LASER LEONARDO ART SCIENCE EVENING RENDEVOUS ZURICH

Upcoming Talks

23. MAY 2017 - 18.00 to 20.00
New Urban Technologies: Empowerment and Citizen Science!

This LASERZurich will feature three renowned researchers that will cross pollinate their research by discussing this exciting and controversial topic.

Felix Adamczyk (Engineer from Smart Home Technology, Zurich) and Agung Firmanto Budiharto and Agus Tri Budiarto (Media Artists from Lifepatch, Yogyakarta, Indonesia). This discussion will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott.

Felix Adamczyk: What is a smarter world?

Current industry sees a development of more than 50 billion smart devices in the year 2020 (Swisscom, 2017). Just in 2018 we will witness more smart connected devices on earth than mobile phones (Ericsson Mobility Report 2016). What are these smart devices and why is this sector of the so called Internet of Things (IoT) growing so rapidly? Felix Adamczyk, the founder of Smart Home Technologies will demonstrate why smart things are now seen as key drivers for efficiency in several industries. He will explain, why his company invented a solution called IoT Concentrator to turn offline products or services into online services in the context of Industry 4.0. He will talk about exact risks of these solutions for us, the citizens. His technology called Zero Standby® may in fact, be an essential element in IoT developments to re-empower the citizen as well as save energy.

Felix Adamczyk was born in 1986 in Bavaria, Germany. He worked in Santiago de Chile in the sector of smart connected devices and spent several months in engineering projects in Tanzania. Since 2007 he lives in Switzerland. He is fascinated by smart solutions and is critical of efficient solutions. He studied Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich and Fraunhofer Insitute in Kaiserslautern. In 2011 he founded his first company with the idea to make smart connected buildings and in 2014, he founded his current company, the ETH Spin-off Smart Home Technologies to collaborate with the industry of connected devices. In 2016, their invention Zero Standby® created a lot of attention, as it is a solution to turn off electrical devices if they are not in use. This approach saves huge amounts of energy as well as extends battery life.

Agung Firmanto Budiharto and Agus Tri Budiarto

Agung Firmanto Budiharto and Agus Tri Budiarto will talk about their organization Lifepatch: a collaborative citizen science activity in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Lifepatch creates positive and effective applications in art, science and technology such as "grab the waste" and guerrilla planting to increase awareness of city problems through DIY and DIWO ideology. Here they build networks that engage in art, science and technology by connecting to the community. How can citizen science develop through such group activity? They share and discuss environmental issues, organize workshops to brainstorm and learn, as well as create chill-out time to collect ideas. In other words, they create an alternative education platform focused on technology, the urban environment and citizen empowerment.

Agung Firmanto Budiharto a.k.a Geger is an environmental activist working with many groups in the community. In 2010 he started Ordinary Acts: an action to promote positive acts for the environment such as "Grab the Waste", “Your Two Hands Actions” and “Guerrilla Planting”. He collaborates with students, young people and activists, in order to increase awareness about city problems, reclaim public spaces for bicycles and make street art. He is interested in food security and wants to have his own library for his neighbourhood.

Agus Tri Budiarto a.k.a Timbil is a chemical engineer who is interested in local ecology issues and bio-punk movements as well as IB:SC, an art and science collaboration project on safe wine fermentation methods with the Microbiology Department UGM (Transmediale Award 2011). He graduated from University of National Development Veteran (UPN-Veteran) in chemical engineering and has been active with local communities as a citizen scientist on ecology issues like the restoration of ecosystems and biohacking.

06. JUNE 2017 - 18.00 to 20.00
Can both art and science explore the outer reaches of embodiment: out-of-body and near-death experiences?

This LASERZurich will feature two renowned researchers that will cross pollinate their research by presenting this exciting and controversial topic.

Dr. Helen Pynor (Bio-Artist video, photography, sculpture, media art, wet biology and performance) and Assistant Professor Dr. Bigna Lenggenhager (Department of Psychology, University of Zurich). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott.

Bigna Lenggenhager

will talk about her research on out-of-body and related experiences. She combines techniques from behavioural psychology, neuroscience and virtual reality to scientifically investigate these complex phenomena. She will present clinical and experimental data showing how surprisingly plastic the bodily self is and how easily the brain can be tricked into strange sensations related to the bodily self. She will put forward the hypothesis that out of body experiences are a failure of an integration of various bodily senses. She will relate her findings to possible interpretations of near-death experiences and speculate about how transient experimental manipulation of the unity between the body and the self might influence our perception of death and after-life beliefs.

Bigna Lenggenhager is currently a junior group leader at the Neurology Department of the University Hospital of Zurich. As of September 2017 she will be an Assistant Professor at the Psychology Department of the University of Zurich. Initially trained as a psychologist, she did her PhD in Neuroscience at the EPFL Lausanne, followed by postdoctoral positions in Rome and Bern. Her research focuses on how the brain integrates various external and internal signals into a coherent sense of a bodily self. She developed experimental paradigms to alter the sense of a bodily self in healthy participants and uses techniques from behavioral psychology, neuroscience (EEG, fMRI) and virtual reality to investigate underlying physiological and neural mechanisms. She also investigates how the bodily self is altered in psychiatric and neurological patients and searches for non-invasive therapeutic tools. She published her work in various peer-reviewed and high-impact journals (e.g. Science, Neuron, CurrentOpinion in Neurology) and has received the prestigious Pfizer prize (2009). She has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary projects and received several national and international research grants (Swiss National Science Foundation, German Research Foundation, Italian Ministry of Health, Volkswagen Foundation, International Foundation for research on Paraplegia). www.researchgate.net - Bigna Lenggenhager

Helen Pynor (AU / UK)

will discuss her new installation The End is a Distant Memory in which she explores the ‘unknowable’ space between life and death. In one part of the work Pynor explores the persistence of living cells inside the meat we purchase for food. She successfully cultivated living, tissue-cultured chicken cells obtained from a biopsy of supermarket chicken meat: essentially demonstrating that living cells persist in something perceived to be dead. The End is a Distant Memory also explores human near-death experiences: the persistence of lucid consciousness during states of clinical death, a phenomenon that is increasingly reported by patients. She will discuss ambiguous zones and states, such as the life-death boundary, the interpersonal nature of organ transplantation, and approaches to ‘reanimation’ within the context of her practice.

Helen Pynor trained as both artist and scientist. Her practice spans large-scale installations through to small intimate works. She has completed a practice-based PhD and frequently collaborates with scientists and clinicians in the realisation of her works, undertaking in-depth research residencies at institutions such as the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden; The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; and SymbioticA–Biological Arts, University of Western Australia. She has exhibited widely internationally including at Ars Electronica, Linz; National Centre for Contemporary Art, Russia; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; Science Gallery Dublin; FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool UK; International Symposium on Electronic Art - ISEA2013, Sydney; and Wellcome Collection, London. www.helenpynor.com

Previous Talks

11. April 2017 - Biofeedback in virtual space visualisation and musica

04 May, 2017

Isabella Pasqualini (architect and scientist, EPFL, Lausanne) and Steffen A. Schmidt (musicologist and musical performer, ZHdK, Zurich). The discussion will be moderated by Boris Magrini.Read More →

06. December 2016 - Science as Game - Art as Play

21 Mar, 2017

This LASERZurich will feature two renowned researchers that will cross pollinate their research by presenting their own collaborations.

Professor Dr Margarete Jahrmann (Experimental Game Designer/epistemologist) and Professor Dr. Stefan Glasauer (Neuroscientist/ sensorimotor researcher). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott.Read More →

01. November 2016 - Complexity: from particle physics to musical interfaces

04 Nov, 2016

This LASERZurich will feature three renowned artists and scientists that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work.


From 18.00 to 20.00: Alexander Penn (Physicist and Researcher, ETH Zurich), Martin Pohl (Experimental Physicist, University of Geneva) and David Rosenboom (Composer-Performer, California Institute of the Arts). The discussion will be moderated by Boris Magrini. An introduction to LASER UCLA will also be presented by Victoria Vesna (Artist and Researcher, UCLA).Read More →

13. October 2016 - Mental Imagery and Emodiment in the Sonic Arts

24 Oct, 2016

LASERZurich will be featuring a renowned artist and a renowned scientist that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. The following will be speaking from 18.00 to 20.00: Luca Forcucci and Oliver Kannape. You are welcome to join us for dinner after the talk at Salotto Café.Read More →

12. July 2016 - GMOs: Threats, impacts and sustainable futures

08 Sep, 2016

LASERZurich will be featuring a renowned artist and a renowned scientist that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. The following will be speaking from 18.00 to 20.00: Pat Badani and Angelika Hilbeck. This talk will be moderated by Boris Magrini. You are welcome to join us for dinner after the talk at Salotto Café.Read More →