LASER Talks Aalto University: Radical Collaboration
Chaired by Laura Beloff & Pia Fricker
Moderator Robin Gustafsson
When: June 7, 2023 at 5-7:30pm (EEST)
Where: Online & Hybrid Stage, Learning Centre, Aalto University
Website: Radical Collaboration
Radical creativity is needed when we want to change the world for better. How can we make something that could fundamentally change how we operate? What kind of collaboration can lead into paradigm shifts? Our three speakers will present fresh insights on radical collaboration.
Markus Schmidt, Biofaction KG
Dr. Markus Schmidt provides solutions for biosafety challenges in synthetic and xeno-biology, carries out technology assessment of novel bio-, neuro- and converging technologies; engages in documentary film production, serious game development and explores the creative interface between art and science.
Grain & Noise – Constructive disturbances of art in science
The collaboration between scientists and artists can not only disrupt the routine of a day's work in the laboratory, but also unveil new perspectives and ways of understanding. When the artistic and scientific realms intersect, dynamic frictions arise, creating fertile ground for innovation and exploration.
Einat Amir, Artist/doctoral student at Aalto University
Einat Amir is an artist, researcher and educator. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and is currently a doctoral researcher in Aalto University’s Experience Platform, Department of Art and Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.
Amir's artworks are in the media of video installations and live performances synthesised with scientific experiments in social psychology and neuroscience. Her art practice examines emotional, social and political aspects of everyday communication between individuals and groups.
In her research she focuses on methodologies of collaboration between artists and scientists, proposing an innovative practice, in which both parties are equal forces, allowing themselves and each other the liberties to experiment outside their discipline. Amir's research and art-science collaborations aim to contribute to social change by finding new solutions for societal issues.
A new generation of art-science collaboration
Einat Amir's work centers on collaborations between artists and scientists, with a focus on the potential of such partnerships to drive societal and environmental change. In her presentation, she will introduce a model for art-science collaboration, where the artist and scientist collaborate as equals, pushing the boundaries of their respective fields and creating projects that integrate both disciplines.
Dr. Ashish Mohite, Hyperion Robotics
Ashish has a PhD in Architecture and 3D printing and is currently co-founder and CTO of Hyperion Robotics. He has been a researcher in 3D printing for a decade, before that he worked as an architect in India, Germany and Finland.
Can concrete be sustainable?
Concrete is the most used material on our planet after water. The main ingredients of it are cement (which contributes up to 8% of the global CO2) and sand (the most mined material on the planet). Unfortunately, at the moment there is no other material that can replace concrete in the construction industry – the only way is to use it more efficiently. Hyperion Robotics is a Finnish technology company formed by experts in engineering, construction, 3D printing and robotics. To build a better future we need to rethink the way we build.
Robin Gustafsson, Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Our LASER Talk moderator Robin Gustafsson's research focus on strategy, business, and policy in technology disruptions of industries and markets, the platform economy, data economy, and data and platform strategy. He also has an interest in impactful strategy workshops and has ongoing research on playfulness and visual sense-building in workshops and at workplaces.
Robin is the leader of the visual sense-building tools and methods (Visentools) R2B-projects, and the informational infrastructures for accelerating mission-oriented policy (In2Mission) research project. Robin Gustafsson is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University.
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
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