CHAIRED BY JOHN WEBER
Reception 6:30 PM, Talks begin at 7:00
Yolande Harris: Listening to the Ocean in the Desert: Displaced Sounds, Displaced
Yolande Harris is an artist and scholar exploring ideas of sonic consciousness and
techno-intuition. Her projects consider expanding perception beyond the range of
human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments, and our
relationship to other species. Harris has presented her work internationally over the
last twenty years at the ICA London, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, the House of World
Cultures, Berlin, and more. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at
UC Santa Cruz as Affiliate Faculty with the Digital Arts/New Media MFA program and
Lecturer in the Art Department.
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FICTILIS: Prehistory of a Museum of Capitalism
FICTILIS is the collaborative practice of multimedia artists and curators Andrea Steves
and Timothy Furstnau. The word “FICTILIS” is Latin for “capable of being shaped or
changed; earthen," which refers both to the form of their practice and the role it is
intended to play within a larger culture. Furstnau and Steves completed the Digital
Arts/New Media MFA program of the UC Santa Cruz Art Division in 2016.
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Barry Sinervo: Rock-paper- scissors in biological, social and virtual worlds
Barry Sinervo is a UCSC Full Professor of evolutionary biology and Director of the UC-
wide Institute for the Study of the Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts. He is
currently researching contemporary extinctions of reptiles and amphibians and
changes in plant communities driven by climate change, at sites distributed on five
continents, leading a multinational research team of scientists developing
physiological models of the biotic impacts of climate change on diverse biological
systems, and measuring the biotic impacts of climate from equatorial sites to polar
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Miriam Greenberg: No Place Like Home: Integrating Arts, Humanities, and Social
Sciences to Represent the Affordable Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz
Miriam Greenberg is Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. Her research explores
the intersections of urban political economy, political ecology, geography, and cultural
studies, with particular interest in the dynamics at play in moments of “crisis.” She is
the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (2008), and
co-author with Tulane sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham of Crisis Cities, on post-crisis
redevelopment in New York City following 9/11 and New Orleans following Hurricane
Katrina. Since 2013 she has directed the Critical Sustainabilities project.
This LASER Talk is graciously sponsored by the University of California, Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences.
LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 20 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website.
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