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Agnes Chavez @ CERN

ARTISTS WORKING WITH NASA AND CERN – INTERPLANETARY SCIENCE, ART AND TECHNOLOGY:  a Santa Fe LASER talk with New Mexico artists Richard Lowenberg and Agnes Chavez on June 8, 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Biocultura will present the third Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Talk in Santa Fe in conjunction with the Santa Fe Institute Interplanetary Festival on Friday, June 8th beginning at 6PM at EVOKE Contemporary, 550 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Doors open at 5:30PM. The event is free. More information and registration at: bioculturasantafe.com/events. The event is co-sponsored by The Santa Fe Institute, with thanks to Currents New Media.

Santa Fe artist Richard Lowenberg’s talk is titled “Info/Eco (An Arts/Sciences Exploration of the Information Environment as Ecosystem)”. Richard’s presentation will include an overview of works created as part of a 1974-1984 series of NASA/Arts collaborations, including the first artist’s use of satellite communications, use of bio-sensors by dancers in environmental performances, and performers participating in astronaut gravitational simulation experiments. Richard will also present two current 1st-mile / SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) projects: “The Energy & Information Ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau: An Arts/Sciences Field Study” and “Eco-Value Scale”, an interactive public artwork and program to balance Earth’s economy.

Agnes Chavez will present her interdisciplinary work including a collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. She currently works as Artistic Director with CERN scientists and engineers at the Data Center designing a permanent installation that will visualize real time and statistical data from the Large Hadron Collider. Agnes’ colleague Johan S. Bonilla, PhD candidate at the Center for High Energy Physics, University of Oregon will join via Skype.

Richard Lowenberg is an artist, rural tele-community planner, environmental designer and eco-cultural activist. He has dedicated his creative life to investigations, understandings and artful realization of works presenting and collaboratively setting examples for ‘an ecology of the information environment’, with resulting opportunities for development of a culturally and ecologically rooted economy’. Richard’s ‘arts-sciences-society’ involvements include conducting ten years of NASA-Arts collaborations, embedding within the military-industrial-intelligence sector for a controversial body of artworks, networking local-global communities and involvement in international arts/sciences initiatives over 50 years. Richard serves on the Board of the CURRENTS New Media Festival and is founder of 1st-Mile Institute – SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) which has collaborated with UNM, Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs, Santa Fe Institute, Leonardo, National Science Foundation’s SEAD initiative, The Internet Society, Cabine Voltaire (NL) and more.

Agnes Chavez is a new media artist, educator and co-founder of The PASEO festival in Taos New Mexico.  She was an artist and Education Director for ISEA2012 and has been serving as an AmericorpsVISTA with Biocultura for the past three years developing the STEAMNM project in Northern New Mexico. She creates participatory experiences with a focus on particle physics, education and social practice. In 2009 she started the STEMarts LAB a project that applies the latest science research and technological innovations to arts and education through interdisciplinary collaborations.

About Leonardo/ISAST and LASER talks

Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) is a nonprofit organization, a global network serving a global network of distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and thinkers through programs focused on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation, providing THE virtual community for networking, research and events in Art/Science/Technology. Leonardo began hosting a network of Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) public outreach talks around the world in 2008. LASERs take place in Zurich, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, New York City, London and Montreal and other locations. Biocultura is proud to host four LASERs per year in Santa Fe as part of this international effort.  For more information go to: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/laser.html

About Biocultura and LASER Santa Fe

Biocultura operates at the intersection of biology, art and design with a focus on creation and education.  Biocultura events are designed to stimulate thought and discussion, aiming to connect biology and art to our personal lives, histories, communities and environments. In 2017 Biocultura was selected by Leonardo as the official host of LASER Santa Fe. More information at:bioculturasantafe.com

About the Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is an independent, nonprofit theoretical research and education center dedicated to the multidisciplinary study of the fundamental principles of complex adaptive systems, including physical, computational, biological, and social systems. Researchers there endeavor to understand and unify the underlying, shared patterns in complex physical, biological, social, cultural, technological, and even possible astrobiological worlds.

About Currents New Media Festival

CURRENTS NEW MEDIA is an annual, citywide festival bringing together the work of established and emerging new media artists from New Mexico, the US and the world for events showcasing interactive and non-interactive installations, multimedia performances, VR and AR environments, single channel video, animation, experimental documentary, web based/app art forms, robotics and 3D printing. The exhibits present a diversity of staging formats and aesthetic concerns all unified by the artists’ overarching commitment to an unbridled approach to what defines the world of new media. More at: https://currentsnewmedia.org/


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