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Djerassi Resident Artists Program provides monthlong residencies in a wild and remote environment. In its 39 years, more than 2,400 artists and scientists have been encouraged to take risks, pursue their individual practices and explore new collaborations. There is no work produce requirement. But in the hands of the passionate creator, idle time is never really idle. Five years ago, the Djerassi program created a partnership with Leonardo/ISAST, a relationship that now includes support from the National Endowment for the Arts [1], the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and private donors [2]. This made perfect sense for us. The late Dr. Carl Djerassi, co-founder of the Program and eminent scientist and playwright had initiated several art/science projects including plays, operas and books in the Program’s early days. Formalizing a science/art residency was the next logical step. Selected from more than 200 applicants and nominees, 11 experimental souls [3] arrived as strangers in June and left as friends in July. They included biologists, a choreographer , physicists, composers, an engineer, visual artists and writers. Renaissance men and women, all. They came from the east and west coasts of the US, Switzerland, France and Texas. All new relationships are tentative, but 30 days turned tentative into tenacious. The residents performed, read and created for each other. They stayed up all night talking. They danced together. No fewer than THREE brand new musical pieces were composed and performed. I have no doubt they and their predecessors are changing the world in seen and unseen ways. Please enjoy this glimpse into the creative process experienced on our mountaintop retreat. Find the residents’ contemporaneous blogs [4] and share them. I particularly hope those of you who educate young scientists and artists can use the participants’ experiences to break down the either/ or of scientific and artistic disciplines. Let’s bend the rules of the academy to reward rather than pigeonhole big thinkers. Discoveries that change the world are often the work of the brave people working on the edges. Margot H. Knight Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program Email: Web: leonardo gallery Scientific Delirium Madness 4.0 Scientific Delirium Madness (SDM) is a collaborative initiative of Leonard/ISAST and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. At the heart of SDM is a monthlong residency that brings together artists and scientists at the Djerassi 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains in California. While living, eating, working and hiking alone and together, the residents are urged to “just be” to allow their passions and practices to explore new territory in every sense of the word. To transform and transcend the boundaries of art and science. This Leonardo Gallery features a selection of Artist’s Statements stemming from the 2017 SDM 4.0 residency, 28 June–26 July 2017. Acknowledgments Dozens of people are responsible for the creation and sustenance of this initiative. I thank the Djerassi trustees, our colleagues at Leonardo/ ISAST, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, Sonia Sheridan, Piero Scaruffi, Robert Buelteman , Roger Malina and the late Carl Djerassi for their steadfast support. References and Notes 1 The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which allows us to document and create presentations about the residency. See for the complete SDM blog postings, along with other documentation of the residency. 2 Fellowships in 2017 were provided by National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), the Anne & Rodney Pearlman Fellowship and the Steve Wilson Fellowship made possible by generative systems artist Sonia Sheridan. 3 The participating artists and scientists were Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, physicist and composer (Highland Village, TX); Anna Davidson , biologist (Davis, CA); Ken Eklund, media artist (Corvallis, OR); Katharine Hawthorne, dancer and choreographer (Emeryville, CA); GinaRae LaCerva, writer (Santa Fe, NM); Adria LeBoeuf, biologist (Geneva, Switzerland); Patrice Le Gal, physicist (Marseille, France); Ainissa Ramirez, materials scientist (New Haven, CT); Heather Spence, marine biologist and musician (Arlington, VA); Javiera Tejerina-Risso, media artist (Marseille, France); and Peter Walter, biologist (San Francisco, CA). 4 See [1]. See for supplemental files associated with this gallery.© ISAST   doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01612 LEONARDO, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 000...

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2018-03-26
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