Mathieu Lehanneur performed the first design experiment at Le Laboratoire in 2007. Since then he has often developed experimental works of design at the frontiers of science, and today he is the designer of the new Laboratoire in the United States. Mathieu will speak of his work, of the importance of the culture lab, and of the design of the future Laboratoire.
With his Truth in Translation, the writer and director Michael Lessac began a new chapter in his career concurrent with the opening of Le Laboratoire, the Science Gallery, and the Wellcome Collection. After his successes in New York theater and Hollywood cinema, Lessac took on the human subject of reconciliation, exploring through musical theater the post- Apartheid Truth Commission from the point of view of the Commission’s translators.
Tony Dunne is a leading international designer who explores the frontiers of design, science and engineering. Anthony will discuss his work and its relevance to research and education at the Royal College of Art in London, where he is a member of the design faculty.
The Wellcome Collection opened its doors a few months before Le Laboratoire in Paris. Today over a half million visitors pass through its galleries to explore contemporary social and medical questions via installations and events that blend art, science and the humanities. Founding director Ken Arnold will speak of the experiments he oversees in Kings Cross and of the exciting plans for expanding the venue’s activities from autumn 2014.
Ars Electronica is a unique trans-disciplinary cultural institution, created in 1979 as an art and technology festival, and since 1996 a thriving cultural center as well. The artists Dimitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch will speak of their recentworks and of ways in which Ars Electronica has served as an indispensible platform for their cultural experimentation.
Six years after the opening of Le Laboratoire in Paris, the new Laboratoire prepares to open next to Harvard and MIT. David Edwards will speak of his culture labs model, of past experiments, and ways in which it is influencing how the public perceives and engages in technological change.
Announcing the Open Call for Entries...
SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: THE COSMOS
the 15th, international, competition-exhibition
to be held at the New York Hall of Science
August 31, 2013 - March 2, 2014
Ever since early humans looked up in wonder at the sun, moon, and stars, we've been on a quest to decipher the mysteries of our cosmos. The vastness and unreachability of the "unknown" captivates the imaginations of scientists and artists alike.