Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 15 April 2024

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Stanford, 15 April 2024 at 7pm
LiKaShing building - Room LK120
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi and prof. Curtis Frank
Free and open to everybody

The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) are an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole international series and the dates for the Bay Area. Send an email to "scaruffi at stanford dot edu" if you want to be added to the mailing list for the LASERs.
Where: Stanford University, LiKaShing building - Room LK120
There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. (Stanford map)
Parking is mostly free at Stanford after 6pm.
Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • Sara Morawetz (Media Artist) on "Measuring by Measuring Against: Experimental Methods in Artistic Practice"
    If you missed this presentation, you can view it by clicking on the image:
  • Leah Rosengaus (Director of Digital Health at Stanford Health Care) on "Towards Digital Health: Realizing the Promise of Care Transformation at Stanford Medicine and Beyond"
    If you missed this presentation, you can view it by clicking on the image:
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • Leah Rosengaus is Director of Digital Health at Stanford Health Care. In her role, she oversees the design, implementation, scaling and evaluation of digital health products and services within the health system. Most recently, she led the team that enabled 2,000 clinicians to provide >2M virtual visits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosengaus specializes in driving strategy through to execution of new clinical service innovations. Prior to joining Stanford Health Care, she directed the telehealth program at UW Medicine where she led the team that launched virtual care offerings including eConsults, TeleStroke, TeleOB, TelePsychiatry and a new on-demand virtual clinic. She was also a Director for five years at COPE Health Solutions, a national healthcare management consultancy focused on population health strategy, Medicaid transformation and healthcare workforce development. In addition to product development, Rosengaus is passionate about surfacing the frontline needs of patients and providers to policymakers. She is active in digital health policy advocacy at the state and federal level, working to inform rulemaking grounded in real-world care experience.
  • Sara Morawetz is a conceptually driven, interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the processes that underpin scientific action. Interested in the 'Scientific Method' and its philosophical implications, her work is devised to test and expose the internal processes of methodological labour, examining how concepts of observation, experimentation and standardisation operate as both scientific and cultural apparatus, that have come to convey precision, accuracy and determinacy, yet remain slippery, speculative and whimsical when ‘tested in the field.’ Through her visual and performative ‘experiments’ Morawetz unpacks the material, socio-political and temporal complexity of scientific activity, collaborating with scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA) to ensure rigor and authenticity are embedded in her process. The resulting work been exhibited internationally, including solo presentations at the Museé des Arts et Métiers, Australian Consulate-General New York, RAPID PULSE International Performing Arts Festival, Open Source Gallery and Dominik Mersch Gallery, and has received numerous awards including ‘the churchie’ National Emerging Art Prize (2016), the Moya Dyring Studio Scholarship (2018), the Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship (2018), and the Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité International des Arts Fellowship (2020), as well as project funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. Morawetz was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 2021 for her practice-led research examining the interrelationship of scientific and conceptual art practicesand has been featured in publications including Frieze Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Scientific American, Aesthetica Magazine, Artist Profile and Prime: Arts Next Generation recently released by Phaidon Pressand the forthcoming Documents of Contemporary Art: WALKING by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press.
  • Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.

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The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Stanford Deans of: Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; and Medicine; by Chemical Engineering and by Continuing Studies.