The Artiscience Podcast
By Colin Sanderson
The Artiscience PodcastDec 31, 2021
Cristian Zaelzer: From Chile to Canada and the Convergence Initiative
This episode consists of an interview with Dr Cristian Zaelzer, Research Scientist, but also "a man o' pairts", that is a person with multiple talents, who has brought them all to the remarkable "Convergence Initiative", a multi-modal, artiscient programme based at Concordia University, Montreal.
The Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI): A Conversation with Owen Kelly, Deputy Director, and neuroscientist Dr. Richard Morris
Recorded: 24 May 2021. Running time: 1 hour 5:42 minutes.
This podcast focuses on the relatively recently formed “Edinburgh Futures Institute” of the University of Edinburgh, housed in the former Royal Infirmary building at Quartermile, in discussion with two of the senior participants in its development, Owen Kelly, OBE, its Deputy Director, and Professor Dr Richard Morris, CBE, FRS, neuroscientist and co-recipient of The Brain Prize, 2016. [https://www.ed.ac.uk/estates/campus-development/central-campus/current-projects/edinburgh-futures-at-quartermile].
The recording is structured in three sections: first, their responses to my asking about their personal early formation, in childhood and youth with respect to the arts and sciences; second, their experiences and paths to their present roles; and third, selected distinguishing features of the EFI and prospects for its own Future.
ADDENDA AND CORRIGENDA:
The artist at Reading, whose name I could not instantly recall is Terry Pope. He walked around with an optical device which inverted his view 180 degrees (not 90 degrees!) Whereas I referred to consulting a "daisy expert," the plants bottom left in the Verrochio "Madonna and Child" are non-descript, nevertheless the point I made remains true.
A Conversation with Dr. Roger Malina
00:00: Intro, greetings and introductory questions.
06:00: Roger Malina on his upbringing and family background, early formation and hybrid individuals; neuroscience and racism.
12:00: Further on neuroscience; left and right, and anatomy. Ernst Mach.
18:10: History; intellectual migration; problem-solving.
19:50: Roger Malina’s current positions; the qua relationship; Black Lives Matter; the Experimental Program in Publishing and Curating ExPuCu at UT Dallas ; unproductive miscommunication and mutual understanding; as an example, Yvan Tina and Virtual Africa; life and theatre; emerging technology and publishing Leonardo. Joe Davis. Cultural differences on art and science.
32:40: Joe Davis, the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT; Gyorgy Kepes; conscientious objectors.
35:05: The United Nations; the international nature of the Editorial Board of Leonardo; John Holloway; Reg Gadney; the trauma of the Second World War; ALSOS; Coronavirus. Vicki Sowry and the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT).
39:15: Careers; artiscient jobs; Dallas as a centre for art and science; Edith and Peter O’Donnell; funding artiscience; the need for breadth and multi-disciplinary training.
46:35: Roger Malina; INFOSYS, India, examples of an Indian student and a Korean-American student; on computer gaming and animation; VIGOR and Black Holes.
54:35: Roger Malina; Anecdote: South Vietnamese refugee, current racism and xenophobia. Quantum mechanics and social problems, slime mould. Certainly jobs for those with agility, the multidisciplinary. Optimism regarding move to online work with new technologies.
57:45: Roger Malina on a visit to Scotland; Loch Ness; Harold Edgerton; observers; underwater imaging. Summing up and Thanks.