da Vinspiration!
Evening Inspired by da Vinci
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

On the 500th anniversary of his passing, please come and celebrate the genius of artist, scientist, entertainer and all-round polymath, Leonardo da Vinci. In the spirit of da Vinci’s relentless cross-disciplinary creative curiosity, enjoy hands-on experience stations, da Vincian style entertainment, short talks / demos, and some light refreshments. Though classified in Eventbrite as a “Seminar or Talk” this is actually an evening that defies conventional definition. From professional artists demonstrating sfumato painting and iPad technique; to a renowned harp performer and teacher playing renaissance music on a Dusty Strings 36 string lever harp similar in size and tonality to harps of the Renaissance; to experts in their fields sharing the latest in medical tech and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Old meets new, art meets science. This will truly be a memorable and stimulating experience.

Click here to register

Location: Jeremy Sutton Studios, 1890 Bryant St, Studio 306, San Francisco, CA 94110
There should be plenty of free street parking around the building at that time. Please come to the entrance of 1890 Bryant Street (at the corner with Mariposa Street, opposite the MUNI garage and KQED). Someone will let you in and direct you to the elevator. This event takes place in Jeremy Sutton Studios on the third floor, studio #306.

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Doors open at 7:00pm. To get the most from this event we recommend arriving by 7:15pm when the first presentation starts. We’ll have a person at the front door of the building until 8:30pm so if you can’t make it for the very beginning that will still be okay:-)

Cost: Online in advance: $15.19 – advance registration is requested. The price of $15.19 is chosen after the year of da Vinci’s passing: 1519. If space left, the door price will be $20

Dress code: informal, anything goes, but for those who like dressing up a bit, there will be a prize for the best “da Vinci-inspired / Renaissance chic” dressed!

Provisional Schedule
7:00 – 7:15 – harp music
7:15 – 7:30 – first presentazione – introduction / ipad (Jeremy)
7:30 – 7:45 – second presentazione – renaissance music (Lynn Michel Taffin)
7:45 – 8:00 – harp music
8:00 – 8:15 – third presentazione – da Vinci bridge (Brightworks students)
8:15 – 8:30 – harp music
8:30 – 8:45 – fourth presentazione – sfumato demo (Peggy Gyulai)
8:45 – 9:00 – harp music
9:00 – 9:15 – fifth presentazione – medical technology (Daniel Kraft)
9:15 – 9:30 – harp music
9:30 – 9:45 – sixth presentazione – artificial intelligence (Fahad Jalal)
9:45 – 9:55 – harp music
9:55 – 10:00 – conclusione remarks (Jeremy)

Presenters & Performers

Jeremy Sutton, Live Event Painter, Founder of PaintboxTV
Digital Time Warp: Imagine da Vinci Let Loose on The iPad

Peggy Gyulai, Painter of Music
Infinite Shades of Sfumato: the Smokiness and Mystery of da Vinci’s Oil Technique

Daniel Kraft, MD Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University – Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine
The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?

Charles Stinson
Devices of Dubious Utility From the Museum of Post-Truth Artifacts
Art objects

Fahad Jalal, Board of Directors at Uddann
Presentation relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) – title to be announced

Lynn Michel Taffin
Live Renaissance Music
Lynn is a San Francisco based harp performer and teacher. She has worked with some of the foremost teachers of the harp both in the United States and in Europe where she toured with orchestras and chamber ensembles. She has collaborated with artists from around the world including Zakir Hussain on projects for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Lynn will be playing a beautiful 36 string lever harp, manufactured by Dusty Strings in Seattle, which is similar in size and tonality to harps of the Renaissance.

Brightworks students
Demonstration of self-supporting bridge based on Leonardo’s design


The Vinci Virtual Reality Corner – Oculus Rift and Google Tilt Brush Experience Station

Be your own “Vitruvian Man/Woman” – Vitruvian Instagram photo op

Paint Your Own “Mona Lisa”

A Note on Accuracy
All information on this page is subject to change and updates. Historical accuracy not guaranteed..as world da Vinci expert Professor Martin Kemp said: “the Turin old man (image on which the da Vinspiration poster is based) is not a self-portrait, and sfumato is not L’s own term for a technique of painting”. We’ll include more about both these topics within the da Vinspiration evening. Many thanks to Professor Kemp for his input, rigour and taking the time to help with attention to detail.

Recommended Reading:
Leonardo da Vinci By Walter Isaacson

Leonardo By Martin Kemp

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci By Michael J. Gelb

Leave a Reply