LASER Talks in New York City

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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 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.

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, former IDSVA Special Advisor in the Arts and Sciences and Patricia Olynyk, Director, Graduate School of Art, Washington University co-direct these presentations to promote dialogue at the highest level among artists, scientists, scholars, and historians. Space is limited, so please rsvp. There will be feature presentations by Janet Biggs, Jane Prophet, and DJ Spooky.


Janet Biggs is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow known primarily for her work in video, photography, and performance. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museos de Tenerife; Neuberger Museum of Art: SCAD Museum of Art; Blaffer Art Museum; and d'art contemporain de Montréal, and reviews and articles on her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art in America, and ARTNews. Expanding her interest in art and science, she has collaborated with aerospace engineers, astrophysicists, medical doctors researching deep space medicine and biotechnology, Yemeni refugees, a robot and cyborg drummer. Biggs will speak about her work that looks at far ends of the spectrum of human movement in pursuit of new possibilities. This has taken her into areas of conflict and refugee camps in the Horn of Africa and to Mars (as a member of crew 181 at the Mars Desert Research Station, crew Mars Academy USA 1120, Medics V and upcoming MAU MARS MEDICS MID-FIDELITY MISSION (MMM) crew to Nepal, Himalaya). 


Jane Prophet is an artist, professor, and Associate Dean for Research, Creative Work, and Strategic Initiatives at Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan. Her practice-based research and writing emerges through collaborations with life scientists such as neuroscientists, stem cell researchers, mathematicians and heart surgeons. She works across media and disciplines to produce objects and installations, frequently combining traditional and computational media to produce apps, objects and installations. Prophet will discuss models for developing and funding art-science research in universities, using current personal work as examples. These include: a chronic pain research collaboration bringing funding and partners from across departments and an air quality data app that grows AR bonsai trees from live data. This is an example of an international project planned with multiple outcomes across art, HCI and science.


Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. His written work has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum and he is the Editor of Origin Magazine. Miller’s work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Miami/Art Basel fair. Miller’s award-winning book “Rhythm Science” was published by MIT Press 2004, and was followed by “Sound Unbound,” an anthology about electronic music and digital media, in 2008. “The Book of Ice”, an experiential visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, was published in 2011 by Random House. Miller will present his work, including his latest project “QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet,” a multimedia performance and installation based on the history and evolution of the internet.

February 17th, 2019 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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