LASER is a series 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 was the first of the series to take place in Europe, starting in February 2014. There are now 27 hosts internationally.
Each evening event presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, etc), plus a platform for announcements from audience members 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, where people can share their experiences and participate in lively discussions on a range of subjects at the intersection of art and science. Expanding the ever-growing community of art and science practitioners, and opening new possibilities for future projects, we hope to connect existing networks and build new audiences in, across, and around London.
We envisage that presenters will be based in/near London or will coincide a talk with a visit to London. We are not able to offer speakers fees but all talks are recorded and posted on the London LASER video channel and here in the Archive.
London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science). Throughout 2018 London LASER is operating as London LASER Labs – a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through evenings of interactivity, talks and discussion – supported by the UAL Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Fund. From 2014-2017 it was co-hosted with University of Westminster (CREAM) and co-chaired with John R A Smith, supported by LENS Community of Practice at UAL and CREAM at Westminster.
LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). London LASER is organised by Heather Barnett in collaboration with students on the MA Art & Science at Central Saint Martins.