Monday, March 26, 2007


Monday May 7th, 7 pm at the Odessa Club, Dame Court, Dublin 2.
Donation: 5 Euro.

Most people believe that music and mathematics have little in common. Whilst one seems the fabric of dreams, the other is the skeleton of abstract reasoning. That both are in fact tightly linked will be shown by French composer Georges Bloch and Italian mathematician Moreno Andreatta, who are based at the interdisciplinary centre for music IRCAM in Paris. Using the rich examples of musical tiling canons, which tile the musical space in much the same way as the famous geometrical structures do in M. C. Escher's intriguing drawings, they demonstrate how much of music can be penetrated and/or inspired by mathematics - and vice versa, how musical questions can lead to interesting problems and answers in mathematics. The salon will finish with a multi-media improvisation, which combines sound and video, jazz and contemporary music.

An accompanying 3-hour WORKSHOP takes place on Saturday 5th of May. For more information on the salon and the workshop click here.

Georges Bloch is a composer, teacher and singer, who studied engineering in France and Composition and Computer Music at University of California, San Diego. He currently teaches at the University of Strasbourg and at IRCAM in Paris. As a singer he performed with “Vorwärts Harmonic Blass Band”, sound poetry with Jaap Blonk, new music with several ensembles. As a composer he conceived Memories of Monk (2004-2006), an installation with saxophone, live video and computer assisted improvisation, and many other pieces, which make use of musical tiling canons.

Moreno Andreatta graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pavia and in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of Novara in Italy. He is a researcher at IRCAM within the Music Representation Team where he also contributes to the development of new tools for the mathematics and music software OpenMusic. In his spare time he composes, sings and plays French and Italian chansons with “Nationale 91”.

Both events are supported by the ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY in conjunction with the DEPFA BANK.


Saturday 5th of May
10.30 am - 3 pm, Odessa club
20/10 Euro professionals/students

Are you a composer who would like to understand and employ the mathematical structure of music? Are you a mathematician, who would like to see the connections between mathematics and music? Are you an educator, who is interested in utilising the connection between both fields to make mathematics and music easier to grasp for your students? Or are you neither, but with a general interest in interdisciplinary connections?

Whatever your background, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the connections between mathematics and music together with French composer Georges Bloch and Italian Mathematician Moreno Andreatta, both linked with the internationally renowned centre for interdisciplinary research on music IRCAM in Paris.

For more information on the workshop and for registration click here.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

VizNET 2007 Workshop

Intersections in Visualization Practices and Techniques
17-19 April Leicestershire, UK

New visualization technologies, practices and techniques have drawn science and the arts ever closer together, and the exchange of ideas between the two has become increasingly important. This workshop is about how to create and represent information or ideas through visualization techniques with a view to achieving better understanding through collaboration in visualization. The workshop is an opportunity for researchers working in science and engineering, or the arts and humanities, to develop practical experience across a broad range of visualization practice and thus a framework for articulating new ideas about working together.

Who should attend?
• Arts and Humanities researchers, performers and artists, expert in one or more areas of visualization, who would like an introduction to, and overview of, other areas of visualization, including the latest research results, ideas and applications.

• Arts and Humanities researchers, performers and artists new to visualization who would like an introduction to, and overview of, the latest visualization practices and techniques.

How much will it cost?
Registration is free of charge, but essential as places are strictly limited. Participants can click here to register online and reserve a place at the workshop. There are three registration schemes: Day 1 and Day 2, Day 3 only, and all three days. Participants are asked to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. Two levels of hotel accommodation are offered on the workshop website. Participants can elect to find their own accommodation, for example a B&B in Loughborough, but still need to register online to reserve a place at the workshop.

Visit VizNET 2007 website for further information, or email Dr. Julie Tolmie or Dr. Nijad Al-Najdawi

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Life, Consciousness and Gaia" - 21st March

"Life, Consciousness and Gaia: Reflections on the Work of James Lovelock"

"Agee seems to have hit that fine balance between allusiveness and clarity, and formal control and spontaneity, that so few poets manage to achieve these days" said Don Paterson referring to "First Light" by author Chris Agee who will deliver the next lecture in the Faculty of Science Public Lecture Series at UCC.

At the next lecture which will take place on Wednesday, 21 March, Chris Agee will discuss the two seminal works of James Lovelock, Gaia and The Revenge of Gaia. Whilst recently re-reading the former Chris Agee says he was struck not only by the prescience of the atmospheric chemistry, but his fascinating discussion about the absence of a satisfactory scientific answer to the question of "what is life? "It is this line of thought that I would like to give especial consideration (though not all in relation to the sense of the phrase in the embryo debate), connecting as it does with some of my bio-tech preoccupations in The Earth Issue. I also noticed the strongly contrarian streak in the earlier book and would like to analyse how this continues
in the newer one" said Mr Agee.

Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University, where he studied with the poet and translator Robert Fitzgerald. Since 1979 he has lived in Ireland. He is the author of two books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992) and First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003). A former guest editor of Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry (Chicago) and Metre, he also edited Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe Books, 1998, Poetry Book Society Recommendation) and Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003). His work is included in the landmark Northern anthology, Magnetic North: The Emerging Poets (Lagan Press, 2006). He now edits Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing based at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast. He reviews regularly for The Irish Times and has recently completed a new collection of poems, Next to Nothing.

The lecture takes place at UCC's Boole Lecture Theatre 4 at 8pm on Wednesday, 21 March. The highly popular lecture series, organised by Professor William Reville of the Faculty of Science, UCC, continues weekly until 28 March 2007. Admission to the lecture is free, and as always, members of the public are invited to attend.

For further information contact: Marie McSweeney, Press Officer, University College Cork, Tel. 021 4902371; mobile 086 0845182.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

On Visual Culture and Bioscience

Virtual Symposium, March 5-15, 2007

Experts from around the world will discuss the intersections between the visual arts and the life sciences at this international event, which will take place on the Internet. A group of 30 participants comprised of artists, scientists, historians, ethicists, curators, sociologists, and writers will present a variety of perspectives on topics such as artists in the lab,
imaging in art and bioscience, and the sociological implications of the growing connections between the two fields.

The panelists include: Suzanne Anker (Symposium Facilitator), Max Aguilera-Hellweg, Andrew Carnie, Catherine Chalmers, Troy Duster, Sian Ede, David Freedberg, Karl Grimes, Martin Kemp, Vladinir Mironov, Orlan, Nancy Princenthal, Jill Scott, Andrew Solomon, Susan Squier and Catherine Wagner.

The symposium is sponsored by the Office of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, and the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County,

Click here for more details.