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London LASER 15
Tuesday 17 May 2016
6.30 - 9.00pm (registration from 6pm)
C202, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square,
Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
The event is free but please book to reserve a place
London LASER 15 hosts Brett Wilson on embodied realism; Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado on art and science trends covered in CLOT Magazine; and Louise Beer and Melanie King on astronomical explorations.
Brett Wilson is a retired scientist and a founder member of the research group Project Dialogue, bringing together artists and scientists to explore commonalities across research in the arts and sciences. Until recently he was the “scientist in residence” in the faculty of art and design at the University of the West of England and is co-editor of ‘Art, Science and Cultural Understanding’. Brett will be exploring how, in a postmodern world, the original enlightenment sensibilities separating art and science have come under scrutiny with the emergence of a vigorous ArtScience movement. Lakoff and Johnson’s recent work on embodied realism, linking our powers of metaphor-infused thought and imagination to our sensorimotor faculties and experiences, effectively avoids the restrictions of a mind-body dichotomy and can be used to create a new aesthetic framework for ArtScience. www.projectdialogue.org.uk
CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art and science explorations, curated and edited by Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado. Founded and based in London, CLOT Magazine curates intellectual content, generates debate and creates new frontiers of exploration by researching trends in areas of: bio design, bio art, human art, sound art, computing art, bio robotics, kinetics, synthetic biology, molecular gastronomy, artech and speculative design. They will talk about some current trends and compelling conversations across the Bio.Art.Tech spectrum; from artists, innovators and influencers to thinkers, writers, curators and scientists. Meritxell Rosell holds a PhD in Biomedicine and Biochemistry, BSc in Biology, MSc in Molecular Biology and Postgraduate in Philosophy. Lula Criado holds a BSc in Pharmacy, BSc in Biochemistry, MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics and MA in Coolhunting and Trends. www.clotmag.com
Louise Beer and Melanie King graduated from the MA Art & Science degree at Central Saint Martins in 2013 and have since collaborated on a number of projects. They are directors of Lumen Studios which, co-founded in 2014, has produced a number of exhibitions, film screenings and light installations in London churches. These events focus on themes of astronomy and light and intend to raise dialogue about how humanity understands existence. Lumen Studios also run an annual residency in Atina, Italy and have secured a gallery and events space in the crypt of St John on Bethnal Green. They are also co-founders of Aether, a curatorial project focused on the philosophical aspects of astronomy and space exploration; recently exhibited at the Jarvis Dooney Galerie in Berlin, and at Imperial College London 29 April - 23 May 2016. Louise and Melanie will talk about their artistic practices and curatorial projects. www.lumenstudios.org a-e-t-h-e-r.com
When & Where
LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting.
London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and LENS) and University of Westminster (Imaging Art and Science programmes and CREAM), and organised by Heather Barnett and co-chaired with John R A Smith. LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology).