LASER Talks in New York City | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

LASER Talks in New York City

 Registration is closed for this event
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.

LASER Talks Logo

CHAIRS: Ellen Levy and Patricia Olynyk


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, former IDSVA Special Advisor in the Arts and Sciences and Patricia Olynyk, Director, Graduate School of Art, Washington University co-direct these presentations to promote dialogue at the highest level among artists, scientists, scholars, and historians. Space is limited, so please rsvp by sending an email to or There will be feature presentations by Christine Corday, Roald Hoffmann, and Siddharth Ramakrishnan.


Christine Corday is an artist who engages a materials practice with the evolving human scale of perception and with fundamental forces. Corday works with temperature, pressure, material states, elemental metals often in collaborations with international scientists and science organizations such as NASA, SETI [US], ITER [FR], UCLA Galactic Center Group [US]. Following an astrophysics internship at NASA/SETI (Moffett Field, CA), Corday’s projects include: Instrument for the Ocean to Play (2001) and her upcoming project: HYDROGEN (Venice, IT; 2020). Corday was nominated for the United States Artist Fellow (2016) and awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2019. Corday will discuss her practice as sculptor with the most primary material within the medium itself and her recent projects focusing on elemental architecture, the material phase of suns, and touch inherent within cosmological scale. 


Roald Hoffmann was born in 1937 in Złoczów, Poland. Having survived the war, he came to the U. S. in 1949. Hoffmann was a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 1981 and within the field of Chemistry, he has taught his community to think about how orbitals and electrons guide chemical reaction. As a writer, Hoffmann has carved out a territory between science, poetry, and philosophy. Hoffman will discuss the process of creating a one-act opera/melodrama, “Alchemy,” which he wrote and which includes music by Oliver Peter Graber. The work will have its first incarnation in Basel in April 2020. The heroine is a gynoid, Ada, tasked with implementing a magnificent chemical synthesis program. Along the way, half the cast are killed off… but, hey, it’s opera!


Siddharth Ramakrishnan is a neuroscientist working on how plastics affect brain development, neuroelectronic interfaces and the brains of fish and snails. Also an avid collaborator at the art and science intersection, he teaches at the New School and the University of Puget Sound. He is currently the director of research at BMCC, CUNY. Ramakrishnan will discuss his project: “NeuroTarot,” a set of tarot cards based on neuroscience. The symbolism of tarot cards defines different emotional, physical and mental states of individuals and each of these can be grounded within the principles of basic neuroscience and brain structures. Bridging two distinct streams of science and the mystic arts,  Ramakrishnan brings them together for a spiritual, yet educational journey. Pick a card, invoke your own mental imagery, prognosticate the future, learn about the brain, all while having immense fun.



WashU Logo

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.

December 15th, 2019 from  4:00 PM to  7:00 PM