London LASER 21 March – programme announced

London LASER 20

Tuesday 21 March 2017

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

University of Westminster, The Board Room,

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

 

LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

The event is free but please book at: londonlaser20.eventbrite.co.uk

 

London LASER and Arts Catalyst present an evening on ‘Man Made Clouds’, inviting artists Hehe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen) to discuss their long term ecologically orientated arts practice and writer Malcolm Miles to reflect on the place of aesthetics in these precarious times.

 

HeHe’s work reflects on the energy needs of contemporary life, visualising social, industrial and ecological paradoxes through installations and performances of technological landscapes. Their repertoire touches on worst-case technological accidents, exposing the hidden dimensions and implications of ecological threats. The actors of HeHe’s performance installations are the machines themselves: oil rigs, nuclear power plants, incinerators, cars, cranes, trains, and the electric devices of mass consumption. Installed in real world environments or eerie staged settings, technology is staged, placed in apocalyptic chromatic landscapes and dressed in an unnatural green afterglow. Hehe’s Helen Evans will reflect on how clouds occupy a special place in our imaginations with their countless forms and combinations offering infinite possibilities for metaphor – whilst much has been written about clouds, and they are often represented in art, design and architecture, few have addressed the man-made clouds produced by consumer culture. In visual culture, far from being neutral, representations of clouds embody distinct ideologies. hehe.org.free.fr

 

Malcolm Miles is author of Limits to Culture (2015), Eco-Aesthetics: art, literature and architecture in a period of climate change (2014), Herbert Marcuse: an aesthetics of liberation  (2011), Urban Utopias (2008) and Cities & Cultures (2007); until 2016 he was Professor of Cultural Theory in the Architecture school at University of Plymouth and is now an independent writer and researcher on critical theories of culture and society. Here he will explore the role of aesthetics in oblique moves towards social change. In these dark times, threatened by climate change, struggling with precarity and social atomism, with no political light in sight, he will argue the case for aesthetics. Beginning with HeHe’s projects Nuage Vert, Fracking Futures, and The Future was about Fracking, and drawing on cultural history and theory from the 1880s to the present, the talk will offer possible formulations of an engaged eco-aesthetic and activism for the early 21st century. malcolmmiles.org.uk

 

Arts Catalyst commissions art that experimentally and critically engages with science, producing provocative, and risk-taking projects to spark dynamic conversations about our changing world. Arts Catalyst plays a leading role in the development of artists’ engagement with science, and critical discourse around this field. Through their commissions, exhibitions and events, they enable people to have distinctive, thought-provoking experiences that transcend traditional boundaries of art and science. artscatalyst.org

 

LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting. London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and LENS) and University of Westminster (CREAM), and organised by Heather Barnett and co-chaired with John R A Smith. LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology).

London LASER 19 programme announced

London LASER 19

Tuesday 21 February 2017

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C202, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London
N1C 4AA

 

LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

The event is free but please book to reserve a place: londonlaser19.eventbrite.co.uk

London LASER and CLOT magazine present an evening on ‘Interspecies Creativity’ with artist Kuai Shen, composer Eduardo R. Miranda and designer Veronica Ranner.

Bringing together a group of practitioners engaged in creative practices with nonhuman life forms we will explore issues connected with interspecies communication, co-creation and collaboration. Discussion will include considerations of working creatively with living matter, the implications of shared authorship, notions of nonhuman subjectivity, and issues of care and control.

 

Kuai Shen is an artist whose ant-mediated installations reflect on the interspecies relationship between insects and humans as a metaphor for a post-human ecology, in which mutualisms between artefacts and organisms take place. He has published his research about ant stridulation in “Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts” from the University of Colorado, in the Leonardo MIT Journal for the Siggraph, as well as in the Acoustic Space Journal published in the context of the 5th Renew Media Art Histories conference. His current research focuses on ant mimicry in the post-biologic technology of humans based on emergence, resiliency and imitation. kuaishen.tv

Eduardo R. Miranda is a composer and Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientist working at the crossroads of biology & music. He studied Music Technology at the University of York and received a PhD on the topic of music with AI from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, he is Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University where he heads the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, which is pioneering the development of biological and quantum computing technology for music. Here Prof Miranda will introduce his research into harnessing the Physarum polycephalum slime mould to build bio-processors and interactive musical bio-computers. neuromusic.soc.plymouth.ac.uk    @bio_computer

Veronica Ranner is a designer, artist and researcher exploring the burgeoning domain of the bio­–digital – a converging knowledge space where digitality and computational thinking meet biological matter. She dissects and creates tangible and immaterial manifestations of such collisions, examining the polyphonic potential of alternative technological futures. Veronica holds a degree in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University, a Masters in Design Interactions (RCA), and has worked cross­ disciplinarily with a variety of science institutions and biomedical companies. Her current doctoral work explores paradigm shifts in reality perception by coupling speculative (bio)material strategies and information experience through design research. veronicaranner.com    @vroniranner

CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art explorations into science and technology, curated and edited by Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. Founded and based in London, CLOT Magazine curates intellectual content, generates debate and creates new frontiers of exploration by researching trends in areas of: biomedia, biodesign, body architectures and cyborgs, bio robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), sound art, computing art, kinetics, synthetic biology among others. clotmag.com   @ClotMagazine

 

Recent LASER talks uploaded, with Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel, Rob la Frenais, and Alex May

To view all talks from 2016 London LASER programme, please visit Archive 2016

London LASER 18
Tuesday 15 November 2016
University of Westminster

London LASER – 15 November – hosted Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel on their collaborative project, Anarchy in the Organism; Rob la Frenais on Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot; and Alex May on digital creation and preservation.

Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel presented Anarchy in the Organism, a Wellcome funded project with University College Hospital that explored cancer as a complex system, addressing questions relating to the impact of an art-science collaboration on participants and what type of new knowledge can be created. Simon and Simeon talked about how their research practices have been affected by the collaboration and discussed radical empiricism, William James’s method of enquiry that encompasses the arts and sciences and circumvents oppositional notions of objectivity and subjectivity. Simeon Nelson is Professor of Sculpture at University of Hertfordshire. Simon Walker-Samuel is Group Leader for The Cancer Imaging Group within the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. simeon-nelson.com @uhca_research simonwalkersamuel.com  @swalkersamuel

Rob La Frenais is an independent curator and writer. As well as curating exhibitions internationally he is a regular writer for Art Monthly. Until 2014 he was curator of the Art Catalyst, the art-science organisation and has been a curator since 1987. He presented a double-headed talk, ‘Aerocene- Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot’, about a project for sustainable space travel with artist Tomas Saraceno and about a site-specific event in SW France in which the Lot valley was re-imagined as a near-earth planet. These papers were first presented at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico this September, alongside Elon Musk’s plans for colonising Mars in 2026, but perhaps received less media attention… roblafrenais.info   @eminencegris

Alex May is a British artist using digital technology to create works that encourage embodiment, experimentation, and reflection on how this human made domain affects perceptions of ourselves, each other, society, and nature. He creates his art using video projection mapping, digital interactivity, generative algorithms, non-linear time, and life-size humanoid robots; all powered by bespoke software tools that he develops as part of his art practice. Alex presented a selection of his key artworks, an overview of the creative software he has made and released, and outlined his proactive approach towards long-term preservation of digital art. alexmayarts.co.uk  @bigfug

London LASER 18 programme announced

London LASER 18

Tuesday 15 November 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm
(registration and exhibition viewing from 6pm)


Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design, University of Westminster, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3TP.
(Northwick Park tube, Metropolitan Line direct from Baker Street or Kings Cross)

LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

 

The event is free but please book: londonlaser18.eventbrite.co.uk

 

London LASER 18 hosts Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel on their collaborative project, Anarchy in the Organism; Rob la Frenais on Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot; and Alex May on digital creation and preservation. The event will also take in the Signal and Noise exhibition at London Gallery West Project Space, University of Westminster.

 

Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel present Anarchy in the Organism, a Wellcome funded project with University College Hospital that explored cancer as a complex system, addressing questions relating to the impact of an art-science collaboration on participants and what type of new knowledge can be created. Simon and Simeon will talk about how their research practices have been affected by the collaboration and will discuss radical empiricism, William James’s method of enquiry that encompasses the arts and sciences and circumvents oppositional notions of objectivity and subjectivity. Simeon Nelson is Professor of Sculpture at University of Hertfordshire. Simon Walker-Samuel is Group Leader for The Cancer Imaging Group within the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging. simeon-nelson.com   simonwalkersamuel.com  @swalkersamuel

 

Rob La Frenais is an independent curator and writer. As well as curating exhibitions internationally he is a regular writer for Art Monthly. Until 2014 he was curator of the Art Catalyst, the art-science organisation and has been a curator since 1987. He will present a double-headed talk, ‘Aerocene- Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot’, about a project for sustainable space travel with artist Tomas Saraceno and about a site-specific event in SW France in which the Lot valley was re-imagined as a near-earth planet. These papers were first presented at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico this September, alongside Elon Musk’s plans for colonising Mars in 2026, but perhaps received less media attention…

roblafrenais.info   @eminencegris

 

Alex May is a British artist using digital technology to create works that encourage embodiment, experimentation, and reflection on how this human made domain affects perceptions of ourselves, each other, society, and nature. He creates his art using video projection mapping, digital interactivity, generative algorithms, non-linear time, and life-size humanoid robots; all powered by bespoke software tools that he develops as part of his art practice. Alex will present a selection of his key artworks, an overview of the creative software he has made and released, and outline his proactive approach towards long-term preservation of digital art.

alexmayarts.co.uk  @bigfug

 

'lived dialectics: movement and rest', Elena Cologni site responsive performance score, courtesy the artist and Q21, MuseumsQuartier Vienna.

London LASER 17 – booking now open

London LASER 17

Tuesday 18 October 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C303, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London
N1C 4AA

 

LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

The event is free but please book to reserve a place: londonlaser17.eventbrite.co.uk

 

London LASER 17 hosts Richard Bright on Visualising Thought and Elena Cologni on the Indisciplined.

 

Richard Bright is an artist and writer. After studying Fine Art and Physics he went on to become the founder and director of The Interalia Centre in 1990, an organisation that provides an international forum for the exchange of ideas between the arts and the sciences. Its aims are based on the belief that far from being mutually exclusive activities, art and science represent different yet complimentary ways of looking at and understanding the world. He is also the editor of the online magazine Interalia Magazine, launched in 2014, which explores the interactions between art, science and consciousness. Drawing on the disciplines of Art, Buddhism and Neuroscience, he will explore questions relating to ‘how thought can be visualized’.

www.interaliamag.org

@InteraliaCentre

 

Elena Cologni is an artist working with live, installation and performance art practices. She has a PhD in Fine Art from University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, where she was also Post-Doctorate Fellow (Arts and Humanities Research Council 2004/06), a Research Fellowship at York Saint John’s University (2007/09), and is now associated to the Commonwealth Intercultural Arts Network (University of Cambridge) (2013/), and Lecturer at Lincoln University. Her presentation will give an overview of the in(ter)disciplinary umbrella project rockfluid created in collaboration with the Faculty of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University. She will focus on the topic of ‘disruption’ both in processes of memorisation and in the function of participatory approaches, drawing on recent projects exploring social dynamics among participants. Her active account will include a series of practical and physical exercises to experiment with (and subvert) underpinning psychological, sociological and cognitive aspects.

www.elenacologni.com

@elenacologni

 

Booking open for LondonLASER – 17 May at Central Saint Martins

London LASER 15

Tuesday 17 May 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C202, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
 Kings Cross, London
N1C 4AA

 

The event is free but please book to reserve a place: londonlaser15.eventbrite.co.uk

 

London LASER 15 hosts Brett Wilson on embodied realism; Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado on art and science trends covered in CLOT Magazine; and Louise Beer and Melanie King on astronomical explorations.

Brett Wilson is a retired scientist and a founder member of the research group Project Dialogue, bringing together artists and scientists to explore commonalities across research in the arts and sciences. Until recently he was the “scientist in residence” in the faculty of art and design at the University of the West of England and is co-editor of ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’. Brett will be exploring how, in a postmodern world, the original enlightenment sensibilities separating art and science have come under scrutiny with the emergence of a vigorous ArtScience movement. Lakoff and Johnson’s recent work on embodied realism, linking our powers of metaphor-infused thought and imagination to our sensorimotor faculties and experiences, effectively avoids the restrictions of a mind-body dichotomy and can be used to create a new aesthetic framework for ArtScience. www.projectdialogue.org.uk

CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art and science explorations, curated and edited by Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. Founded and based in London, CLOT Magazine curates intellectual content, generates debate and creates new frontiers of exploration by researching trends in areas of: bio design, bio art, human art, sound art, computing art, bio robotics, kinetics, synthetic biology, molecular gastronomy, artech and speculative design. They will talk about some current trends and compelling conversations across the Bio.Art.Tech spectrum; from artists, innovators and influencers to thinkers, writers, curators and scientists. Meritxell Rosell holds a PhD in Biomedicine and Biochemistry, BSc in Biology, MSc in Molecular Biology and Postgraduate in Philosophy. Lula Criado holds a BSc in Pharmacy, BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and MA in Coolhunting and Trends. www.clotmag.com

@ClotMagazine      @lula_clotmag      @dancingmoog

Louise Beer and Melanie King graduated from the MA Art & Science degree at Central Saint Martins in 2013 and have since collaborated on a number of projects. They are directors of Lumen Studios which, co-founded in 2014, has produced a number of exhibitions, film screenings and light installations in London churches. These events focus on themes of astronomy and light and intend to raise dialogue about how humanity understands existence. Lumen Studios also run an annual residency in Atina, Italy and have secured a gallery and events space in the crypt of St John on Bethnal Green. They are also co-founders of Aether, a curatorial project focused on the philosophical aspects of astronomy and space exploration; recently exhibited at the Jarvis Dooney Galerie in Berlin, and at Imperial College London 29 April – 23 May 2016. Louise and Melanie will talk about their artistic practices and curatorial projects. www.lumenstudios.org   a-e-t-h-e-r.com

www.melaniek.co.uk   @MelanieKKing    www.louisebeer.com     @ SpaceWolf__

 

Programme announced for next London LASER

London LASER 14

Tuesday 15 March 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)

University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall,

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

 

London LASER presents an evening that is All About Imaging, with Lindsay MacDonald on the rainbow and the spectrum, Jeff Ferguson on human/computer interaction and Emilia Moisio on scientific imagery and perceptions of reality. Chaired by John R A Smith.

The event is free but please book: http://londonlaser14.eventbrite.co.uk

 

The rainbow is one of the most impressive of natural phenomena,
and since ancient times has been associated with supernatural
qualities. It has been adopted widely in symbolism for perfection
and completeness. Referring to God’s covenant with Noah after
the Flood, artists have included the rainbow in scenes to indicate
divine presence. But why is it so difficult to reproduce a rainbow
in paint or in print or on a display? Why can its brilliance not be
achieved in colour media? The answer lies in the physics of the
spectrum. Newton truly opened our eyes. The Rainbow and the Spectrum is presented by Dr Lindsay MacDonald, Research Fellow
with 3DIMPact Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering, UCL, and
Visiting Professor of Image Science at the University of Westminster.

 

Emilia Moisio is a freelance photographer and a photographic artist, whose research-based art practice is guided by an interest in exploring and questioning the role and functions of images in society and our lives, and consists of distinct, concept-based photographic projects strongly focused and founded on using images as a tool to examine, analyse, develop, and articulate structured frameworks of thought. Her research focuses on the conventions and public uses of utilitarian scientific imagery and their impact on our perceptions of reality. She will discuss the historical connection between photography and science, how the early assumptions of photographic mechanical fidelity impact the perceived reliability of scientific imagery, how strongly the representational conventions of scientific imaging practices impact our mental images of reality, and how this could be address both by artists and scientists.

 

Jeff Ferguson is a Lecturer in Mobile and Pervasive Computing at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster, Jeff has enjoyed a varied career spanning early multimedia with the Philips CD interactive group, video games animation and motion capture with Sony/Psygnosis, and public virtual and augmented reality interactive software with pioneers Inition Ltd. He recently completed a Masters in creative computing at Goldsmiths and is concentrating at Westminster on perceptual interfaces, particularly with the web as an immersive platform. He will be taking a light-hearted overview of our interactions with computers and how they are changing, with an emphasis on play. By looking at past and present work, including that with the Serious Games at Westminster research group, perceptual and physical interfaces will be explored.

Programme for London LASER 13 announced

London LASER 13

Tuesday 16 February 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6.00pm)

C303, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
 Kings Cross, London
 N1C 4AA

 

The event is free but please book: londonlaser13.eventbrite.co.uk

 

London LASER hosts Astronauts of Inner Space, bringing together four speakers interested in diverse interfaces between science and the psychic. Bronaċ Ferran, Luciana Haill, David Luke and Wai H. Tsang tackle a series of topics relating to art, neuroscience and the body including the art and science of psychedelic perception, neuromorphic computing, fractal brains, entoptic visuals and Dreamachines.

 

About the Speakers:

Bronaċ Ferran is a writer and curator specializing in the intersection between disciplines and the art of the 1960s. A former Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England and Senior Tutor at RCA, she is author of Neuromorphobia (hypehypehyper) an essay being published in Spring 2016 by Archives Books Berlin as part of the Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism series edited by Warren Neidich.  She recently curated three exhibitions of concrete poetry from the ‘sixties and is co-editing a forthcoming issue of the Interdisciplinary Science Reviews journal, with Elizabeth Fisher, on The Experimental Generation: Interdisciplinary Trends in Post-War British Culture.

Luciana Haill is a contemporary Surrealist working with neurotechnologies; her recent practice has focused on artist Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine, Entoptic visuals and the phenomena ‘Flicker’. She has developed this into a series of performances and installations involving the real-time monitoring and sonification of the participants own brainwaves using techniques from hypnosis and meditation. She is considered a pioneering artist in her field. The ‘Phrontesterion’ (EEG & Dreamchine) referencing the notion of ‘The Visionary’ has been shown internationally including The Royal Academy, The Royal Institution, The Waag Society in Amsterdam and KIBLA in Slovenia. She is also Artist in residence in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex in the UK.

David Luke is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. He was President of the Parapsychological Association between 2009 and 2011 and as a researcher he has a special interest in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published 100 academic papers in this area. Dr Luke is co-editor of Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds (Daily Grail, 2014) and Breaking Convention: Essays in Psychedelic Consciousness (Strange Attractor, 2013), editor of Ecopsychology and the Psychedelic Experiences (2013), and is also coauthor, with Professor Chris French, of the undergraduate textbook Anomalistic Psychology (2012, Palgrave Macmillan).

Wai H. Tsang studied Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. He is best known for his application of fractal geometry as an approach to understanding the brain, mind and genome; and also as a powerful new path to AI. As well as communicating his Fractal Brain Theory he also does public talks about technology and politics, and has spoken at international conferences, including the Bitcoin conference and the Towards a Science of Consciousness Conference. He is currently in the process of launching his AI startup Fractal Brains Corp.

Papaver Rhoeas by Paddy Hartley

Programme for London LASER 12 announced

London LASER 12

Tuesday 17 November 2015

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)

University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall,

309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

 

London LASER presents collaborators from Silent Signal, a project that brings together six artists and six scientists to create experimental animations that immerse the viewer in the networked worlds of organic communication, and Paddy Hartley presents his new work, Papaver Rhoeas, exhibiting across London venues throughout November.

 

The event is free but please book: londonlaser12.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Bentley Crudgington, scientific advisor on Silent Signal, will introduce the central themes running through the project. Eric Schockmel will discuss his collaboration with immunologist Dr Megan MacLeod, Immunecraft; a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players, and explores the parallels between popular gameplay mechanics and human immunity in the age of DNA building blocks, printable organic electronics and biohacking, raising questions about bioethics. boredomresearch (Vicky Isley & Paul Smith) in discussion with Dr Paddy Brock, mathematical modeller at the University of Glasgow, will present their research from AfterGlow, a collaborative project combining a contemporary artistic use of computer simulation with current research from ecology and epidemiology. This talk considers the importance of abstraction in both art and science and the potential for artistic expressions to extend current scientific representation. Silent Signal is Wellcome Trust funded and produced and curated by Animate Projects. @AnimateProjects

 

Bentley Crudgington, project scientific advisor, is a biomedical scientist currently working in veterinary virology focusing on engineering viruses to manipulate the host immune system into fighting other more deadly pathogens. @Incidentallyb

Eric Schockmel is a London based moving image artist and director from Luxembourg. His work spans a personal practice and commissions, as well as freelancing in the creative industries. He creates expressive artworks for digital and physical environments. @Schockmel

boredomresearch are fascinated by the mechanics of the natural world and are internationally renowned for creating artworks which explore extended time periods; exhibiting their work widely in Europe, America & Asia. @boredomresearch

Paddy Brock trained as a field biologist with interests in animal behaviour, evolution and ecology. His current research, at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine applies quantitative approaches to investigate disease transmission. @PaddyBrock

 

Paddy Hartley will present his new work, Papaver Rhoeas, lambs-heart biotissue Poppy sculptures which are exhibiting across 10 London cultural venues throughout November 2015. Produced in collaboration with Dr Ian Thompson, Professor Malcolm Logan (King’s College London) and Mr William Edwards, Curator of the Gordon Museum of Pathology, Paddy will discuss the inspiration prompting the creation of the work, the process arrived at to facilitate the preservation and ‘vanishing’ of the work and the cultural phenomenon of remembrance. ‪@patrickihartley

 

Corpus Grandiferum by JJ Hastings

Announcing London LASER 11 programme – 20 October

London LASER 11

Tuesday 20 October 2015

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C303, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London
N1C 4AA

The eleventh London LASER event hosts co-directors of Art Laboratory Berlin, Regine Rapp and Christian de Lutz on the fluid boundaries between visual arts, biology and the humanities, and artist/scientist J.J. Hastings on the complexities of our relationship with our biomaterials.

The event is free but please book: londonlaser11.eventbrite.co.uk

Regine Rapp is an art historian and curator working in the fields of image/text theory, artist books, installation and art & science collaborations. Christian de Lutz is a visual artist and curator interested in technology and science. They are the directors of Art Laboratory Berlin which, co-founded in 2006, has produced over 35 exhibitions and numerous conferences, seminars, performances and workshops. Their talk The Biological Sublime in 21st Century Art will focus on the fluid boundaries between visual arts, biology and the humanities with specific examples of art/science collaborations and new hybrid forms.

artlaboratory-berlin.org  @ArtLaboratoryB

J.J. Hastings’ work focuses upon the intersection and interplay of art and science – from philosophy to praxis – merging scientific and artistic research. She holds advanced degrees in both Biology and Bioinformatics, and an MA Art & Science from Central Saint. Recent residencies include the Khoj Workshops in Delhi, SymbioticA in Perth, the Lumen Residency in Atina, Italy, and Ausstellingsraum Klingental in Basel. J.J. is also co-founder of the bio-creative consultancy The Kitchen with fellow CSM alumna and materials designer Amy Congdon, as well as a member of both the Lumen and London Alternative Photography Collectives. JJ will talk about her work on the body as a contested space, focusing on the unique biological trace of our corporeal being through time.

jadenhastings.com @photopoiesis