LASER Talks

The New Culture of Surveillance
May 6, 2019 - 5:30pm
Monday, March 5, 5:30-7:30pm UCI Applied Innovation 5141 California Ave #250, Irvine, CA 92617 Free parking on site Thee fear of an Orwellian existence has made us highly suspicious of surveillance for decades, but what happens when you invite “Big Brother” into your home? Many consumers unknowingly participate in implicit surveillance by corporations in exchange for convenience. What are the unintended consequences of digital utilities in the age of Siri, Alexa, and “Hey Google,” and how are we grappling with these concerns? Speakers will be recruited from the departments of...
Interactive Plant Growing, 1992 / Installation View
LASER TALK: "ARTificial Life + Intelligence"
February 7, 2019 - 5:30pm
Since meeting in 1992, artists Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau have created interactive computer installations that apply scientific principles to art, such as artificial life, complexity, and generative systems. In celebration of their first retrospective in the United States and a newly created artwork that will debut at UCI, the artists will discuss their work in conversation with experts from these fields. Speakers include:   Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau Contemporary, intermedia artists and researchers   Jeff Krichmar Professor in the...
LASER Talk: "Empathy in Electronic Culture"
October 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
LASER Talk: "Empathy in Electronic Culture" Thursday, October 4, 2018; 5:30-7:30pm UCI Applied Innovation 5141 California Ave #250 Irvine, CA 92617 FREE admission and parking with registration Snacks and light refreshments provided As electronic culture becomes increasingly ubiquitous, how are programmers and developers addressing human-like interfaces, interactions, and decision-making – specifically, when it comes the emulation of empathy? Similarly, how can real human empathy be elicited when users interact through programs and digital platforms, instead of face to...
FREE LASER Talk: The Art of Conservation
May 7, 2018 - 5:30pm
May 7, 2018 5:30-7:30pm FREE admission and parking with registration UCI Applied Innovation 5141 California Ave., Suite #250 Irvine, CA 92617 Speakers: Jesse Jackson, Kailen Mooney, Victoria Vesna. Kyle Welker In the face of such dire environmental realities, how are artists and scientists concerned with conservation using data and creativity to fuel their work? This talk will delve into the division between popular opinion and scientific evidence of our global sustainability issues, and how various industries/disciplines are seeking new, creative ways to address a...
FREE LASER Talk: Bird Song
March 5, 2018 - 5:30pm
Monday, March 5, 5:30-7:30pm UCI Applied Innovation 5141 California Ave #250, Irvine, CA 92617 Free parking on site   As humans, we have long since been fascinated by birds. Their seemingly magical capacity for flight, song, and navigation have made them powerful symbols for many cultures, especially through the art historical lexicon. The Beall Center for Art + Technology’s related exhibition - "It Passes like a Thought" - explores flight, birdsong, and the aesthetic variation of avian species through the work of several intermedia artists. This panel talk will allow...

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