LASER Talks in Rio de Janeiro

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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.

CHAIR: Rejane Spitz

LASER Talks Rio de Janeiro Art and science for the construction of a “new better”
16 September 2020

14:00 – 15:00 (Brazil)
19:00 – 20:00 (Switzerland)
10:00-11:00 (California)

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The pandemic is one of the greatest challenges in recent human history. It has forced us to stay home for long periods of time, and social distancing is still a necessity to protect others and ourselves. The crisis is reshaping the way we see the world, and how we relate to ourselves as well as redefining the way we interact with others.

Science plays a vital role for knowledge production and innovation, and its importance has been shown once more by the crisis. Scientists’ research and contributions are essential to develop new technologies that will shape tomorrow’s world. Art has always been central to human history, influencing societies and being ahead of its time. While experiencing art physically has not always been possible during the last months, we were nevertheless able to experience it virtually.

Going back to life as we knew it is not a possibility, and this is a unique opportunity to build something new. How can art and science contribute to the construction of a post-pandemic “new better”? How can the two fields be combined in order to generate sustainable and innovative ideas for our future?

swissnex Brazil partnered with LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Rio de Janeiro and invited Rejane Spitz, Full Professor at the Department of Art & Design at Rio de Janeiro Catholic University (PUC-Rio), to moderate a discussion between Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet from AATB Design, and Clarissa Ribeiro, architect, media artist and researcher, to discuss how the synergies between art and science are shaping a new, and hopefully better future.

The webinar will be held in English, with simultaneous translation to Portuguese.






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.


September 16th, 2020 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM