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LASER Talks in Alberta

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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.

CHAIR: Marilène Oliver


Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) on February 24th April in the Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2C1.

On April 24th, 2018, the Art Gallery of Alberta will be featuring two artists and art historian to cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. The theme of this LASERAlberta is Art and Science at the AGA.  There is free admission to the galleries. The following will be speaking from 6 PM to 7.30PM:


Gloria Mok - Between Stethoscope and Brush- observations and musings of a Generalist

Gloria Mok will share her personal journey with science and art. Mok will reflect on her creative process and how her work as a physician and administrator has enriched her art practice. This talk coincides with Mok’s exhibition Metamophosis which is currently on show at the AGA.

Gloria Mok is an Edmonton artist whose art practice focuses on science and medicine. She uses diverse media including drawing, painting, collage as well others such as x-ray and computer technology. Her interest stems from her education and profession in medicine. Art education began after she became a doctor, initially at Langara College in Vancouver; subsequently she was a special student at University of Alberta. She attended various art residencies at Emma Lake, Prairie North and Banff Centre. She has exhibited at public galleries in Edmonton, Calgary and Medicine Hat. She received funding from Alberta Art Foundation and Canada Council for a collaborative residency. Her works are in the collections of Alberta Art Foundation, University of Alberta Hospital and Alberta Art Gallery. Her work as a physician and administrator has enriched her art.

Lianne McTavish - Anatomical Looking in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

Lianne McTavish explores the history of anatomical looking, understanding vision as an historically and culturally specific act. She emphasizes three rare early modern cases in which the active role of the designer of anatomical images was fleshed out in detail, discussing images of difficult birth, ectopic pregnancy, and dissected tapeworm fragments from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Lianne McTavish is Professor of the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, where she offers courses in early modern visual culture, the history of the body, and critical museum theory. She has published articles and books on early modern childbirth in France, bodybuilding culture, and natural history museums in Canada. Her current research focuses on, among other things, the cultural history of tapeworms, and the small town and rural museums in Alberta:

Larry Louie - Beyond the Darkness

Larry Louie is an Edmonton optometrist using photography to share his vision of humanity.  His dual career as an optometrist and an international award winning humanitarian documentary photographer has led him to all corners of the world.  Larry has dedicated his life to improving not only people’s vision of their own world, but also their perspective of the world around them.  He hopes to tell the stories that will make a difference revealing the light of humanity in the darkest of place he has been. In his presentation Larry will share how he brings the duality of his work together, the clinician and the photographer.


University of Alberta

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 30 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.


April 24th, 2018 6:00 PM   through   11:30 PM
2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq
Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

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