Previous Talks

03. May 2016 - The afterlife of minerals

15 May, 2016

LASERZURICH will feature two renowned artists and scientists that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. The following will be speaking: Alan Bogana and Ulrike Kastrup. This talk will be moderated by Boris Magrini. You are welcome to join us for dinner after the talk at Salotto Café.


Bogana a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. During the last 5 years he focused on the interaction of light with matter through various means such as computer simulations, manipulations of translucent materials and holography. He completed a Fine Arts Diploma with honors at the Geneva University of Art and Design, a specialization in computer graphics and one in artistic research methodologies at the Zürich University of Art and Design. He exhibited in Europe, in the United States, in the Emirates and in South Africa. He has been artist in residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, at the Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, in Cape Town with Pro Helvetia and in Zug with the Landis & Gyr Foundation. In 2015 he presented its biggest solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Langenthal, in which his interests for mineralogy, holography and computer simulations converged into a series of installations exhibited in the darkness.



...holds a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Zurich and a PhD in Geophysics from ETH Zurich. Following her education as natural scientist, the central theme of Ulrike’s career has been the education and empowerment of people to understand their natural and manmade environment and to act responsibly within. Her early work focused on risk management addressing questions such as which information citizens need to have to take sound and safe decisions before, during, and after an emergency. In her current position as the director of FocusTerra - the Earth Science Research and Information Centre of ETH Zurich - she focusses on the dissemination of scientific knowledge to engage wide and diverse audiences, lay and expert people alike through exhibitions and other activities with a strong focus on their societal relevance.