Boundaries and Meaning in Landscapes: From Science to Art and Back

A round-table discussion conducted by Dr. Leonard Shlain kicks off the art exhibit “Minimal Landscapes” by Prof. Ariel Ruiz i Altaba.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 20, 2007 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Boundaries are an ever-shifting phenomenon in our lives that are full of meaning and consequence.  Using the opening of Prof. Ariel Ruiz i Altaba’s exhibit Minimal Landscapes as a jumping-off point, swissnex San Francisco presents an evening of spirited discussion on the relationship between art and science.

Come hear what an esteemed panel of scientists and artists has to say on the matter and join in the conversation afterwards while networking with a unique cross-section of professionals. The round-table discussion will be conducted by Dr Leonard Shlain, Chairman of Laparoscopic Surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center and author of various books and articles on the subjects.  The panelists of this round-table include: the artist and University of Geneva Professor Ariel Ruiz i Altaba, gallery owner Stephen Wirtz, LBNL Professor Emeritus of Chemistry John Hearst,  author Piero Scaruffi, SFMOMA curator of media arts Rudolf Frieling, and University of San Francisco Professor of Chemistry Tami Spector.

This event is sponsored by Think Swiss and co-sponsored by the Leonardo Scientists Working Group and the University of Geneva.

Think Swiss is a US-wide program on Education, Research and Innovation. The program is under the auspices of Presence Switzerland (PRS), the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


6:00 pm doors open
6:00-6:30 pm networking and buffet
6:30-6:40 pm welcome by swissnex
6:45-7:15 pm presentation of Ariel Ruiz i Altaba’s work
7:15-8:30 pm round-table
8:30-9:00 pm networking and buffet


Photo: Myleen Hollero