Booking open for LondonLASER – 17 May at Central Saint Martins

London LASER 15

Tuesday 17 May 2016

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C202, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
 Kings Cross, London


The event is free but please book to reserve a place:


London LASER 15 hosts Brett Wilson on embodied realism; Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado on art and science trends covered in CLOT Magazine; and Louise Beer and Melanie King on astronomical explorations.

Brett Wilson is a retired scientist and a founder member of the research group Project Dialogue, bringing together artists and scientists to explore commonalities across research in the arts and sciences. Until recently he was the “scientist in residence” in the faculty of art and design at the University of the West of England and is co-editor of ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’. Brett will be exploring how, in a postmodern world, the original enlightenment sensibilities separating art and science have come under scrutiny with the emergence of a vigorous ArtScience movement. Lakoff and Johnson’s recent work on embodied realism, linking our powers of metaphor-infused thought and imagination to our sensorimotor faculties and experiences, effectively avoids the restrictions of a mind-body dichotomy and can be used to create a new aesthetic framework for ArtScience.

CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art and science explorations, curated and edited by Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. Founded and based in London, CLOT Magazine curates intellectual content, generates debate and creates new frontiers of exploration by researching trends in areas of: bio design, bio art, human art, sound art, computing art, bio robotics, kinetics, synthetic biology, molecular gastronomy, artech and speculative design. They will talk about some current trends and compelling conversations across the Bio.Art.Tech spectrum; from artists, innovators and influencers to thinkers, writers, curators and scientists. Meritxell Rosell holds a PhD in Biomedicine and Biochemistry, BSc in Biology, MSc in Molecular Biology and Postgraduate in Philosophy. Lula Criado holds a BSc in Pharmacy, BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and MA in Coolhunting and Trends.

@ClotMagazine      @lula_clotmag      @dancingmoog

Louise Beer and Melanie King graduated from the MA Art & Science degree at Central Saint Martins in 2013 and have since collaborated on a number of projects. They are directors of Lumen Studios which, co-founded in 2014, has produced a number of exhibitions, film screenings and light installations in London churches. These events focus on themes of astronomy and light and intend to raise dialogue about how humanity understands existence. Lumen Studios also run an annual residency in Atina, Italy and have secured a gallery and events space in the crypt of St John on Bethnal Green. They are also co-founders of Aether, a curatorial project focused on the philosophical aspects of astronomy and space exploration; recently exhibited at the Jarvis Dooney Galerie in Berlin, and at Imperial College London 29 April – 23 May 2016. Louise and Melanie will talk about their artistic practices and curatorial projects.   @MelanieKKing     @ SpaceWolf__


Programme announced for 19 May 2015

London LASER 09
Tuesday 19 May 2015
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

C202, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

The ninth event in the London LASER series presents a group of Art/Science practitioners talking about their work, how they became interested in transdisciplinary research and how they go about working in collaborative ventures. The event has been organised by Brett Wilson and will be chaired by Barbara Hawkins, both founder members of the transdisciplinary research group ‘Project Dialogue’ and co-editors of the publication ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’.

The event is free but please book:

Iain Biggs is a Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University and UWE, Bristol, and an independent teacher, researcher and artist who publishes regularly on a variety of topics. He is a co-ordinator of PLaCE International, an arts-led research network, and of the Mapping Spectral Traces international network. At present he is working with NOVA on a hydro-citizenship project in Bristol. His talk will provide a general context for thinking about particular projects involving five artists – Christine Baeumler, Cathy Fitzgerald, Antony Lyons, Perdita Phillips, and Deirdre O’Mahony – who all work in different ways in the Art/Science field.  Iain will stress the ’social engagement and/or educational’ aspect of their work as a distinguishing element.

Shelley James completed her PhD last year at the Royal College of Art in London, before which she studied printmaking at the University of West England, Bristol and textiles at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. She is currently teaching at the Institute of Making at UCL and has collaborative projects running with the mathematician Sir Roger Penrose and the crystallographer Professor Brian Sutton, supported by Arts Council England as well as a patient engagement programme with Moorfields Eye Hospital. The Gordon Museum of Pathology at King’s College London holds a permanent installation of her work exploring DNA. Shelley will discuss recent projects exploring the role of materiality in science-art collaboration.

Helen Pynor is an artist with a scientific background and whose practice has focused on philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones such as the life-death border and the spatial/material basis of consciousness. Her work is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific and clinical institutions such as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden where she is currently Artist-in-Residence. Helen’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Russia), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Science Gallery Dublin, Australian Centre for Photography and Wellcome Collection.

Simon Read is a visual artist who works closely with the processes and dynamic of environmental change.  At present he holds an Associate Professorship in Fine Art at Middlesex University and is an associate member of the Art and Environment Network of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. Using case studies from his work on intertidal infrastructure projects with coastal and estuarine communities on the Suffolk Coast, Simon will explore the importance of the links between a speculative approach to experience as an artist, a firm understanding of the scientific and engineering principles of a project on the ground and a broad conceptual basis for research afforded by interdisciplinary academic networks.

Brett Wilson is a recently retired scientist and a founder member of Project Dialogue, a research group bringing together artists and scientists to explore commonalities across research in the arts and sciences.  Over the last six years he has acted as a “scientist in residence” in the faculty of art and design at the University of the West of England and is co-editor of the recently published book ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’. Brett will be talking about blurred lines, communities of practice and the role of metaphors in science’s conceptual models.

LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER is the first of the series to take place in Europe. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting. London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and LENS) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), and chaired by Heather Barnett. LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology).