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18 Nov 2014
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E Lee Rd Austin, TX 78704

Inspired by a noticeable trend of growing interest in the convergence of art, science and technology, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum (UMLAUF) in partnership with Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology will host its fourth LASER: ATX event on November 18. The engaging series is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers will include:
Craig Newswanger, Optics and Holography inventor, research, and maker. Newswanger is an internationally recognized holographer and inventor. Suzanne A Pierce, University of Texas Assistant Director of the Digital Media Collaboratory. Nancy Hairston, President of Van Duzen Inc. With 17 years of experience as a traditional sculptor and digital technologist, Nancy Hairston is interested in the integration of 3D technologies in the creation and manufacture of sculptural products. Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, an early stage biotech start-up developing innovative, tissue engineered products for wound-healing, burns and reconstructive surgery.

Following the speaker presentations, an open discussion will commence where participation is welcomed and encouraged from all attendees.

18 November 2014
D115/117, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London,
1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London
7:00 - 9:00pm (registration from 6:30pm)

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: http://londonlaser06.eventbrite.co.uk

Joanna Verran is Professor of Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on the interactions occurring between microorganisms and inert surfaces. Jo’s presentation will describe her learning journey through these various collaborations. http://www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/intheloop @JoVerran

Jennifer Crouch presents ‘A Commentary on Illustrated Models of the Cosmos and the Metaphorisation of Nature’. 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. http://www.jennifercrouch.com/">www.jennifercrouch.com, www.jigglingatoms.org

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. www.heatherbarnett.co.uk @HeatherABarnett

20 November 2014
OBORO New Media Lab
Studio 1, 2nd Floor
4001 Berri Street (at Duluth)
Montréal, Québec H2L 4H2

Moderators & Participants

Nina Czegledy, independent curator from Toronto and Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board member, will introduce the LASER series and Joanna Berzowska will act as moderator of the event.

Alice Jarry, recipient of an Hexagram Student Grant, is completing a Masters degree in Visual and Media arts at UQAM.

Brigitte Kerhervé is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UQAM. Her researches include quality of service (QoS) management, metadata for multimedia databases as well as advanced database systems to support distributed and adaptive multimedia applications. She collaborates with artists-researchers (www.arc-phono.ca) investigating computing techniques for the needs of media artists and creators working with new narratives in audio and video.

Maroun Massabki is the Director of Development and Innovation at Optech, a college technology transfer center (CTTC) specialized in photonics optics.

About LASER Hexagram Montreal
Thanks to collaborator Nina Czegledy, independent curator and Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto, the LASER series is presented for the first time in Canada. In Montreal, round table discussions aligned with Hexagram’s research axes will bring together members, students and invited guests.

Hexagram is an international network dedicated to research-creation in the fields of media arts, design, technology and digital culture. Consisting of over one hundred members working from its two main research antennas at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Concordia University, with additional researchers at l’Université de Montréal, l’École de technologie supérieure, l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and McGill University. The network also collaborates with industry, arts and cultural organisations in Québec, across Canada, and around the world (Europe, Latin America, the United States, Asia and Australia).


11 DECEMBER 2014
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Register here

5:30 - 6:00pm (registration)

This month, DASER explores the theme of art and environment in conjunction with the exhibition Collapse, an installation created in response to the global crisis occurring in the world's fisheries and the current threat for the unraveling of the Gulf of Mexico's food chain following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

5:30 to 6:00 pm Check in and time to view Brandon Ballengee's Collapse exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery.

6:00 to 6:15 pm Welcoming remarks and community sharing time. Anyone in the audience working at the intersection of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.

6:15 to 7:15 pm Panelists' presentations (15 minutes each)
Brandon Ballengee, artist, biologist, and environmental educator, New York City
Benjamin Dubansky, University of North Texas, Department of Biological Sciences, Developmental Integrative Biology Cluster, Denton
Ariel Trahan, director of education, Anacostia Watershed Society, Washington, D.C.
Kim Waddell, senior program officer, Gulf Research Program, The National Academies, Washington, D.C.
JD Talasek, facilitator; director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

7:15 to 8:15 pm Discussion

8:15 to 9:00 pm Reception in the Great Hall and time to view Brandon Ballengee's Collapse exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery

To register, visit http://www.cpnas.org/events/daser-112014.html

Updated 17 November 2014