[Anti]disciplinary Topographies, 8–12 September

All programing is on-demand through the Ars Electronica platform and on the Leonardo site through Youtube Livestream site 8 - 30 September CEST unless otherwise noted.

[Anti]disciplinary Topographies: Culturing transnational dialogue for creative hybridity

Ars Garden Leonardo LASER gathers our global network of artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together in a series of hybrid formats addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Animated by the theme of a “new digital deal” and grounded in the UN Sustainability Goals, Ars Garden Leonardo LASER cultivates our values of equity and inclusion by elevating underrepresented voices in a wide-ranging exploration of global challenges, digital communities and placemaking, space, networks and systems, the digital divide - and the impact of interdisciplinary art, science and technology discourse and collaboration. 

Dovetailing with the launch of LASER Linz, this asynchronous multi-platform garden will highlight the best of the Leonardo Network (spanning 47 cities worldwide) and our transdisciplinary community. In “Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Vision: Humanizing Digital Culture with the New Creativity Agenda & the UNSDGs,” Leonardo/ISAST CEO Diana Ayton-Shenker presents our vision for shaping our global future. This will be followed by a Leonardo Community Lounge open to the general public, with the goal of encouraging contributions to the cultural environments of different regions through transnational exchange and community building.

LASER Comittee

Tami Spector - Leonardo LASER Committee Co-Chair (US) Alan Boldon - Leonardo LASER Committee Co-Chair (UK) Nina Czegledy - Leonardo LASER Committee (CA) Piero Scaruffi - Leonardo LASER Committee (US) JD Talasek - Leonardo LASER Committee (US)    

Organizing Committee

Christiana Kazakou, Leonardo LASER Program Lead  (UK/GR) - LEAD
Vanessa Chang, Leonardo Senior Program Manager (US/SG/AU) - CO-LEAD

Leonardo/ISAST & the Global Network of LASER Hosts in partnership with the Interface Culture Department, Institute for Media, University of Art and Design Linz


LASER Hosts and Partners

Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland
LASER Chair(s): Laura Beloff, Pia Fricker, Ksenia Kaverina, Kirsi Peltonen, Nitin Sawhney & Koray Tahiroğlu
Arizona State University (ASU)
United States
LASER Chair(s): Pamela Winfrey
ArtCenter College of Design/Williamson Gallery
Pasadena, United States
LASER Chair(s): Stephen Nowlin, Robert Crouch
Other Partner: Fulcrum Arts
ArtSci Salon
Toronto, Canada
LASER Chair(s): Roberta Buiani, Nina Czegledy
Other Partner: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
Atelier Tania Fraga
Sao Paulo, Brazil
LASER Chair(s): Clarissa Ribeiro, Tania Fraga
AUT University, Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
LASER Chair(s): Janine Randerson and Andrew Denton
CrossLab, University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR)
LASER Chair(s): Clarissa Almeida
CYLAND Media Art Lab
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
LASER Chair(s): Anna Frants, Natalia Kolodzei
Other Partner: CYLAND Media Art Lab
Dartington Hall Trust
Totnes, United Kingdom
LASER Chair(s): Tracey Warr, Alan Boldon
Fulcrum Arts
Pasadena, United States
LASER Chair(s): Robert Crouch
Other Partner: ArtCenter College of Design/Williamson Gallery
Montreal, Canada
LASER Chair(s): Gisele Trudel and Nina Czegledy
Other Partner: Université du Québec à Montréal
New York, United States
LASER Chair(s): Ellen Levy, Patricia Olynyk
Other Partner: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Other Partner: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
Manguinhos, Brazil
LASER Chair(s): João Silveira, Tania Araujo-Jorge, Rejane Spitz, and Maria da Conceição Barbosa-Lima
Other Partner: State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
SciArt Santa Fe
Santa Fe, United States
LASER Chair(s): Andrea Polli, Susan Latham
State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
Toronto, Canada
Ubiquitous Lab
Berlin, Germany
LASER Chair(s): Luca Forcucci
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Municipio de LermaEstado de México, Mexico
LASER Chair(s): Hugo Solís García
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, Canada
University of Alberta
LASER Chair(s): Marilène Oliver
University of Art and Design Linz
Linz, Austria
LASER Chair(s): Christa Sommerer, Fabricio Lamoncha Martinez
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
LASER Chair(s): Satinder Gill, Prerona Prasad, and Chrysi Nanou
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, United States
Zürich, Switzerland
LASER Chair(s): Jill Scott
Other Partner: ZHdK

This program is created with the collective aim towards the UN Sustainability Goals