London LASER 16 hosts Andy Lomas on artificial life and morphogenetic creations, Louise Mackenzie on art, evolution and synthetic biology, and Bhavani Esapathi on digital storytelling and making autoimmune disease visible.
Andy Lomas is a digital artist, mathematician, Emmy award winning supervisor of computer generated effects and visiting lecturer at UCL's The Bartlett School of Architecture. He will be talking about Morphogenetic Creations, an ongoing series that explores how intricate forms can be generated emergently by simulating growth processes.
In 2014 he won The Lumen Prize Gold Award, as well as the Best Artwork Award from the A-Eye exhibition at AISB-50, and an Honorary Mention from the jury at the Ars Electronica Festival. In 2015 he was invited to present a special exhibit and did a keynote presentation at the European Conference on Artificial Life. View his Vimeo page
Louise Mackenzie is an artist creating mixed media installations that explore life as medium. Her recent installation, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, premiered at Lumiere Durham 2015 and has since shown in Edinburgh and Shanghai. Louise received the New Graduate Award at Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival, 2013 and was a finalist in the international Bio Art & Design Awards, 2015.
Louise is a PhD candidate with the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art and member of the Cultural Negotiations of Science research group. She will talk about her current collaboration with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, using art practice to explore the impact of evolution on the techniques of synthetic biology. Follow her on Twitter
Bhavani Esapathi will talk about The Invisible Labs, a social tech initiative she founded with the aim of making invisible diseases more visible. What began in 2014 as a digital storytelling project of those living with incurable, chronic conditions has led to her creating tools and making the invisible (auto-immune) diseases community part of everyday conversations in the arts, economics and tech world.
She is particularly interested in how the rubrics of our world could be changed to harness the potential of chronically diagnosed individuals. The Invisible Labs is supported by The British Council, The RSA, The Huffington Post (US) and part of the Arts+Tech Programme in collaboration with Innovate UK and Arts Council England. The project also won the WIRED Creative Hack Award in 2015.
LASER is a programme 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), and organised by Heather Barnett and co-chaired with John R A Smith. LASER is a project of Leonardo®/ISAST (the International Society for Art, Science and Technology).
The event is free but please contact [email protected] to book a place.