LASER LEONARDO ART SCIENCE EVENING RENDEVOUS ZURICH

Upcoming Talks

09. November 2019, 16.00 – 18:00 p.m.
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, GENDER and TECHNOLOGY

Featuring
Professor Dr Hanna Kokko (Evolutionary Biologist, University of Zurich) and Dr. Patricia J Reis (Media Artist)

TOGETHER THIS SCIENTIST AND ARTIST PRESENT AND CREATE A VERY LIVELY DISCUSSION ABOUT THE RELATIONAL ASPECTS OF THESE TOPICS

Hosted by the World Wildlife Fund ZURICH
Address | Hohlstrasse 110, 8010 Zürich
Phone | 044 297 21 21
Afterwards there will be Lebanese snacks and Drinks hosted by LASERZURICH
Contact for questions | Jill Scott 079 524 92 11
The Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER), a series of artists and scientists' discourses.

Why did sexual reproduction and different sexes evolve? What diversity of sexual reproduction do we see in nature and how is evolution being affected by the technical world humans have created? How stable are boundaries between the sexes in animals, and why are we any different? Does gender matter? This special LASER talks features presentations by Professor Dr Hanna Kokko (Evolutionary Biologist, University of Zurich) and Dr. Patricia J Reis (Senior Lecturer Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria). After the talks there will be an interesting discussion lead by Dr. Jasmin Winkler (Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich) and Prof Dr. Jill Scott ( Professor Emerata Cultural Studies, ZHdK)


Professor Dr Hanna Kokko

Most of us have heard one or another version of an argument that deviations from traditional gender roles are 'unnatural'. Producers of such arguments have probably not spent very much time observing the astonishing diversity of ways that reproduction can be arranged in nature. There are sex changers, hermaphrodites, sperm cells that hijack eggs and kick out all the genetic material from the female (so that the offspring develops as a clone of the father), asexuals, hybrids, sexual cannibalism, offspring killing their mother for food, dwarf males permanently attached to the female… you name it. Sexual relations in nature are not always ‘nice’ – there can be vigorous disagreements of whether a mating should happen or not – but they are always fascinating.

Hanna Kokko is a Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Zurich. She is an elected fellow of two national academies worldwide: the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences (F.A.A). She is the recipient of the 2010 Per Brinck Oikos award, a prize awarded annually for a world-leading ecologist. This was in recognition of her efforts to make ecologists understand the importance of evolution and evolutionary biologists to consider the population dynamic feedback inherent in evolutionary processes, as well as her longstanding interest in making mathematical and theoretical work more palatable to empirically oriented biologists. She is the author of a textbook ‘Modelling for field biologists and other interesting people’, an example of her ‘friendly’ approach to this field. Hanna works on sexual selection, intraspecific conflict and related topics, including conservation consequences of such conflict. She has a particular interest in understanding why evolution does not always lead to outcomes that are ‘good’ for populations, including our own — which may explain why it is so hard to live sustainably on this planet. www.ieu.uzh.ch / www.kokkonuts.org


Dr. Patricia J Reis

Patrícia J. Reis will be discussing the topic of technology and interactivity as an artistic strategy to create and amplify haptic, sensual and erotic experiences. In that framework she will present her project Untherneath the skin another skin (2016), an interactive installation composed by a series of objects represented at a human scale. The objects encloses audio-visual-tactile feedback and are offered to the viewer as an organic genderless body. The artist invites the audience to physical embrace it, at the same time having to perform unusual body positions that might suggest a certain eroticism. The sensuous and erotic connotation is emphasized by the embedded vibration motors, that in turn, confer them an alive dynamic facet. The presentation based on her work will speculate on future machines that might offer an evolutionary replacement for human skin contact and new possibilities for human-object satisfaction.

Patrícia J. Reis (b. 1981, Lisbon, PT) is an installation artist based in Vienna (AUT) whose practice encompasses different formats and media to examine our relationship with modern technology. Through an ongoing investigation that destabilize the boundaries between science, technology, magic and spiritual believes, she explores questions “How do we believe in machines?” and “How technology is shaping us bodily?”. In her complex installations she often appeals to the visitor’s sensoriality in an intimate and sensual way, encourage them to become active participants. Seeking to subvert visuality as a primarily mode of experience, she plays with technology as a mean to expand and stimulate corporeal perceptions in the viewer. Reis studied Painting (ESAD, Superior School of Art and Desing, Caldas da Rainha PT, 2004), Media Art (Master program at the Lusófona University, Lisbon, PT, 2011), and she holds a Ph.D. in Art (University of Évora, PT, 2016). Currently she holds a position as a Senior Artist and Lecturer at the Digital Art Department of the Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria, and she also lectures at the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. www.patriciajreis.com

Previous Talks

06. December 2018 - ANNOUNCING LASERZURICH XMAS CELEBRATION FILM PREMIERE

31 Oct, 2019

LASERZURICH is a series of salon evening events and stands for “Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous”. This is an international network of over 25 groups that feature the merging of artists and scientists together in one evening. LASERZURICH’s collaborators include Life Science (Zurich University) and The Volunteers of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

The Dinner is by Salotto (20-25 CHF per person).
Free Drinks supplied by the LASERZURICH Xmas Party Fund.

You are invited to the premiere of the film
“ESKIN 4 THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED”

New film documentaries about the workshop and performance from our media-art project at ISEA, the International Symposia on Electronic Arts in Durban, South Africa. These films show that visually impaired people can express their own local problems of climate change, work with complex movements and perform in a world of culture that is so visually dominant. Eskin 4 shows how an art and science platform was created to enable visually impaired participants from Durban, South Africa to become performers alongside their own stories about ecology. They were also encouraged to explore new orientation skills through real-time technologies and participate in a wonderful tribute about the biodiversity along the Durban coastline.

Director of Eskin 4: Jill Scott ¦ Production of Eskin 4: ISEA 2018, the Mason Lincoln School Umlazzi, Hahne / Scott AIL Production ¦ ZürichChoreographers: Thobile Maphanga and Lorin Sookool ¦ Dancers: Nomkhosi Gumede, Nompumelelo Zikhali, Nozipho Zungu, Balungile Thwala, Melusi Khumalo, Vusumuzi Khumalo, Sboniso Ngubane ¦ Sound, Visuals and Programming: Jill Scott, Andrew Quinn, Andreas Schiffler, Vanessa Barrera Giraldo, Olav Lervik ¦ Eskin 4 Film Documentation: Realisation and Camera: Marille Hahne ¦ Editing: Franziska Schlienger, Marille Hahne

TEAMWORK TECHOLOGIES for COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Discussion after the films: Here the media art team will talk about the processes of this production:

Dr. Andreas Schiffler (German / American)
is a software engineer and physicist. He specializes in the field of data, analytics and big data applications. He will talk about the technical challenges to create stage ready systems with commercial hardware and software. www.ferzkopp.net

Vanessa Barrera Giraldo (Swiss / Colombian)
is an electronics and audio engineer who develops audio solutions for the hearing impaired. She will talk about how she became interested in designing interactive tools and sounds for visually impaired participants and the value of customizing sound tracks for people with visual impairments.

Prof. Marille Hahne (Swiss / German)
is a filmmaker who is focused on documenting processes of art and science productions that affect society. Over many years she has practised a genre of documentary filmmaking which she calls Research mode, one that maps out the experience of working closely with the process of learning by this particular Zulu community. www.marillehahne.com

Prof. Dr. Jill Scott (Swiss / Australian)
is a media artist with many years of experience in ecology and neurosciene, who is interested in how tech-teamwork can provide this gift of a platform, one that can empower people with a new voice and confidence to speak out about local problems. www.jillscott.org

So come and join us for this interesting evening to celebrate our successful collaboration with the Zulus from South Africa on film!

01. September 2018 - RECLAIMING URBAN ECOLOGY

13 Nov, 2018

IN THIS EVENT WE PREMIRE A NEW FILM Natura Urbana / The Brachen of Berlin BY MATTHEW GANDY AND FEATURE DISCUSSIONS BY A TRANSDISCIPLINARY PANEL:
Christoph Kueffer, Mathew Gandy, Bárbara Maçães Costa, Kevin Vega and Jill ScottRead More →

10. July 2018 - TRANSFER or INTERPRETATION?

15 Aug, 2018

This LASERZurich will feature three researchers that will cross-pollinate their research by presenting this exciting and controversial topic. Dr. Nigel Helyer, (sound sculptor and writer), Prof. em Dr Andreas Fischlin (Climate Scientist Systems Ecology at ETH Zurich) and Matthias Vollmer (Architect and photographer from the Architecture Department, ETHZ). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. em. Dr. Jill Scott.Read More →

22. May 2018 - SPACE TIME ART!

05 Jul, 2018

This LASER ZURICH will feature artists and scientists who will present their thoughts on this exciting existentialist topic. Arthur Woods (Astronautical Artist), Dr. Marco C. Bernasconi (Astronautical Engineer) and Jayanne English (Astrophysicist and Astronomy Image-maker). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Jill Scott (Media Artist and Art Science Context Provider-ZurichRead More →

16. January 2018 - The power of voice! ICT for Agroecology: new model for knowledge generation and sharing

20 Apr, 2018

This LASER ZURICH and WWF collaboration will feature an artist and a scientist who will present their thoughts on this exciting and controversial topic. Dr. Eugenio Tisselli (Mexican-Italian Media Artist) and Bernadette Oehen (Botanist, MAS ETHZ. FiBL-Department of Socio-Economic Sciences). The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Angelika Hillbeck (Agroecologist from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Department of Institute of Integrative Biology, Zurich)Read More →