Laser Talks in Santa Fe | Leonardo/ISAST

Laser Talks in Santa Fe

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LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.


CHAIRS: Andrea Polli and Susan Latham


Biocultura will present the second Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Talk Santa Fe on Friday, February 2nd beginning at 7 PM at Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Rooms. The event is free.


Biocultura will present a winter LASER Talk with pioneers of holography and Santa Fe residents Rebecca Deem and Fred Unterseher.

Doors will open at 6:30 with the opportunity to view stunning works of holography. At 7:00 the presentations will begin.

Entitled: “The Physics and Nature of Perception, Demonstrated Through Holography,” Deem and Unterseher will speak on the art and science that has informed their decades-long careers in holography. The two presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.


Fred Unterseher was a pioneering member of the San Francisco School of Holography and now has over 45 years working with holography as an art medium. As a member of ANT FARM an art/media collective, he contributed during the dome and inflatable years. He.  He considers holography to offer an opportunity for exploring relationships between science/technology and art/consciousness. His views are based on his remark "All we see is light related to space/time, which the eye/brain decodes into “meaningful” information.” Combining holography with other media he expresses concepts and explores ideas covering light, kinetics, consciousness, visual perception, science, and community and has exhibited and lectured internationally.

Rebecca Deem has worked with holography as an art medium for over 40 years.  The nature of holography, she finds, offers an opportunity to explore dimension in ways not previously encountered such as upside down, inside out and spatially backward images. Holograms are actually interference patterns and increasing recognition acknowledges the part patterns affect not only human emotions but by which “visual” information or “coded light” is processed by the human organism. “Seeing” as a learned experience leads us to explore how we perceive our experiences, real, imagined or manipulated and in turn brings greater awareness of how we create our world”.

Deem has exhibited worldwide with artworks included in public and private collections.



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 28 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website

The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

February 2nd, 2018 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
6401 Richards Ave
West Building, Lecture Hall, follow yellow balloons
Santa Fe, NM 87508
United States

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