London LASER 04 programme announced

London LASER 04
Tuesday 17 June 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The fourth London LASER for 2014 hosts Rob La Frenais in conversation with Los Ferronautas, Cristina Miranda de Almeida on the Internet of Things, and Chris Freemantle on art and science collaborations in medicine and ecology.

The event is free but booking is essential: londonlaser04.eventbrite.co.uk

Los Ferronautas (Ivan Puig and Andres Padilla Domene) will be in discussion with Rob La Frenais, curator, about their project SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220. Between 2006 and 2011, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe) exploring Mexico’s abandoned railways: http://www.seft1.com. This iconic railway infrastructure now lies in ruins, much of it abandoned due to the privatisation of the railway system in 1995, when many passenger trains were withdrawn, lines cut off and communities isolated. They will discuss how the SEFT-1 vehicle, coming to London in June, works as a ‘transmitter of stories’ about people lives and the way the are affected by infrastructure. The Arts Catalyst and Furtherfield present the project in Finsbury Park opening June 20, more details here: http://www.artscatalyst.org/projects/detail/ferronautas/

Cristina Miranda de Almeida holds a European PhD in Art (UPV/EHU, 2005), is Lecturer at the Department of Art and Technology, University of the Basque Country and a Visiting Scholar and external researcher at the Research Programme on Medi@ctions # Digital Culture Group (IN3/UOC), Barcelona.  She is collaborating with SEAD network and Project T₂EIA – Transdisciplinary Telematic Environment for Interactive Arts, with the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro/NANO, with the International Journal of McLuhan Studies and NoemaLab Journal. Her presentation in London Laser will focus on art and the impact of Internet of Things on the production of hybrid materialities and identities.

Chris Fremantle will focus on two current collaborations between arts and sciences: Nil by Mouth is a project involving emerging artists toggling between food producing communities and the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme Environmental Change, Food, Land and People (2013 ongoing).  The second is the residency programme between the MFA Art, Space and Nature at Edinburgh College of Art and the Cardiovascular Sciences Research Group at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh (2009 ongoing). Chris works as a producer and researcher working with artists (and designers and architects) working in public.  In addition to the projects above, his current work is strategic: working on Scotland’s national public art development programme, and on Design in Action, an AHRC KE Hub, and on the ground: producing the Therapeutic Design and Arts Strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals.

LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER is the first of the series to take place in Europe. 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 The Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.

London LASER 03 programme announced

London LASER 03
Tuesday 20 May 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London,
1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

The third London LASER for 2014 hosts a dialogue with artist Alice Ladenburg and physicist Iain Woodhouse about The Y of Sky – The Art and Science of Earth Observation; Michelle Lewis-King presents Pulse Project, a performance study at the intersections between art, science, east, west, self and other; and Samantha Moore presents Some Sort of Coloured Quilt, a collaborative animated responses to synaesthesia.

The event is free but booking is essential: londonlaser03.eventbrite.co.uk

Artist Alice Ladenburg (at London Laser) and physicist Iain Woodhouse (at an ASCUS event in Edinburgh) will discuss Why Equals?, their collaboration exploring the notion of observation. Why Equals? have presented their research at exhibitions and events including: School of Geosciences, Edinburgh University; Generator Projects, Dundee and INSPACE, Edinburgh: whyequals.tumblr.com. Alice Ladenburg is an artist and creative facilitator: aliceladenburg.com, Iain Woodhouse is Professor of Applied Earth Observation at The University of Edinburgh: forestplanet.wordpress.com.

Michelle Lewis-King is an artist-acupuncturist, lecturer and PhD research fellow for the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University and her research investigates the cultural interfaces between art, medicine and technology. Michelle will create a discussion and demonstration of her artistic research exploring the practice of Chinese medicine as a critical and performative intervention within the contexts of (western) biomedical clinical praxis. Michelle’s research is published in the Journal of Sonic Studies and ELSE Journal for Artistic Research. Michelle’s work has also been recently exhibited at the V&A Museum, Ex-Teresa Museum (Mexico) and Spike Island. http://clang.cl/pulse-landscapes-2/  and  http://codephd.wordpress.com/

Samantha Moore is an animated documentary film maker who is passionate about animation’s ability to convey different realities in new and surprising ways. She will be talking about her short film An Eyeful of Sound made collaboratively with people who have audio-visual synaesthesia and Dr Jamie Ward, one of the leading researchers in this field. This film has won several awards internationally including one from the journal Nature at the Imagine science film festival in New York. Sam has just completed a PhD by practice at the University of Loughborough about the way that animation can be used to document perceptual brain states. She is a freelance animator and teaches animation at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.  http://www.samanthamoore.co.uk/  and http://eyefulofsound.blogspot.co.uk/

 

LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER is the first of the series to take place in Europe. 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 The Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.

London LASER 02 programme announced

London LASER 02

Tuesday 18 March 2014

6.30 – 9.00pm (talks start at 6.50pm)

Room E003, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

The second London LASER for 2014 hosts artist and professor Rob Kesseler talking about his ‘life through a lens’, writer and curator Jasia Reichardt on the origins of the Gaberbocchus Common Room, and artist Sophia Kosmaoglou discussing the current Encyclopedia Galactica exhibition at GV art gallery.

The event is free but booking is essential: londonlaser02.eventbrite.co.uk

Prof. Rob Kesseler is a visual artist who works at the interface between art, design and science and holds the position of Chair in Arts, Design & Science at the University of the Arts London.  A former NESTA Fellow at Kew and Research Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal, he has collaborated extensively with botanical scientists and molecular biologists in an exploration of the living world at a microscopic level. Rob will be talking about his ‘life through a lens’, which for the past twelve years has involved close observation of the microscopic natural world, in an attempt to reveal its hidden forms and patterns. http://www.robkesseler.co.uk

Jasia Reichardt is a writer and curator, who has written about art and science and technology and, among many others, organised the exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity in 1968.  Jasia will talk about the Gaberbocchus Common Room, a London club for artists and scientists, and people interested in the philosophies of art and science, to meet, talk, watch films, listen to lectures, drink coffee, play chess and eat spaghetti. The Common Room was launched by Franciszka and Stefan Themerson in the basement of their publishing company, Gaberbocchus Press. It opened in the summer of 1957 and closed two years later. It was there that she attended the first lecture on Pop Art, was introduced to cybernetics, something very new at the time, and realised that mathematical models can be thought of as sculptures.

Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist working in a broad range of media, including sculpture, painting, installation, video, performance and sound intervention. In 2012 she completed a practice-based PhD in Fine Art titled “The self-conscious artist and the politics of art: from institutional critique to underground cinema”. Sophia teaches studio practice, curating, critical theory and the history and philosophy of art. She has been a member of numerous artists’ collectives and, as a member of Exploding Cinema, she is currently planning a Festival of Independents. Sophia will talk about the current retrospective of GV Art gallery, which she co-curated, Encyclopedia Galactica (13 Feb – 17 Apr 2014). The exhibition charts the last five years of the gallery programme and initiates a research project on the Gaberbocchus Common Room. www.gvart.co.uk

London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and The Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.

Launch event programme confirmed

London LASER 01

Tuesday 18 February

6.00 – 8.30pm (talks start at 6.30pm)

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The programme of speakers for the first London LASER event brings together two pioneers of London’s art/science cultural scene and an interdisciplinary antipodean guest. Nicola Triscott will discuss some seminal moments of Arts Catalyst’s 20 year history, Daniel Glaser will share his vision for the new Science Gallery London due to open in 2016, and David Finnigan will talk about engaging audiences through climate science theatre.

Nicola Triscott is the founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts commissioning organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science. Now in its 20th year, The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 100 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Otolith Group, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, and Stefan Gec, and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with many arts, science and academic organisations internationally. Underpinning The Arts Catalyst’s commissions and exhibitions are its extensive research strand and its programme of critical discussion events, talks and workshops. Nicola will discuss some of The Arts Catalyst’s seminal projects and investigatory themes from two decades of practice. artscatalyst.org

Dr Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist who has worked for many years promoting public engagement with science. He is Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London. He was previously Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust responsible for all external funding for public engagement and the arts. His scientific background involves brain imaging of the visual system. In 2002 he was appointed ‘Scientist in Residence’ at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 received a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented and contributed to numerous BBC television and radio programmes. Daniel will be talking about building a new venue where art and science collide and how that functions at the interface between the university and the city. london.sciencegallery.com

David Finnigan is an Australian science-theatre artist and festival director. With science-theatre ensemble Boho, David creates interactive performances working with research scientists from organisations such as University College London, CSIRO and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Boho has presented work for the Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Science Conference, TEDx Canberra, the Brisbane Festival Under The Radar, the Battersea Arts Centre and the ACT Street Theatre. David will talk about the Best Festival Ever project he has produced in collaboration with the University College London Environment Institute and UK theatre company Coney. Best Festival Ever: How To Manage A Disaster is a show about Systems Science for 25 players that takes place around a table. modellingplay.wordpress.com

Tickets are free but booking is essential at: https://londonlaser01.eventbrite.co.uk

Announcing London LASER – a series of free art and science events in London

LASER is a program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER is the first of the series to take place in Europe.

Each evening presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors or scholars), plus a platform for announcements from members of the audience and an opportunity for discussion and socialising.

Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER offers stimulating talks and 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 the Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision research and learning), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology).

LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST

2014 London LASER dates

LAUNCH EVENT:
6.00 – 8.30pm
18 February 2014
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2HW

Guest speakers will be confirmed in January.

Additional dates in 2014: all 6.00-8.30pm

18 March – Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross

20 May – Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross
17 June – University of Westminster, Regent Street

21 October – venue to be confirmed
18 November – venue to be confirmed