Sievers da vinci series

The Sievers da Vinci Series is an annual celebration of remarkable Art and Science intersections.


February 28–29, 2020

The Sievers da Vinci Series is an annual celebration of science and art intersections at the University of Colorado Boulder organized by the Nature, Environment, Science, and Technology Studio for the Arts, and with the invaluable support of Robert E. Sievers. The event includes an eclectic series of invaluable happenings in the span of two days, and a keynote lecture by each year’s NEST Robert E. Sievers da Vinci Award recipient—scroll down for this year’s award recipient and program. All happenings are free.

2020 NEST Robert E. Sievers da Vinci Award

Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary feature Particle Fever about the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider experiment outside of Geneva. Before embarking on a film career, Levinson earned a PhD in theoretical particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the film world, he first became a specialist in the post-production writing and recording of dialogue, working on such films as The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, Seven, The Rainmaker, and The Social Network. He is the writer/producer/director of the fiction film Prisoner of Time, about former Russian dissident artists after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Most recently, he completed The Bit Player, a hybrid film about Claude Shannon—known as the Father of Information Theory. He is currently adapting Richard Powers’s award-winning novel, The Gold Bug Variations, into a feature film.


2020 Sievers da Vinci Series Program

Friday, February 28, 2020

1–2p Deep Horizons Mellon Foundation Community Event

NEST Studio—CASE W250
Open forum for a discussion of the Mellon Sawyer Environmental Futures grant and NEST programming in 2020-2021, welcoming feedback from CU faculty and community partners—as part of the interdisciplinary project Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects.

2–4p differNetworking Workshop

NEST Studio—CASE W250
Libi Rose Striegl—Ph.D. Student in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance—will facilitate an embodied exploration of the shape of networks, and a chance to get hands-on with alternatives to our current modes of networked communication.

4–5:30p From Physics to Filmmaking with Mark Levinson

Old Main Chapel—CU Heritage Center
Mark Levinson is an American physicist and award-winning filmmaker known for the documentaries Particle Fever (2013) and The Bit Player (2019); and the recipient of the inaugural NEST Robert E. Sievers Leonardo da Vinci Award—Mark Levinson’s keynote lecture will be followed by the presentation of the award.

7:30p Screening of The Bit Player with Mark Levinson

The screening is part of the International Film Series. Following the screening, Mark Levinson will discuss The Bit Player (2019) in conversation with CU professor Mirela Alistar.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
12–2p Environmental Justice & Alternative Futures

NEST Studio—CASE W250
Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats and environmental lawyer Grant Wilson of the Earth Law Center will lead a conversation on our collective future.

4–6p Recycling & Transforming Media

Introduction of the new book Shoddy by author and CU professor Hanna Rose Shell, followed by a film screening by Mexican-based artist Naomi Uman.

The Bit Player
The Bit Player (2019) by Mark Levinson

ShoddyShoddy (2019) by Hanna Rose Shell

Naomi Uman
Kalendar (2008) by Naomi Uman

 (2018) by Jonathon Keats