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September 12, 2020, Online

Daniela de Paulis, The Dream of Scipio, installation, 2018.
Daniela de Paulis, The Dream of Scipio, installation, 2018.

Leonardo/ISAST and the CYLAND MediaArtLab present the launch of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendevous St. Petersburg in conjunction with the CYFEST 13 Festival theme Chaos and Cosmos. This LASER will present “out of this world” artists and scientists as a preview to the upcoming festival and Leonardo journal on Space Arts in English and Russian. The event is supported by UCLA Art|Sci Center as part of the Ars Electronica Festival.

The Cosmos above us and the touchscreen in front of us

Participants of this discussion — artists whose interest is addressed to the Cosmos, which is in long distance from our actual presence. In the artworks it is expressed in forms of object, installations with physical properties, perceived in real time, activated by action, or as performances requiring a live involvement.

After the continuous pause of forced seclusion we need and we want to fully return back to the physical world. There is one of the most desired answers how it will happen, taking to the account this worldwide shared Covid story hasn’t ended yet. Our constant activity didn’t reduce unlike air traffic and artistic nomad life. It has changed the dimension and turned from one to one into peer to peer exchange. Thanks to strong and stable internet connection, we continue to contact, communicate, cooperate.

Being three-dimensional human, we interact with a flat screen, which, as the Cosmos, may be considered as not fully explored and unexpected deep and infinity space. It may be a new source for concepts of the future with the scenario where we ever deeper dive in online. But what about the three-dimensional human body, its need and ability to perceive the world?In the form of dialogue and opinion exchange, we offer to discuss — What will happen with our need for a living tangible experience in the future? How may change the encounters of viewers with art? What role lay on physical characteristics of the artwork, materials from which it was created and its perception? What role allotted to the physical, sensorial, perceptible aspects of artwork?

Moderator: Natalia Kolodzei

12 September 10:00 am San Francisco (PST, Pacific Standard Time), 7:00 (19:00) Linz, 8:00 (20:00) St. Petersburg

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building.

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