors of View from the Center of the Universe. He and his wife, Nancy
Abrams, have published this most readable, yet profound book about where
we fit in the universe. It gives new meaning to the existence of life
and consciousness in the universe.
Nancy Abrams - Alien Wisdom CD
Composer wife of cosmologist Joel Primack, she explores the implications
of the new cosmology for society in her songs.
Earthlight: Literature for ecological and Spiritual Living
Heron Dance: meditative watercolors about wilderness.
Contemporary Art in the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
and the Arts - Historical Sourcebook
E-texts of significant writings about the arts by Quakers past and present
James Turrell’s Rodin Crater
A mountain-sized monument that enables viewers inside the crater to look
up and see the sky in a new way.
More about Quakers
American Friends Service Committee
Carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs worldwide.
In 1947 it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with the British
Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Lobbies for legislation on peace and social justice issues.
El Salvador Project of Palo Alto Friends Meeting
The art Myrrh has done about El Salvador is mostly an outgrowth of her
work with this committee.
Background on El Salvador, from the U.S. State
War, Peace, and Human Rights in El Salvador, 1980-1994
SHARE Foundation, helps make poor communities viable
Trees, Water and People, reforestation projects, solar
ovens and more efficient stoves
Voices on the Border, community aid to peasants who got
land after the civil war as part of the Peace Accords of 1992.