[NetBehaviour] LASER Talks - Rendezvous on science and art

Danielle Siembieda dsiembieda at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 4 01:38:34 CET 2019

Amazing line up!

danielle siembieda
From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on behalf of Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk>
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2019 7:41:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] LASER Talks - Rendezvous on science and art

dear all
if anyone is in Houston, TX or thereabouts, please join us on Sunday, Feb 10, 4pm - 6pm:
New cross-disciplinary talk series “LASER” comes to Houston.

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists
together for informal presentations and conversations. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of
the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking.

Christopher Zahner
>From Aerospace Engineering
to Coagulation Pathology

Johannes Birringer
Kimospheres: Constructing Realities

Kate Kerr
Speech Pathology by Day,
Ghost Hunter by Night

register here:  https://www.leonardo.info/civicrm/event/info?id=286&reset=1

Houston welcomes LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) the Leonardo/ISAST's international
program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and
conversation with an audience:

1. From Aerospace Engineering to Coagulation Pathology
Dr. Zahner's basic research has focused on medical devices and resulted in
hardware development, grants, and patents in the fields of balance,
acoustics, sample processing, and microbial growth, along with prototype
hardware in sample tracking and hand hygiene. His clinical research is
focused on diagnostic error using the diagnostic management team and
mobile app development. Prior to medical school, he was a mechanical
engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for
the International Space Station (ISS) specializing in Environmental Control
and Life Support (ECLS) systems and was the lead engineer for the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC). He
received a Mechanical Engineering MS from the University of Florida in 2005, an MD from Texas Tech Health
Sciences Center in 2015 with a CP in Pathology from University of Texas Medical Branch in 2018, where he is
currently Assistant Professor.

2. Kimospheres: Constructing Realities / Johannes Birringer
( DAP-Lab, London | AlienNation Co., Houston)

After brief look back at historical precedents, Johannes  introduces
concepts of the material affects of choreosonic architectures, discussing the
design of wearables used in immersive performative environments – here
called “kinetic atmospheres” (kimospheres) – which are conceived as
formative, not built or constructed in a stable form but responsive to movers,
wearables or, even, are wearable themselves. Basing its exploration of such
interactive environments for wearable performance in recent installations of
the DAP-Lab, the talk sketches ideas for extended choreography and role-play within such kimospheres, also
delving into more speculative developments of how bodies and wearables come to affect, and be affected by,
kinetic, sonic and VR interfaces – in the sense in which the composer Xenakis had envisioned reverberant
multimedia architectures and spatial intensities to be live instruments, not static objects or envelopes.

3. Kate Kerr by day is a Speech Language Pathologist who has over 25 years on
healthcare services. She received her Bachelors from University of Wisconsin
Eau Claire and Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. Her
work has taken her all along the coast from California to Florida and now to
Galveston Texas. She has a passion for speech pathology and bringing
innovation to her field. By night, Kate Kerr is an entrepreneur and ghost hunter.
She is venturing into a new business in Galveston called The Galveston Experience Company which will
showcase her ghost hunting adventures. Kate's mind is always busy thinking about what can be done next and
she is here to tell you how she does it all. This talk will focus on bringing ideas into action. Whether they are
large scale ideas or small. During this talk, you will hear how Kate Kerr has taken ideas in the world of speech
pathology and in the entertainment industry and is working to turn those ideas into reality.


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