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Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology

Laser Talk - The Artwork As A Living System

.2023 19:00-20:30

Het raakvlak tussen biologie, technologie en kunst, en het gebruik van biologische systemen en processen dienen als metafoor voor de complexe relaties tussen de mens, de natuur en de digitale wereld.

In het kader van de opening van THE ARTWORK AS A LIVING SYSTEM, een retrospectieve van het werk van Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, nodigen wij u uit voor een LASER Talk met de kunstenaars, in gezelschap van dr. Elio Tuci.

De conferentie wordt gemodereerd door Alexandra Dementieva & Dr. Florian Zanatta.

Dr. Elio Tuci

Dr. Elio Tuci is onderzoeker in het domein van artificieel leven, met een focus op het gebruik van robot- en computermodellen om het gedrag van biologische systemen te begrijpen. Hij heeft met kunstenaars samengewerkt aan projecten die het grensvlak tussen kunst, wetenschap en technologie verkennen.


Dr. Florian Zanatta

Dr. Florian Zanatta is conducting research projects on bryophytes biogeography and urban ecology. During his PhD thesis (2013-2018) at the University of Liège he developed a novel framework for dynamic ecological niche models, integrating species-specific and spatially explicit migration simulations, in order to explore bryophytes potential migration capacity through wind dispersal, in the context of climate changes. Later he worked at Meise Botanic Garden (2020-2022).

He co-founded a citizen urban ecology lab (non-profit) in Liège called "lacYme" (2021), which develops science communication and citizen-science-based research projects and activities (e.g. BioBlitzes, urban biodiversity walks…). During these collaborative events, lacYme aims at gathering scientists from different fields, naturalists, artists and citizen together around places to explore, experiment and discuss biodiversity and ecological questions, with the complementarity of these approaches.



Leonardo fosters transformation at the nexus of art, science and technology, because complex problems require creative solutions. We serve to empower an inclusive global network, a borderless community where all belong in pursuit of a more vibrant, just and regenerative world. A fearless pioneer since 1968, Leonardo serves as THE community forging a transdisciplinary network to convene, research, collaborate and disseminate best practices at the nexus of arts, science and technology worldwide.


Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks 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 LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. The LASER Talks Brussels are moderated and curated by Alexandra Dementieva and Edith Doove.

Adem Adem asbl/vzw

Adem asbl/vzw is Nonprofit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. It develops and produces artistic creations and participates in the realization and artistic production of projects, covering all aspects of artistic creations, all disciplines and in particular multimedia, science, communication, journalism, it organizes events -talks, performances, exhibitions.


Founded in 2007, CYLAND is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the intersection of Art :: Tech through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. CYLAND brings together artists, curators, technologists, educators, and thinkers to create innovative projects around the world.

Photo credit

Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, A-Volve, Interactive Installation, 1995/2021
© ZKM | Center for Art and Media, photo: Jonas Zilius