LL#30: A Picture of Health

Wednesday 19 February 2020

7.00 – 9.00pm (registration from 6.45pm)

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

A Picture of Health
London LASER presents an evening of talks and discussion exploring the relationships between art, health and medical research.
This event brings together artists, curators, scientists, and healthcare professionals to discuss a diverse set of practices where art and heath intersect. Topics for discussion will include the commissioning of art in a healthcare setting, the ethical implications for artists working directly with personal medical experience, and collaborative processes between artists and scientists investigating contemporary medical research.
Speakers include artist Susan Aldworth, art consultant Nikki CraneJenna Stevens-Smith (Head of Communications and Engagement) and Lucy Brown (creative producer) from the Medical Research Council (London Institute of Medical Sciences), and participating artists and scientists from A Picture of Health project.

The event is free but booking is required.

Image: ‘Susan Aldworth, “Illuminating the self”, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. Photo @ Colin Davidson’

London LASER 29 & ART IN FLUX – LEVITATIONS: 27 November


Wednesday 27 November 2019

7.00-9.15pm (registration from 6.45pm)

Image: Transcendence, 2017 by Kimatica Studio

LEVITATIONS: Transformative creative technologies in troubled times

Curated by Maria Almena in collaboration with MA Art and Science (Central Saint Martins)

London LASER and Art in FLUX present an evening of immersive existential inquiry exploring how, in times of turbulent change, contemporary art practices can help take us into new realities with the intention of transforming our society.

Our world is experiencing tremendous social, political, economic, environmental and technological change. Navigating this turbulence requires us to ask the right questions and address the deepest of human and planetary needs. The universality of these requirements suggest a key role for technology that is scalable, accessible, affordable, ethical, and human-centred.

In this evening of talks, discussion and demos we ask how contemporary artists and researchers are using creative technologies to help take the right steps. Looking particularly at immersive experiences, where art and technology are intertwined and embodied, we explore how transformative moments can inspire and influence future human behaviour. And ask, can radical emerging technologies help us to “levitate” into a better future?



Maria Almena from Kimatica studio will introduce the theme as well as mentioning some of the latest relevant projects that she has created with Kimatica. Maria Almena is a Spanish London-based creative director and a multimedia artist, co-founder of the creative studio, Kimatica Studio. http://kimatica.net/ as well as co-founder and art curator of Flux events. Maria’s practice research is exploring concepts of human consciousness and perception, making those transcendental ideas accessible to a modern audience, to inspire reconnection with magical thinking.

Christian Duka will enlighten us with a unique 360 sound performance. https://www.christianduka.com/ Christian Duka is a sound designer/artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of digital technology. He explores sound art in cross art-forms collaborations involving contemporary dance, performance and visual artists in the context of multisensory, 3D audio-visual environments. Space becomes an instrument at the hands of the artist, a tool at the service of sound & visual design, a canvas where body movements can be metaphorically painted.

Becky Steward will share some insights with her work http://theleadingzero.com/ She is a Lecturer in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London and until early 2019 was a Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. She is also the co-founder of Codasign, a creative technology education company that ran workshops teaching kids and adults how to use technology to develop creative projects. She works with e-textiles and signal processing to build interactive, body-centric wearable computing systems. These systems often incorporate performance, fashion, music and/or design.

Ari Peralta leads the dynamic research consultancy at Arigami. A Forbes recognised serial entrepreneur, Ari has been on a mission to unite the various fields of science involving the human senses and facilitate the bridge between innovation initiatives, sensory delivery technologies and function design-specific endeavours with multinational brands. He is an advocate for science, technology and art, working alongside scientists, economists, behaviourists, researchers, industry executives and policy advisors promoting wellness-led human ecosystems. He will present “The Science Of Happiness” Explore human centred design from the inside out. Learn more about the human senses, our brains and happiness. Our interdisciplinary presentation focuses on unfolding new solutions using multi-sensory balanced environments. We will explore the latest cross-modal research, debunk brain myths and provide best practices for achieving multi-sensory driven positive engagement.


Founded in 2016 at Light of Soho in London by the artists Maria Almena, Oliver Gingrich and Aphra Shemza, FLUX Events is a charitable organisation committed to furthering the development of the media arts community in the UK. As an artist-led forum, FLUX offers a space for collaboration and exchange as key artists and organisations come together to profile their work. Through talks events, performance evenings, workshops and exhibitions, FLUX brings these ideas to the wider public – providing a fluid platform to discuss strategies, processes and collective themes within the media arts. http://www.fluxevents.co.uk

London Laser #28 – Remote Residencies: Moving Methods and Mindsets

London LASER 28
Wednesday 27 February 2019
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6.15pm) Central St Martin’s

London LASER presents an evening of talks on art and science interactions in remote locations.

Interdisciplinary collaboration enables artists to explore distant locations. Such visits present opportunities to create work in response to unique places both in situ and back at home. However, such residencies also pose questions about how different disciplinary methods and mindsets operate together. It also requires consideration of the interaction with local communities and populations (human and nonhuman), and ideas of legacy (what is left behind).

The event is free but booking is required.

This event brings together a range of curators and artists who have worked in remote locations, to share their experiences both individually and in conversation.

Speakers include curator Lilian Fraiji (LABverde art/nature/science residency in the Amazon rainforest), and artist and researcher Neal White (Office of Experiments).

Lilian Fraiji is an art curator and producer based in the Amazon, Brazil. She is specialist in Cultural Management from Barcelona University and has a master’s degree in Curating Arts from the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona. She is the co-founder of Manifesta, an organization dedicated to develop multidisciplinary contents involving art, science and nature. As an independent researcher she is interesting in how culture is related to nature and how landscape is shaped in the Anthropocene era. She was the chief curator of the Amazon Pinacoteca (2008-2013) and has curated several art exhibitions involving the subject of the Amazon, including “Amazon Liquid” (L’Galerie-Manaus-2015), “Amazon: Invisible Landscape” (Stad4 Gallery – NYC – 2018) and “Latitudes”(INPA-Manaus-2018). Currently she is the coordinator of LABVERDE: Art Immersion Program in the Amazon and is responsible for program’s social contribution at Bosque da Ciência/Inpa in Manaus.

LABVERDE was created to strengthen the limits of art through a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives involving art, science and nature. The program’s main goal is to promote artistic creation through a constructive debate about environmental issues generated by both theory and life experiences in the Amazon rainforest.

As an artist, Neal White’s interests cover science, technology and post-conceptual practice. He has frequently undertaken collaborations with artist Tina O’Connell (IE), as well as Office of Experiments (2004). In the UK, exhibitions and projects include; Royal College of Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Henry Moore Institute, Natural History Museum, Chelsea Space and Arts Catalyst. International exhibitions and residencies include: Apexart, New York, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Portikus (Frankfurt), Center for Land Use Interpretation (Utah). As an academic he has contributed to discourse on Experimental Systems/Artistic Research, Overt Research Methods, Artist Archives, with a recent paper on the ‘The Potential of Destruction in Art and Science’. He has worked closely with Arts Catalyst, London, since 2001 and was co-founder of Soda (1997-02). He currently helps coordinate the Incidental Unit (formerly Artist Placement Group) and is Professor of Art / Science, and Co-Director of CREAM at University of Westminster.
Developed in association with Manifesta Art and Culture and The National Institute for Amazonian Research, LABVERDE promotes an intensive experience in the rainforest mediated by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified specialists in art, humanity, biology, ecology and natural science.

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Poem inspired by London LASER #26 Re:Thinking Space

An offering of poetry from one of our regular London LASER attendees, Paul Taylor, inspired by LL#26 Re:Thinking Space.

Videos of the talks can be viewed on the London LASER Archive with physicists Dr. Ceri Brenner and Dr. Cham Ghag, artist Susan Ayre and cosmologist Dr. Thomas Kitching compered by the Arts Catalysts’ Nicola Triscott.



(Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous)


gazing down from the third floor

into the college atrium

thinking about space thinking

I wonder if I’ve got it


in any sense


an escaped ping pong ball

bolts across the ground floor

followed by the much larger blob

of a man in need of the exercise


at the art science meeting

we have been measuring

the arcs of darkness

poking laser beams


through honeycombs of titanium

trying to get a peep

out of a bucket of xenon

awaiting the arrival


of a quantum sensor bit flip


down below

the same particle

an arc of lightness

pings again into view

the same man in pursuit

wondering if he’ll get it

and I offer a toast

trying to get a buzz

out of a glass of wine

chasing metaphors through space

like a man in need of the exercise.


© Paul Taylor 2018



Special screening of Symbiotic Earth, documentary on the life and work of Lynn Margulis

Symbiotic Earth:
How Lynn Margulis rocked the boat and started a scientific revolution


Tuesday 11 December


Film starts at 6.30pm [duration 147 minutes] with guest speaker

A London LASER / Serpentine Cinema* special screening of John Feldman’s incredible documentary exploring the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration.

This event is free but booking is required. Book here:

Symbiotic Earth explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration.

“One of the most important biographies of the last 50 years…Everyone who is interested in living things, evolution, or the environment must watch this.”

Perry Marshall, author, Evolution 2.0


“The film bursts with footage of one of the most important biologists since Darwin…We have from Lynn, so vividly present in this film, an account of how evolutionary novelty emerges in the drama of cellular symbiosis. This is the drama of life’s history and the narrative of its ongoing possibilities.”

Dr. Donna Haraway, Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, University of California – Santa Cruz


SYMBIOTIC EARTH explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a brilliant and radical scientist, whose unconventional theories challenged the male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.

As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she first proposed that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution, but she persisted. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved through random genetic mutations and competition, she presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria joined together to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants and all other organisms – which together form a multi-dimensional living entity that covers the Earth. Humans are not the pinnacle of life with the right to exploit nature, but part of this complex cognitive system in which each of our actions has repercussions.

Filmmaker John Feldman traveled globally to meet Margulis’ cutting-edge colleagues and continually asked: What happens when the truth changes? SYMBIOTIC EARTH examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.


*This event is a collaboration between London LASER Labs and the Serpentine’s General Ecology project, the galleries’ long-term, ongoing commitment to complex systems, interspecies landscapes and environmental questions, which manifests through research, publications, exhibitions, study programmes, radio and events.


What people have said about the film…

“Funny, uplifting, inspiring, intellectually alive, refreshing, challenging and wonderfully informative…This is a movie about a hero and role model for us all…A brilliant description of an enigma, painstakingly untangled and clearly laid out for us all. There are many multifold delights in this film, packed with surprising revelations. It is both intensely personal and broadly insightful! I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Dr. Frederic B. Jennings Jr., President, Center for Ecological Economic and Ethical Education

“An astonishingly important, deeply transformative, and original film – historic in fact. Its momentous news that all biological life (including ours) succeeds not by competition but by collaboration offers ways to resolve even our devastating global climate emergency.”

Bill Blakemore, Veteran foreign and domestic correspondent, ABC News


“A great undertaking! Symbiotic Earth is a vivid portrait of a bold scientist who took us to an understanding of evolution very different than any previous one. This film represents an effervescent intelligence leading the way to a revolution in understanding life on Earth.”

Thomas E. Lovejoy, ‘The Godfather of Biodiversity,’ Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University


“A life-changing and even world-changing documentary…It is mind-blowing yet down to earth. Who we are, what we are, how we are, this film is the key for the door to the world.”

Miaw Ler Sim, student of Medical Anthropology, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University


“The ideas of the late biologist Lynn Margulis are groundbreaking, even breathtaking in their boldness…Revolution is a strong word, but that is what many commentators say Dr. Margulis started in multiple areas of biology, from evolution to genetics to microbiology to ecology, taking broader and more comprehensive views of organisms and their interactions.”

Jim Hobbs, Educational Media Reviews Online


“A wonderful film – Symbiotic Earth brings biology to life! This documentary is a concise history of evolutionary biology, a fascinating case study in shifting scientific paradigms, and an informative portrait of the remarkable Lynn Margulis.”

Curt Meine, Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature, The Aldo Leopold Foundation, Author, Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work

Symbiotic Earth conveys one of the most important biographies of the last 50 years. It’s no exaggeration to say that Lynn Margulis’ contribution to science is in the same league as Jim Watson, Francis Crick, Stephen Hawking and Barbara McClintock…Everyone who is interested in living things, evolution, or the environment must watch this.”

Perry Marshall, Author, Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design

Symbiotic Earth chronicles the brilliant conceptual achievements and exuberant life of Lynn Margulis, the thinker who revolutionized evolutionary biology with her theories of symbiogenesis and Gaia. The documentary footage and first-hand accounts of Margulis’s vibrant personality and ideas alone make this a must-watch film for students of both the life sciences and the history of science.”

Dr. Sophia Roosth, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, Author, Synthetic: How Life Got Made



Join us for London LASER LL26 Lab #3 exploring ‘Re:Thinking Space’

London LASER returns for the third and final instalment of London LASER Labs – a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through an evening of interactivity, talks and discussion.

We are in the midst of both an incredible and challenging space age. How can we harness the information, collected in silo, from the fields of cosmology and quantum physics to conceive of a more unified vision of how the universe (and us) are put together? Within science and culture – what new models of thought could we foster? How do creativity and consciousness fit into this emerging paradigm? How can we rethink our practices to swerve the impasse some are labelling a new ‘Dark Age’?…

Part 1 Re:Thinking Space Playlab: 5.15pm – 6.30pm

Join us in the PlayLAB workshop where we will be imagining the universe through interactive investigations with Dr Natasha Almeida, Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum and artists Lisa Pettibone, Lois Bentley and Olga Suchanova. The event is free but booking is required.

Part 2 Re:Thinking Space Talks: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Join us for stimulating talks by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field, physicists Dr. Ceri Brenner and Dr. Cham Ghag, artist Susan Ayre and cosmologist Dr. Thomas Kitching compered by the Arts Catalysts’ Nicola Triscott. The event is free but booking is required.



Part 1: Joining us for the Re:Thinking Space workshop…

Dr Natasha Almeida, Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, provides a rare opportunity to handle specimens of meteorites from the inner solar system and an opportunity to investigate the objects in terms of their form, material, texture and hue.

Image: Natural History Museum

Lisa Pettibone, alumni of the Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science programme and current Artist in Residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory invites you to explore the concept of imagined space through paper sculpture. You’ll transform 2D material into 3D hanging objects through surface manipulation and gravitational force.

Image: Lisa Pettibone Art

Artist and LASER co-programme lead Lois Bentley will be facilitating a workshop designed by fellow artist Olga Suchanova and invite guests to create celestial images with invisible light. Traditional printmaking meets cutting edge chemistry using strontium aluminate – a substance that consumers energy before re-emitting as light.

Image: Olga Suchanova



DR. CERI BRENNER, Plasma Physicist

Dr Ceri Brenner is a senior application development scientist for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Central Laser Facility. She is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter. She is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel with micro resolution!

The extreme physics she studies can also be applied for understanding supernova explosions in space or how we can ignite a star on earth for clean electricity generation. In 2017 she was awarded the UK Institute of Physics’ Clifford-Paterson Medal and Prize for her significant early career contributions to the application of physics in an industrial context. Aside from her love of lasers and innovation, Ceri spends her time inspiring the public and next generation to become engaged with physics and to see it as a cultural enjoyment.

DR. THOMAS KITCHING, Cosmologist at Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL) London

Thomas Kitching is the Science Co-Lead for the ESA’s Euclid Mission launching in 2021 to map the geometry of the Dark Universe by observing thousands of millions of galaxies. MSSL is building the visible light spectrum (VIS) instrument. Euclid will generate Hubble Space Telescope-like images but over areas of sky tens of thousands of times larger and looking back in time over 75% of the age of the Universe. He will be discussing the mission and where the search for Dark Matter and Dark Energy might be headed in the next few years.

Thomas is a Reader in Astrophysics, and Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London focused on the Visual Culture of Science and Medicine.


Susan Eyre is interested in the unseen activity of matter in the universe and intangible phenomena which cannot be explained in terms of materiality, such as the aura of place and the dream of paradise. She is led by a curiosity about how we encounter the physical and the spiritual world and the structures that we put in place to facilitate an escape from reality. She explores similarities in our search to understand the origin of our universe through religious belief, mythology and physics. Dissecting both idealised and prosaic landscapes she is looking for clues within the everyday that hold the secrets to the structure of the universe and the pursuit of bliss.


Dr Chamkaur Ghag is an associate professor of physics at University College London where he leads the direct dark matter research group. Chamkaur is an expert in rare-event searches using noble gas time projection chamber technology and in low-background techniques, using them to conduct research in the hunt for dark matter and other rare physics processes for over 15 years. He is a presently a member of the LZ Dark Matter Search Experiment with the responsibility to ensure the detector meets the stringent radio-purity requirements of what will be the most sensitive experiment ever in the search for galactic dark matter particles. Chamkaur earned his Masters degree at the University of London, PhD at the University of Edinburgh and was a research scientist at UCLA before taking up his position at UCL in 2012. Chamkaur is the Chair of the Dark Matter UK (DMUK) consortium and of STFC’s Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel.


The event will be compered by Nicola Triscott, a cultural producer, curator and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founding Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science, including notable projects by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, and Aleksandra Mir. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events for Arts Catalyst. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. Alongside her Arts Catalyst role, Nicola is Principal Research Fellow in Interdisciplinary

Art and Science at the University of Westminster.



For some background knowledge ahead of the 7th, you maybe interested in watching these related talks from the LASER Archives:

LL15 Louise Beer and Melanie King directors of Lumen Studios producing exhibitions and events focusing on themes of astronomy and light.


This is the last of three London LASER Labs sessions planned for 2018.

Stay up to date on Twitter, Facebook and at LondonLaser.net

Contact us at hello@londonlaser.net


About London LASER Labs

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. London LASER is facilitated by the MA Art and Science programme, Central Saint Martins and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Teaching and Learning fund.

Join us for London LASER LL25 Lab #2 exploring ‘Liminal Bodies’

London LASER returns for the second installment of London LASER Labs – a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through an evening of interactivity, talks and discussion.


The second of three sessions, LL25 Lab #2 delves into ‘Liminal Bodies’ exploring the intersection of the body and technology, ideas of the cyborg and speculative future narratives. Throughout the course of the evening we’ll traverse Body as Im/material, Body as Interface, Body as Conceptual Space, Body as Place.


Part 1 Liminal Bodies Playlab: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Join us for a workshop exploring the technical processes and philosophical implications of the liminal body.

The event is free but booking is required – please note this workshop is open to UAL students and staff only.


Part 2 Liminal Bodies Talks: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Join us for stimulating talks and interactivity by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field, followed by drinks and time to network.

The event is free but booking is required.



Part 1: Joining us for the Liminal Bodies workshop…


Create your own liminal samples before contributing to a discussion around our material/ informatic body. Who owns this material? How are new technologies transforming its meaning? How would you manipulate this material if you could?….

Image: Bento Bioworks

Part 2: Joining us for the Liminal Bodies talks…



Tobias Revell, artist and designer whose recent work has looked at the idea of technology as a territory and expectations of the future. He will be discussing our assumed relationship in nature, with the advent of Synthetic Biology. He is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication and Senior Lecturer in Critical and Digital Design for Information and Interface Design and Interaction Design Arts and a founding member of research consultancy Strange Telemetry.

Image: Tobias Revell, MKII, New Mumbai


Silvia Casini  considers the body as a place to be explored, a geographical space and our perception of it. Casini will take us on a journey to consider how neuroscience-art projects represent our body in stereoscopic vision. She will consider the maps  we use to navigate, how we visualise bio-medical data and the implications for our life and health, particularly in the case of emerging technologies.

She is Lecturer at the Faculty of Film and Visual Culture, at University of Aberdeen, a place where the first MRI scanner was manufactured. She works with medical scientists and her research is focused on the Visual Culture of Science and Medicine.  

Image: The first-ever MR image of a mouse displaying relaxation time information, Aberdeen 1974. In Jim M.S. Hutchison, “Imaging by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”


Stephen Oram is an author of near-future fiction. Over the course of the evening, Stephen will traverse worlds unknown and speculative scenarios and potentials of the Liminal Body. A body that finds itself in an immense  space where old cultural norms become obsolete.



For some background knowledge ahead of the 27th, you maybe interested in watching these related talks from the LASER Archives:

LL16 Louise Mackenzie collaboration with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, using art practice to explore  techniques of synthetic biology

LL19 Interspecies Creativity, looking at creative practices with nonhuman life forms  issues connected with interspecies communication, co-creation and collaboration.

LL12 Silent Signal and Paddy Hartley presented his new work, Papaver Rhoeas, lambs-heart biotissue Poppy sculptures


This is the second of three London LASER Labs sessions planned for 2018.

Stay up to date on Twitter, Facebook and at LondonLaser.net

Contact us at hello@londonlaser.net


About London LASER Labs

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. London LASER is facilitated by the MA Art and Science programme, Central Saint Martins and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Teaching and Learning fund.

GALLERY London LASER Labs #1 Virtual Imaginaries

Thanks to everyone who joined us for London LASER Labs #1 Virtual Imaginaries. The event commenced with a packed out ‘Playlab’ of interactive activities and demos with Prof. William Latham, Bushra Kelsey-Burge, Nye Thompson, Kampf Labs and Olga Suchanova. Part two saw fascinating presentations by Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice, Adam Kampf and Prof. Latham, compered by New Scientist Culture Editor Simon Ing.

Thanks to all the LASER Labs team, and photographer Amy Starmar. Video recordings of the talks will be available soon.


Photographer: A.Starmar

Join us for London LASER LL24 Lab #1 exploring ‘Virtual Imaginaries’

Join us Thursday 26th April 2018, Central Saint Martins, for London LASER LL24 Lab #1 exploring ‘Virtual Imaginaries’ – an expansive theme exploring the neurological, psychological and social implications of immersive technologies and the creative possibilities for interactive imaginary.

Part 1 Virtual Imaginaries Playlab: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Join us in the Playlab to get hands on with ‘virtual’ experiences in broad and surprising forms

Part 2 Virtual Imaginaries Talks: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Join us for stimulating talks by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field, followed by drinks and time to network.

You are invited to join us for one or both parts.
Each part requires a separate ticket.
The event is free but booking is required.


Part 1: Joining us in the Virtual Imaginaries Playlab…

See and feel the unknown with Dark Matter VR by Bushra Burge 
Bushra Burge creates multi-sensory, wearable experiences. Come and experience a ‘virtual unreality’ with Dark Matter VR, “The thing about reality is that it’s part interpretation and part physics and mostly unmeasurable. We can only observe about 5% and the rest we name Dark Matter and Dark Energy.”

Experience digital evolution in action with William Latham 
Artist William Latham alongside mathematicians Stephen Todd and Lance Putnam present Mutator VR, a project with roots in the late 1980s where Latham and Todd first developed Mutator and FormGrow to evolve organic forms by a process of evolution by aesthetics.

Image courtesy Bushra Burge, Dark Matter VR

Contribute to a participatory artwork with Olga Suchanova

MA Art and Science Postgraduate researcher Olga Suchanova’s practice has evolved from analogue photography to digital media exploring three dimensional images as a means of going “beyond” the two dimensional picture plane. Contribute to a collective, procedurally generated world using pre-digital materials.

See the world through the eyes of an Egyptian god with Nye Thompson 
Nye will be showing work in progress from her new project. “The Seeker” is an AI that travels the world virtually and describes the things it sees. Named for Ptah-Seker, the artist/technologist god of the Ancient Egyptians who created the world by speaking the words to describe it, this project is an exploration of the nascent machine gaze. It asks how this act of description might change the world for machines and humans alike.

Image courtesy Nye Thompson

Part 2: Joining us for Virtual Imaginaries Talks…

Adam Kampff, scientist at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre will share an intimate insight into his research surrounding how the brain makes sense of information, our current relationships with technology – what we know and what is still to find out…

Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice is Research Manager at kids entertainment brand Dubit and a Senior Tutor at the RCA. Her research interests include digital play and multimodal communication practices. She will share details of the MakEY project that looks at how makerspaces can provide opportunities for children to create in Virtual Reality (VR).

Computer artist, game designer, known internationally for his pioneering Organic Art, Professor William Latham will take us on a journey through procedurally-generated worlds exploring future reality as well as possible applications for this radical technology.

Compered by novelist, science writer and Arts Editor of New Scientist, Simon Ings.

Image courtesy William Latham


This is the first of three London LASER Labs sessions planned for 2018.
Stay up to date on TwitterFacebook and at LondonLaser.net

Contact us at hello@londonlaser.net

About London LASER Labs 
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.

London LASER programme – 18 October 2017

London LASER 23

Wednesday 18 October 2017

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6.15pm)

C303, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square, London


LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

The event is free but please book to reserve a place: https://londonlaser23.eventbrite.co.uk


London LASER presents an evening of talks on art and science interactions: with Charissa Terranova on polymathy; Andrew Carnie and Alexa Wright on ‘Hybrid Bodies’; and Gemma Anderson on ‘Representing Biology as Process’.


In the talk “Wide Awake! An Exploration of Twentieth-Century Polymathy in British Art-Science-Design,” writer and educator Charissa N. Terranova studies the genealogy of the term “polymathy.” She hews closely to its Indo-European root –mendh, meaning “to learn,” and related words such as the Lithuanian mandras, or “wide-awake,” and the German munter, or “awake, lively” to unite geneticist Conrad Waddington, embryologist Joseph Needham, entrepreneur-cum-designer Jack Pritchard, architect Walter Gropius, and painter and set-designer Yolanda Sonnabend. Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, Terranova’s most recent book is Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image (2016).


Andrew Carnie and Alexa Wright will introduce ‘Hybrid Bodies’, a long-term, multidisciplinary research project that brings together the arts, ethics, medicine and social sciences to investigate the complexities of heart transplantation (an exhibition of work created as part of this project is on show at London Gallery West from 16 October-16 November, 2017). Andrew Carnie is an artist and academic. His artistic practice involves interaction with neurologists and other medical scientists. The work is often time-based, involving slide projection using dissolve systems or video projected onto complex screen configurations. Alexa Wright is an artist and Reader in Visual Culture at University of Westminster. Alexa uses a wide range of media in her work, including photography, video, sound, interactive installation, performance, objects and books. Many of her projects involve collaborations with medical scientists and/or people with medical conditions or disabilities.


Artist and researcher Gemma Anderson will introduce her work in the context of the current AHRC project ‘Representing Biology as Process’ she is working on with Biologist James Wakefield and Philosopher John Dupré at the University of Exeter. Anderson has collaborated on a number of innovative art/science projects including ‘Hidden Geometries’ with the Mathematics Department at Imperial College London; ‘Isomorphology’ and the ‘Cornwall Morphology and Drawing Centre’ with the Natural History Museum, London; and ‘Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists’ (Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009) in collaboration with psychiatrists and patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Freud Museum and the Wellcome Collection, London. Her new book Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science (Intellect Press) will be launched in October 2017.

Image: A Tender Heart, Andrew Carnie, 2014