There has long been a connection between art and technology in Los Angeles, due in part to the proximity of scientific organizations like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the innovation-embracing film industry. With the aim of exploring these links, the Pasadena Arts Council has organized a free two-day symposium, Free Radicals: Evolving Perspectives on the Convergence of Art & Science, this coming weekend.
A diverse series of talks and performances will focus on cybernetics, astronomy, Earth sciences, media archeology, and museum studies. Participating artists include Christina Ondrus, Metabolic Studio, Sarah Rara, Channing Hansen, and others. Saturday’s keynote speaker is Margaret Wertheim, who has written on the relationship between physics, religion, and culture in books such as Pythagoras’ Trousers and Physics on the Fringe. The group exhibition Eclipse will also be on view, which pairs works of contemporary art with historical and astronomical artifacts from the Carnegie Observatories, Huntington Library, and elsewhere.
When: Saturday, July 8–Sunday, July 9
Where: ArtCenter College of Design (LA Times Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena)
More info here.