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, Artist
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, Physicist
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.
COMPERE: NICOLA TRISCOTT
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.
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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.