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ATX Laser

September 16, 2014
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Inspired by a growing interest in the intersection of art, science and technology, the UMLAUF continues the discussion in its third ATX LASER.

Arthur I. Miller, historian and philosopher, argues in his book,Colliding Worlds, that artists and scientists share the same mission to “fathom the reality beyond appearances, the world invisible to our eyes.” This ATX LASER will provide an opportunity to explore the benefits of diverse perspectives on innovation in the arts and sciences lead by progressive thought leaders while building community in the Austin area for those working the fertile terrain between disciplines.

Ideas for discussion will be initiated by four guest speakers:

  • Linda Henderson is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her work on the fourth dimension of space established the widespread popular interest in higher spatial dimensions that was central for modern artists –from the Cubists and Marcel Duchamp through the pioneers of abstract painting–and beyond to figures such as Robert Smithson.
  • Roger Bonnecaze is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  His diverse research interests include developing computer models and predictive tools that improve product development as well as the study of particulate systems that form nanomaterials for optical and electronic coatings.  His work on lithographic process modeling improves semiconductor manufacturing, allowing for smaller and more efficient computer chips.
  • Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring patterns and meaning of self-tracking, sensors, surveillance.  Using her background in engineering and high-technology she offers a glimpse into the future of human data portraits physically made and hand built as intelligent wallpaper.
  • Current exhibiting Umlauf artist Margo Sawyer whose installations translate the notion of an ancient sacred space into a contemporary vocabulary.  The artist is particularly interested in relatiosnhips between the experience of space and the experience of transcendence.
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