Archives for category: Arts+Sciences

Though I miss the Martians, I appreciate what’s taken its place; real-world initiatives – like Biosphere 2, NASA’s Rover- and creative efforts that give us a lively peek into the future of interplanetary habitation. Each weekend at The Boiler, The Menu for Mars Kitchen by Douglas Paulson and Heidi Neilson and chefs (a rotating cast of art-foodie futurists) concoct beverages, and assorted meals, all made from ingredients carefully chosen for space-travel duration. While this loosely translates into lots of dried stuff, liquid and lard, the surprise is in the taste and texture; (mine was mac n’cheese made from freeze-dried crickets) not to mention conversations that hover deftly above the earth’s gravitational field (references to sci-fi flicks). Real-time mini-cams project multiple views of chefs deep in thoughtful food prep, relaying ingredients and sharing cooking tips as curious earthlings, peruse and read text posted to set-ups, drawings and plants all sealed within a plastic enclosure that conjures up the possibility of thriving on the red planet.

Tattfoo Tan

David Grainger

Participants: Albert Park, Alex Tsocanos, Alice Gorman, Anna Dabney Smith & David Grainger, Gil Lopez, Heather Kapplow & Thalia Zedek, Hoi Cheng, John Roach, Joshua Liebowitz, Justin Amrhein, Kerim Zapsu, Lindsay Iserman, Marco Castro, The Planetary Society ¬New York City, Sian Proctor, Tattfoo Tan, Ward Shelley, Will Owen with Matthias Borello.

I made the trek to this 2-day Arts/Science gathering of all manner of arts/science folk pontificating the intersections of arts and science (and more precisely the ‘scientific method’). A generous opening intro by MIT Art History Prof. Caroline Jones, and next day follow-up with Exec. Director of MIT/CAST, Leila W. Kinney.  A lot of paper-giving sprinkled with coffee breaks on  topics ranging from 4-D space, color mapping, to Gaia, and Synesthesia. Bright spots to be found in the talks of Tauba Auerbach, Tomas Sareceno, Bruno Latour, with historical insights re: experimental music and ‘resonance’ by composer Alvin Lucier. The post-talk schmooze opps were stimulating and offered up a global community of scholars and creatives who had traveled (from France Sweden, London) just for this.   NYC Artist Daniel Kohn took a small posse to see his painting installation at the MIT Genome Lab where he was artist-in residence for a number of years. Also met curator  Franciois Larini, Post-Doc Associate and Interactive Programmer Peter Torpey, Sculptor Anne Corrsin, Choreographer Asa Unander-Scharin.