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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). Space is limited, so please. There will be four feature presentations by Ken Botnick, Orshi Drozdik, Vibha Galhotra, and Adrianne Wortzel.

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CHAIRS: Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk

Ken Botnick has worked with the book in various forms for almost 40 years, producing limited edition artist books in his studio and designing books for publishers and galleries. Collections include the Library of Congress, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The Getty Center, New York Public Library, the Beinecke Library, and many others.  A Fulbright Fellowship at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India led to a series of articles on the influence of craft in design thinking, a concept he calls Subtle Technology. Current work examines the relationship of sequence, transparency, and memory, major themes explored in his recent book, Diderot Project

Orshi Drozdik is a Hungarian-born artist based in NY who conducts taxonomic critiques of science. Her work includes Adventure in Technos Dystopium, a theoretical and visual deconstruction of scientific representation and Love letters to the Medical Venus. The latter was inspired in part by her experience with the Medical Venus in Vienna, which has played a significant role in the history of art across the international arts scene.  Research, female identity, the myth of objectivity of science, and their representation in art have been the ongoing driving forces for her creative production.

Vibha Galhotra is a recent awardee of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency in 2016. She is currently an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of Anthropocene. Galhotra believes that aesthetics and art can be a starting point towards addressing the adversities of the present and bringing in change. Her work, consequently, crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism. While she claims that she is an artist and not an activist, however, her work is imbued with social responsibility. Galhotra's work spans photography, animation, found objects, performative objects, installation, and sculpture to create experiential spaces.  She lives and works in Delhi, India.  

Adrianne Wortzel is a new media artist and writer. Support for her work includes grants from the National Science Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art,. Exhibition venues include the Asheville Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ars Electronica (Austria), and Modern Museet (Stockholm). Residency awards include Swiss Artists in Labs Award at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich, Eyebeam Atelier, and Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Wortzel will discuss her current text based works, “Solace and Perpetuity,” an algorithmically arranged memoir, and “See No Evil” a pentimento text and image diary in progress.



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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.

December 17th, 2017 4:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
40 E 19th Street
Apt. 3R
Levy Studios
New York, NY 10003-1303
United States

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