Laser Talks in Paris

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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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CHAIR: Annick Bureaud

Please join us for this month's LASER Paris with Javiera Tejerina-Risso, Patrice Le Gal, Sandrine Teixido and Aurélien Gamboni.

LASER Paris takes place in French

19h00 - 21h00 : Projects presentation and discussion

21h00 - 22h00 : Free exchanges and discussion with drinks and snacks


     > Javiera Tejerina-Risso (artist) and Patrice Le Gal (Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre, Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, Centrale Marseille) //

     "Inside the Wave", about an art-science collaboration "Folds, Pleats and Waves"

Seas, oceans and waves remain largely unknown.

For many years now, the collaboration between Javiera Tejerina-Risso and Patrice Le Gal has lead them to explore the dynamics and the forms of waves. They will present their crossed approach to the design and elaboration of artworks which find their inspiration both in the artistic and scientific realms. They will show that their creative processes are exactly at the point of convergence of their respective requirements and demands.

     > Sandrine Teixido (anthropologist, CentraleSupélec - Université Paris-Saclay, Université de Toulouse) and Aurélien Gamboni (artist, HEAD, Geneva) // (project supported by La Diagonale Paris-Saclay) //

"Once upon a time there was ... a maelström", about the project A Tale as a tool

"Maelström", the sound of the word in itself demonstrates the terror of humans when facing the liquid fury of the ocean. This fear of nature, at the core of Edgar Poe's short story "A Descent into the Maelström" in which one can survive only by nature close observation, has become the starting point for an artistic as well as scientific investigation, this time about a fear for nature.

A tale as a tool is a scientific and artistic project about contemporary environnemental issues taking Edgar Poe's short story as a tool to collect stories and testimonies in various field researches in Brazil, the Great Lakes (USA-Canada) up to Norvegian arctic where the story is located. Crossing different continents, this long term survey has accumulated over time a very diverse collection of stories which were turned into events in museums, art centres, and theatres.



LASER Paris is co-organized by Leonardo/Olats ( and La Diagonale Paris-Saclay ( in collaboration with the hosting venue, the Cité internationale des arts (

LASER Paris is supported by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. (



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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 27th, 2020 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
Cité internationale des arts (Auditorium)
18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
75 75004

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