CHAIRS: Heather Barnett and John R A Smith
Transformative creative technologies in troubled times.
An event curated by Maria Almena in collaboration with MA Art and Science (Central Saint Martins).
London LASER and Art In FLUX present an evening of immersive existential inquiry, exploring how, in times of turbulent change, contemporary art practices can help take us into new realities with the intention to transform our society.
Our world is experiencing tremendous social, political, economic, environmental and technological change. Navigating this turbulence requires us to ask the right questions and address the deepest of human and planetary needs. The universality of these requirements suggest a key role for technology that is scalable, accessible, affordable, ethical, and human-centred.
In this evening of talks, discussion and demos we ask how contemporary artists are using creative technologies to help take the right steps. Looking particularly at immersive experiences, where art and technology are intertwined and embodied, we explore how transformative moments can inspire and influence future human behaviour. And ask, can radical emerging technologies help us to “levitate” into a better future?
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.
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.
Central Saint Martins, Room C202
University of the Arts
King's Cross, LON N1C 4AA