LASER Talks: Adaptation and Bodies in Context
International LASER Talks series will launch in January 28, 2021 at 6pm EET. Find your timezone HERE
The event will be organized via Zoom, with livestream: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89960884103. Please note that the event will be recorded.
In this Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) talk organized in Aalto University, the discussants will relate to the theme of ADAPTATION / BODIES with critical questions concerning human evolution and the future of the planet.
Presenters: Pauliina Ilmonen, Adam Zaretsky and Cristina Zaga.
The event will be moderated by Laura Beloff, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices at Aalto.
Some of the questions to be discussed are:
- In what ways are we (humans) as a species able to adapt to the changes in our habitat and environment? And what does that imply?
- Are there ways to devise positive strategies (artistic, scientific or other) to transform the acute “shocks” and chronic “stresses” in the global system to not only adapt, but redirect its trajectory?
- In which situations adaptation becomes problematic and leads to unexpected consequences?
- How are pandemics affecting societies and changing our relation to bodies; own and others’?
About the speakers
Pauliina Ilmonen, Assistant Professor in Statistics, Aalto University
Pauliina Ilmonen is a researcher from the field of mathematical statistics and member of COVID-19 scientific expert groups. Her work addresses humans, senses, and the messages that we send and receive. retsk
Dr. Adam Zaretsky, Professional Lecturer of Media Artsional Lecturer of Media Arts
Adam Zaretsky, who has been long working with microbes, insects and plants as creative agents, will consider in his presentation Contagion, Cures, Containment and Contact – from an uncanny perspective.
Cristina Zaga, Assistant professor, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Cristina Zaga, working at the intersection of robotics and responsible design, is going to speak on how the body is becoming robotic by virtue of communicating through screens, and the implications of using robotic technology in a pandemic.
The event is open for everyone, no registration is required. If you haven’t used Zoom before, the web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting. It is also possible to download it manually on https://zoom.us/download
More information about the event and speakers can be found on Aalto University page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/laser-talks-adaptation-and-bodies-in-context
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 to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks