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PLEASE NOTE: This event is now fully booked with a full waiting list.
On the night any reserved tickets not claimed by 6.20pm will be released to those present. Please do not contact the organiser to enquire about the waiting list.
London LASER 19
Tuesday 21 February 2017
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.
LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology
London LASER and CLOT magazine present an evening on ‘Interspecies Creativity’ with artist Kuai Shen, composer Eduardo R. Miranda and designer Veronica Ranner.
Bringing together a group of practitioners engaged in creative practices with nonhuman life forms we will explore issues connected with interspecies communication, co-creation and collaboration. Discussion will include considerations of working creatively with living matter, the implications of shared authorship, notions of nonhuman subjectivity, and issues of care and control.
Kuai Shen is an artist whose ant-mediated installations reflect on the interspecies relationship between insects and humans as a metaphor for a post-human ecology, in which mutualisms between artefacts and organisms take place. He has published his research about ant stridulation in “Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts” from the University of Colorado, in the Leonardo MIT Journal for the Siggraph, as well as in the Acoustic Space Journal published in the context of the 5th Renew Media Art Histories conference. His current research focuses on ant mimicry in the post-biologic technology of humans based on emergence, resiliency and imitation. kuaishen.tv
Eduardo R. Miranda is a composer and Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientist working at the crossroads of biology & music. He studied Music Technology at the University of York and received a PhD on the topic of music with AI from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, he is Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University where he heads the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, which is pioneering the development of biological and quantum computing technology for music. Here Prof Miranda will introduce his research into harnessing the Physarum polycephalum slime mould to build bio-processors and interactive musical bio-computers. neuromusic.soc.plymouth.ac.uk @bio_computer
Veronica Ranner is a designer, artist and researcher exploring the burgeoning domain of the bio–digital - a converging knowledge space where digitality and computational thinking meet biological matter. She dissects and creates tangible and immaterial manifestations of such collisions, examining the polyphonic potential of alternative technological futures. Veronica holds a degree in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University, a Masters in Design Interactions (RCA), and has worked cross disciplinarily with a variety of science institutions and biomedical companies. Her current doctoral work explores paradigm shifts in reality perception by coupling speculative (bio)material strategies and information experience through design research. veronicaranner.com @vroniranner
CLOT Magazine is an online curatorial platform dedicated to art explorations into science and technology, 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: biomedia, biodesign, body architectures and cyborgs, bio robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR), sound art, computing art, kinetics, synthetic biology among others. clotmag.com @ClotMagazine
Image credit: "Atta Sister", scanning electron micrograph in crystal digital pearl paper, Kuai Shen, 2016
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, LASER encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting. lasertalks.com
London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science and LENS) and University of Westminster (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). londonlaser.net