The LASER series, organized by Leonardo ISAST and currently chaired by Piero Scaruffi, began in 2008 as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway in the Bay Area. They now alternate between USF and Stanford, with a parallel series in DC at the National Academy of Sciences. 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. Each evening presents four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. Each evening also allows the audience to socialize and encourages people in the audience to briefly introduce their work.
* 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
* 7:00-7:25: Shona Kitchen (San Jose State Univ's CADRE) on "Hyper-functional Landscapes and Art"
Airports are a work of art in themselves; an aesthetic framework for routing people through the microcosm of airline travel. Airports have what one might call a "captured" audience, creating a perfect place for art to take advantage and send the traveler on an alternative journey within a journey.
7:25-7:50: Carlo Sequin (U.C. Berkeley) on "Knotty Sculptures"
Simple knots can be used as constructivist building blocks for abstract geometrical sculptures.
7:50-8:05: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently
working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to
share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are
interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
8:05-8:30: Margarita Marinova (NASA) on "The Dry Valleys of Antarctica as an analogue for Mars"
The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are a unique place on Earth: the coldest and driest rocky place, with no plants or animals in sight. Studying the Dry Valleys allows us to understand how the polar regions on Earth work, what the limits of life are - and to apply these ideas to the cold and dry environment of Mars.
8:30-8:55: Peter Foucault (SFAI) on "Systems and Interactivity in Drawing"
A discussion on how drawings are constructed through mark making systems, and how audience participation can influence the outcome of a final composition, focusing on an interactive robotic drawing installation
Free and open to public.