Symposium: Visions Of The Future

May 14, 2013 from 1pm - 5pm, UC San Diego, Qualcomm Institute, Atkinson Hall Auditorium

During this half-day symposium UCSD scientists, scholars and artists
will discuss visions of culture and science 33 years from now, a tribute
to Arthur C. Clarke’s own imagining of 2001 in 1968. Each of the four
symposia will last 45 minutes. Participants are drawn from faculty
involved in the Clarke Center along with invited guests in the fields of
architecture and design.

Free and open to the public. No registration needed. Seating is first come-first served.

Light refreshments will be served at the break. No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.





1:00 – 1:45 pm Our human culture is one of many possible cultures. As our systems and artifacts gain intelligence, the future will be post anthropocene. Ed Keller, David Kirsh, Rafael Nunez
1:50 – 2:35 pm While our conception of culture changes, we are also changing. Our agency and our relationship to the world and to others is transformed through new types of bodies and skins. Nicholas de Monchaux, Todd Coleman, Ayse Saygin, Erik Viirre
2:35 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 3:45 pm Utopias and Dystopias. New futures embody new types of hopes and fears. Gregory Lynn, Benjamin Bratton, Shelley Streeby
3:50 – 4:35 pm New types of art are created to express new relationships we have with a changing world. As we more directly engage the brain, how might our artforms change? Juan Azulay, Scott Makeig, Seth Lehrer, Sheldon Brown
4:35 – 5:00 pm Open Discussion


Juan Azulay

Juan Azulay is the Creative Director of MTTR MGMT - an interdisciplinary design practice and think tank. He works as a director, media artist, author and designer. As a director and media artist, he is known for his collaboration work with No Wave Legend Lydia Lunch and his directing work alongside Oscar-winner cinematographer Guillermo Navarro. His design work and films have received over a dozen recognized awards in competition and his work has been included in prestigious exhibitions like the 2011 Ville Fertile at Cite de l'Architecture et Patrimoine in Paris and is part of the permanent collection at the MAK in Vienna. He is affiliated with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and recently, he is the guest editor of ARCHITECTURE XENOCULTURE, an eVolo publication.

Benjamin Bratton

Bratton is a sociological, media, and design theorist. He is Director of the Center for Design & Geopolitics at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, one of the premier applied research institutes in the application of supercomputing and very-large scale data visualization across the sciences, humanities and social sciences. His work sits at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media and infrastructure, and architectural and urban design problems and methodologies.

Sheldon Brown

Sheldon Brown is the Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. He is a professor of Visual Arts, Site Director of the NSF Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR), Co-PI and Artist-in-Residence of Calit2 and former director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). Brown's work combines computer science research with vanguard cultural production. The outcomes of his work are exhibited in art and science museums, technology conferences and public art commissions around the world.

Todd Coleman

Coleman received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, along with the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in 2002, and 2005. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a postdoctoral scholar at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital in computational neuroscience. From the the fall of 2006, until June 2011, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois.

David Kirsh

David Kirsh is Professor and past chair of the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. He was educated at Oxford University (D.Phil), did post-doctoral research at MIT in Artificial Intelligence, and has held research or visiting professor positions at MIT and Stanford University and given lectures and keynotes throughout the world. He runs the Interactive Cognition Lab at UCSD where the focus is on the way humans are closely coupled to the outside world, and how human environments have evolved to enable us to cope with the complexity of everyday life. His research on imagination examines the effect of imagination, projection, mental imagery and mental simulation on learning and creativity.

Edward Keller

Keller is Director of the Center for Transformative Media at The New School, Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, a designer, writer, musician and multimedia artist. Prior to joining Parsons, he taught at Columbia University GSAPP [1998-2010] and SCIArc [2004-09]. With Carla Leitao, he co-founded AUM Studio, an architecture and new media firm producing residential projects, competitions, and installations in Europe and the US. His work and writing are widely published and he lectures internationally on architecture, film, technology and ecology. He has been an avid rockclimber for over 30 years. He is currently teaching 'Post Planetary Design', a speculative research seminar, at Parsons.

Seth Lerer

Lerer is a Distinguished Professor of Literature and Dean of Arts and Humanities. Previously, he was a member of the Stanford University faculty where he had a joint professorial appointment in English and Comparative Literature and was the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities. His research and teaching interests include medieval and Renaissance studies, comparative philology, the history of scholarship, and children's literature. In 1993, he received the Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching at Stanford, and in 2003 he received a Dean's Award for Graduate Teaching. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Gregory Lynn

Greg Lynn was born in 1964. He is an o. Univ. Prof. Arch. at the angewandte Wien, and a Studio Professor at UCLA and has been Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University for more than a decade. He won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Philosophy degrees and from Princeton University with a Master of Architecture degree. He is the author of seven books.

Scott Makeig

Makeig directs the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience of the Institute for Neural Computation, UCSD. He is currently the Chief Scientist for the Cognition and Neuroergonomics alliance sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratories, and Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences in the UCSD Medical School. He is working with clinical researchers to apply the advances in functional EEG-based imaging to medical research and clinical practice. His current projects include MoBI and EEG correlates of emotion, social neuroscience, reward, and insight, as well as advanced source localization and imaging and EEG-based brain-computer interface design, particularly for cognitive monitoring and human-system interaction.

Nicholas de Monchaux

Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect, urban designer, and theorist. He is Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, an architectural and urban history of the Apollo Spacesuit, winner of the Eugene Emme award from the American Astronautical Society. His work has been exhibited at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas, the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, San Francisco’s SPUR, and SFMOMA. He received his B.A. with distinction in Architecture, from Yale, and his Professional Degree (M.Arch.) from Princeton. He has received additional design awards and fellowships from Parsons, the International Union of Architects, Pamphlet Architecture and the Van Alen Institute. He remains unconvinced of the merits of short biographical summaries.

Rafael Nunez

Núñez is the director of the Embodied Cognition Laboratory at UCSD dedicated to investigating how cognition is grounded on the peculiarities, experiences, and limitations of the human body. He is particularly interested in high-level cognitive phenomena such as conceptual systems, abstraction, and inference mechanisms, as they manifest themselves naturally through largely unconscious bodily/mental activity. His multidisciplinary interests bring him to address these issues from various interrelated perspectives: mathematical cognition, the empirical study of spontaneous gestures, cognitive linguistics, psychological experiments, neuroimaging, etc.

Ayse Saygin

Saygin is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego Department of Cognitive Science and directs the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology lab. Her research explores how meaningful, biologically relevant stimuli are perceived, represented and grounded. A general goal of Ayse's work is establishing links between domains traditionally considered to be 'low level' or perceptual and those that are considered 'high level' or complex. Her approach is to make use of what is known about the sensorimotor regions and processes in the brain, as well as properties of the nervous system, to help bootstrap the study of more complex domains.

Shelley Streeby

Professor Streeby received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English from Harvard University. She is the author of American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture, which received the American Studies Association's 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize. Her book argues for the centrality of the US-Mexico War and mid-nineteenth-century empire-building in the Americas in the making and unmaking of U.S. mass culture, class, and racial formations. She is also co-editor of Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction.

Erik Viirre

Viirre's runs the Cognitive Performance Laboratory at the Naval Health Research Center and has done research for the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, US Navy Bureau of Medicine, NSF,u00a0DARPA and NASA. His clinical specialties are vertigo, balance problems and tinnitus. He has worked on computer information systems for NASA. Dr. Viirre has had the privilege of meeting Sir Arthur C. Clarke in person and leading the medical team that took Professor Stephen Hawking into weightlessness. Dr. Viirre received his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at the University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of the Inaugural Class of International Space University.