LASER Talks in Alberta

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The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. Find out more @ lasertalks

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On 29th October 2020, the University of Alberta will be featuring an artist & writer, software developer & musician to cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their work as it relates to The Cloud.  A Zoom link will be emailed upon registering. The following will be speaking from 6 PM to 7.30PM MDT



J.R Carpenter: The Gathering Cloud


J. R. Carpenter will present her hybrid print and web-based work The Gathering Cloud. Part critical essay, part hypertextual collage, this interdisciplinary project aims to address the environmental impact of so-called cloud storage through the oblique strategy of calling attention to the materiality of clouds in the sky. Both are commonly perceived to be infinite resources, both vast and ephemeral; both, decidedly, are not.


J. R. Carpenter is an award-winning artist, writer, and practice-led researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. She is a fellow of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Moore Institute at the Northern University of Ireland in Galway. She is currently Writer in Residence at In the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.


Abram Hindle: A Software Developer's Perspective on the use of Cloud Services for Sound Art

In this talk Abram Hindle will discuss his personal use of cloud services and the web for developing and distributing audio instruments. The talk will cover Abram's research on cloud computing and computer music interfaces ranges from leveraging captive wifi portals to deploy instruments to audience members, using cloud computing for musical synthesis, and coordinating virtual machines in the cloud into a larger synthesizer cloud. He has researched the interaction between computer security and computer music, and what could be done if one were to exploit the weaknesses of computer music instruments. Abram will also discuss the benefit of the cloud for web-based development, deployment, and distribution of computer music interfaces, especially to mobile devices.

Abram Hindle is an associate professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on problems relating to mining software repositories, improving software engineering-oriented information retrieval with contextual information, the impact of software maintenance on software energy consumption, and how software engineering informs computer music. He likes applying machine learning in music, art, and science. Sadly, Abram has no taste in music and produces reprehensible sounding noise using his software development abilities. Abram received a PhD in computer science from the University of Waterloo, and Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Victoria.

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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.


October 29th, 2020 6:00 PM   through   7:30 PM

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