Programme announced for London LASER – 17 February, University of Westminster

London LASER 07
Tuesday 17 February 2015
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration/drinks from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The seventh London LASER evening of talks at the intersection of art and science hosts interdisciplinary curator and writer Bronac Ferran, scholar and artist Timothy J Senior, and kinetic light sculptor Paul Friedlander, guest chaired by Laura Plana Gracia.

The event is free but booking is required: londonlaser07.eventbrite.co.uk

Bronac Ferran is a curator, researcher and writer who works at the interfaces between arts, science, technologies and other disciplines. She set up and led the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Arts Council England until 2007 and established numerous national and international partnerships and initiatives including the Arts Council England/AHRC Art and Science Research Fellowships Programme and the ACE/RSA Arts and Ecology initiative. She has been on juries for Transmediale (2009) and Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts (2009 & 2010) and a Senior Tutor Research at the Royal College of Art. In 2012 she curated ‘Poetry Language Code’ and in 2015 is co-curating ‘Graphic Constellations: Visual Poetry & the Properties of Space’ at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge. Her presentation draws on two texts, ‘Mind Over Media’ commissioned by the RCA, FACT and Liverpool University Press in 2013 and ‘Neuromorphobia’ to be published by Archive Books Berlin (ed.Warren Neidich) later this year based on her talk at the ‘Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism’ conference, Goldsmiths, 2014.   boundaryobject.org   @floatingstones

Dr Timothy J. Senior is a scholar and artist, currently serving as a Knowledge Exchange Researcher for the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His work asks how contemporary forms of practice in the arts, sciences and humanities might be opened up to new collaborative influences. Following his D.Phil. in Systems Neuroscience (Oxford 2008), he has explored these issues through an artist residency at Duke University (US) and visiting lectureships at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany) spanning the arts, neuroscience, digital humanities, and the social and political sciences. In 2012 he was awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, concluding with an internationally-oriented conference and exhibition on performative methods in scientific practice. Tim will be taking up this theme in his talk, exploring how performance-based methods may revolutionize the study of complex systems and our understanding of disciplinary research.   art-sci.info

Paul Friedlander is an independent kinetic light sculptor and scientific artist based in London. He will give a telescopic talk on his career spanning more than 40 years from his early influence by Cybernetic art, his involvement with stage lighting for avant-garde music and subsequent development of his unique artistic media. The talk will be followed by a performance with hand held kinetic sculptures and chromastrobic light, a form of light he invented. Paul studied physics and mathematics at Sussex University and fine art at Exeter Art College. His youthful ambitions to become a cosmologist have continued to influence his art, exploring mathematical and scientific ideas in light. Some of his earliest work was based on catastrophe theory and chaos. He has a continuing interest in waves, creating many kinetic works using their mathematics in custom software he writes as part of his hybrid art.   paulfriedlander.com

Guest chaired by researcher and curator, Laura Plana Gracia.
elektronische-art-and-music.com   @elektronischeAM

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London LASER 04 programme announced

London LASER 04
Tuesday 17 June 2014
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)
University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The fourth London LASER for 2014 hosts Rob La Frenais in conversation with Los Ferronautas, Cristina Miranda de Almeida on the Internet of Things, and Chris Freemantle on art and science collaborations in medicine and ecology.

The event is free but booking is essential: londonlaser04.eventbrite.co.uk

Los Ferronautas (Ivan Puig and Andres Padilla Domene) will be in discussion with Rob La Frenais, curator, about their project SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220. Between 2006 and 2011, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe) exploring Mexico’s abandoned railways: http://www.seft1.com. This iconic railway infrastructure now lies in ruins, much of it abandoned due to the privatisation of the railway system in 1995, when many passenger trains were withdrawn, lines cut off and communities isolated. They will discuss how the SEFT-1 vehicle, coming to London in June, works as a ‘transmitter of stories’ about people lives and the way the are affected by infrastructure. The Arts Catalyst and Furtherfield present the project in Finsbury Park opening June 20, more details here: http://www.artscatalyst.org/projects/detail/ferronautas/

Cristina Miranda de Almeida holds a European PhD in Art (UPV/EHU, 2005), is Lecturer at the Department of Art and Technology, University of the Basque Country and a Visiting Scholar and external researcher at the Research Programme on Medi@ctions # Digital Culture Group (IN3/UOC), Barcelona.  She is collaborating with SEAD network and Project T₂EIA – Transdisciplinary Telematic Environment for Interactive Arts, with the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro/NANO, with the International Journal of McLuhan Studies and NoemaLab Journal. Her presentation in London Laser will focus on art and the impact of Internet of Things on the production of hybrid materialities and identities.

Chris Fremantle will focus on two current collaborations between arts and sciences: Nil by Mouth is a project involving emerging artists toggling between food producing communities and the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme Environmental Change, Food, Land and People (2013 ongoing).  The second is the residency programme between the MFA Art, Space and Nature at Edinburgh College of Art and the Cardiovascular Sciences Research Group at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh (2009 ongoing). Chris works as a producer and researcher working with artists (and designers and architects) working in public.  In addition to the projects above, his current work is strategic: working on Scotland’s national public art development programme, and on Design in Action, an AHRC KE Hub, and on the ground: producing the Therapeutic Design and Arts Strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals.

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: londonlaser02.eventbrite.co.uk

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. http://www.robkesseler.co.uk

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. www.gvart.co.uk

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.