Scientific Delirium Madness has begun at the Djerassi art science residence program

in collaboration with Leonardo

Read the daily blog of 6 artists and 6 scientists

If you care to learn more about the context of the Djerassi Residence and the ideas behind their collaboration with Leonardo, watch this video of director Margot Knight who spoke at the US National Academy of Science DASER on March 27, 2014
For a month this hybrid group have time and space to think and

find unexpected connections

Devavani Chatterjea, Saint Paul, MN. Biologist
Jim Crutchfield, Davis, CA. Physicist
Curtis Frank, Stanford, CA. Chemical Engineer
Ari Frankel, New York, NY. Composer
Charlotte Jacobs, M.D., Stanford, CA. Writer
Natalie Jeremijenko, New York, NY. Engineer/Artist
Sasha Petrenko, Richmond, CA. Media Artist
Budi Prakosa, Bogor, Indonesia, Industrial Engineer
Andreas Siagian, Bogor, Indonesia, Industrial Engineer
Donna Sternberg, Santa Monica, CA. Choreographer
Dawn Sumner, Davis, CA. Geo-Biologist
Pireeni Sundaralingam, San Francisco, CA. Poet
Meredith Tromble, Oakland, CA. Media Artist


Scientific Delirium Madness

Scientific Delirium Madness is a collaborative initiative of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP). Empiricism and intuition are not mutually exclusive. The goal of the project is to explore and expand how the creativity of scientists and artists are connected.

At its heart is a month-long residency in July of 2015 for six (6) artists and six (6) scientists at Djerassi’s 585-acre retreat in the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco. The program will also include public and academic forums, published blogs and articles in LEONARDO/ISAST’s journal published by MIT Press.

Scientists selected must be involved in significant art-related research and/or be practicing a form of art and/or have original ideas on how to integrate aspects of art and science. This includes but is not limited to poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, choreography, music composition, media arts/filmmaking, sculpture and photography. By the same token artists selected will have a track record of work driven by the influence of biology, chemistry, physics, math, environmental or agricultural science. A strong sense of play and experimentation is essential.

Applications are now open via for artists who wish to be considered for this special residency. The deadline is March 15th. Scientists, mathematicians and additional artists will be proposed via nominators selected by the project’s steering committee. Invitations for residencies will be sent in August of 2014. To apply use the APPLY button on the left or go to this link

This is not a product-based residency. Artists and scientists will be free to work on their own projects. Participants will be expected to be in-residence for the entirety of the session. Accommodations, food, and local transportation are provided. Residents will also be expected to interact with colleagues in differing fields, participate in a two public forums during their stay and document/share their experiences for both academic and general audiences