LASER Talk September 22nd


The LASER talks are back!

What: Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER)
Where: Beach Museum of Art (UMB Theater)
When: Thursday September 22nd, 5:30-8pm

The next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), will be held from 5:30-8pm, September 22nd at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum in the UMB Theater.

Special LASER event: Communicating Complexity

This will be a special LASER event. We will convene a panel to report on the activities of a one-day workshop held at Konza Prairie on July 15th of this year. Organized by Carol Blocksome, Linda Duke, Celka Straughn, Rhonda Janke, Carlos Castellanos and others, this one day workshop/symposium served as a platform to open up a regional dialog on art-science collaboration. The panel will provide a summary of our activities and discuss future possibilities.

Speakers/Panel participants:

  • Carol Blocksome, Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, K-State
  • Linda Duke, Director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, K-State
  • Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

More info.


DX Media Professor Deploys Floating Wetland in Lake in Wuhan, China

Assistant Professor Carlos Castellanos of the DX Media program in the Kansas State University Art Department recently deployed a prototype for a “Floating Data Wetland” in Wuhan, China. Done in collaboration students and members of the local community ,this is a floating island housing sensors and lights, along with native plants and grasses. The system measures water quality and in turn changes the color of the lights (red = bad water quality, blue = good). In addition, anyone with an Internet connection or mobile device can receive real-time information from the floating wetland, as the data is shared openly online. The vision is for the project is to create a network of these data wetlands across the city, in its plentiful lakes and rivers. Participants could also register to receive updates on this data and identify stations near them in need of care, in essence “adopting” these wetland systems. The light and sound produced by the wetlands would serve as indicators of species activity, water quality and collective human interest in the environment. The floating wetlands themselves may also improve the overall water quality of the lake or river where they are deployed (as well as providing shade for the fish, which is typically beneficial).

The piece premiered on May 20 at the K11 Art Mall in Hong Kong as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK) and was exhibited until July 4th.

Floating Data Wetland

Castellanos was in residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China as part of the K11 Art Foundation x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). The residency offers a multi-disciplinary platform for artists to realize their ideas by creating media artworks from a wide spectrum of knowledge. In alignment with KAF’s mission, the program will drive and facilitate cultural exchange, creating a new platform for cross-border dialogue. Taking advantage of the abundance of lakes, rivers and wetlands in Wuhan, Castellanos’s residency’s project seeks to foster awareness and greater community agency and autonomy over issues of ecological stewardship and environmental health and resilience.

The International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. This internationally recognized electronic art event will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.

K-State LASER Tonight at the Beach


The next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), is tonight, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s UMB Theater and will feature the following distinguished speakers:

    Brent Chamberlin, K-State professor of landscape architecture.
    Don Hedrick, K-State professor of English.
    Natasha Rozhkovskaya, K-State professor of mathematics.
    Nelson Smith, K-State instructor of art.

More info here:


Matt Garcia Awarded Creative Capital Grant

Creative Capital
DX Media Lab co-director Matt Garcia has been awarded a Creative Capital Grant. Garcia and fellow K-State faculty member April Bojorquez (collective known s DesertArtLab) have received the prestigious Creative Capital Award to expand their work examining relationships between art, ecology and society specifically dealing with growing dryland zones. The Creative Capital Award is one of the top honors in contemporary art.

More information at the Creative Capital web site.


Carlos Castellanos Awarded Residency for ISEA 2016

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DX Media Lab co-director Carlos Castellanos is among four artists selected for the K11 Art Foundation x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). Castellanos will take up residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China from March to May 2016. All the artists have been invited to create works addressing the themes of ISEA2016HK.

More information at the ISEA 2016 web site.

DX Media MFA Program Accepting Applications

MFA Digital/Experimental Media Lab at Kansas State University

The Digital/Experimental (DX) Media Lab at Kansas State University is now accepting applications for its MFA in Digital/Experimental Media through January 15th, 2016.

The DX Media program is an interdisciplinary academic and research program dedicated to exploring the intersections of art, science, technology and society and the experimental application of a wide range of media as art.

The MFA program in Digital/Experimental Media emphasizes cultural production that is informed by historical, philosophical and theoretical study. Students are encouraged to draw from areas outside of traditional art domains and encouraged to question and challenge traditional notions of what constitute valid art media, contexts, and approaches. The program encourages an interdisciplinary lens when creating digital and experimental works, allowing students to explore the blurred lines between art, science, culture, and history. Desired focus areas include (but are not limited to): mapping, imaging, information visualization, ecological and biological practice, social and community practice, electronics and physical computing, interactivity, telecommunications, network art, systems art and sound art. As part of Kansas State University’s 2025 initiative, the goal of our emerging program is to be a renown center for creativity, research and practice in cutting edge experimental art and technology.

The MFA is a 3 year program of study involving seminars, studio courses, art history courses, and independent study. Student progress is monitored through a series of open faculty reviews and exhibition of works. A final exhibition at either the department’s Mark A. Chapman Gallery or another approved location is required. Students are encouraged to take courses outside of the Department of Art as may be appropriate to their research and development.

In addition to guidance in the development of a cohesive, culminating body of work, the program offers mentorship in the instruction of art for students interested in university teaching. Graduate students receive Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) their first year, with 100% tuition waiver and stipend for full-time appointments. GTAs assist a professor and are assigned to teach courses related to their areas as Instructor of Record. K-state MFA students graduate with strong teaching portfolios and samples of student work.

The DX Media program offers a variety programming involving exhibitions, symposia and visiting artists which compliment the MFA program. We are the hosts of the first “prairie LASER”, K-State’s chapter of the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. DX Media graduate students will be important participants in the development and administration of the K-State LASER program.

The DX Media Lab is currently in the developmental stages of research initiatives with other academic units across the university which will provide opportunities for students to participate in transdisciplinary collaborations, publish scholarly texts, develop curatorial projects, receive funding and exhibit their work to a national and international audience. The DX Media Lab will serve as a platform for graduate students to emerge as writers, scholars and curators, as well as conceptually and technically adept artists.

The program seeks students with interests and explorations in emerging technologies and critical analyses of the relationship of science, technology, culture and history. Students with undergraduate majors outside of art are welcome as long as evidence of relevant accomplishment and clear direction are provided.

The DX Media program is located in the Department of Art at Kansas State University, a public research institution in Manhattan, KS. With its historic roots as a land grant university, Kansas State University has long been a leader in agriculture-based science and engineering research. Located within the Flint Hills, the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America, K-State is also known for its ecological research on the plants and animals of the Great Plains. The work of K-State’s Konza Prairie Biological Research Station and the recently established Nanotechnology Innovation Center (and its research focus on sustainable agriculture-based nanomaterials) are just two examples of the dynamic and innovative academic culture of the university.

Core faculty:
Carlos Castellanos
Matthew Garcia

Additional Faculty:
Rebecca Bahlmann
Shreepad Joglekar
Michael Wesch
Dukno Yoon

The complete application procedure can be found online at:

Deadline for Applications is January 15, 2016.

(International Applicants: Deadline is January 1, 2016)

For more information contact:
Carlos Castellanos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University

LASER Talk November 12th

Our next Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is this Thursday November 12th, 5:30pm at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum at K-State.

This month’s event will feature the following distinguished speakers:

    Joel Slayton, Executive Director of ZERO1: the art and technology network and Founding Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, San Jose State University

    Michael Herman, Professor of Biology and Co-Director of the Ecological Genomics Institute at K-State

    Linda Duke, Director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at K-State

    Katie Kingery-Page, Associate Professor of landscape architecture at K-State

More info:

LASER Talks are Back for the Fall 2015 Semester

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker

Carlos Trallero

Carlos Trallero

Carlos Castellanos

Carlos Castellanos

The DX Media Lab at Kansas State University is proud to announce the return of The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talks for the Fall 2015 semester. Please join us on September 10th, 6pm at Willard Hall 114 (Manhattan campus)

This month’s talk will feature the following distinguished speakers:

Jennifer Parker, Associate Professor, Department of Art, University of California, Santa Cruz. Founding Director of UCSC OpenLab Art + Science Research Center

Carlos Trallero, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Kansas State University

Carlos Castellanos, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Kansas State University

Please join us for what promises to be another exciting evening!

The LASERs are free and open to the public.

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DX Media Lab at ISEA 2015

The DX Media Lab will be well-represented at the prestigious International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Happening in Vancouver, BC this year, the symposium features interactive art exhibits, academic talks, workshops and more. DX Media Lab co-director Carlos Castellanos and his group DPrime Research will exhibit Mobile Bioenergy Lab (as part of the Oscillations exhibition) and run a workshop on constructing microbial fuel cells. Professor Castellanos and fellow DX Media Lab co-diretor Matt Garcia will also take part in a panel dicsussion on art, ecology and nonhuman systems. Hope to see you there!