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LASER Talks Fortaleza in Shanghai : Holding Together: Bridging East and West

Holding Together: Bridging East and West


LASER Talks Fortaleza in Shanghai (Hybrid): Holding Together: Bridging East and West

LASER chair: Clarissa Ribeiro, Ph.D., Program Director of the Roy Ascott Studio's Advanced Program in Technoetic Arts in Shanghai and a representative of the University of Fortaleza in China. 


When: November 22nd, 2023, 9:30 am to 11:30 am, China Standard Time CST (UTC+8)

Where: at the University of Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil and at Roy Ascott Studio at SIVA/ DETAO in Shanghai

University of Fortaleza Av. Washington Soares, 1321, Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza, CE, 60811-905, Brazil

Roy Ascott Studio, DeTao at SIVA 2200 Wenxiang Road, Songjiang Shanghai, China 201620

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In his 1990 essay “Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?“ Roy Ascott advocates for collaborative creative work between humans and machines, considering this collaboration has the “capacity to engage the intellect, emotions, and sensibility of the observer.” The LASER talks Fortaleza, in the effort of bridging East and West, invites researchers from film studies, architecture, and urban planning and performing arts to share their experiences in weaving collaborations, meditating on a ‘Cross-sectoral sensibility’ — a new creative practice, unnamed and unbounded, crossing the domains of art, science, technology, and philosophy, centered in none, and having its principal concern is with the mind, states of being, and the process of becoming (Roy Ascott, 1996/1997, “Technoetic Aesthetics 100 Terms and Definitions for the Post-biological Era.”). As highlighted by Edward A. Shanken, Ascott extended the parallel he drew between the forms of art and science to include non-Western systems of knowledge, and from the 1960s and 1970s, he visually suggests equivalences between I Ching hexagrams, binary notation of digital computers, scatterplots of quantum probability, waveforms of information transmissions, and biomorphic shapes. The I Ching Hexagram 8 that inspires the design for the event’s poster— ‘holding together’ — embodies the essence of unity and mutual support, and offers timeless wisdom for our relationships and collaborations. The Hexagram 8 highlights the importance of bonds formed not just out of necessity, but from mutual respect and shared values.

Invited Speakers:

Marko Stojanović is an international award-winning actor, and an Associate Professor in Acting, Scenic Movement at FCA Faculty of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade. As a former student of Marcel Marceau, he is a founder and president of the World Mime Organisation. He was awarded 28 different national and international prizes along his carries among which the "Golden Badge" of the Cultural and Educational Association of Serbia for selfless, dedicated, and long-lasting work and creative contribution to spreading culture. Throughout her career, Marko Stojanović's work is reflected in the numerous awards bestowed on him.

Mujin Bao ( Lixin Bao ) award-winning Film Director, Media Artist, and researcher, lives and works in Shanghai. She is the Head of the Department of Digital Media at SIVA, the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts. She was nominated for the "Porsche Biennial Artist" at the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair (2019) and her work was selected for UNESCO's Art and Society Project (2020). Her research interests are focused on the navigation space in digital media, considering analyzing the multiplicity of image paradigms from a narrative perspective. Throughout her career, Mujin Bao's work is reflected in the numerous awards bestowed on her.

Professor Ana Cecilia Serpa Braga Vasconcelos, Ph.D., Architect, and researcher, is the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Fortaleza, Brazil. Professor Vasconcelos has a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Environment and Development from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. She is a researcher in the field of Conservation and restoration of immovable cultural property and a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS. At the University of Fortaleza, she leads a research group on Heritage and Cultural Architecture. 

André Araújo Almeida, Architect, and researcher, is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil (CAPES-PrInt Project), and is a senior lecturer at the University of Fortaleza. He has a Master in Architecture (March) from the Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil, and is at present a visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. He has a BArch from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. His present research interests include territorial planning, local development, and governance. 

Host organizations:

The University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) is one of Brazil's leading higher education institutions. Located in Fortaleza, Brazil, UNIFOR is listed among the 1000 best universities in the world, according to the most well-known international university rankings.

The Roy Ascott Studio Technoetic Arts advanced art course is based on a research-creation paradigm, involving the student in both theoretical and practical work, through the convergent field of art, technology, and consciousness studies. Over the four years of the course, students are immersed in a dynamic framework of understanding, knowing, creating, and exposing that evolves and manifests through all aspects of artistic expression and applications of science and technology.

November 22nd, 2023 from  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
DeTao at SIVA 2200 Wenxiang Road, Songjiang
Hybrid / Shanghai, 31 201620
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Phone: +5585998646100