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Dinner

After the live music, we made quick studio visits. Watching Mandelbrot sets in Jim's studio. Counterclockwise from Jim, in foreground: Meredith, Henry, Anwyl, and Dawn. Photo: Ari Frankel

Time

tori-slideshowThe gift of time becomes evident when you step out of your familiar routine.  Time approaches the fluid state, evolving from the linear progression in which we normally view it.  I have been given the gift of time while at a residency at Djerassi, the time to "just be".

The First Day

At breakfast an engineer tells me about his plans to write a book on the science of art materials, observations that will influence the way many of us think about art. While hiking in some of the most beautiful hills in California, a poet, originally from Sri Lanka, explains how poetry can help heal the wounds of war.  It gets me thinking of a new way to approach my patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Over dinner, a geologist describes her work in Antarctica, studying the bacteria found deep in the ice-encrusted lakes and their amazing art forms.

Breakthrough

Dawn working on Dream Vortex Prototype 4 in her Middlebrook Studio at the Djerassi Resident Artists program. Dawn working on Dream Vortex Prototype 4 in her Middlebrook Studio at the Djerassi Resident Artists program.

The Glass Bead Game and a High School Fantasy

Let the cerebration begin! I have only experienced 3 of the first 72 hours of Scientific Delirium Madness but the words and ideas and laughter are flying. A dream since I first took this job, since I first met Carl Djerassi (the Program's founder), since I first experienced the work of Nina Wise and Ralph Abrams vis The Kepler Story, I was overwhelmed by emotion during yesterday's orientation.

Scientific Delirium Madness Is about to Begin!

Six scientists and six artists are about to embark on the month-long Scientific Delirium Madness residential retreat starting 1 July 2014 in Woodside, CA. Thanks to Margot Knight, Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP), Leonardo/ISAST and DRAP have joined forces for this art/science residency for our first collaboration.