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.

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Launch event programme confirmed

London LASER 01

Tuesday 18 February

6.00 – 8.30pm (talks start at 6.30pm)

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The programme of speakers for the first London LASER event brings together two pioneers of London’s art/science cultural scene and an interdisciplinary antipodean guest. Nicola Triscott will discuss some seminal moments of Arts Catalyst’s 20 year history, Daniel Glaser will share his vision for the new Science Gallery London due to open in 2016, and David Finnigan will talk about engaging audiences through climate science theatre.

Nicola Triscott is the founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts commissioning organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science. Now in its 20th year, The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 100 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Otolith Group, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, and Stefan Gec, and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with many arts, science and academic organisations internationally. Underpinning The Arts Catalyst’s commissions and exhibitions are its extensive research strand and its programme of critical discussion events, talks and workshops. Nicola will discuss some of The Arts Catalyst’s seminal projects and investigatory themes from two decades of practice. artscatalyst.org

Dr Daniel Glaser is a neuroscientist who has worked for many years promoting public engagement with science. He is Director of Science Gallery London at King’s College London. He was previously Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust responsible for all external funding for public engagement and the arts. His scientific background involves brain imaging of the visual system. In 2002 he was appointed ‘Scientist in Residence’ at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 received a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented and contributed to numerous BBC television and radio programmes. Daniel will be talking about building a new venue where art and science collide and how that functions at the interface between the university and the city. london.sciencegallery.com

David Finnigan is an Australian science-theatre artist and festival director. With science-theatre ensemble Boho, David creates interactive performances working with research scientists from organisations such as University College London, CSIRO and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Boho has presented work for the Asia-Pacific Complex Systems Science Conference, TEDx Canberra, the Brisbane Festival Under The Radar, the Battersea Arts Centre and the ACT Street Theatre. David will talk about the Best Festival Ever project he has produced in collaboration with the University College London Environment Institute and UK theatre company Coney. Best Festival Ever: How To Manage A Disaster is a show about Systems Science for 25 players that takes place around a table. modellingplay.wordpress.com

Tickets are free but booking is essential at: https://londonlaser01.eventbrite.co.uk