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LASER Talks in New York City

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The Leonardo LASER Talks in New York City are curated by Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk. See event for details.

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Chaired by  Ellen Levy  and  Patricia Olynyk


When: 1st October 2023, 3-6pm EDT. Find your timezone  HERE

Where : LevyArts: 40 E 19 Street, #3R NYC

The NY LASER program is a series of lectures and presentations on art, science, and technology-related projects and an affiliate of  Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology (ISAST). Ellen K. Levy , PhD, artist, writer, and co-editor of the "Science and the Arts since 1750" Routledge Press book series, and  Patricia Olynyk , artist, writer, Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art at Washington University, and Inaugural Medicine + Media Arts Fellow at UCLA’s Art/Sci Center co-chair the  NY LASER program  to foster high-level dialogue on topics of leading interest to our network of artists, scientists, humanists, and scholars. Our  October 1  event will feature three speakers:  Atif Akin,  Marsha Morton,  and  Isin Önol.


Atif Akin's   work examines science, nature, mobility, and politics through an (a)historical and contemporary lens. His practice consists of activities that integrate research, documentation, and studio exploration. Akın’s work considers transdisciplinary issues through a technoscientific lens, and the aesthetic and political contexts within which they exist. He is Associate Professor of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. His work has been listed in the  Younger Than Jesus  art directory at the New Museum (Phaidon) and exhibited at venues that include Ars Electronica in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and Pixelache in Helsinki.

Marsha Morton,  Professor of Art History at Pratt Institute has published four books and numerous articles on the intersections of art with science, anthropology, health, and music, especially in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria. Through a discussion of her recent anthology of case studies,  Visual Culture and Pandemic Disease since 1750 , she will explore the historical and global lineage of pandemic imagery, especially during the long nineteenth century, to consider its means and motivations at a time of increasing scientific research when contagious disease was boosted by colonization, trade, and urban density.

Isin Önol  is a writer, curator, and professor based in New York, where she is Director of Curatorial Research at the School of Visual Arts, MA in Curatorial Practice Program (MACP). Since 2009 she has been working independently, producing exhibitions, conferences, public programs, and community-engaging projects across Europe, South and East Asia, the Middle East, as well as the Americas. Before that, she was director and curator of the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul. She has produced more than 60 exhibitions internationally and published widely on the intersection of art and social justice.



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

October 1st, 2023 from  3:00 PM to  6:00 PM
40 E 19 Street
New York, NY
United States
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