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Laser Talks in Paris

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST's international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations.

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CHAIR: Annick Bureaud

"Sound Waves"

In 2019, LASER Paris goes nomadic.

Free admission in the limit of available seats, registration required:

LASER Paris takes place in French.



Speakers: Victoria Vesna, Aline Penitot and Oliver Adam


Victoria Vesna (Artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) //

"A Roaring World" about the project Noise Aquarium

Polluted by plastic but also by sound: far from being the "world of silence", the subaquatic environment is a world of din and roaring. The interactive installation Noise Aquarium shows elements of plancton and our impact on those micro-organisms that provide us with half of the air we need to live.

(Victoria Vesna presentation is in English with French translation).

Aline Penitot (Electroacoustic composer and radio documentarist) and Olivier Adam (Bioacoustic specialist, Professor-Researcher at Neurosciences Institute of Paris Saclay CNRS - University Paris Sud and Sorbonne University) // 

"Do humpback whales play bassoon?" about the project Interactions férales. Le chant des baleines à bosse (project supported by La Diagonale Paris-Saclay)

If, instead of recording the cetaceans and analyzing their songs as scientists usually do, if instead of creating music inspired by the whales songs as some composers have done, we were trying to interact with them through sounds played into the ocean? This is what the composer Aline Penitot and the scientist Olivier Adam are together exploring using a digital interface and their discovery of astonishing timbre relations between the humpback whales songs and the sound of the bassoon. Will the ocean remain the world biggest musical stage or are we going to saturate it with our wastes, physical and acoustic, until we can no longer hear it whisper?


During the break : Audience announcements

Drinks and snacks after the presentations

LASER Paris is co-organized by Leonardo/Olats ( and La Diagonale Paris-Saclay ( in collaboration with the hosting venues, for June 13th 2019 Ground Control (

LASER Paris is supported by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. (


Next LASER Paris

Thursday September 26th 2019, at the 104

Monday November 4th 2019, at the Centre Georges Pompidou



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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.

June 13th, 2019 from  7:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Cité internationale des arts (Auditorium)
18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Auditorium / Paris, 75 75004
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