Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous)

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Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) are an International platform for informal conversations that bring together artists, designers, scientists, activists and communities. Our LASER presentations foreground diverse intra-sections and worldviews from tāngata whenua, citizen scientists and leading researchers in creative or scientific fields. The LASER events take place quarterly in Tāmaki Makarau as forums, panel presentations, or in Virtual Webinar forms. The talks are free and open to the public, and hosted by AUT and co-partners. The talks are co-chaired by Dr Janine Randerson and Dr Andrew Denton.



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List of Talks from 2019 – 2021


10 May, 2019

Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecocene

Presenters: Dr Joanna Boehnert (U.K Communication designer and Author) Dr Barbara Bollard and Dr Sebastian Leuzinger (directors of the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand (AUT).

Chaired by: Dr Janine Randerson and Dr Andrew Denton


5 July, 2019

Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa: our ocean still in need of warriors

Presenters: Jane Chang Mi (Artist/Ocean Engineer and diver), Dr Dan Hikuroa (Earth Systems Scientist, UoA) and Dr Billie Lythberg (Sustainability Researcher and anthropologist, UoA).

Chaired by: Dr Janine Randerson and Charlotte Huddleston


13 September, 2019

AIR: the invisible and the visible

Presenters: Dr Malte Wagenfeld, (Designer, RMIT University), artist Dr Layne Waerea (artist, Vā Moana Research centre, AUT) and Jennifer Salmond, (urban meteorologist, School of Environment, UoA), and F4 Collective (artists).

Chaired by: Dr Janine Randerson and Dr Christina Houghton



30 November 2019,

Dark Matter Wonder: An Art-Science Indigenous Astronomy Panel

Presenters: Parbin-ata Carolyn Briggs  (Boon Wurrung Foundation), Jeremy Mould (Australian astronomer) Lucy Bleach (Tasmania based artist), Duane Hamacher (cultural astronomy researcher), Felipe Cervera (Performance Studies Space Program, theatre researcher, Singapore).

Chaired by: Dr Janine Randerson and Dr Mick Douglas at the RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne.



6th March 2020

Tidalectic Rhythms: A Durational Performance with Te Manukanuka O Hoturoa

Presenters: Dr Marama Muru-Lanning (James Henare Research Centre, UoA), Sarah Cameron Sunde (U.S based artist, activist), Dr Nicholas Vigar (scientist and the Safeswim programme manager, Tāmaki Makarau).

Chaired by: Janine Randerson and Valance Smith, with assistance from Dr Christina Houghton.


22 May, 2020

The Observatory Project: Revealing a Hidden Universe

Presenters: Dr Ziggy Lever, Eamon Edmundson-Wells (artists and collaborators) and Dr Tim Natusch (astrophysicist and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR)
Chaired by: Dr Andrew Denton and Dr Janine Randerson


25 September, 2020

Immersive Experiences: Time, Place, and Identity

Presenters: Dr Maree Sheehan (Artist), Associate Professor Barbara Bollard (Director of AUT Drone Lab), and Gregory Bennett (Artist and Director of AUT Motion Capture Lab)

Chaired by: Andrew Denton and Janine Randerson

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December 4, 2021

Mapping movements: data, space, and place 

Presenters: Dr Rachel Shearer (Artist), Associate Professor Leon Gurevitch (Astrophotographer)

Laser Chairs: Andrew Denton and Janine Randerson


2 June, 2021


Time’s Strange Tissue 

Presenters: Sue Jowsey, Dr Andrew Denton (artists), Dr Len Gillman (Biogeographic Scientist, Drone Lab, AUT)

Chaired by: Dr Janine Randerson


Friday 30th July LASER Virtual Panel: Sensory Intermediaries: biochemistry, images and imagining at non-human scales

 Date:  , 4 pm – 5:30 pm (NZ Time)

Location: LASER Virtual via Zoom


 Presenters: Alicia Sometimes, Swaminatha Iyer, Andrea Rassell and Deirdre Feeney

Laser Chairs: Janine Randerson and Andrew Denton.


Friday 30th July LASER Virtual Panel at Ars Electronica, Linz, 

Moana Digitalities: a talanoa

 Date:  , 4 pm – 5:30 pm (NZ Time)

Location: LASER Virtual via Zoom

 Presenters: Nooroa Tapuni and Lana Lopesi

Laser Chair: Janine Randerson

L. Gillman, S. Jowsey, A. Denton. “Spaulding Pond Antarctica,” Time’s Strange Tissue (2021)

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