February 28, 2017 ―
March 19, 2017

Giuseppe Longo: Ontogenesis, phylogenesis and the formation of “sense”

Ontogenesis, phylogenesis and the formation of “sense” ( Feb 27 – March 3, March 13-17 )

In a series of talks, Prof. Longo will survey the construction of our relation to space and time. Both Greek geometry and the space and time of the Scientific Revolution were grounded on strong metaphysical assumptions. More recently, the fundamental dualism separating space (and time) from the objects in them has been extended to another very effective dualism for the construction of machines, the conceptual and practical distinction between software and hardware. But these mathematical “a priori” and the related forms of dualism seem inadequate for the understanding of biological phenomena given their historicity and radical materiality.  Prof. Longo proposes alternatives, focusing on principles that stress first the autonomy of organismal dynamics and the role of historicity, variability and diversity both in phylogenesis and ontogenesis. In this perspective, the material, bodily presence of organisms produce, a posteriori, the space and time of possible life dynamics.


Giuseppe Longo is Director of Research at the Centre Cavaillès, République des Savoirs, CNRS, Collège de France and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.  He has been Associate Professor of Logic, Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Pisa, and Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. 

Prof. Longo is founder (1990) of the journal Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, Cambridge U.P.  and (co-)author of more than 100 articles and three books: with A.  Asperti, Categories, Types and Structures (1991); with F.  Bailly, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences: The Physical Singularity of Life  (2011); with M.  Montevil, Perspectives on Organisms: Biological time, Symmetries and Singularities (2013). 

Recently he has extended his interests in the fields of epistemology and theoretical biology.  He directs a project at IEA-Nantes (2014-20) on the concept of “law” in human and natural sciences.   As Adjunct Professor Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Prof. Longo is working with on the growth of cancer.   He has written popular and incisive articles on technology and society, ranging from big data and automation to network society.

Prof. Giuseppe Longo and Prof. Teresa Mariano-Longo will be in residence as guests of Synthesis and the School of Arts, Media + Engineering Feb 26 through March 18, excepting Spring Break.    He will give a series of lectures on Time and spaces from physics to biology: Ontogenesis, phylogenesis and the formation of “sense”

Lectures series can be found here.


December 12, 2016 ―
December 22, 2016

Lanterns Physical/Digital System: Movement and Rhythm Residency

In a residency in the Synthesis Center iStage December 12–22 2016, Britta Joy Peterson (choreography and performance, American University), Evan Anderson (lighting, Seattle) and Garrett Johnson (MAS PhD, Synthesis) explored multi-bodied coordination and entrainment through movement scores and responsive media. They also hosted several reading group sessions in the Lab for Critical Technics.

Britta and Evan rejoined Garrett at the iStage from March 12–18, 2017 to workshop a performance for the 2017 Movement and Computing (MOCO) conference at Goldsmiths in London.

For more information on Lanterns and art project ‘+++’, visit the project website.


December 3, 2016 ―
December 4, 2016

Les Corps dessinant: Time Lenses

an exhibition of Time Lenses will be demonstrated in Musée des Art et Métiers on December 3 & 4th in Paris as part of the Corps dessinant performance. Accompanied by Sha Xin Wei, Julian Stein, Todd Ingalls, Oana Suteu Khintirian.

For more information visit the project link and program link.


October 6, 2016 ―
January 21, 2017

UC Irvine: Time Lenses

installation of multiple displays and cameras that are carefully placed in a physical location to refract activity into a suite of rhythmically recomposed movements” Time Lenses has been exhibited in Embodied Encounters at UC Irvine (2016-2017) and will be there until January 21, 2017. Todd Ingalls: time instruments, Julian Stein: installations, Sha Xin Wei: concept


July 4, 2016

International Workshop in Design and Performance

Sha Xin Wei and synthesis associate, Adam Nocek will be teaching a workshop focusing on the problems of immigration and design at the American University in Paris. For more information, visit this website.


November 10, 2015

Reclaim AI – Back-To-The-Humans?

Sha Xin Wei will be giving an invited talk at the CyberSalon in London about the progression of artificial intelligence. For more information, visit this website.


October 2, 2015

Complex Systems Conference: iMonsoon

Demo of immersive realtime responsive media techniques for Experiential Climate Simulation platform at CCS 2015, Tempe AZ


August 24, 2015

Development Residency: Vegetal Life, SERRA

an installation that approaches movement in an entirely new manner, adapting time and space scales to the activity of plants, and placing the human body within this new dimension. Presented by media artist Oana Suteu Khintirian with mathematician, philosopher and new media specialist Sha Xin Wei, his Synthesis team members and the renowned choreographer and artistic director of O Vertigo Dance, Ginette Laurin.


April 17, 2015

iMonsoon Public Interactive Experience

an interactive demo of iMonsoon, a responsive media environment that facilitates embodiment through atmospheric process and scientific modeling. Presented in the Matthews Center on Tempe Campus at Arizona State University.

For more information, visit the website.


April 16, 2015

Experiential Climate Models Workshop

workshop that explores how our experiences of atmosphere and place are mediated by using climate models, architecture, and technology, and how those experiences may be moderated or enhanced through the use of responsive media and experiential computing.

For more information, visit the website.


March 28, 2015

Dialogues on Sustainability: Atmosphere for Thought

A series of talks discussing sustainability using iStage as a responsive environment to demonstrate different microclimates.

For more information, visit the website.


February 3, 2015

Upcoming: IHR Distinguised Lecturer, Alan Lightman

As a part of a series of reading groups focused on the work and thought of Alan Lightman, Dr. Sha Xin Wei will be leading a discussion of “Einstein’s Dreams” in anticipation of the author’s guest lecture on February 3rd, 2015.