In her work, Paula Flores attempts to represent the complexity of nature as it relates to our knowledge and ignorance that we have towards it. She treats themes such as immigration and the disappearance of native cultures as a result of modern industry: the space these cultures occupy and how they've changed according to its commodification. Making use of diverse artistic disciplines and a mix of organic and industrial materials, she creates a dialogue regarding the current situation between human and nature. Paula is part of a collective that goes by the name of Boiling Process which is made up of artists from Tijuana and Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in various cities like Tijuana, Los Angeles, Mexicali, San Diego and Vienna.
Mark Hirsch describes himself as an InterArtist, communicating in languages of sound, visualization, code, and design to realize his ideas. His work fosters environments where a greater awareness of self, space, and time can be experienced. Through his work, Hirsch seeks to use experimental technology to create new connections between seemingly unrelated elements of daily life. The interactive nature of his projects lends a degree of intimacy to the often cold, impersonal aesthetic of digital technology. A native of the American Midwest, Hirsch currently resides in Santa Barbara, CA where he is pursuing a PhD in Media Arts & Technology at UCSB
Dr. Gretchen Hofmann is a marine biologist whose research focuses on the responses of marine species to future ocean change such as ocean acidification and ocean warming. Working in places as diverse as the coastal oceans of California and Antarctic waters, Dr. Hofmann and her lab group are trying to understand whether and how marine species can adapt to future changes in the ocean. Studies in the lab focus on how organisms work in the face of these changes, whether species have the physiological flexibility to respond to future oceans and whether adaption is possible.
Clarissa Tossin studied at the Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo before moving to the United States in 2005; she completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 2009. Tossin was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and spent her childhood in Brasília, the modernist capital designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lúcio Costa. This city—its utopian vision of the future, and its failures to achieve that vision—is an important protagonist in much of Tossin’s work.
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 20 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.
Auditorium MSI 1302
UC Santa Barbara
Isla Vista, CA 93106