Conversations on Art and Science Event Series

Under the leadership of SAIC president Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science event series was launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures or panel discussions hosted each fall semester bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to the SAIC campus to discuss their work. These dialogues provide a time and place for considering myriad perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. They also sustain the diverse conversations on art and science that are ongoing in the work of faculty and students at SAIC.


Stephanie Rothenberg, The Secret of Eternal Levitation, 2012Stephanie Rothenberg, The Secret of Eternal Levitation, 2012

Conversations on Art and Science:
Making the Invisible Visible:
Stephanie Rothenberg

Wednesday, March 5, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor


Stephanie Rothenberg's artistic practice engages performance, installation, print, and digital media to create provocative interactions that expose the power dynamics within technological utopias. Moving between offline and online worlds, the real and the virtual, her artworks map the impact of new technologies on cultural identity, the workplace, and our natural environments. Rothenberg has exhibited internationally in venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, MASS MoCA, LABoral Art Center, Transmediale, Zer01 Biennial, New York Hall of Science, and the Whitney Museum's artport. She is a recipient of numerous awards, most recently from the Harpo Foundation and Creative Capital and has participated in residencies at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Free103 Wave Farm, among others. Her work has been widely reviewed, including Artforum, Artnet, Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches courses in design and emerging practices.


Tyler Schnoebelen

Conversations on Art and Science:
Tyler Schnoebelen: Expression and
Social Media

Tuesday, April 22, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor

You choose the lecture:
Emotion or Gender Identity in Social Media


This talk will be focused on either emotion OR gender identity. Vote by tweeting @TSchnoebelen.

Tyler Schnoebelen is currently the Chief Analyst at Idibon in San Francisco. Schnoebelen finds the patterns in data that make it meaningful. At Idibon he writes one of the most followed blogs on computational linguistics, which beyond considering the weirdest languages or looking at historical trends in linguistics, addresses pivotal questions like, Corporation name or Burning Man camp?". He has 10 years of experience in UX design/research in Silicon Valley and a PhD from Stanford. His work there included experimental psycholinguistics, fieldwork on endangered languages, and a dissertation on emotion (he got his BA at Yale studying playwriting and poetry). His insights on social media have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and NPR.




Conversations on Art and Science:
Sheelagh Carpendale

Wednesday, May 7, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor


Sheelagh Carpendale is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Calgary where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization and NSERC/AITF/SMART Technologies Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies. Her research on information visualization, large interactive displays, and new media draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D. Simon Fraser University) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, College of Art). She has received an ASTech Innovations in Technology award; and the CHCCS Achievement Award for her substantial contributions to the fields of computer graphics, visualization, or human-computer interaction, among other awards. She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) research group and initiated the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Computational Media Design. She is an internationally renowned leader in both information visualization and multi-touch tabletop interaction.


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