The LASERs are an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.
The LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series was started by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi in january 2008 in San Francisco as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway in the Bay Area. Besides the series at University of San Francisco, co-chaired with Tami Spector, Piero also started the series at Stanford, now co-chaired with prof. Curtis Frank. Sister series, coordinated by Leonardo ISAST, were started in 2010 in Washington DC (chaired by JD Talasek at the National Academy of Sciences), in January 2013 in Los Angeles (chaired by Victoria Vesna at UCLA), in October 2013 in Santa Cruz (chaired by John Weber at UCSC) and in Sacramento (chaired by Anna Davidson, at UC Davis), and in February 2014 in London at the University of Westminster and then UCL (chaired by Heather Barnett) and in March 2014 at the Umlauf Museum in Austin, Texas (chaired by JD Talasek).
In 2014 Carlos Castellanos started the LASER series at Kansas State Univ.
In 2015 Siddharth Ramakrishnan started the LASER series at University of Puget Sound in Washington State.
As of 2017, LASER series are held in
Washington D.C. (chaired by JD Talasek at the National Academy of Sciences),
Los Angeles, CA (chaired by Victoria Vesna at UCLA),
Santa Cruz, CA (chaired by John Weber at UCSC),
Davis (chaired by Jiayi Young, at UC Davis),
London (chaired by Heather Barnett at University of Westminster and UCL),
Austin, TX (chaired by Sally Weber at Umlauf),
North Texas (chaired by Ruth West at University of North Texas),
Kansas (chaired by Carlos Castellanos at KSU),
Zurich, Switzerland (chaired by Jill Scott and Boris Magrini, at the University of Applied Science),
Paris, France (chaired by Annick Bureaud, at the University of Applied Science),
Toronto, Canada (co-chaired by Nina Czegledy and Roberta Buiani at ArtSci Salon),
New York City (chaired by Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk),
Tacoma, WA (chaired by Siddarth Ramakrishnan at University of Puget Sound),
Montreal, Canada (chaired by Nina Czegledy and Gisele Trudel at Hexagram),
Augusta, GA (chaired by Scott Thorpe at University of Augusta),
Irvine, CA (chaired by David Familian and Caitlin Moore at the Bealle Center at UC Irvine),
Edmonton in Canada (chaired by Marilene Oliver and Pamela Brett-MacLean at the University of Alberta),
San Jose (chaired by Craig Hobbs at SJSU),
New Jersey (chaired by Elizabeth Demaray and Julia Buntaine at Rutgers University),
Rio de Janeiro (chaired by Joao Silveira and Tania Araujo-Jorge),
Fortaleza, Brazil (chaired by Clarissa Ribeiro),
Sao Paulo, Brazil (chaired by Tania Fraga),
Tehran (chaired by Marzieh Zare),
Houston, TX (chaired by Surpik Angelini at Transart Foundation),
Vienna (chaired by Klaus Spiess and Susanne Gahbauer),
Buffalo, NY (chaired by Paul Vanouse and Solon Morse at the State University of New York),
Hong Kong (chaired by Yun Wah Lam and Mariana Perez Bobadilla),
New Brunswick (chaired by Elizabeth Demaray),
Tel Aviv University (chaired by Michael Chodakiewitz),
Boston (chaired by Alexandra Mueller-Crepon and Julia Buntaine Hoel at Swissnex),
Pasadena (chaired by Stephen Nowlin),
North Carolina (chaired by Victoria Szabo at Duke Univ),
Santa Barbara (chaired by Jane Chang at UCSB),
New Zealand (chaired by Janine Randerson),
Mexico City (chaired by Luz Cardona Sanchez),
Arizona State University (chaired by Pamela Winfrey),
Dartington College in England (chaired by Alan Bolden),
Aalto University in Finland (chaired by Laura Beloff),
in Moscow (chaired by Anastasiia Sibrenkova),
See the alphabetical list updated to 2019.
Maps as of 2020:
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.
Each evening, in a casual academic setting, free of charge and open to the public, presents up to four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. Each evening also allows the audience to socialize and encourages people in the audience to briefly introduce their work. (If you are interested in running a LASER series at your university, please contact me and this is roughly what makes the LASERs different).
Archive of past LASERs
Gallery of past presenters
See also the
The LAST festival