Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of October 2020

Online Edition: the L.A.S.T. Dialogues


Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
Hosted from Stanford during October 2020
by Piero Scaruffi

During the covid pandemic, this online program replaces both the 12 physical L.A.S.E.R.s that were planned at Stanford University and University of San Francisco for 2020 and the L.A.S.T. Festival that was planned for Spring 2020. Since some of them are simply "fireside chats", we tentatively called them the The Life Art Science Tech (L.A.S.T.) dialogues.
(Note: All times are California time)

  • October 1 @ 6pm: Paradoxes and illusions: innovative and disruptive concepts of art.
    Rebecca Rutstein (Interdisciplinary Artist) presents her art based on science.
    Blanca Bercial (Artist, Curator, Critic) discusses "The Paradox of Silence within a Social and Artistic Framework"
    Pantea Karimi (Artist) on a virtual tour of her exhibition "The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics"
    Register here or here
    Detail below.


    Rebecca Rutstein (Interdisciplinary Artist) on "Illuminating the Depths: Artist at Sea"
    If you missed this dialogue, you can view it by clicking on the image:

    . Rebecca Rutstein, a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, interactive installation and public art, creates work at the intersection of art, science and technology. Rutstein is passionate about creating visual experiences that shed light on hidden environments, forging a dialogue about stewardship in the face of climate change. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence at locations around the world, including six expeditions at sea and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists through residencies and workshops have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein has received the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, is an MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, and was recently named the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding - awarded to leading global scholars and creative thinkers who do groundbreaking work at the University of Georgia. Rutstein's work has been featured on ABC, CBS, NPR, and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Vice, Philadelphia & Vogue magazines. With over 25 solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions, and her work can be found in several public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum and Yale University.


    Blanca Bercial (Artist, Curator, Critic) on "The paradox of silence within a social and artistic framework"
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    . Blanca Bercial is an artist-scholar working on the field of Sound Studies. She recently graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, which culminated with an "Outstanding Thesis Award" from the institution. Originally from Madrid (Spain), she has been living in San Francisco since 2018, when she started her research on the soundscape of this city. She uses sound and poetry as an inquiry about the ways we ignore and overlook common yet unexplored spaces, unutilized hideouts embedded within place, time, and in sound.


    Pantea Karimi (Artist) on "The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics"
    If you missed this dialogue, you can view it by clicking on the image:

    . Pantea Karimi is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist. Her works explore the intersection of art, history, and science and examine how the broader aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. She researches illustrations and texts of medieval Persian, Arab, and early modern European scientific manuscripts. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her research, she creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Pantea Karimi has exhibited in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the USA. Karimi is the recipient of the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant; the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award; and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award. She is an Adjunct Faculty in the digital media and studio art departments at the College of San Mateo and Cabrillo College. Her exhibition "The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics" runs Sep 11-Oct 17 at the Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland. Since 2014, Pantea Karimi's work has been an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts. Karimi's exhibition reflects on her intensive science training in high-school with the aim of becoming a doctor; a goal that she abandoned to pursue an art career. The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics is Pantea Karimi's personal story of four years of science education in the late 80s under the Islamic Republic of Iran. A video tour of her exhibition is here. See a 3-D rendition of the space on the last day of the exhibition (click on the image and "walk through" space, "move and turn around" to see the artworks), videos of the installation, and her first installation, "The Circulation of Knowledge".
  • October 14 @ 7pm : Life and Society in the Age of the Pandemic
    Piroska Kopar (Washington Univ) on "Ethics in the Time of Coronavirus"
    Milana Trounce (Stanford) on "Pandemic Resilience"
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    Piroska Kopar, with a background in philosophy and history of science, obtained her MD from Emory University's School of Medicine. Following training at Dartmouth Medical School and at Yale School of Medicine, Kopar conducted research at Harvard Medical School's Division of Medical Ethics, focused on developing ethics education for surgery residents, a direction she further pursued as a Fellow of the Association for Surgical Education. Kopar joined the faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine in 2018 as assistant professor in Trauma, Acute and Critical care surgery and was named director for the Center for Humanism and Ethics in Surgical Specialties (CHESS), where she is currently developing a Surgical Ethics Fellowship, the first of its kind. Kopar serves as the president of the Consortium for Surgical Ethics, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ethics research in surgery. She co-edits the web-based Ethics in Surgery Community of the American College of Surgeons and reviews ethics articles for several journals. In June 2020 she coauthored the paper Ethics in the Time of Coronavirus: Recommendations in the COVID-19 Pandemic" .
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    Milana Trounce (Stanford) completed her emergency medicine residency and fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Bioterrorism Response at Harvard Medical School. She worked with the Center for Integration of Medicine and Technology (CIMT), a consortium of Harvard teaching hospitals and MIT, where she led BioSecurity related projects in conjunction with the US State Department. After Harvard she joined UCSF as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and was Medical Director for Disaster Response. For the past 11 years, she has been at Stanford Medical School, where she is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine. She directs the BioSecurity program at Stanford, focused on protecting society from pandemics and other threats posed by infectious organisms, with a specific emphasis on approaches to interrupting transmission of infectious organisms in various settings. The background for the approach is outlined in her briefings at the Hoover Institute. Stanford BioSecurity facilitates the creation of interdisciplinary solutions by bringing together experts in biology, medicine, public health, disaster management, policy, engineering, technology, and business. At Stanford, over the past ten years she has established and directed a class on BioSecurity and Pandemic Resilience , which examines ways of building global societal resilience to pandemics and other biothreats. She has also taught an online Harvard course on medical response to biological terrorism, educating thousands of physicians globally. She has served as a spokeswoman for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and is a founding Chair of BioSecurity at ACEP.
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The Stanford LASERs are sponsored by the Deans of: Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; and Medicine; by Continuing Studies.