Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists, scientists, and scholars together for informal presentations and conversations.
Please join us in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 for refreshments at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with presentations by:
Carolyn Dean "Moving Stones: An Inka Perspective"
David Glowacki "Modeling Humans as Energy Fields"
Stacy Philpott "Urban garden insect biodiversity: fascinating and functional"
Karen Tei Yamashita Reading from her new work
Carolyn Dean is a Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at the UC Santa Cruz. Dean studies Andean, particularly Inka (Inca), visual and performance culture both before and after Spanish colonization. She has published numerous articles and two books: Inka Bodies and the Body of Christ: Corpus Christi in Colonial Cuzco Peru (Duke University Press, 1999) and A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock (Duke University Press, 2010).
David Glowacki (PhD, MA) is a Royal Society Research Fellow. He presently holds joint appointments in both chemistry and computer science at Stanford University and the University of Bristol (UK) and has an international reputation spanning both computational nano-physics and interactive digital art. Glowacki is the creator of danceroom Spectroscopy (dS), an interactive digital framework that fuses his multi-disciplinary interests, which has been used to create a multi-award winning dance piece entitled Hidden Fields.
Stacy Philpott is Associate Professor in Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz. She is an agroecologist and insect ecologist interested in community ecology, ecosystem services, urban agroecology, and interactions between agriculture, conservation, and farmer livelihoods. She has worked in agroecosystems in Mexico, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Michigan, Ohio, and California.
Karen Tei Yamashita is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the UC Santa Cruz, and currently the co-holder with Bettina Aptheker of the UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She is the author of six books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently, Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance, all published by Coffee House Press.