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LASER Talks in New York City

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NY LASER Talks are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations. Former Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Chairs, Ellen K. Levy, artist, scholar, and independent curator, and Patricia Olynyk, Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, Washington University co-chair these presentations to promote dialogue at the highest level. 

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LASER Talks in New York City

In concert with the College Art Association Annual Conference and will feature presentations by Caroline Jones, Aviva Rahmani, and DJ Spooky. 

When: Saturday 18th February, 2:00-5:00 pm EST. Find your timezone here Late arrivals (past 2:30 pm) cannot be accommodated.

Where: 40 E 19 Street, #3R New York City

Registration and access: This event has now reached full capacity! 

Attendees must take an antigen test within 12 hours of the event. Tests will also be available on site. If you have further questions please contact Ellen or Patricia by email on or


Caroline Jones is Professor in the History, Theory, Criticism section of the Department of Architecture, also serving as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at MIT. She studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception, and on its interface with sciences, such as physics, neuroscience, and biology. Her essays on modern and contemporary art have appeared in journals ranging from Artforum to Critical Inquiry. She is solo author of several books and exhibition catalogues, and a co-editor of volumes that examine technology and the senses, art and neuroscience, and art history and history of science as parallel inquiries. Currently researching biologically-active art forms, she curated the 2022-23 exhibition “Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere,” co-editing the accompanying publication from MIT Press. 

Jones will discuss “The Art-Science Thing: remarks on strange attractors.” Reporting on three decades of curatorial and scholarly work, she plans to review the yeasty interface between ambitious artists, the technologies they adopt, and the science that inspires them. The artificial divide separating these modes of knowledge production may have begun arbitrarily, but it has come to be a powerful “strange attractor.” 

Aviva Rahmani is an artist, writer, and activist who exhibits and publishes internationally. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and is best known for her ecoart projects, which include "Ghost Nets (1990-2000)" and "Blued Trees (2015- present)." In 2022, Rahmani authored "Divining Chaos; The Autobiography Of An Idea," and co-edited "Ecoart in Action; Activities, Case Studies, and Provocations for Classrooms and Communities". She holds a PhD from Plymouth University, UK, a GIS certificate from Lehman College and her MFA and BFA from CalArts. 

Rahmani will discuss the ecological restoration modeling work she completed on a coastal town dump for "Ghost Nets" (1990- 2000), a project that evolved theoretically and practically into challenging ecocide caused by fossil fuel corporations. Rahmani  deliberately worked out of a studio 3' from rising seas to immerse herself in the reality of climate change. She will also discuss excerpts from her recent book, "Divining Chaos, The Autobiography of an Idea," and a fragment from her "Blued Trees Opera," based on the 2018 mock trial produced by A Blade of Grass, which leveraged her project, "The Blued Trees Symphony," to win an injunction against a natural gas pipeline corporation. 

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, “DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall,” debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae. His large-scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” and “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica,” commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He was the inaugural artist-in-residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Met Reframed, 2012-2013. 

In 2014, Miller was named National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He produced “Pioneers of African American Cinema,” a collection of the earliest films made by African American directors, released in 2015. Miller’s artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, The Venice Biennial for Architecture, and many other museums and galleries. His books include the award-winning “Rhythm Science,” published by MIT Press in 2004; Sound Unbound, an anthology about digital music and media; The Book of Ice, a visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, and; “The Imaginary App,” on how apps changed the world. Miller will discuss his recent work.



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NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST’s LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum). Former LEAF Chairs Ellen K. Levy and Patricia Olynyk co-organize these presentations on behalf of the Leonardo community and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks


February 18th, 2023 from  2:00 PM to  5:00 PM
40 E 19 Street
CAA / New York City, 3R NYC
United States
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