In Memoriam: Nature and Inquiry founding member, Ronald Wallace

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Ron Wallace succumbed to his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Massachusetts College of Art Professor Emeritus Harris Barron ’54 (Ceramics) describes Ron Wallace as follows:

Ron Wallace was one of MassArt’s Studio for Interrelated Media’s most ambitious and significant undergraduates, a natural group leader whose intelligence, articulation and inventiveness folded into a plain and charming modesty made him easy to be loved, respected, and followed.  A self-taught, highly sophisticated computer engineer-designer, he rose to become a valued senior director at AVID CORPORATION, whose management deployed him internationally as a representative of their leading edge technology used worldwide for film and video editing. His work won one of the company’s several Gramophone Awards.

This past May, Wallace presented his beautifully crafted video work, Small Ocean—based on the succession of seasons at Walden Pond—in collaboration with John Holland, at the Pozen Center at the Massachusetts College of Art.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria, and his son, Benjamin. There will be a memorial gathering in the fall to mark his passing.

Here’s a link to the obituary that appeared on

The Trouble with Jellyfish @ LeLaboratoire in Cambridge, MA

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The Trouble with Jellyfish

Mark Dion with Lisa-ann Gershwin

September 18, 2015- January 2, 2016

The Trouble with Jellyfish, a contemporary art installation by Mark Dion.  Across the world’s seas, jellyfish blooms of impressive magnitude are signaling ecological disturbances and a dramatic deterioration of the marine environment.  While these troubles are beginning to garner public attention, what to do remains unclear. Mark Dion, working with students in David Edwards’ Harvard University class, and the marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin, decided to do an experiment.

This exhibition, the 20th experiment of Le Laboratoire, explores jellyfish as seen historically through culture, the marine biological challenges associated with jellyfish and degrading ocean biodiversity, the notion of a dead zone and our roles in their global emergence, and what, if anything, we might do to move toward a saner and safer ocean environment tomorrow.

The Trouble with Jellyfish is sponsored in part by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  This exhibition is presented in partnership with the New England Aquarium.




The Art of Astrophysics – call for work!

January 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The Art of Astrophysics.

The Universe is beautiful.

Astrophysicists try to share the mysteries of the Universe around us in a clear and understandable fashion, but we don’t always succeed. It’s a hard challenge – the wonders of the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the ever expanding Cosmos demand more of our imaginations than can be captured by numbers in a table or terms in an equation. However, a work of art can uniquely inspire us to look closely, to dream freely, to understand openly – anything from the smallest curiosity to the biggest discovery.


So, we’re asking members of the MIT community to create works of art that help us visualize our Universe and how we observe it. Whether you’re a photographer or a poet, a crafter or a coder, a musician or a moviemaker, we want you to use your talents and creativity to illuminate the beauty of astrophysical results. Please consider participating in this year’s Art of Astrophysicscompetition during MIT’s 2014 Independent Activities Period (IAP), sponsored by the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

Art & Science Journal

January 20th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

check out this newish journal out of Ottawa CAnada… Art & Science Journal.

Tonight!! Chasing Ice screening!

September 18th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Lectures + special events - Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Cambridge Science Festival 2013

April 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Cambridge Science Festival | Home. | Art and Science Immersive Media @ MassArt – watch us think.

January 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m pleased to announce the new course Art and Science Immersive Media at MassArt. We are super excited to be working towards a multi-media event at the Boston Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium in June.  The course is deeply inspired by Nature Science and Art – co-taught for many years by John Holland and Donald Burgy.

Please check out our class blog - | Art and Science Immersive Media @ MassArt – watch us think..

Talk at the Museum of Science – Our Internal Landscapes

September 28th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Our Internal Landscapes
Friday, September 28: 7:00 p.m.

Albert-László Barabási, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University; Sebastian Seung, PhD, professor of computational neuroscience at MIT and scientific director and founder of WiredDifferently; Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences; Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development; director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

What makes each of us the unique person that we are? Does DNA determine our destiny? In the era of genome projects and brain scans, it’s undeniable that physiological processes shape us. But where do personality, memory, and emotion reside—in the gray matter of our brains? Join us for a mind-expanding inquiry into extraordinary aspects of human biology and the profound influence of environment, experience, and culture.

Admission is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.
Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

More about this season of Adult Offerings at the Museum of Science:

Modern science has demonstrated remarkable and unlikely connections between seemingly disparate phenomena and ideas. The notion that everything is connected—found in ancient manuscripts and the most cutting-edge science—is intuitive and yet utterly mindbending. Join us in connecting the dots—between food, art, human behavior, and the sciences.

We are constantly adding to our seasonal lineup of special guest lectures, panel discussions, podcasts, social event, and more. To stay in touch with the latest Museum Happenings, visit

National Academy of Sciences: DC Art and Science Evening Rendezvous DASER

August 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

National Academy of Sciences: DC Art and Science Evening Rendezvous DASER.

Must attend one of these one day. Here is info about the next one:

Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) at the D.C. Art and Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region and beyond. DASERs provide a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region and foster interdisciplinary networking. This month, the discussion’s theme is Brain Science and the Cyborg: Fact, History, and Possibilities. This series is organized in collaboration with Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. This event is organized in collaboration with The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences.


5:30 to 6:00 p.m.Check in
6:00 to 6:10 p.m.Welcoming remarks and community sharing time.      Anyone in the audience currently working within the
intersections of art and science will have 30seconds to share their work. Please present yourwork as a teaser so that those who are interestedcan seek you out during social time followingthe event.
6:10 to 7:10 p.m.Panelists’ presentations (15 minutes each)

                                        Gary Carrion-Murayari, co-curator of Ghosts in the                                           Machine, New Museum, NYC

                          James Giordano, neuroscientist and neuroethicist,
Director, Center for Neurotechnology Studies,
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA
Monica Lopez-Gonzalez, musician, photographer,                            postdoc fellow, Johns Hopkins University and                                                     adjunct faculty,  Visual Cognitive Neuroscience,
Maryland Institute College of Art, Information                                                        Visualization, Baltimore
Jonathan Peck, futurist and director, Institute for                                                Alternative Futures, Alexandria, VA


7:10 to 7:45 p.m.       Discussion


7:45 to 8:30 p.m.       Reception







The Big Question: What are the most interesting art and science ideas today? Wired UK

July 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Big Question: What are the most interesting art and science ideas today? Wired UK.

interesting questions all but i think it’s far simpler than any of these, and also the oldest question around. How can humans of different religions, races, economic access, intelligence, and ability live together in peace on a planet with limited resources? That’s what i want to know. It is essentially a topic of art and science.  We need both to answer the question.

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