Humanity, technology join hands in Life/Art/Science/Tech Festival at SLAC

In the sculpture Feast of Eternity, salt crystals form delicate patterns along a 3D printed lattice, mimicking the growth of stem cells to create bone.

Feast of Eternity
Feast of Eternity (Courtesy of Amy Karle)

The hauntingly beautiful object resembling a human skull was designed by bio-artist Amy Karle with the idea of “healing and enhancing a future body.” Karle uses medical technologies in her work and considers how such an object could be directly implanted into the skeleton.

The artwork will be one of more than 20 on display during the two-day Life/Art/Science/Tech Festival sponsored by Stanford as part of a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s famous novel, Frankenstein. The exhibition and talks by notable scientists exploring artificial intelligence, genetics, robotics and neuroscience will take place at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory March 23-24.

Frankenstein@200 presented us with an opportunity to revisit the concept of life,” said PIERO SCARUFFI, LAST Festival founder and author of books on artificial intelligence and Silicon Valley. “What is life? Can we extend it? Can we fake it? What is life in a virtual world, and how is the life of a machine different from our own?”

The LAST Festival will also include performances by percussionist and media artist Andrew Blanton and Rob Hamilton and Chris Platz of Stanford’s Center for Computational Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Sponsored by Stanford’s Medicine and the Muse, Continuing Studies, Stanford Arts and others, the festival is open to the public and admission is free. Eventbrite registration is available on the LAST Festival website.

Read the full article on the Stanford Arts‘ website.