LASER Talk with Joel Slayton, Bettina Forget, Jennifer Parker, Curtis Frank, and Piero Scaruffi on Opportunities for Online Art and Science Collaboration

West cost LASER Talk on Opportunities for Online Art and Science Collaboration will bring together on June 24, 2020 five scholars to reflect on the consequences of COVID-19 for the sci-art world: Which opportunities arise online for interaction between art and science? Much collaboration is created when people are in physical proximity, in the same campus or in the same building. Does the online world foster or deter interdisciplinary collaboration? The online world tends to create echo chambers, where one looks for what one is already familiar with, not with the unfamiliar. How can we foster collaboration across disciplines in the online world?

A conversation with Bettina Forget (director of SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program), Jennifer Parker (founding Director of OpenLab), Curtis Frank (Professor in Chemical Engineering at Stanford and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering), Joel Slayton (founder of the CADRE laboratory at SJSU and former Executive Director of Zero1), and Piero Scaruffi (cultural historian, founder of LASER and LAST festival).

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

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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.