6:00pm Registration & drinks
6:30pm Programme begins

London LASER presents an evening that is All About Imaging, with Lindsay MacDonald on the rainbow and the spectrum, Jeff Ferguson on human/computer interaction and Emilia Moisio on scientific imagery and perceptions of reality. The event will be chaired by John R A Smith, Senior Lecturer in Imaging Science in the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design.

The rainbow is one of the most impressive of natural phenomena, and since ancient times has been associated with supernatural qualities. It has been adopted widely in symbolism for perfection and completeness. Referring to God's covenant with Noah after the Flood, artists have included the rainbow in scenes to indicate divine presence. But why is it so difficult to reproduce a rainbow in paint or in print or on a display? Why can its brilliance not be achieved in colour media? The answer lies in the physics of the spectrum. Newton truly opened our eyes. The Rainbow and the Spectrum is presented by Dr Lindsay MacDonald, Research Fellow with 3DIMPact Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering, UCL, and Visiting Professor of Image Science at the University of Westminster.

Emilia Moisio is a freelance photographer and a photographic artist, whose research-based art practice is guided by an interest in exploring and questioning the role and functions of images in society and our lives, and consists of distinct, concept-based photographic projects strongly focused and founded on using images as a tool to examine, analyse, develop, and articulate structured frameworks of thought. Her research focuses on the conventions and public uses of utilitarian scientific imagery and their impact on our perceptions of reality. She will discuss the historical connection between photography and science, how the early assumptions of photographic mechanical fidelity impact the perceived reliability of scientific imagery, how strongly the representational conventions of scientific imaging practices impact our mental images of reality, and how this could be address both by artists and scientists.

Jeff Ferguson is Lecturer in Mobile and Pervasive Computing at the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster. Jeff has enjoyed a varied career spanning early multimedia with the Philips CD interactive group, video games animation and motion capture with Sony/Psygnosis, and public virtual and augmented reality interactive software with pioneers Inition Ltd. He recently completed a Masters in creative computing at Goldsmiths and is concentrating at Westminster on perceptual interfaces, particularly with the web as an immersive platform. He will be taking a light-hearted overview of our interactions with computers and how they are changing, with an emphasis on play. By looking at past and present work, including that with the Serious Games at Westminster research group, perceptual and physical interfaces will be explored.

London LASER

LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology. Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting. London LASER is hosted by University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins MA Art and Science, and LENS) and University of Westminster (Imaging Art and Science programmes, and CREAM), in association with Leonardo/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology). London LASER is chaired by Heather Barnett. LASER is a project of Leonardo®/ISAST.

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