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FIU’s Dr. Fiorella Terenzi will speak at The New York Times International Luxury Conference, a two-day event bringing together over 500 business and creative leaders in Miami on December 1-3, 2014, in an address entitled “The Collaborative Mind: Bridging Astrophysics and Aesthetics”.
Now in its 14th year, the annual conference is being held for the first time in the U.S (after visiting Singapore, Rome, Paris, Hong Kong, Istanbul), and will bring together some of the biggest names in the worlds of fashion, art and technology at the Mandarin Oriental Miami hotel on the eve of Art Basel Miami Beach. Among those prominent figures will be Stefano Pilati, head of design for fashion powerhouse Ermenegildo Zegna and creative director of AGNONA, who will also discuss the innovative collaboration between science and art.
Dr. Terenzi, an internationally published author and recording artist who teaches astronomy and physics at FIU, is well known for her pioneering research in Acoustic Astronomy, in which radiation emitted from heavenly bodies is converted into sound.
When Ermenegildo Zegna’s Fall/Winter 2014 Men’s Collection debuted in Milan on January 11, using her astronomical sounds as its soundtrack along with scientifically authentic images of the Universe, much of the extensive world-wide publicity it generated centered on the fashion show’s astronomical theme. Pilati’s work was hailed as a landmark, one-of-a-kind collaboration between astrophysics and fashion. Her powerful soundtrack, with models walking on tempo with pulsating stars, and her dramatic celestial images and scientific vision served as a high resolution, cutting-edge backdrop, helping Zegna define an innovative new future for men’s fashion. “No one has done anything like this before”, said Gildo Zegna
How can science ignite creativity? And how might science take apparel to the next level, by integration or inspiration? Dr. Terenzi, a leader of a new movement blending science and art, knowledge and emotion, clearly explains how she creates a universal aesthetic message: “I am both an astrophysicist who is moved by an artistic sensibility, and an artist who relies upon technology to express myself. I enthusiastically embrace the fabulous new discoveries of astrophysics, but I do not want to stop there. I want these discoveries to swim in our imaginations, to open our hearts to new ways of thinking and feeling about everyday life, whether it be music, fashion, aromas, or even food. If we promote the collaborative mind, bridging astrophysics and aesthetics, we can both objectively learn about the universe and commune with it.”
Dr. Terenzi, known for her innovative new educational techniques based on the 4 "E"s: “Entertain, Educate, Enlighten, and Enthrall”, and for breaking down scientist stereotypes, was described by Time magazine as "a cross between Madonna and Carl Sagan".
“When you are engaged on multiple aesthetic levels, learning finds an emotional home, and it is remembered forever” Dr. Terenzi adds. “Life imitates art, and art imitates science. It is high time to use science to empower the aesthetic brain processes; left and right brain combined in tempo. I guarantee you that if we find lessons, poetry, music or fashion in what we see through the lenses of our microscopes or telescopes, we are no less devoted to scientific truth. On the contrary, we are more passionately in love with the truth than the "objective" observer who records the data without a flicker of emotion or even a momentary flight of imagination. Yes, as an astrophysicist I have always been a maverick, I have always followed my own personal trajectory, and most of the time this has led me to discover rare and wonderful things. To always follow the uncommon trajectory is just one of the life lessons I have learned by studying the laws of the universe, and I am thrilled to be able to share my vision and passion with The New York Times International Luxury Conference”.
Dr. Fiorella Terenzi
Dr. Fiorella Terenzi: http:/en.wikipedia.orgwiki/Fiorella_terenzi
Acoustic Astronomy Research: http:/www2.fiu.edu~fterenzi/research/
NY Times Luxury Conference: http:/www.marketwatch.comstory/new-york-times-international-luxury-conference-to-explore-the-businesses-of-fashion-art-and-technology-2014-07-30
ZEGNA.COM, Fall/Winter Men’s Collection 2014: https:/www.youtube.comwatch?v=ytnx3JXXd5s
Dr. Terenzi video for Ermenegildo Zegna https:/www.youtube.comwatch?v=zaA8XlaKTPQ
Wall Street Journal: "Look at the stars. Can't you hear them? Now, thanks to Fiorella Terenzi, an astrophysicist and musician, stargazers can peek through a telescope, glance at the Milky Way and listen to the cosmos. ... Initially, Dr. Terenzi kept acoustic astronomy to herself. But now she has turned performer, and Earth people are tuning in."
Time Magazine: “Another practitioner on the rise is Italian astrophysicist, Fiorella Terenzi, who has been described as a cross between Madonna and Carl Sagan. Terenzi has used radio telescopes to intercept radio waves from a galaxy 180 million light-years away, then fed them into a computer, applied a sound-synthesis program to convert her data into music and produced "Music From the Galaxies". Result: part New Age, part Buck Rogers sound track, played on an oscilloscope.”
Glamour: "What's 180 million light years away and has a beat you can dance to?" "Forget pop stars. Twenty-eight year-old Dr. Fiorella Terenzi has recorded a whole pop galaxy."
NPR Talk of the Nation: Science Friday - Ira Flatow: "For centuries astronomers have been looking at the stars. But can our ears tell us something that our eyes can't? ... Is it possible that there is more to learn by listening to the stars?"
Newsweek On-Air Radio: "In a new Island Records CD called Music from the Galaxies, Italian astro-physicist and composer Fiorella Terenzi has used the most modern radio-telescopes and computers to convert the natural radiation from a galaxy designated UGC6697 into the audible range, then add instrumental harmonies. A fascinating demonstration of human intelligence. On October 12 (1992), American scientists will turn the tables, kicking off their largest efforts yet to scour distant galaxies for intelligence on that end."