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LASER: Toronto
26 February 2015
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
222 College Street
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Fibers, Textures, Textiles

ArtSci Salon is pleased to announce its second LASER Toronto, part of the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous series in Canada.

First demonstrated in 1801, the Jacquard Loom was meant to facilitate, by partially automatizing, the production of textiles. Today, its punch cards system is credited for being an important step in the history of computing. But the artistry behind weaving, patterns creation, the ability to add textures and layers in computer graphics and animation applications are also inspired by most un-manufactured natureculture items that surround us. For this ArtSci Salon/LASER event, we are going to explore these mechanisms with an eclectic trio of artists-researchers whose work spells the nature of fibers, textures and textiles in non-conventional ways.

Introduction on behalf of Leonardo by Nina Czegledy, Governing Board, Leonardo/ISAST.

Kathryn Walter
The FELT Studio is the multi-disciplinary art and design practice of Kathryn Walter who founded the company as a laboratory to explore the material and culture of modern industrial felt through research, architectural projects and a product line. Influenced by her background in sculpture and site-specific installation, Walter has created a body of work ranging from intimate artworks to large-scale commissions. http://feltstudio.com

Meghan Price
Meghan Price holds a degree in Textile Construction from The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles (2003) and an MFA from Concordia University (2009). Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the U.S., Turkey, Ukraine, Italy, Cuba, Sweden, Argentina and Australia. Price has been the recipient of awards and grants from institutions including the Canada Council of the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She has held residencies at Artspace, Sydney, Open Studio, Toronto and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Meghan Price lives in Toronto and teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and Sheridan College. She is represented by Katzman Contemporary. http://www.meghanprice.com/

Rubaiat Habib
Rubaiat Habib is a Senior Research Scientist, illustrator and designer in Autodesk Research (Toronto). His research interest lies in the design and development of new forms of art, animation and communication tools for end users, facilitating powerful ways of thinking and communication with playful experience. His background in Computer Science and experience in visual arts gave him a unique perspective about technology for creative thinking and self expression. http://rubaiathabib.me/

This event will be streamed live: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/live

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LASER: New York City
7 March 2015
4–7 p.m.

40 E 19th St, #3-R
New York City, NY

NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST’s LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum). Former LEAF Chairs Ellen K. Levy and Patricia Olynyk co-organize these presentations on behalf of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.

Space is limited; to reserve your place, send an email to levy@nyc.rr.com. There will be two feature presentations.

Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault, a collaborative team whose work focuses on the frailty of the human body will discuss their recent artist residency at UNC Charlotte, where they created The Willful Marionette, a 3D-printed stringed marionette that responds in real time to spontaneous human interaction.

Michael Benson, a photographer, writer, filmmaker, book-designer and exhibitions producer will discuss his next exhibition, Worldscapes: Visions of Planetary Space, which will be on view in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London in 2016.

9 March 2015
University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall, FR 115, Bermann Room
7-9:30 p.m.

7:00-7:25: Indrani Baruah (Architect and Visual Artist) on "Cultural Re-Imaginations: Experiments in Creative Placemaking"

7:25-7:50: Christine Metzger (California College of the Arts) on "Lights, Camera...Fiction?"

7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

8:10-8:35: Stephen Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley Labs)

8:35-9:00: Weidong Yang (Kine-tech) on "Data insights through gestural interactive 3D visualization"

9:00pm-9:30pm: Discussions, networking
Mingle with the speakers and other members of the audience

LASER: Stanford
18 March 2014
Stanford University
Alway M106, 291 Campus Drive
7-9:30 p.m.

Please join us for a Special LASER: Stanford, taking place as part of Imagining the Universe, a year-long project organized by an interdisciplinary consortium drawing on departments and programs from across Stanford University. The goal of this project is to explore the nature of the universe through exhibitions, performances, public conversations and courses. Find out more

Guest speakers will include:

Roger Malina, Space scientist, astronomer and Leonardo Executive Editor, on "Art and Science for the Space Age"

Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames on "Imagining Life in the Universe"

Piero Scaruffi, Cognitive scientist, historian, author and Founder of the LASER series, on "TBA"

Katharine Hawthorne, Dancer and choreographer, on "TBA"

Allison Leigh Holt, Interdisciplinary artist, on "The Beginning was the End: Hybrid Reality in Japanese Culture"

*This event is free and open to the public.

Updated 24 February 2015