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 20 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.
There will be feature presentations by Ursula Endlicher, Michelle Jaffe, and Zachary Kaplan
Ursula Endlicher creates technology-based performances and installations that use live Internet data. Recurring themes explore the nature of the web and the behavior of its users as well as the exploitation of the Internet’s inherent architecture: HTML language. HTML (and later XML) tags are translated into a set of dance movements, thus making the web code visible and physical. Her work has been exhibited widely in exhibitions that include transmediale, SIGGRAPH, and Zero1.
Michelle Jaffe is an artist who creates participatory installations that interweave sculpture, sound, and video. She employs a large array of materials to create immersive environments that explore psychic and architectural space. She probes sound as a dimensional volume full of association and memory, invoking pre-cognitive states of mind. Her work has been exhibited at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine, Bosi Contemporary, NY and at UICA in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Zachary Kaplan is executive director of Rhizome, a net art organization based on the web and an affiliate of the New Museum in NYC. Prior to moving to New York, he worked at the Renaissance Society, Chicago and MoCA Los Angeles. Zachary also taught in the Masters in Public Art Studies program at the University of Southern California; and the Art History program at Occidental College, Los Angeles.
New York, NY 10003-1303