LASER Talks In NYC
NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST’s LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum). Former LEAF Chairs Ellen K. Levy and Patricia Olynyk co-direct these presentations on behalf of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and Washington University in St. Louis respectively. Space is limited, so please rsvp by sending an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be feature presentations by Rebecca Messbarger, Hannah Star Rogers, Maja Spasova, Matteo Farinella, and Adam Zaretsky.
Rebecca Messbarger is a cultural historian, Director of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Italian, History, Art History, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University. Her award-winning research centers on the Italian Enlightenment, in particular the shifting roles of women in civic and academic life, and the intersection of art and anatomy during the age. Her most recent monograph, The Lady Anatomist: The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (U of Chicago Press, 2010) traces the remarkable life of an 18th-century Bolognese woman from provincial artist to internationally renowned anatomical wax modeler for the University of Bologna’s famous medical school. She is the winner in 2013 of both the James L. Clifford Prize and the Percy Adams Prize. Her presentation: "From the Body to the Body Politic: The Making of the Florentine Enlightenment State" will explore how the flesh and bones of the human body and its virtual remaking in wax for the Royal Museum of Physics and Natural history were linchpins of sweeping reforms in the overlapping spheres of art, science, politics, and the law. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo8804559.html
Hannah Star Rogers, Maja Spasova, Matteo Farinella, and Adam Zaretsky will discuss: Scientific Delirium Madness, an artist and scientist residency held at the Djerassi Artist Residency in conjunction with Leonardo/ISAST. These four participants from the 2016 program will discuss their art-science work and their ways of thinking about the intersection of art and science.
Hannah Star Rogers, Ph.D. is a researcher, poet, and curator who studies the intersection of art and science. She is the former Director of Research for Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future and has taught art-science courses at UVA and Cornell University.
Maja Spasova is a London-based visual artist, researcher and activist; creating relations and processes in the midst of urban environment and where sound is an essential component, her art contemplates the fundamental conditions of life.
Matteo Farinella, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist, cartoonist, illustrator, author of Neurocomic and other science comics. He is currently the Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University.
Adam Zaretsky, Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs as part of his public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.)
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