Vision+Light: Converging Senses

Vision+Light:Converging Senses

Saturday, October 28

4:30-8:30 pm

Sunday, October 29

1:00-5:00 pm

Li Ka Shing Center – UC Berkeley


This acclaimed program returns, featuring the convergence of art and science. Journey through ancient and modern worlds, from the nano to cosmic scale. Explore exhibits of microscopy, painting, video installations and sculpture, created by artists and scientists probing our world for deeper understanding.

Learn about ancient ceramic intrigue, explore physics and the deep sea, fold paper with an origami master, and join in fascinating conversations on science, image and creativity. Vision + Light is presented in partnership with Science at Cal, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, and the Bay Area Science Festival.

Lynne Kimura - Ceramic teacup and bamboo whisk
5:15-6:00pm “Of Earth and Fire: Ceramic Chemistry and Culture (and a Little Espionage)” Lynne Kimura – Carmel and Howard Friesen Collections Engagement Associate and Academic Liaison, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Michelle Douskey- Lecturer, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley How did Asian artisans of old create ceramics of enduring utility and beauty? What did they know, pre-modern science, about the interactions of earth and fire? And how does modern chemistry inform our understanding of their experiments and highly coveted techniques? Join us on a journey of culture, science and intrigue — from the kilns of the ancients to today’s most advanced chemistry lab.
Photography at the speed of light
6:30-7:15pm “Zoology – SEEC Photography at the speed of light” Brannon Klopfer – Stanford University Thomas Juffmann – Stanford University SEEC is a photographic science-art project that investigates how light moves across a subject. This happens at the speed of light and within a few nanoseconds (1 nanosecond = 0.000000001 seconds). Light scattered from objects closer to the camera will be imaged earlier than those further away. Using modern technology we can literally watch light (photo-) in the process of writing (-graphy) an image.  
Zoom Blue Dot
2:00-2:30 pm “Zoom Blue Dot” Bull.Miletic – 2017 Art + Science Visiting Artists at UC Berkeley, co-hosted by ARC and CSTMS Bull.Miletic in collaboration with Holly L. Aaron, Molecular Imaging Center and Danielle Jorgens, Electron Microscope Lab. Join us for a Gallery Talk about the residency of Bull.Miletic at UC Berkeley, and the process and collaboration behind the making of the piece “Zoom Blue Dot”  
3:00-4:15pm | Emergence: Art, Science and the Creative Process Creativity. When it sparks, how does it ignite visionary ideas, transformative innovation and works of profound beauty in the sciences, technology and the arts? Come hear from leading influencers in these fields, who will share their ideas, methodologies, processes and experiences. Moderator: Shannon Jackson – Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design, UC Berkeley Panelists: Ken Goldberg  Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, and the School of Information, UC Berkeley Joshua Cassidy – Lead Producer and Cinematographer, Deep Look, and Digital Media Producer, KQED Science Lily Simonson  Fine Artist, National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist in Residence  


Zoom Blue Dot (1990-2017)
2017 Art + Science Visiting Artists at UC Berkeley, co-hosted by ARC and CSTMS Bull.Miletic in collaboration with Holly L. Aaron, Molecular Imaging Center and Danielle Jorgens, Electron Microscopy Lab. The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Today, the aerial view is in motion, not only through the physical attachment of cameras to mobile machines but most prominently in the way these technological mediations are distributed and networked between billions of portable electronic devices, merging news feeds and entertainment with intelligence operations. The complex contradictions of displacement and overview generated by the view from above thus enters a new paradigm of modular groundlessness as it combines with technologies on the ground and networked geospatial data in new diagrams of power. Approaching this subject from the perspective of cinema and contemporary art, our project brings into question the entangled histories of the moving image and spatial expressions, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities increasingly colonized by remote sensing and aerial imaging technologies.

In the project Zoom Blue Dot we discuss the cinematification of spatial data through dynamic visualization models, exemplified by the 3D flyover feature. This artwork however, puts an emphasis on the relational capacity of proxistance and the sphere of the globe as a scalable interface. In 1990, before permanently turning off its cameras, Voyager 1 turned towards Earth to snap one last picture. Shot from a distance of 4 billion miles, Earth appears as a pale blue dot suspended in a sunbeam. Addressing the concept of scale as an epistemic shift in our awareness brought on by the anthropocene, Voyager’s Pale Blue Dot (1990), will here be in dialog with artistic projects such as Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970) and Ray and Charles Eames, Power of Ten (1977). As opposed to Eameses’s camera that travels through the planetary system back on to Earth’s surface and into the molecular structure of a human body, our camera will be a variety of microscopes venturing into the depths of the electronic image’s material support, in this case the Liquid Crystal Display. The work is currently in progress at University of California, Berkeley and is carried out in collaboration with Holly L. Aaron at the Molecular Imaging Center and Danielle Jorgens at the Electron Microscopy Lab.  Zoom Blue Dot is a part of Aerial View in Motion, a four-year artistic research project funded by Dept. of Media and Communication, University of Oslo and Norwegian University of Science and Technology and administered by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.


Lily Simonson

Selected by the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, Simonson has taken two expeditions with government-funded research groups to Antarctica. Drawn to the deep sea by all its various creatures (the yeti crab is her “favorite deep sea muse), Simonson’s role as a painter allows her to communicate an array of non-technical information regarding the Antarctic waters and its exotic bio-system. Webpage
Lily Simonson