Archive for the ‘Art’ Category.

Arthur Ganson’s Machine with Concrete

Who is your favorite artist? Arthur Ganson has topped my list for many many years! Look him up.

Videos of many of his art pieces… AMAZING

His TED Talk

His website

This piece is at the Exploratorium. I love it.

Oakland Art Murmur

Megan and I went to Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk, it was great! It was so refreshing to get out!

We saw great art, ate street food… lots of it,  and felt the buzz of ten thousand Oaklanders having a good time in the street

Yeah, we ate well! Had a  shimp po-boy, an allspice ice cream sandwich, and grilled cheese from the world famous Grilled Cheese Guy! We went to the uptown area. The best art (and grilled cheese!) was found on 25th where Jon Sarriugarte parked his beloved Golden Mean  art snail :-).

Local Language looks like an exciting art fabrication space.

Thea Schrack’s Seaglass 8 was amazing to see. An image of it is to the right but it is far more entrancing in person! When I saw it in person, I found myself saying “I could build a house around that image.” I became so wonderfully lost in it!

There was lots more great art at Art Murmur! Jeanne Jabbour’s work (see on the left) at Oakopolis  had “great lines”. We had a fun discussion about how her work would be great in a psychologist’s office.

Hurray for art!


Mark Rosin Receives 2015 AAAS Early Career Award

I am pleased to say that Mark Rosin is a friend of mine. He’s recently been honored…

Mark Rosin Receives 2015 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement With Science

Mark Rosin Receives 2015 AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement With Science
8 February 2016
Andrea Korte
Mark Rosin, a physicist who has directly reached more than 15,000 members of the public through his playful and inventive public engagement events, has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to receive the 2015 Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.

Rosin is assistant professor in the Department of Math and Sciences at Pratt Institute in New York as well as director and co-founder of Guerilla Science, an international science engagement organization that creates dialogues between members of the scientific community and the public. He was honored by AAAS for “his broad range of creative and sustainable public engagement strategies that target audiences who may not be actively seeking science information.”

Rosin is an “extraordinarily talented and passionate” practitioner of public engagement in science, wrote nominator Russel Caflisch, professor of mathematics at UCLA and director of the National Science Foundation’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. “He organizes and participates in a huge range of interactive live activities and events for members of the public. These diverse activities are effective, wide-reaching, and truly engaging,” said Caflisch, who supervised Rosin’s postdoctoral work.


As part of his work with Guerilla Science, which he cofounded as a graduate student, Rosin has mixed science with art, music, and play to reach members of the public in places that science might be unexpected, such as on the street, in museums, and at art and music festivals.

Rosin reached 4,000 visitors with the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, which explores the possibilities of space tourism by allowing members of the public to meet with an astronomer to plan a space vacation. Rosin also brought more than 2,000 people into touch with math at the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington, D.C., using math-based game shows and obstacle courses.

He also led the creation of the world’s first multi-tube fire organ to demonstrate the relationship between math and music: when music is played, the changing acoustic waves cause flames to change size and shapes. Rosin has brought the instrument to festivals like Burning Man Precompression and Maker Faire to help audiences truly visualize sound.

A frequent public speaker committed to engaging listeners through audience participation and dialogue, Rosin has also worked with more than 100 scientists to engage public audiences.

Rosin was recognized in 2013 for his contributions to public engagement with his election to the American Physical Society’s Committee on Informing the Public. He also sits on the advisory board of a proposed National Science Foundation Advance Informal STEM Learning project.

Rosin’s scientific work in the field of applied mathematics and plasma physics has included most recently the development of an advanced multi-scale algorithm for computational physics problems, which has the potential to revolutionize the simulation of plasma collisions. He earned a Master of Science degree in physics from the University of Bristol and earned a doctorate in plasma physics from Cambridge University’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 2010. After receiving his Ph.D., he completed a postdoctoral appointment with UCLA’s Department of Mathematics. His research has been recognized with awards from the Cambridge Philosophical Society and Bristol University.

The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science was established in 2010 to recognize “early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.” A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.

The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science will be bestowed upon Rosin during the 182nd AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 11-15 February 2016. The AAAS Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12, in Palladian Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

He wrote with humility on Facebook

I was lucky enough to win an award from AAAS for Public Engagement with Science. It’s a real honor. Thank you!
However, the article implies it was more of a solo effort than it in fact was. The real credit belongs to the amazing people at Guerilla Science (Jenny Wong, Jenny Jopson, Louis Buckley, Olivia Koski), the amazing scientists/artists/musicians/actors who were also part (Jana Grcevich, Zach Walker, Zach Kopciak, Zarinah Agnew, Karola Kreitmair, Steve Mould, Tim Chartier, Lee Sonko, Michael Kearney, and many more), and many other excellent folk (Kate Marvel, Zoe Cormier, Richard Henry Bowdler, Becky Lawson). I would love to buy you all a drink.

Sunset on the Train

Sunset on the Train

Sunset on the train

“Discuss the contemporary meanings of this meticulously composed work of art”

The Art of Burning Man!

My favorite Burning Man still photographer is putting out a stupendous book of Burning Man art. You can get a look at some of the images and buy the book at It’s being put out by Taschen which is like “the” art book publisher.

One groovy thing is that two pieces I helped on are in the promotional video :-).

Help Find a Place for the Greatest Show on Earth

SRL is looking for a location scout. This is a paid position.

Job description:

To locate a suitable site for a large scale SRL machine performance
in the bay area, (NOT San Francisco, as we’re banned from ever
performing there by the SFFD).

To get permission to use the site from the owners.

To procure the required permits for a show.

Prior production experience a must.

Please contact Mark Pauline Director of SRL markp [at] srl [dot] org for details.

My Art Portfolio for San Jose State

As part of my application to San Jose State, I put together an art portfolio. They liked it well enough to accept me into their program. Take a look at the PDF yourself:

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A sample…

Rubens’ Tube at Fireside Lounge

The triple Rubens’ Tube Michael and I built was at the Crucible’s Fireside Lounge last month. It was a really fun event. We also brought out The Littlest Dragon as well.

You can see a shot of the Rubens’ Tube in this Crucible Flyer:

Where Have All The Propane Suppliers Gone?

I’ve been having the darnedest time finding really good propane suppliers for my Flame Effects class at the Crucible. Where have all the propane suppliers gone? Here’s where:

This was told to Lee by Jane at Cramer Decker, June, 2014.

When the housing bubble burst 2007-2013, the residential propane market crashed since no more houses with propane were being built! This has been pushing a lot of propane dealers under. You might have better luck finding supplies through different markets, for instance, the popular Fischer 741 regulator is used for beer carbonation, and chemical processing industries are still doing well.

If you’ve got a good propane / LP gas supplier for things like fittings, regulators, and hose, leave me a message!

Farewell Processional: A year ago today, SFMOMA closed it’s doors

From Desiree Holman:

A year ago today, SFMOMA closed it’s doors to make way for a new building opening in 2016. I had the great fortune to direct a processional performance that led the massive crowd out and into the imagined future. As it was my inaugural entrance into performance, it was probably one of the biggest artistic risks I’ve taken to date. A year later, the project is continuing to develop. The work has always been a team effort. Thank you to all of you that have contributed so much. In celebration of the anniversary, I have edited and posted video documentation. Check it out!Gina BassoChristina LindenMalia Rose  Frank Smigiel  Dominic WillsdonLuciano Chessa  Sarah CathersAbbey KerinsMary ElizabethSamuel Cortez SharkeyWendy Louise FarinaSofía CórdovaPositive VibesJonathan LeideckerValerie ChafograckMaya Lowe BatkiCas CasadosNatalie ZeitunyJoshua Kit ClaytonJob & BossBrook LaneKirby MckenzieLee SonkoTeri SageAmy OwenCortney Lane StellBrian KarlCaitlin DennyMeagan Kathleen Doud