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Hybridity as a Desirable: Arts, Sciences and Technology ? STEM to STEAM? Polymathy ? Transdisciplinary?


There is much international discussion and interest in how to combine the arts, sciences and new technologies to address certain research agendas. An exemplar is the European Union STARTS program which funds across the three disciplines. Perhaps we need to rethink along the lines of Dr. Sarabeth Berk's "More than my Title". She calls herself "Creative Disruptor" because she blends her expertise as an artist/researcher/educator/designer.

Roger Malina has a PhD in Astrophysics and a PhD in Art, and has extensive experience in academic publishing and teaches cross disciplinary courses.

He will discuss, through the use of 'exemplars' , emerging international trends in areas from AI research, astrophysics, bioart to business. He will try to focus on the heterogeneous perspectives of todays graduate students and will solicit interventions from members of the seminar.


Roger Malina is a physicist, astronomer and Executive Editor of the Leonardo publications at MIT Press. With dual appointments as Professor of Arts and Technology and Professor of Physics at UT Dallas, his work focuses on connections among the natural sciences and arts, design and humanities.

Malina is the former Director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille and was a member of its observational cosmology group which collaborated on investigations regarding the nature of dark matter and dark energy. He has been a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), that contributes to trans-disciplinarity between the sciences and the arts and places emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences.

With a specialty in space instrumentation, Malina was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. He also founded the Leonardo organizations in San Francisco and Paris, whose missions are to promote work that explores the intersection of the arts, sciences, and new technologies.

Malina received an Honorary Doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain, holds a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Interfacing with Living Matter

Can a non-human organism carry and pass on the nostalgic memory of a human being? Could we create hybrid creatures in the lab in order to improve our understanding of the complex relationship between humans and other organisms?

I am driven by the constant inner desire to discover my humanity through the perspective of the non-human beings around me. For that, I shamelessly use advanced techniques in biotechnology, computing and engineering, not to make an award-winning discovery, but to discover myself.

I will talk about how I express myself through some of my work, ranging from developing microfluidic biochips for personalized healthcare to Semina Aeternitatis created with Margerita Pevere - an art piece that takes a hybrid approach on immortality, by entwining human memories with bacterial inheritance.


Mirela (assistant professor, ATLAS Institute, Computer Science) investigates the extent to which we can change healthcare to make it a personal process. Her research focuses around microfluidic biochips, devices that enable direct interaction of humans with their microbiome for diagnosis purposes. Mirela is an active contributor to the DIYBio movement, having led and co-founded community wetlabs. In this context, she organizes interactive performances, art installations and open workshops, in order to engage the public in direct interaction with living materials (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi). Mirela received her PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 2014, and until 2018, she was a postdoc in Patrick Baudish's lab at Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. Since 2019, she leads the Living Matter Lab at CU Boulder.

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Past Events  



Photo: UC Santa Barbara Alumni

The article appeared in the Alumni Spotlights, which features news about outstanding UCSB alumni and their contributions to their field of study. In the article, Marco discusses his art, his work, and the challenges of opening a new museum in Santa Barbara during a pandemic.

"Oscilla" is currently on display at the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences, a Santa Barbara based museum dedicated to interactive and media artworks. Marco Pinter is the executive director of the museum.

The exhibition is part of the symposium "Unfolding Intelligence: The Art and Science of Comtemporary Computation".

PSAA is an AI-generated cartography. This program generates a new type of poetic pseudo archive of alternative machine readings in the age of rising mass surveillance architectures. Over time, the program unfolds on the browser's screen, extracting the main features from several images and generating new layers of reconstructed data. In a way, a diagrammatic representation of humanity and the violence we inflict upon each other.



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The title of her presentation is "Using the Creative Process as a Computational Framework for Unfolding Complex Systems". In professor Kuchera-Morin's research, one picture is worth approximately 60 million numbers. How can one find patterns in complex information and work with the information creatively and intuitively leading to new and unique innovation? Using the compositional framework within the AlloSphere, one of the largest display devices in the world for multi-modal data representation and an ideal platform for designing our n-dimensional sketching system, we have developed a series of prototypes and solutions for immersive multimodal mappings of complicated scientific data.




At this year's event, presentations were given by MAT professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director of the Allosphere Research Group at the University of California Santa Barbara, and MAT alumna Yoon Chung Han, an assistant professor in the Department of Design at San Jose State University.

Professor Kuchera-Morin's presentation was titled "Composing and Performing Complex Systems: From the Quantum to the Cosmological".

Professor Chung Han's presentation was titled "The Roads on Your Veins: Revealing Hidden Narratives in Human Veins and Visualizing Veins and Map Data Using Technology".

The 109th College Art Association's annual conference was held from February 10-13, 2021.

The event can be viewed here:

College Art Association 2021 conference


EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press).

Released in October 2020, the new app was developed by a team consisting of Professor Curtis Roads acting as project manager, with software developers Jack Kilgore and Rodney Duplessis. Kilgore is a computer science major at UCSB. Duplessis is a PhD student in music composition at UCSB and is also pursuing a Masters degree in the Media Arts and Technology graduate program.

EmissionControl2 is free and open-source software available at:

The project was supported by a Faculty Research Grant from the UCSB Academic Senate.

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About MAT

Media Arts and Technology (MAT) at UCSB is a transdisciplinary graduate program that fuses emergent media, computer science, engineering, electronic music and digital art research, practice, production, and theory. Created by faculty in both the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science, MAT offers an unparalleled opportunity for working at the frontiers of art, science, and technology, where new art forms are born and new expressive media are invented.

In MAT, we seek to define and to create the future of media art and media technology. Our research explores the limits of what is possible in technologically sophisticated art and media, both from an artistic and an engineering viewpoint. Combining art, science, engineering, and theory, MAT graduate studies provide students with a combination of critical and technical tools that prepare them for leadership roles in artistic, engineering, production/direction, educational, and research contexts.

The program offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Media Arts and Technology. MAT students may focus on an area of emphasis (multimedia engineering, electronic music and sound design, or visual and spatial arts), but all students should strive to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and work with other students and faculty in collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects and courses.

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