CHAIRS: Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk
Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist and associate professor of art at Stony Brook University who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, and our future histories. Dinkins is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee as well as a 2018/19 Soros Equality Fellow and Data and Society Research Institute Fellow. Wired, Art in America, The New York Times, the BBC, and Apple Inc. have recently highlighted Dinkins' work. Through her projects Not The Only One, the multigenerational memoir of one black American family told from the “mind” of an artificial intelligence with evolving intellect, and Conversations with Bina48, an ongoing series of recorded interactions between the artist and Bina48 a socially engaged robot, Dinkins advocates for open, inclusive, equitable, human sustaining artificially intelligent systems.
Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing and Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create and machines that are creative. The Six Waves of AI, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics technology have been making grand strides over the past few years, outperforming humans in tasks once thought to be impossible. But where will this technology go next, and how far can it reach? Hod will discuss the field from its inception nearly a century ago and its recent accelerating ascent into the future.
Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault are collaborators whose work explores what makes us human. Their presentation will discuss the use of advanced technologies and imaging of the body to investigate our physical and psychological vulnerability and also cultural identity. They are recipients of a Guggenheim Fellowship and their work has been exhibited at the List Visual Art Center at MIT, the Carpenter Center for the Arts at Harvard University, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The work that is currently on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art includes videos from an artist residency using a 4D scanner at the Max Planck Institute for Perceiving Systems and an installation and collaboration with mechatronic and embedded systems engineers, computer scientists, and AI researchers.
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 Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.
LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 30 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website.
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.