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LASER Santa Fe


This event is a part of Biocultura’s I Love Life Symposium, which runs Friday, April 13 thru Saturday, April 14 at the New Mexico History Museum. Join us for a Leonardo LASER Event at SFAI on April 13 at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo’s international program of evening gatherings that bring artists andscientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

This evening of science and art will be hosted by the Santa Fe Art Institute and is sponsored by Biocultura and AmericaCorps. The featured speakers include Victoria Vesna from UCLA, Allison Kudla from the Institute for Systems Biology, and Ana MacArthur from Santa Fe.

Ana MacArthur’s history of working with light, light-based technologies, and biological fieldwork aims to understand key functions of light as utilized by organisms and to integrate those observations as ecological and metaphorical transformers while increasing the human/ non-human co-mingling. Based in Santa Fe but traveling for research, her cross-disciplinary practice-based research has collaboratively engaged scientists in solar innovation, photonics, behavioral biology, ceramic/ glass engineering, and materials science. She is a pioneer in dichromate (DCG) holography and co-founder of a DCG lab for 20 years located in Santa Fe, NM.

Dr. Allison Kudla worked as an artist-in-residence and faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington has been working at the Institute for Systems Biology since 2012. Her work has involved looking at the universe as an operating system, finding algorithms embedded in living biological systems and processes and framing them within an artistic context.

Dr. Victoria Vesna is an Artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School for the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute. She has investigated how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in creation to scientific innovation. She also has long-term collaborations with composers, nanoscientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists.


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