LASER (Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous), November 14

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108


Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international 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 6:30 p.m. followed with presentations at 7 p.m. by sound artist Yolande Harris, Andrea Steves and Tim Furstnau (FICTILIS,) curators of the Museum of Capitalism, Evolutionary Biologist Barry Sinervo, and Sociologist Miriam Greenberg.

Yolande Harris, "Listening to the Ocean in the Desert: Displaced Sounds, Displaced Environments"

FICTILIS, "Prehistory of a Museum of Capitalism"

Barry Sinervo, "Rock-paper-scissors in biological, social and virtual worlds"

Miriam Greenberg, "No Place Like Home: Integrating Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to Represent the Affordable Housing Crisis in Santa Cruz"

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts Lot adjacent to Digital Arts Research Center. 


Yolande Harris is an artist and scholar exploring ideas of sonic consciousness and techno-intuition. Her projects consider expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments, and our relationship to other species. Harris has presented her work internationally over the last twenty years at the ICA London, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, the House of World Cultures, Berlin, and more. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at UC Santa Cruz as Affiliate Faculty with the Digital Arts/New Media MFA program and Lecturer in the Art Department.

FICTILIS is the collaborative practice of multimedia artists and curators Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau. The word “FICTILIS” is Latin for “capable of being shaped or changed; earthen," which refers both to the form of their practice and the role it is intended to play within a larger culture. Furstnau and Steves completed the Digital Arts/New Media MFA program of the UC Santa Cruz Art Division in 2016. Recent venues include MIT’s Cambridge Science Festival (2015) and Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2016).

Barry Sinervo is UCSC Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Director of the UC-wide Institute for the Study of the Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts. He is currently researching contemporary extinctions of reptiles and amphibians and changes in plant communities driven by climate change, at sites distributed on five continents, leading a multinational research team of scientists developing physiological models of the biotic impacts of climate change on diverse biological systems, and measuring the biotic impacts of climate from equatorial sites to polar regions.

Miriam Greenberg is Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. Her research explores the intersections of urban political economy, political ecology, geography, and cultural studies, with particular interest in the dynamics at play in moments of “crisis.” She is the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis was Sold to the World (2008), and co-author with Tulane sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham of Crisis Cities, on post-crisis redevelopment in New York City following 9/11 and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Since 2013 she has directed the Critical Sustainabilities project.

This event is presented as part of the international LASER series initiated by the Leonardo International Society for Art, Science, and Technology.