LASER Talk at UC Santa Cruz

February 19, 2014

LASER (Leonardo Art/ Science Evening Rendezvous) 
Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 6:45pm
Presented by: Institute of the Arts and Sciences
The Institute of the Arts and Sciences presents Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous:Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking

More information can be found here.

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASERS) are a national program of evening gathering that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations. At UCSC’s inaugural LASER, speakers will lay the foundation for the series by speaking about the intertwining of art and science. Questions like “why art and science” and “why now” will provide context for the series as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway throughout the University of California, in the Bay Area, and beyond.

This event it open to the public. Please join us for refreshments at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by:

Elliot Anderson, “Technologies of the Sublime: Representing the American Landscape in the 21st Century”
David Deamer, “Volcanoes, Mars, and meteorites: Clues to the origins of life on Earth”
Andrew T. Fisher, “Massive flows of water and heat through most of the seafloor”
Camille Utterback, “From Falling Text to Flexible Screens: Adventures in Interactive Art”

Elliot Anderson is an Associate Professor of Art at UCSC. He is an artist and engineer working in new media technologiesin print, performance, and installation. Anderson’s current research examines the history and contemporary perceptions and technologies of landscape. His work has been exhibited and performed widely in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand.

David Deamer is Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at UCSC. Deamer’s research is based on his filed studies of volcanoes in Hawaii, Iceland, and Kamchatka and focuses on how volcanic environments called hydrothermal fields can promote molecular self-assembly processes related to the structure and function of primitive cells.

Andrew Fisher is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC with expertise in water moving through the Earth on land and in deep sea. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America, a co-Principle Investigator with the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, and founder of the Recharge Initiative.

Camille Utterback is an Assistant Professor in the Art & Art History Department at Stanford University. She is an internationally acclaimed artist whose extensive exhibit history includes more than fifty shows on four continents. Utterback’s interactive installations combine innovative technology, elegant design, and surprising situations to reconnect us to our physicality, and to the world around us.