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A conversation on "Pulled Apart: Re-engineering and Re-purposing Human Civilization" with artists an

Sponsored by School of Humanities and Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Continuing Studies, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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A conversation on "Pulled Apart: Re-engineering and Re-purposing Human Civilization" with Cynthia Hooper (Media Artist), Adam Chin (Media Artist), Terry Berlier (Stanford/ Art), Glori Simmons (Director, USF Thacher Gallery), John Campbell (UC Berkeley philosopher), and Piero Scaruffi (cultural historian)

The Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco is having an art exhibition titled "Pulled Apart" (March 1 - April 25, 2021), for which the exhibiting artists (Terry Berlier, Adam Chin, Gail Wight, Carrie Hott, Cynthia Hooper) were invited to explore the intersection of art and engineering. These artists examine through their artworks the mechanisms of gadgets, scientific instruments, and computer technologies to reveal the internal and external systems that help shape society. What can we learn about ourselves through the act of disassembling and re-engineering these human-made tools?

This panel with media artist Cynthia Hooper, fine-arts photographer Adam Chin, kinetic sculptor Terry Berlier (of the Stanford Art Department), philosopher John Campbell (of UC Berkeley) and cultural historian Piero Scaruffi will explore the exhibition and start a philosophical conversation about: what do we learn from dismantling and rebuilding the objects that humans build? what do we learn about ourselves?

Cynthia Hooper's videos, essays, paintings, and research-based projects examine infrastructural landscapes in the United States and Mexico.

Adam Chin a fine art photographer who spent a career as a computer graphics artist for TV and film.

Terry Berlier, who teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, specializes in sculptures that are kinetic and sound based, and multi-media installations.

Glori Simmons, Director of the USF Thacher Gallery, is a poet and fiction writer, the author of the story collections "Carry You" and "Suffering Fools", and of the book of poems "Graft".

John Campbell is Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Past, Space and Self (1994) and Reference and Consciousness (2002).

Detailed bios at: www.lasertalks.com

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").

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