London LASER 16 May – programme

London LASER 21

Tuesday 16 May 2017

6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)

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



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

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


London LASER presents an evening of talks on art and science interactions: with Astrid Alben on poetry and science; Annie Cattrell and Marius Kwint on transformation; and Mellissa Fisher and Mark Clements on negotiated practice.


Artist Annie Cattrell and art historian and curator Marius Kwint will discuss and reflect upon their current exhibition (until 20th May, symposium 12th) and Annie’s forthcoming public artwork, both entitled Transformation, for the new Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University. As the title suggests, the subject is metamorphosis, from ancient bodies to modern materials. Annie Cattrell teaches at the Royal College of Art and was previously Reader in Fine Art at De Montfort University. She has completed several important public art commissions, including the award-winning New Biochemistry Building at the University of Oxford and at Oxford Brookes University, and is currently lead artist at the New Museums Site at the University of Cambridge. Marius Kwint is Reader in Visual Culture at the University of Portsmouth. His curatorial credits with Annie as a contributing artist include Einfach Komplex on branching forms in science and visual culture and the highly popular Brains at Wellcome Collection and MSI Manchester. In 2015 he was co-curator of a critically acclaimed Venice Biennale event, Frontiers Reimagined.


Astrid Alben is a poet published by Arc Publications. Her poems and essays are widely published, including in the Times Literary Supplement, Best of British Poetry Anthology and Granta. Alben is also the Artistic Director of PARS, inviting artists and scientists to share their thoughts and research around particular topics in a publication series and at location specific events mixing art, theatre and scientific experiment. She is a Rijksakademie Fellow and a Wellcome Trust Fellow and recently appeared on BBC Radio 4 to talk about her fascination with scientific methodologies and how this impacts her poetry. Astrid Alben will read from her poems and explore how science has influenced their construction. @astridalben


Artist Mellissa Fisher has collaborated extensively with Mark Clements, an established microbiologist and Professor in Science Education at the University of Lincoln, for five years. Together they have created a series of ‘living sculptures’, revealing the invisible microflora of the human skin. They have contributed to Invisible You, a Wellcome Trust funded human microbiome exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall and more recently they were commissioned by a production company to create a life size human bacterial sculpture for a BBC documentary on antimicrobial resistance to be broadcast in May 2017.  Mellissa Fisher and Mark Clements will talk about ‘negotiated practice’, exploring the relationships between artist, scientist, and the external agencies commissioning their work.


Programme announced for next London LASER, 21 Oct

London LASER 05
Tuesday 21 October 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The next London LASER focuses on people, processes and play, with Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz reflecting on their collaboration ‘Lost in Fathoms’, Sally Annett presenting an interactive contemplation, and Liane Fredericks facilitating interdisciplinary interactions. Be prepared to participate!

The event is free but booking is essential:

Lost In Fathoms: A conversation on art and science collaborations at the dawn of the Anthropocene.’ Anaïs Tondeur and Jean-Marc Chomaz will reflect 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 29th, 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 presents ‘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 explores 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 will facilitate 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 will touch 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