LASER Talk with Jiabao Li, Alex Reben, Craig Hobbs, and Piero Scaruffi on Online Art for the Age of Plague

West cost LASER Talk on Online Art for the Age of Plague will bring together on June 25, 2020 four scholars to reflect on the consequences of COVID-19 for contemporary art: Piero Scaruffi will talk with Jiabao Li, Alex Reben and Craig Hobbs. Jiabao Li is a well known media artist who graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design and from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Electrical Engineering. She is currently a prototyping designer at Apple, inventing and exploring new products, interfaces, and technologies. Alex Reben, a graduate from the MIT Media Lab, is an inventor and artist. Using “art as experiment” his work allows for the viewer to experience the future within metaphorical contexts. Craig Hobbs is Associate Professor of Digital Media Art at San Jose State University, directing the CADRE laboratory for New Media.

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June 25, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (USA and Canada) is night time Vienna time (3:00 Uhr nachts, 26. Juni 2020)

Since 2018 the Department of Media Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna, is a co-host of Leonardo’s LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks — an international programme of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and take place in over 30 cities around the world. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking. The host of Leonardo’s LASER Talks in Vienna is Klaus Spiess, an internist, psychoanalyst, medical anthropologist, and a specialist in metabolic psychosomatics, who runs the cross-disciplinary Arts and Science programme at the Medical University of Vienna, where he is Associate Professor of Arts in Medicine at the Center for Public Health. His performances and installations have been shown in Europe and the USA. He has published on his work in Leonardo, The Journal of Performance Research, and The Lancet, as well as other publications. Co-host Ingeborg Reichle is Chair of the Department of Media Theory and a full professor of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her primary area of research and teaching is the encounter of the arts with science and cutting-edge technologies such as biotechnology and synthetic biology.