NY LASER: A Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF) Rendezvous Event

Dec 17, 2018 - Dec 17, 2018


40 E 19th St #3-R

Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact: levy@nyc.rr.com

NY LASER is a series of lectures and presentations on art and science projects, in support of Leonardo/ISAST's LEAF initiative (Leonardo Education and Art Forum).  Former LEAF Chairs, Ellen K. Levy, former IDSVA Special Advisor in the Arts and Sciences and Patricia Olynyk, Director, Graduate School of Art, Washington University co-direct these presentations to promote dialogue at the highest level among artists, scientists, scholars, and historians. Space is limited, so please rsvp by sending an email to levy@nyc.rr.com or olynyk@wustl.edu. There  will be three feature presentations by Ken Botnick, Vibha Galhotra, and Adrianne Wortzel.

Ken Botnick has worked with the book in various forms for almost 40 years, producing limited edition artist books in his studio and designing books for publishers and galleries. Collections include the Library of Congress, The Bibliotheque Nationale de France, The Getty Center, New York Public Library, the Beinecke Library, and many others.  A Fulbright Fellowship at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India led to a series of articles on the influence of craft in design thinking, a concept he calls Subtle Technology. Current work examines the relationship of sequence, transparency, and memory, major themes explored in his recent book, Diderot Project.

Vibha Galhotra is a recent awardee of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency in 2016. She is currently an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of Anthropocene. Galhotra believes that aesthetics and art can be a starting point towards addressing the adversities of the present and bringing in change. Her work, consequently, crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism. While she claims that she is an artist and not an activist, however, her work is imbued with social responsibility. Galhotra's work spans photography, animation, found objects, performative objects, installation, and sculpture to create experiential spaces.  She lives and works in Delhi, India. 

Adrianne Wortzel is a new media artist and writer. Support for her work includes grants from the National Science Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art,. Exhibition venues include the Asheville Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ars Electronica (Austria), and Modern Museet (Stockholm). Residency awards include Swiss Artists in Labs Award at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich, Eyebeam Atelier, and Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Wortzel will discuss her current text based works, "Solace and Perpetuity," an algorithmically arranged memoir, and "See No Evil" a pentimento text and image diary in progress.

Event Type: Dialogue