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2014: In brief…
London LASER 06: Joanna Verran / Jennifer Crouch
London LASER 05: Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz / Sally Annett / Liane Fredericks.
London LASER 04: Rob La Frenais in conversation with Los Ferronautas / Cristina Miranda de Almeida / Chris Freemantle
London LASER 03: Alice Ladenburg and Iain Woodhouse / Michelle Lewis-King / Samantha Moore
London LASER 02: Rob Kesseler / Jasia Reichardt / Sophia Kosmaoglou
London LASER 01: Daniel Glaser / Nicola Triscott / David Finnigan
2014: In full…
London LASER 06
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Central Saint Martins
Joanna Verran is Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on the interactions occurring between microorganisms and inert surfaces. This interdisciplinary work highlighted differences in language and understanding between researchers in different subjects, and encouraged Jo to explore how microbiology and microorganisms are used in their work by colleagues and students from the Manchester School of Art. Jo also encouraged her undergraduate science students to utilise their own creative talents, using arts and the humanities as a vehicle for their own ‘microbiology messages’. Jo’s presentation described her learning journey through these various collaborations. http://www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/intheloop @JoVerran
Jennifer Crouch presents ‘A Commentary on Illustrated Models of the Cosmos and the Metaphorisation of Nature’. Having studied Physics and Illustration separately at university Jennifer works as a practicing artist, arts educator and workshop provider. She is a member of the Jiggling Atoms project, a multi-disciplinary project exploring the wonders of physics. Jennifer talked about representation and abstraction in the process of knowledge creation, i.e. mathematics, simulations, experiments and of the subsequent forms that we use to describe discoveries in turn (from mathematics to metaphors), fostering relationships between the extraordinary cosmology (science) and cosmologies (mythological) that humans think up by virtue of the fact that there is structure as well as mystery and ambiguity in the universe. www.jennifercrouch.com, www.jigglingatoms.org @JenniferCrouch
London LASER 05
Tuesday 21 October 2014
University of Westminster
‘Lost In Fathoms: A conversation on art and science collaborations at the dawn of the Anthropocene.’ Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz reflected 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 19th, 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 presented ‘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 explored 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 facilitated 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 touched 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
London LASER 04
Tuesday 17 June 2014
University of Westminster
Chris Fremantle focused 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. http://chris.fremantle.org http://ecoartscotland.net
Chris also posted his reflections from the event on his blog here.
Los Ferronautas (Ivan Puig and Andres Padilla Domene) were 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 works as a ‘transmitter of stories’ about people lives and the way the are affected by infrastructure. The Arts Catalyst and Furtherfield presented the project in Finsbury Park in June 2014, 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 focused on art and the impact of Internet of Things on the production of hybrid materialities and identities. http://in3.uoc.edu/opencms_portalin3/opencms/en/investigadors/list/miranda_cristina
London LASER 03
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Central Saint Martins
Artist Alice Ladenburg (at London Laser) and physicist Iain Woodhouse (at an ASCUS event in Edinburgh) discussed 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 discussed and demonstrated 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 talked 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/
London LASER 02
Tuesday 18 March 2014
Central Saint Martins
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 talked 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 spoke 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 talked about the 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 01
Tuesday 18 February 2014
University of Westminster
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 talked 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
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 shared some of The Arts Catalyst’s seminal projects and investigatory themes from two decades of practice. artscatalyst.org
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 talked 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. bestfestivalever.com.au