Programme for London LASER 06, 18 November, Central Saint Martins

London LASER 06
Tuesday 18 November 2014
7.00 – 9.00pm (registration from 6.30pm)
D115/117, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London

The sixth London LASER evening of talks at the intersection of art and science hosts microbiologist Joanna Verran talking about interdisciplinary collaborations, artist Jennifer Crouch on the abstraction and representation of knowledge, and a self-organising open discussion on cross-disciplinary ‘Transactions’ led by Heather Barnett, artist/educator and London LASER Chair.

The event is free but booking is essential:

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 will describe her learning journey through these various collaborations. @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 will talk 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.,

London LASER Chair, Heather Barnett, will lead a self-organising discussion forum on cross-disciplinary ‘Transactions’, stimulated by questions raised by the audience (attendees will be invited to pose questions for discussion prior to the event). The aim of the discussion will be to tease out individual and collective experiences and ‘value’ of working outside of disciplinary bounds. @HeatherABarnett

Please note this event starts slightly later than usual. Registration will be open from 6.30pm, starting at 7pm.

London LASER 03 programme announced

London LASER 03
Tuesday 20 May 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London,
1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

The third London LASER for 2014 hosts a dialogue with artist Alice Ladenburg and physicist Iain Woodhouse about The Y of Sky – The Art and Science of Earth Observation; Michelle Lewis-King presents Pulse Project, a performance study at the intersections between art, science, east, west, self and other; and Samantha Moore presents Some Sort of Coloured Quilt, a collaborative animated responses to synaesthesia.

The event is free but booking is essential:

Artist Alice Ladenburg (at London Laser) and physicist Iain Woodhouse (at an ASCUS event in Edinburgh) will discuss 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: Alice Ladenburg is an artist and creative facilitator:, Iain Woodhouse is Professor of Applied Earth Observation at The University of Edinburgh:

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 will create a discussion and demonstration of 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.  and

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 will be talking 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.  and


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 The Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.

London LASER 02 programme announced

London LASER 02

Tuesday 18 March 2014

6.30 – 9.00pm (talks start at 6.50pm)

Room E003, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

The second London LASER for 2014 hosts artist and professor Rob Kesseler talking about his ‘life through a lens’, writer and curator Jasia Reichardt on the origins of the Gaberbocchus Common Room, and artist Sophia Kosmaoglou discussing the current Encyclopedia Galactica exhibition at GV art gallery.

The event is free but booking is essential:

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 will be talking 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.

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 will talk 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 will talk about the current 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.

London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and The Lens) and University of Westminster (Broad Vision art/science research and learning project and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST.