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London LASER presents LASER 18, the latest in its series of gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

Presentations

Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel on Anarchy in the Organism, a Wellcome funded project with University College Hospital. The project explores cancer as a complex system and addresses questions relating to the impact of an art-science collaboration on participants and what type of new knowledge can be created. Simeon and Simon will also discuss radical empiricism, William James’s method of enquiry that encompasses the arts and sciences and circumvents oppositional notions of objectivity and subjectivity.

Rob la Frenais speaking on Aerocene- Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot, a double-headed talk about sustainable space travel and an event in France in which the Lot valley was reimagined as a near-earth planet. These papers were first presented at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico in September 2016 alongside Elon Musk's plans for colonising Mars in 2026.

Alex May on digital creation and preservation. Alex May is a British artist using digital technology to create works that encourage embodiment, experimentation, and reflection on how this human made domain affects perceptions of ourselves, each other, society, and nature. He creates his art using video projection mapping, digital interactivity, generative algorithms, non-linear time, and life-size humanoid robots; all powered by bespoke software tools that he develops as part of his art practice. Alex will present a selection of his key artworks, an overview of the creative software he has made and released, and outline his proactive approach towards long-term preservation of digital art.

The event will also take in the Signal and Noise exhibition at London Gallery West Project Space, University of Westminster.

About LASER

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is a series of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. Running successfully in the US for several years, London LASER was the first of the series to take place in Europe, starting in February 2014.

Each evening event presents guest speakers from a range of disciplines (artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, etc), plus a platform for announcements from audience members and an opportunity for discussion and socialising.

Free of charge and open to the public, London LASER offers stimulating talks and encourages lively discussion in an informal academic setting, where people can share their experiences and participate in lively discussions on a range of subjects at the intersection of art and science. Expanding the ever-growing community of art and science practitioners, and opening new possibilities for future projects, we hope to connect existing networks and build new audiences in, across, and around London.

How to attend

This is a free event and is open to the public but registration is mandatory.