GALCIT Special Seminar
Leonardo is Dead, Long Live the Leonardos
After his career at Caltech, Frank Malina went on to help set up UNESCO and the International Academy of Astronautics. Roger will talk about his father's polymathic career and his conviction that scientists and engineers needed to work more closely with artists as one way of embedding science socially. Roger maintains that the arts have evolved over the last fifty years to appropriate science and technology successfully, and that now we need to redesign the sciences, both the scientific method and the social embedding of science. As one example he argues that scientists should involve artists and designers in big-data research, just as before the invention of photography scientific teams included artists as researchers. Finally, he presents the idea that the ideal of the individual genius, typified by da Vinci, needs to be replaced in the cultural imagination by teams of individuals behaving with genius. Next year marks the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death of da Vinci, providing an excellent opportunity to rethink our ideas about how art and science can be coupled.
Due to high demand and limited seating this event will stream live on the web at: http://ustream.tv/caltech