Laser Talks in Santa Fe

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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.


CHAIRS: Andrea Polli and Susan Latham

Reception at 6:30 PM, Talks begin at 7:00

About the event:

As the first installment of LASER Santa Fe, Biocultura presents an evening hosted at Cloud 5 Project Space. This event will feature a globally renowned artist, a scientist and a curator to cross-pollinate their research in an evening of presentations and discussion. A reception will begin at 6:30 with talks at 7:30. Artist Stephen Auger of Santa Fe will present his collaborative work with chronobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr visiting from UC Berkeley. Their work entitled “The Meaning of Light” explores the art and neuroscience behind visual perception and the circadian rhythm.  Biocultura will also welcome visiting curator, educator, and creative facilitator from the Netherlands Carolyn Strauss who will present “Slow Research: Seeking Intimacy with Reality.”  The two presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. 

“Slow Research: seeking intimacy with reality” -Presented by Carolyn F. Strauss

Carolyn F. Strauss is a curator, educator, and creative facilitator whose experience traverses the fields of architecture, design, contemporary art, emerging technology, and social and environmental activism. She is the director of Slow Research Lab, a multidisciplinary creative and curatorial platform based in the Netherlands. There she engages a dynamic collection of thinkers and practitioners in a spectrum of local and international research activities—exhibitions, publications, workshops, in-situ dialogues, and immersive study experiences—realized in collaboration with academic, institutional, and nonprofit partners. 

In her lectures, Carolyn shares her philosophical approach and provides details of some of the creative investigations that Slow Research Lab has facilitated—from ephemeral, (im)material experiments to large-scale urban interventions—at the intersection of phenomenology and ecology, mathematics and somatics, language and landscape. These projects aim to reimagine humanity’s place in a complex-interdependent world, in balance with and within other living systems and along a temporal continuum that stretches well beyond individual lives and lifespans. In sharing this expanded (Slow) realm of praxis, she challenges students and professionals alike to cultivate alternative visions and variant rhythms within their own creative inquiry and projects.

“The Meaning of Light”  - Presented by Stephen Auger

Stephen Auger has worked as a Cross-disciplinary artist and light theorist for over four decades. He trained in physics and neuroscience at Hampshire College and The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. Auger’s paintings explore the boundaries of visual perception encouraging viewers to experience “sensing” as a conscious mode of perception. His pursuit of the enigmatic sensory qualities experienced in the light of dawn and dusk led him into collaborations with Dr. Margaret Livigstone and Dr. Benjamin Smarr. Auger’s exploration of time-base perception and self-organizing pattern and form emanate from his work with the dynamic interaction of matter with vibration and elemental forces of nature. Auger's mentors include Edwin Land as well as Joseph Albers's protege, Arthur Hoener. His paintings and sculptures are in private, corporate and museum collections internationally, including Yale University, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Malcolm Forbes Jr., The Carnegie Institute of Science. Stephen is currently involved in several collaborative curatorial, teaching, and research projects. Auger lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Benjamin Smarr studies the temporal structures that biological systems make as they move through time. He is a NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the UC Berkeley Kriegsfeld Lab in 2013, where he works to understand how physiological dynamics like sleep, circadian rhythms, and ovulatory cycles are shaped by the brain, and how disturbances to those cycles give rise to disease. He uses comparative physiology and neuroendocrinology approaches coupled with data analytics and sensor design to build predictive models for use in personalized medicine and education optimization efforts. Dr. Smarr is also an advocate for scientific outreach, and routinely gives public lectures and visits K-12 classrooms to help promote the idea that by understanding the biology that guides us, we can live more empowered lives. Dr. Smarr's collaboration with cross-disciplinary artist Stephen Auger addresses the fundamental relationships between aesthetic perception, sensory well-being and the dynamic movement of light over time, which are central to Auger's artistic vision.

Also, you are invited to join us the next day - November 18 

Dr. Benjamin Smarr will present a talk titled "A Nobel Calling: How Circadian Rhythms are Changing the Future of Medicine." There will be a panel discussion immediately following Dr. Smarr's talk exploring "Future of Light" With Dr. Hunter McDaniel, Pioneer of the "non-toxic Quantum Dot", Founder and CEO of UbiQD, and Stephen Auger. More Information Here



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.




November 17th, 2017 6:30 PM through  9:00 PM
Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos
Juniper St
Online / Los Alamos, NM 87544
United States
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