LASER Talks in Santa Cruz

 Registration is closed for this event
Scientist and author David G. Stork, ecologist Ari Friedlaender, and sound and video artists Yolande Harris will present for this special virtual LASER Talk. The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. Find out more @ lasertalks

UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences invites you to join us on October 13, 2020 for a special virtual LASER Talk featuring David G. Stork, Ari Friedlaender, and Yolande Harris.

For this online gathering, scientist and author David G. Stork's talk, "Did Tim Paint a Vermeer" will follow attempts to reproduce Johannes Vermeer's The Music Lesson, 1662–65, through a novel optical telescope and mirror-comparator procedure.
Ecologist Ari Friedlaender and sound and video artist Yolande Harris will discuss their collaborative practice exploring underwater worlds and the migratory behaviors of whales. Recently, Friedlaender has been tracking the changed whale behaviors in Monterey Bay during the pandemic, with the lessening of boat traffic, and the collaborators will talk about how this is informing their practice.

From computer vision and pixel painting to immersive sound and video work exploring the underwater world, these wide-ranging presentations will reflect on the unique intersection of scientific research and artistic practice.

LASER Talks 
David G. Stork, Ari Friedlaender, and Yolande Harris
October 13,2020, 5-6:30 p.m. PDT 
Online event:  Registration is required 

David G. Stork is currently Lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is teaching Computer vision and image analysis of art and completing Pixels & paintings: Foundations of computer-assisted connoisseurship (Wiley). He is a graduate in Physics from MIT and the University of Maryland, and has held faculty positions in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Art and Art History variously at Wellesley and Swarthmore Colleges and Clark, Boston, and Stanford Universities. He has lectured on computer methods for analyzing fine art paintings and drawings in major museums, universities, and conferences in 30 countries, including the Louvre, National Gallery London, National Gallery Washington, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, van Gogh Museum, Getty Research Center, and many others. His 200+ technical publications and 54 issued patents have garnered over 82,000 scholarly citations. He is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IS&T, IAPR and IARIA.

Ari Friedlaender is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Ari’s work focuses on using advanced telemetry tools to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals and how is is affected by changes in their environment, including climate change and ocean noise, across a range of their habitats. Friedlaender’s multi-disciplinary research spans the globe and as an educator, Ari works with several organizations to combine art and science to develop curriculum to share information broadly about marine mammals and conservation. Friedlaender is the co-founder of the California Ocean Alliance, has published nearly 100 scientific papers and has been featured in numerous documentary film series from and museum exhibits. Their recent collaboration with artist Yolande Harris, From a Whale’s Back (2020), includes an immersive sound and video work "exploring the visual and sonic underwater world inhabited by whales."

Yolande Harris is an artist and researcher exploring ideas of sonic consciousness. Her projects consider techniques of navigation, expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments and our relationship to other species. Her projects on underwater sound aim to bring us closer to this inaccessible environment, encouraging connection, understanding and empathy with the ocean. She has presented her work internationally over the last twenty years, including the ICA London, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the House of World Cultures Berlin and the Exploratorium in San Francisco and holds a PhD from Leiden University in ‘Sound, Environment and Sonic Consciousness’ and an MPhil from from Cambridge University in Architecture and Moving Image. Yolande was Assistant Professor in Video and Open Media at Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently Research Associate at the University of California Santa Cruz, working on underwater sound in the Monterey Bay. Melt Me Into The Ocean (2018) is an ongoing investigation exploring our relationship to the world oceans through underwater sound. From a Whale’s Back (2020) uses video, sound and data from tags used by scientists to monitor whales.

To find your timezone please click here Time and Date Converter


LASER Talks Logo

CHAIRED BY: Rachel Nelson 





ArtSci Institue

This LASER Talk is graciously sponsored by the University of California, Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

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.

October 13th, 2020 5:00 PM through  6:30 PM
Virtual / Santa Cruz, CA 95062
United States