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 Levy and Patricia Olynyk

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, Chair, 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 by sending an email to or There will be feature presentations by Katherine Behar, Dirk Trauner and Lorraine Walsh.


Katherine Behar's interactive installations, videos, performances, and writings explore gender and labor in digital culture. Her work appears regularly throughout North America and Europe, and received a comprehensive survey exhibition at Pera Museum, Istanbul, in 2016. Her books include Object-Oriented FeminismBigger than You: Big Data and Obesity, and And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art. Based in Brooklyn, she is Associate Professor of New Media Arts at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Behar will present recent works that continue her low-fi critique of high-tech culture under an umbrella project called “Artificial Ignorance,” including a new robotic installation that transforms empty office chairs into despondent driverless vehicles and a blockchain guessing game between two Alexas.


Dirk Trauner was born in Linz, Austria and he studied biology and chemistry in Vienna, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Following postdoctoral studies in New York City during the late Clinton Years, he became a professor at UC Berkeley during the Bush II Years, was lured to the University of Munich during the Obama Years, and decided to return to the U.S. in October of 2016. He currently resides as Professor of Chemistry and Neuroscience at New York University. Trauner will discuss the relationship between Chemistry and Architecture, which show surprising similarities despite a huge difference in scale (ca. 1 :


Lorraine Walsh is a new media artist who holds a joint position in the arts and sciences at Stony Brook University in New York as Artistic Director and Curator of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and Visiting Associate Professor of Art. She is former Chair and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she created a new pedagogy and curriculum with her colleagues. Walsh also taught at Pratt Institute and worked at The Brodsky Center for Printmaking and Papermaking at Rutgers University. Her lifelong passion is discovery at the nexus of art and science and her research—inspired by science, nature and the environment—has been exhibited internationally. Walsh will discuss the relationship between the arts and sciences, the role it plays at a physics and mathematical research center, and how it informs her work.



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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.

February 2nd, 2020 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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