LASER Talks in Irvine

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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: David Familian and Eden Phair

American Monument


Friday March 6 - Saturday March 7



Beall Center for Art and Technology 

Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI


In recent years, evidence of police violence has reached a new level of exposure, allowing increased public access to formal investigations of police brutality. In 2014, artist/cultural organizer lauren woods began to examine police records and court transcriptions in cases where a police officer killed an unarmed black civilian. She focused on officers’ claims citing “fear for their own lives,” ultimately used to justify the killings as lawful. This work grew into American Monument, an interactive sound sculpture, research project, and mode of public engagement and education.


American Monument’s first full iteration, 22/2019, launched at the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UCI on October 4, 2019 and is installed through April 4, 2020. The artist and her collaborator Kimberli Meyer are Black Box researchers in residence at the Beall, and have partnered with leading thinkers across disciplines at UCI, resulting in collaborations with the School of Law and the departments of African American Studies, Social Ecology, Art History, and Art.  During the Fall 2019 quarter, collaborators led think tanks on topics such as sound and the law, the fourth amendment, linguistics in relation to racial bias in law enforcement, and community activist response strategies. 


For Think Tank Marathon, American Monument is inviting scholars, lawyers, community activists, civil rights leaders, students, artists, and the public to process and discuss issues addressed by the monument. Working inside the installation at the Beall Center, a chain of sessions will take up multiple threads raised by the artwork. The program is co-sponsored by UCI Law’s Center for Law, Equality, And Race (CLEAR).


Participants include: 

  • David Goldberg, Digital Media Theorist, Strategist and Developer
  • Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor and Associate Dean, UCI Law; Director, CLEAR 
  • Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI
  • Taylor Jones, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics
  • Hamid Khan, Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
  • James Lamb, JD Candidate 2020, UCI Law 
  • Sara Mokuria, Co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality
  • Jasson Perez, Senior Research Analyst, Action Center on Race and the Economy 
  • Jared Sexton, Professor of African American Studies, UCI



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.

March 6th, 2020 12:00 PM   through   March 7th, 2020 7:00 PM
4002 Mesa Rd
Beall Center for Art + Technology
Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI
Irvine, CA 92617
United States

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