Two remote presentations:
- Media scholar Maryam Razi live from Iran on "Iran's Media Art Scene"
- Archeologist Mike Parker Pearson live from England on "The World of Stonehenge"
Maryam Razi is a graphic designer and independent researcher based in Iran, with special interest in intersections of transdisciplinary Innovative projects involving art, science and technology.
Mike Parker Pearson is Professor of British Later Prehistory at University College London (UCL) and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has worked on archaeological excavations in England, Germany, Greece, Syria, the USA, Madagascar, Easter Island, etc. He has published twenty books and many scientific papers. In 2010 he was voted the UK's 'Archaeologist of the Year. He has published twenty books and many scientific papers. In 2010 he was voted the UK's 'Archaeologist of the Year'. In 2004 he began the Stonehenge Riverside Project with colleagues Josh Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Chris Tilley and Kate Welham. Over the years, this evolved into two further projects: Feeding Stonehenge, and the Stones of Stonehenge.
His books include "Bronze Age Britain" (1993), "The Archeology of Death and Burial" (1999), "Food, Culture and Indentity in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age" (2003) and "Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Enigma" (2012).
The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. During the pandemic they are held on Zoom and renamed "The L.A.S.T. Dialogues" (where LAST stands for "Life Art Science Tech").
The LASERs are sponsored by the deans of Engineering, Medicine, Humanities& Sciences, and Chemical Engineering.