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LASER Talks in London

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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.

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CHAIRS: Heather Barnett and John R A Smith.

London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science) and University of Westminster (CREAM), and has been running since February 2014.

 

London LASER Labs presents:

Re:Thinking Space

7th November 2018

 

 

London LASER returns for the third installment of London LASER Labs - a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through an evening of interactivity, talks and discussion.

 

We are in the midst of both an incredible and challenging space age. How can we harness the information, collected in silo, from the fields of cosmology and quantum physics to conceive of a more unified vision of how the universe (and us) are put together? Within science and culture - what new models of thought could we foster? How do creativity and consciousness fit into this emerging paradigm? How can we rethink our practices to swerve the impasse some are labelling a new 'Dark Age'?...

 

Part 1 Re:Thinking Space Playlab: 5.15pm - 6.30pm

Join us in the PlayLAB workshop where we will be imagining the universe through interactive investigations with Dr Natasha Almeida, Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum and artists Lisa Pettibone, Lois Bentley and Olga Suchanova. The event is free but booking is required.

 

Part 2 Re:Thinking Space Talks: 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Join us for stimulating talks by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field, physicists Dr. Ceri Brenner and Dr. Cham Ghag, artist Susan Ayre and cosmologist Dr. Thomas Kitching compered by the Arts Catalysts’ Nicola Triscott. The event is free but booking is required.

 

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Part 1: Joining us for the Re:Thinking Space workshop...

 

Dr Natasha Almeida, Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, provides a rare opportunity to handle specimens of meteorites from the inner solar system and an opportunity to investigate the objects in terms of their form, material, texture and hue.

Image: Natural History Museum

 

Lisa Pettibone, alumna of the Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science programme and current Artist in Residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory invites you to explore the concept of imagined space through paper sculpture. You’ll transform 2D material into 3D hanging objects through surface manipulation and gravitational force.

Image: Lisa Pettibone Art

Artist and LASER co-programme lead Lois Bentley will be facilitating a workshop designed by fellow artist Olga Suchanova and invite guests to create celestial images with invisible light. Traditional printmaking meets cutting edge chemistry using strontium aluminate - a substance that consumers energy before re-emitting as light.

Image: Olga Suchanova

 

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Part 2: Joining us for the Re:Thinking Space talks...

 

DR. CERI BRENNER, PLASMA PHYSICIST

Dr Ceri Brenner is a senior application development scientist for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Central Laser Facility. She is a plasma physicist and innovator who uses the most powerful lasers in the world to study what happens when extreme bursts of light come into contact with matter. She is using this knowledge to design new X-ray technology that can see through steel with micro resolution!

 

 

DR. THOMAS KITCHING, COSMOLOGIST

Thomas Kitching is the Science Co-Lead for the ESA’s Euclid Mission launching in 2021 to map the geometry of the Dark Universe by observing thousands of millions of galaxies. He will be discussing the mission and where the search for Dark Matter and Dark Energy might be headed in the next few years.

 

SUSAN EYRE, ARTIST

Susan Eyre is interested in the unseen activity of matter in the universe and intangible phenomena which cannot be explained in terms of materiality, such as the aura of place and the dream of paradise. She is led by a curiosity about how we encounter the physical and the spiritual world and the structures that we put in place to facilitate an escape from reality.

Susan Eyre, Nothing Is Still

 

DR CHAMKAUR GHAG, PHYSICIST

Dr Chamkaur Ghag is an associate professor of physics at University College London where he leads the direct dark matter research group. Chamkaur is an expert in rare-event searches using noble gas time projection chamber technology and in low-background techniques, using them to conduct research in the hunt for dark matter and other rare physics processes for over 15 years.

 

COMPERE: NICOLA TRISCOTT

The event will be compered by Nicola Triscott, a cultural producer, curator and writer, specialising in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founding Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science.

 

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This is the last of three London LASER Labs sessions planned for 2018.

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About London LASER Labs

Throughout 2018 London LASER is operating as London LASER Labs - a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through evenings of interactivity, talks and discussion. London LASER is facilitated by the MA Art and Science programme, Central Saint Martins and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Teaching and Learning fund.


 

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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.

November 7th, 2018 5:15 PM   through   9:00 PM
1 Granary Square
Central Saint Martins, Room C303
University of the Arts
King's Cross, LON N1C 4AA
United Kingdom

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