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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.

Programme announced for London LASER – 17 February, University of Westminster

London LASER 07
Tuesday 17 February 2015
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The seventh London LASER evening of talks at the intersection of art and science hosts interdisciplinary curator and writer Bronac Ferran, scholar and artist Timothy J Senior, and kinetic light sculptor Paul Friedlander, guest chaired by Laura Plana Gracia.

The event is free but booking is required: londonlaser07.eventbrite.co.uk

Bronac Ferran is a curator, researcher and writer who works at the interfaces between arts, science, technologies and other disciplines. She set up and led the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Arts Council England until 2007 and established numerous national and international partnerships and initiatives including the Arts Council England/AHRC Art and Science Research Fellowships Programme and the ACE/RSA Arts and Ecology initiative. She has been on juries for Transmediale (2009) and Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts (2009 & 2010) and a Senior Tutor Research at the Royal College of Art. In 2012 she curated ‘Poetry Language Code’ and in 2015 is co-curating ‘Graphic Constellations: Visual Poetry & the Properties of Space’ at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge. Her presentation draws on two texts, ‘Mind Over Media’ commissioned by the RCA, FACT and Liverpool University Press in 2013 and ‘Neuromorphobia’ to be published by Archive Books Berlin (ed.Warren Neidich) later this year based on her talk at the ‘Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism’ conference, Goldsmiths, 2014.   boundaryobject.org   @floatingstones

Dr Timothy J. Senior is a scholar and artist, currently serving as a Knowledge Exchange Researcher for the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His work asks how contemporary forms of practice in the arts, sciences and humanities might be opened up to new collaborative influences. Following his D.Phil. in Systems Neuroscience (Oxford 2008), he has explored these issues through an artist residency at Duke University (US) and visiting lectureships at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) spanning the arts, neuroscience, digital humanities, and the social and political sciences. In 2012 he was awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, concluding with an internationally-oriented conference and exhibition on performative methods in scientific practice. Tim will be taking up this theme in his talk, exploring how performance-based methods may revolutionize the study of complex systems and our understanding of disciplinary research.   art-sci.info

Paul Friedlander is an independent kinetic light sculptor and scientific artist based in London. He will give a telescopic talk on his career spanning more than 40 years from his early influence by Cybernetic art, his involvement with stage lighting for avant-garde music and subsequent development of his unique artistic media. The talk will be followed by a performance with hand held kinetic sculptures and chromastrobic light, a form of light he invented. Paul studied physics and mathematics at Sussex University and fine art at Exeter Art College. His youthful ambitions to become a cosmologist have continued to influence his art, exploring mathematical and scientific ideas in light. Some of his earliest work was based on catastrophe theory and chaos. He has a continuing interest in waves, creating many kinetic works using their mathematics in custom software he writes as part of his hybrid art.   paulfriedlander.com

Guest chaired by researcher and curator, Laura Plana Gracia.
elektronische-art-and-music.com   @elektronischeAM