Programme announced for next London LASER, 21 Oct

London LASER 05
Tuesday 21 October 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The next London LASER focuses on people, processes and play, with Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz reflecting on their collaboration ‘Lost in Fathoms’, Sally Annett presenting an interactive contemplation, and Liane Fredericks facilitating interdisciplinary interactions. Be prepared to participate!

The event is free but booking is essential:

Lost In Fathoms: A conversation on art and science collaborations at the dawn of the Anthropocene.’ Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz will reflect on a year of collaboration which led to the project Lost In Fathoms, an art and science investigation around the disappearance of an Island. This series of installation is exhibited at GV Art Gallery, from October 16th to November 29th, 2014. In one year of research involving the oceanographic international community as well as scientists from the hydrodynamics and geophysical fluids laboratories of Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Normale Superieure (FR), and Cambridge University (UK), this project set out to investigate the causes that lead Nuuk Island to disappear from the horizon line. Anaïs Tondeur is a visual artist who works and lives in Paris. Jean-Marc Chomaz is Director of Research at the CNRS, Professor at École Polytechnique. ‪@AnaisTondeur

Sally Annett presents ‘Meta-representation, contemplation seats and consciousness – the still small voice’. In speaking and writing we make manifest in the external world an internal concept or comprehension. Human consciousness in its ‘normal’ state can be neurochemically altered and our perceptions of the outside world may change radically. This is a sensory and cognitive illusion, it is not the outside world, which changes, but the chemistry of our brains. We construct our world with languages of different kinds, from an MRI scanner image to a Tarot card, we attempt to create systems and pictures to predict and explain the outside world. This presentation explores the results of a series of arts interventions, which, mirror this process, and through contemplation, explore the use of symbol and number to structure a process of self-reflection. Sally Annett is an artist/producer based in the UK with a specialist interest in the (intercultural) intersections between art, science and religion. ‪@SalAnnettSandL

Liane Fredericks will facilitate a short workshop called ‘Connecting People for Effective Participation’. The original session, presented at Subtle Technologies Festival earlier this year, was based on the premise that there’s a lot of talk, but not enough practise of the adaptive skills needed for effective collaborations. Together, we will touch upon simple and experiential ways of fostering human connections. The aim being to support meaningful innovations – emerging from intentional human interactions, in this case art and science collaborations, and that cannot be created by individuals alone. Liane Fredericks is a facilitator of participatory leadership processes, co-creating experiences that build our capacity to understand and adapt. @lianefredericks