LASER TALK – Immersive listening with Roel Heremans and Esther Venrooij

An evening around attentive listening through the work of two artist-researchers that create immersive sound installations, sound landscapes, or films in which listening triggers the imagination and creates a special relationship with the audience. “AS HUMANS WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MEANING IN WHAT WE EXPERIENCE AND WE ARE ALWAYS PROJECTING OURSELVES ONTO OUR SURROUNDINGS, EVEN WHEN WE SEE, HEAR OR EXPERIENCE NOTHING.” On the Process of Becoming Silent and Listening Esther Venrooij Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with sound, composed introspection and neurofeedback. In most of his works he… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels: The olfactory experience as a new language with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos

The 7th edition of LASER talks Brussels will take place on Sunday 12 June at 5pm as part of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus. We will be talking about the importance of the olfactory experience with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos. The olfactory experience is accessible to people of different cultures and with different abilities. It might actually become a new language for dialogue about common human values and needs. In the animal world the olfactory system plays one of the most important roles to help animals to survive…. Read More

LASER Talks Brussels: Tangible sound, postdigital instruments, audio spatialization technologies and extended reality

The sixth LASER Talks Brussels takes place next Saturday 23 April at 7pm at dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center). The discussion will be focussing on materializing digital matter into sound objects, embodied music interaction, spatialization technologies to enable and investigate synchronization between musical players using movement and sound, the physical aspects of musical human machine interaction, reinterpretation of the physical value of well established cultural techniques creating tangible user interface. With Claire Williams, Enrique Tomás and Bavo Van Kerrebroeck. Claire Williams is working at the borders of science, technology, arts and textiles. She… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Learning Through Sound

The fifth edition of LASER Talks Brussels took place on Tuesday 29 March at 7pm CET at iMAL – Center for Digital Cultures in Brussels with panelists Aernoudt JACOBS, Katrien KOLENBERG and Mathieu ZUSTRASSEN. You can watch the talk here. LASER Talks Brussels are chaired by Alexandra Dementieva, moderated by Edith Doove and hosted by iMAL. Sound helps us interact with the world and with each other, sonification gives a great possibility to present and analyse data. Space around us is filled with humming, murmuring, reverberating, carrying information. Sound waves can be a means of diagnosing health conditions and of… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Out-of-control-ness and the emergence of possibilities

The fourth edition of LASER Talks Brussels will take place on Tuesday 7 December at 7pm CET at iMAL – Center for Digital Cultures in Brussels with panelists Francis Brazier, Joost Rekveld and Frank Theys. The recorded talk is available here. LASER Talks Brussels are chaired by Alexandra Dementieva, moderated by Edith Doove and hosted by iMAL. This talk discusses notions of out-of-control ness in a social and technical context that are at the core of the work of the three panelists: Prof. Dr. Frances BRAZIER who is a full professor in Engineering Systems Foundations at the Delft University… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Notions of Transhumanism

The third edition of LASER Talks Brussels has taken place on Tuesday 7 September at 7pm CET at IMAL – Center for Digital Cultures in Brussels with as panelists Mark Coeckelbergh, PETERMFRIESS and Angelo Vermeulen. LASER Talks Brussels are organised by Alexandra Dementieva and moderated by Edith Doove. You can find a partial recording here. According to a recently updated manifesto from Humanity+, Transhumanism can be interpreted as an approach to extend human lifespan and to expand human capabilities and states. The Manifesto continues stating that Transhumanism is the world’s strongest advocacy… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Light, time and the collaboration between art and science

The second edition of LASER Talks Brussels will take place on Tuesday 15 June with as guests Ulrike Kuchner, Paul Malone and Els Van Riel. We will be talking about light, time and the collaboration between art and science. Find more information and the link to register here. Date: 15/06/2021 Time: 7pm CEST/UTC+2, Find your timezone here. The ZOOM link will be provided upon registration. The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Annemarie Maes and Camilla Colombo

On 20th April the first of LASER Talks Brussels started with a conversation with Annemarie Maes, artist and researcher, and Camilla Colombo, curator. Annemarie Maes talked about her exhibitions SENSORIAL SKINS – WOVEN BY NATURE, shown in 2 parts at PILAR, House for Art and Science – Brussels from 8 – 23 April 2021, and at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Culture and Technology – Brussels from 29 April – 16 May 2021 with Camilla Colombo as curator. You can find the recording of the LASER Talk here. The next LASER Talks… Read More

Alexandra Dementieva in LASER Talks CYLAND Saint-Petersburg

Join Alexandra Dementieva Saturday 10 April for the LASER Talks CYLAND Saint-Petersburg on the theme of Space Exploration. The motto for this talk is Konstantin Tsiolkovky‘s remark “All the universe is full of the lives of perfect creatures.” Apart from Dementieva the other panelists are Oleysya Turkina, Andrey Bartenev and Matthew Lee. The moderator is Natalia Kolodzei. Saturday 10 April Register here to attend the talk. Olesya Turkina is a senior researcher at the Russian Museum and an associate professor at St. Petersburg State University. She has been a full member of… Read More

AnneMarie Maes – Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature

Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature is a double exhibition by AnneMarie Maes curated by Camilla Colombo. The works on show focus on membranes and surfaces, on organic materials and on tactility, on processes and transformations, on bacteria and life. Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature is a journey into working with natural elements and co-creation with living organisms.In April and May 2021, two complementary chapters will be presented, at PILAR gallery – the house for Art and Sciences at the VUB and at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Culture and Technology… Read More