CHAIRS: Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk
NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST’s LEAF
Katherine Behar's interactive installations, videos, performances, and writings explore gender and labor in digital culture. Her work appears regularly throughout North America and Europe, and received a comprehensive survey exhibition at Pera Museum, Istanbul, in 2016. Her books include Object-Oriented Feminism, Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity, and And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art. Based in Brooklyn, she is Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Behar will present recent works that continue her low-fi critique of high-tech culture under an umbrella project called “Artificial Ignorance,” including a new robotic installation that transforms empty office chairs into despondent driverless vehicles and a blockchain guessing game between two Alexas.
Dirk Trauner was born in Linz, Austria and he studied biology and chemistry in Vienna, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Following
Lorraine Walsh is a new media artist who holds a joint position in the arts and sciences at Stony Brook University in New York as Artistic Director and Curator of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and Visiting Associate Professor of Art. She is former Chair and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she created a new pedagogy and curriculum with her colleagues. Walsh also taught at Pratt Institute and worked at The Brodsky Center for Printmaking and Papermaking at Rutgers University. Her lifelong passion is discovery at the nexus of art and science and her research—inspired by science, nature and the environment—has been exhibited internationally. Walsh will discuss the relationship between the arts and sciences, the role it plays at a physics and mathematical research center, and how it informs her work.
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.
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.
New York, NY 10003-1303