The LASER series, organized by Leonardo ISAST and currently chaired by Piero Scaruffi, began in 2008 as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway in the Bay Area. They now alternate between USF and Stanford, with a parallel series in DC at the National Academy of Sciences. 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 presents four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, 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.
* 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
* 7:00-7:25: Henrik Bennetsen (Katalabs) on "What the next phase of the web
In its first two decades the web has had a profound impact on how we work and
collaborate. With the emerging HTML5 and WebGL standards we are poised to see a
broad wave of change in the coming years. The inclusion of richer technologies
such as 3D in the population of native web citizens is likely to see us truly
move beyond the Gutenberg paradigm.
7:25-7:50: Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (USF) on "Knitting Code"
Knit cloth is tangibly constructed from series of knit and purl stitches. Code
is constructed from intangible sets of zeros and ones strung together. In
Virtual Knitting users are able to knit with custom made electronic knitting
needles in both physical and virtual space at the same time, constructing both
tangible and intangible cloth.
7:50-8:05: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently
working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to
share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are
interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
8:05-8:30: Myrrh Reagan (Visual Artist) on "My Life Among the Patterns"
Studying natural patterns both by drawing them and finding analogs for them in
crafts materials. Patterns as metaphors for philosophic ideas.
8:30-8:55: Wayne Vitale (Gamelan Sekar Jaya) on "Makrokosma Bali"
"Makrokosma Bali" is a multimedia work performed by the 25 musicians of Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar, a gamelan ensemble, and a team of visual, audio, and software artists.
Free and open to all.