Art Events Sep-Oct

Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibits at the Christian Science Plaza Through October 31


Sculpture Magazine October 2013


Questions and some cool other stuff…

Kenan Sahin:

– What is the most effective way to research a new idea or project dealing with technology?

– As we pursue collaborative work with scientists what and how should we present our ideas and ourselves in a manner that is appealing to them? How can we help them further their studies using our own practice? What sort of artists are scientific researchers looking for?

– I would like to know more about your work in the successful implementation of innovation in technology. What does that look like? Is there room for artists in that field or collaborative opportunities? How do you bring innovation together with pre-existing technology?

Bang Wong:

-Could you talk about how you use visual strategies to meet analytical challenges that arise from data in biomedical research? How are artists/or can artists get involved?

-When you talk about effective presentations of data what are you referring to? What seem to be the most helpful presentations of data overall?(Powerpoints, models, pictures)

-Where does your interest in the interface of art and medicine come from?

– Could you talk a bit more about the connection of graphic/art design to data and cognitive psychology?


Heather Dewey Hagborg:

– Could you talk a bit about your research process and how you landed on the scientific aspect of your work?

– How does/did your background in programming lead you to the work you are doing now?

– How close are your 3-D portraits to the actual human? Did you use DNA sequencing? Was all the lab work done personally or did you sub-contract?

– Where do you see this work leading you? (Past work with facial recognition, present with DNA, future….)

– Are there discriminatory traits in the “things” you pick up around the city to create these portraits? How did you decide?


Some other cool stuff….


3-D Printing: Video 1

                      Video 2


I think after seeing these videos and learning more about the process over the past few weeks I would like to use 3-d Printing in my work somehow….I am not sure what form that will take yet but learning the math behind the cad drawings and topology could be an interesting connection…..



Non Artist Collaboration Project (Andrew Slezak)

I have a growing interest in nature, and I wanted to work with scientists or experts on the subject. When I thought of a more specific topic within nature, shells and sea life immediately came to mind. I have been collecting “treasures” found on the seashore for years, and more recently seashells have been my main subject of collection. When I researched who might be a good candidate for the job, I found the Boston Malacological Club. I would like to contact the president, Michael LaFosse and ask if they are interested in doing a collaboration where I could collage their discarded or broken shell into my own work, but I would also be open to other projects in a similar vein. I may even consider joining the club to further my chances on a successful collaboration.

Thanks for your time,

Andrew Slezak

Continuing Research (KS)

I have continued my research on real time fMRI and the vast array of fields it applies to.   Dr. Christopher deCharmes has his own research center in the San Francisco Bay Area called Omneuron. Most of his research has focused on pain management through the use of rt fMRI, However, he is looking to expand his research and clinical practice. As an ambitious and hopeful collaborator, I look forward to potentially contributing to this expanding field.

Dr. deCharmes has also collaborated with a neuro-scientist from MIT, John Gabrieli. Dr. Gabrieli is a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He is a faculty member in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and director of the Martinos Imaging Center, Most importantly, Gabrieli is “the first to demonstrate that human subjects could learn to control their own brain activity using real-time feedback from functional MRI” (1). Gabrieli is a great resource for me as he is currently testing rt fMRI with a mixed population.

1. Learned regulation of spatially localized brain activation using real-time fMRI. deCharms RC, Christoff K, Glover GH, Pauly JM, Whitfield S, Gabrieli JD. Neuroimage. 2004 Jan;21(1):436-43.

I have also found another faculty member at MIT, Satrajit Ghosh who is currently studying rt fMRI. He is testing and validating this important tool as a clinical settings.

Lastly, I studied the concept of growing your own clothes through the use of a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) further. It has a very long history and has been a tradition in countries such as Russia and China for thousands of years.

Suzanne Lee is a fashion designer and bio researcher based in the UK. Shas a founded BioCouture. The company focuses on growing renewable materials for the clothing designs.