Guest Talk – Victoria Vesna

The second colloquium sessions this semester will be on Thursday, the 14th of January. We will meet at 6:00pm on the 3/F in the Lecture Theatre (M3017). We will have artist Victoria Vesna presents the talk “BIRD SONG DIAMOND: Listen!”. In this talk the artist will describe the process of developing BIRD SONG DIAMOND, soon premiering in Japan at the largest VR space in the world.



In this talk the artist will describe the process of developing BIRD SONG DIAMOND, soon premiering in Japan at the largest VR space in the world. The project is a collaboration with evolutionary biologist (Dr. Charles Taylor), physicst (Dr. Takashi Ikegami) and engineer (Dr. Hiroo Iwata), allowing multifaceted, interdisciplinary perspectives — uniquely connecting the nodes of evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, spatial sound, mechatronic art and interactive technologies.

The diamond as a crystal lattice of connected nodes reflects the commitment of each node to its disciplinary rigor held together in balance through shared interests. The immersive sound and image installation is an effort to include multiple new facets of the larger public — from children to art lovers and from academics to theoreticians. The intent of this project is to permit humans to understand the grammar and meaning of bird songs. Recent advances in sensor arrays, computation, and computational linguistics finally make this long-sought goal achievable.

Victoria Vesna poster.jpg

About the Artist:
Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is an Artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Although she was trained early on as a painter (Academy of Fine arts, Belgrade, 1984), her curious mind took her on an exploratory path that resulted in work can be defined as experimental creative research residing between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (PhD, University of Wales, 2000).

Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in 20+ solo exhibitions, 70+ group shows, has been published in 20+ papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Minnesota Press) and another in 2011 — Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his Wikipedia page here.

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