Art-Science Calendar of Events NYC

This calendar is an initiative of the Art Science Observatory, in collaboration with SciArt in America, Beautiful Brain, Ligo projects, Dactyl Foundation and other art/science organizations.

The Cookie Cutters' Club

March 23-25, 30-31 and April 1 – 8 PM
Matinee: March 26, 2PM

Cookie Cutters Club, A New Play By Alec Coiro

Natalie Handal & Sholeh Wolpe

Thursday, November 10, 2005

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Natalie Handal & Sholeh Wolpe Book/CD Party.

Open Mic

November 12 2005

Readers: Lucia Cammarata, Debra R. Andrews, Peter Emile, Patricia Carragon, Mary Beth Shanahan, Todd Cincala, Kevin Estrada, Mary Kelly, Umoja, Glen River, Bob Rainey, Miriam Hartstein and Jennifer Burch.

Lecture, ‘Homage to Guido Llinas’

Thursday, November 3, 2005

6:30 p.m.

“Homage to Guido Llinas” Lecture & Discussion. Sponsored by Cuba Art NY. To view Guido Llinas’s work, check out

Open Mic

October 21 2005

Featuring Peter Covino & Jerry Williams. Readers: Deborah Asch, Emily Candace Shaw, Robert Siek, Todd Cincala, Idalmis Toro, Karen Delasala, G Emil Reutter, David Curzon and Glen River.

Peter Covino’s new book Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) was recently published by Western Michigan University/New Issues Press. His awards include the 2001 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Prize in Poetry; a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center; and two prestigious Steffensen Cannon Fellowships from the Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Utah, where he is finishing his Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Columbia, The Journal, The Paris Review, Verse, andThe Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing among other publications. He is one of the founding editors of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.
Jerry Williams was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He received a BA from Vermont College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. His first collection of poems, Casino of the Sun (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2003), was a finalist for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Exquisite Corpse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southeast Review, Barrow Street, Under the Sun, and many others. He has received a New Jersey Arts Council Fellowship, several Academy of American Poets awards, and recently a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Open Mic

September 10 2005

One Year Anniversary Party & Reading.
Readers: Todd Cincala, Debra R. Andrews, Rachel Bennett, Kevin Estrada, ebony monique figueroa, Frederick Speers, Peter Carravetta, G Emil Reutter, Patricia Carragon, Ilene Starger, Mary Beth Shanahan, Tom Oleszczuk, Jane Bradbury, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Marjorie Dalrymple, Sharon Lynn Griffiths, Naren Gupte, Ruth Siekevitz, Joe Pacheco, Peter Marcus and Jane Ormerod.

Walter J. Freeman and Jennifer Ruth Hosek, 2005 essay award recipients

2005 Award Recipients for “Osmetic Ontogenesis, or Olfaction Becomes You: The Neurodynamic, Intentional Self and Its Affinities with the Foucaultian/Butlerian Subject,” Configurations 9 (2001): 509-541. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and the Society for Literature and Science. The authors will present at Dactyl Foundation’s Poetics-CogSci Colloquy in September 2005. Walter J. Freeman, UC Berkeley, is a Professor of the Graduate School in Biophysics, Graduate Group in Bioengineering. See The Freeman Laboratory for Nonlinear Neurodynamic. Jennifer Ruth Hosek is a Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford University. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2004, for a dissertation entitled: Cuba and the Germans: A Cultural History of an Infatuation. In addition to work in cultural, gender, postcolonial and film studies, Jennifer is interested in representations of selfhood in scientific and literary texts.

Poetics-Cognitive Science Colloquy

September 16-18, 2005
John Ashbery, Angus Fletcher, Walter J. Freeman, Rebecca Goldstein & Steven Pinker

Among the disciplines informing cognitive poetics, neuroscience has been undersung and underutilized, a trend that seems to suggest imminent remedy. Indeed, the recent experimental and theoretical advances offered by neuroscience question the traditional judgment that literary knowledge is incompatible with scientific knowledge. What insights might detailed attention to the neuronal activity of the brain lend to the creative process? Might this directionality be reversed, that is, might the complex structures interrogated by poetics yield a formal understanding that could, in turn, shed light on neuroscientific problems? [continue…]

Sage Vaughn, Where Eagles Dare

September 24, 2005-November 18, 2005
“Where Eagles Dare,” paintings
Curated by Neil Grayson
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 2005, 7-9 PM

If at first glance this work seems to depict pretty bucolic suburban life, on second glance one notes that the sparrows and pigeons are tattooed with gang affiliations. Telephone poles replace totem poles and smoke stacks steeples in their sacred significance. The theme running through the series speaks of wild animals being partially domesticated and children going feral. This untraditional portrayal of nature is not necessarily sinister, but it’s edgier than it first appears.

Former graffiti artist, Sage Vaughn has been featured in Warped, Nylon, Juxtapos, PUTA and i-D magazines as “an artist to watch.”

Open Mic

August 4 2005

Readers: Ilene Starger, Patricia Carragon, G. Emil Reutter, Karl Lorenzen, Albert Depas, Marjorie, Jane Ormerod, Alexis Beeth, Richard Fein, Debra R. Andrews, Frederick Speers and Kevin Barden.

“From A to B,” AKB Crew Group Show

July 14-August 13 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14, 2005, 7-9 p.m.

Nico Berry is a graphic designer and illustrator specializing in the urban youth market. He art-directed Thrasher skateboard magazine for 4 years, and currently freelances in New York City. Some of his recent clients include The Source magazine, Roadrunner Records and Fetish by Eve clothing. Nico’s website is [continue…]

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Play, ‘Dirt’

July 11 & 12 2005

8 p.m.

Dirt” a workshop presentation of the one-man play.

Open Mic

June 24 2006

Richard Jeffrey Newman, a poet, essayist and translator, is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poetry, and two books of translations from classical Persian literature, Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (both from Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 and 2006 respectively). Richard Jeffrey Newman sits on the advisory board of The Translation Project and is listed as a speaker with the New York Council for the Humanities. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.

'The Prophet'

June 22 2005

7:00 pm

Screening of short film,“The Prophet by first-time director, Alex Camacho.
Please visit for more information.

Art of Motion

June 2 2005

7-9 pm
‘Art of Motion’ UXA Project,
An exhibition of works paying tribute to the action heroes of skateboarding curated by Alex Corporan.
Exhibition from June 2-June 30th. This exhibition is supported by Nike Skateboarding.

Bronx Charter School for Better Learning

May 19th 2005


Second Annual Spring Fling Benefit for the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning A progressive educational program for elementary school children in the Bronx. Private event featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Open Mic

May 14, 2005

Featuring: Richard Jeffrey Newman.Readers: Debra Andrews, A. K. Allin, Todd Cincala, Patricia Carragon, Tom Oleszczuk, Ilene Starger, Peter Emile, Jane Ormerod, Richard Fein, Ice.

Richard Jeffrey Newman is an essayist, poet and translator. His essays and poems have appeared in Changing Men,, The American Voice, On The Issues, The Pedestal, Circumference, Prairie Schooner, ACM, [continue…]

Theater Arts Production Company

May 11th 2005


Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit Theatre Arts Production Company TAPco, a theater arts middle school in the Bronx serving economically disadvantaged students.

Theatre Arts Production Company

May 11th 2005


Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit Theatre Arts Production Company (TAPco) a theater arts middle school in the Bronx serving economically disadvantaged students.

Cut Off the Ears of Winter

April 27  2005
Book Release Party for Cut Off the Ears of Winter by Peter Covino

Open Mic

April 21 2005

Readers: Ilene Starger, Patricia Carragon, Richard Fein, Karl Lorenzen, Iris Berman

Discussion, Ha Jin & Eliot Weinberger

Sunday, April 17, 2005

12:00 – 1:30

PEN World Voices: The New York Festival of International Literature. Conversation: Ha Jin with Eliot Weinberger.

Open Mic

March 26 2005

Readers: Rich Newman, Peter Emile, Patricia Carragon, Jane Ormerod, Ilene Starger,Richard Fein, Ondi Mcmaster, George Paterson, Ice, Deborah Asch, Lourdes Vazquez and Debra Andrews.

Screening, film shorts

Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 6-8 p.m.

Program Directors: Andrew Wilder and Thuy Tran

Harbinger & Dactyl Foundation Presents: Short Film Screening Series
Screening followed by Q+A with the filmmaker

Held on a quarterly basis, the screening series promotes the short film genre and provides an unprejudiced platform for filmmakers to screen their work in an intimate Q+A setting.

Films are judged by the audience and the winners of the year round series are announced at the end of each annual term.

The first screening will be held on March 2nd @ Dactyl Foundation’s Screening Room
64 Grand St. Between Wooster and West Broadway
For questions contact Andrew Wilder: (212) 845 8186 or Thuy Tran: (212) 219 2344


Terminal 29
Directed By: Todd Komarnicki
A short film that tells the story of a woman’s flight with cancer as she revisits the final moments of her life.

Helen Keller
Directed By: Gordon Hull – Surface to Air
An experimental short from New York based writer/artist Gordan Hull

Little Girl and Littler Boy
Directed By: Andrew Wilder
An experimental short that tells a visual story of love.

Kill Your Darlings
Directed By: Sarah Sophie Flicker
A short film that blurs fiction and reality to create an intimate portrait of romance and its consequences.

The Sad Song
Directed By: Fredo Viola
A music video that combines Fredo Viola’s original composition of sound and imagery.

Open Mic

February 17 2005

Readers: Joel Allegretti, Debra Andrews, Deanna Barillari, Peter Emile, Richard Fein, Douglas Korb, Karl Lorenzen, Albert Min, Robert Siek, Ilene Starger and Nate Stengrevics.


David Herman, travel award


David Herman received a travel award for his work in narrative theory

Lisa Zunshine, travel award


Lisa Zunshine was awarded travel support based on her work on

Why We Read Fiction

My  title  is inspired by the question that I asked myself about fourteen years ago, when I first came to this country and was going through one of those periods of reading fiction voraciously. It was then that I first started wondering what is this strange craving? Science can explain much of what happens in our brain and the rest of the body when we want to eat, to drink, and to sleep, but what about wanting to read? It can certainly feel as strong as a mild [continue…]

Sharon Lattig, research support


Sharon Lattig received travel awards and research support for her work on

The Perception of Metaphor and the Metaphor of Perception

Within The Prelude’s “Book the First” is nested the epic’s celebrated “boat-stealing episode,” the story of the boy Wordsworth¹s clandestine launch of a shepherd’s skiff discovered on a twilight ramble. This salient passage, in what Wordsworth referred to as a “preparatory poem,” charts what is effectively an archeology of the pathetic fallacy, rooting it in a breach of intentionality, as the term is revised by Walter Freeman to mean the neurological process by [continue…]

Open Mic

January 22 2005

Featuring poet Lance Phillips. Lance Phillips holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first book, Corpus Socius, was published in 2002 by Ahsahta Press and his second, Cur aliquid vidi was released this past December from the same. His work has appeared in Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Fence and Slope among others. He lives in Charlotte, NC.