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London LASER Labs presents: Liminal Bodies

Written by Postgraduate Community
Published date 14 June 2018
A student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through an evening of interactivity, talks and discussion

The second of three sessions, LL25 Lab #2 delves into ‘Liminal Bodies’ exploring the intersection of the body and technology, ideas of the cyborg and speculative future narratives. Throughout the course of the evening we’ll traverse Body as Im/material, Body as Interface, Body as Conceptual Space, Body as Place.

Part 1 Liminal Bodies Playlab: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Join us for a workshop exploring the technical processes and philosophical implications of the liminal body.

The event is free but booking is required – please note this workshop is open to UAL students and staff only.

Part 2 Liminal Bodies Talks: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Join us for stimulating talks and interactivity by interdisciplinary luminaries in the field, followed by drinks and time to network.

The event is free but booking is required.

Part 1: Joining us for the Liminal Bodies workshop…


Create your own liminal samples before contributing to a discussion around our material/ informatic body. Who owns this material? How are new technologies transforming its meaning? How would you manipulate this material if you could?….

Part 2: Joining us for the Liminal Bodies talks…


Image: Tobias Revell, MKII, New Mumbai

Tobias Revell, artist and designer whose recent work has looked at the idea of technology as a territory and expectations of the future. He will be discussing our assumed relationship in nature, with the advent of Synthetic Biology. He is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication and Senior Lecturer in Critical and Digital Design for Information and Interface Design and Interaction Design Arts and a founding member of research consultancy Strange Telemetry.


Image: The first-ever MR image of a mouse displaying relaxation time information, Aberdeen 1974. In Jim M.S. Hutchison, “Imaging by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”

Silvia Casini  considers the body as a place to be explored, a geographical space and our perception of it. Casini will take us on a journey to consider how neuroscience-art projects represent our body in stereoscopic vision. She will consider the maps  we use to navigate, how we visualise bio-medical data and the implications for our life and health, particularly in the case of emerging technologies.

She is Lecturer at the Faculty of Film and Visual Culture, at University of Aberdeen, a place where the first MRI scanner was manufactured. She works with medical scientists and her research is focused on the Visual Culture of Science and Medicine.


Stephen Oram is an author of near-future fiction. Over the course of the evening, Stephen will traverse worlds unknown and speculative scenarios and potentials of the Liminal Body. A body that finds itself in an immense  space where old cultural norms become obsolete.


For some background knowledge ahead of the 27th, you maybe interested in watching these related talks from the LASER Archives:

LL16 Louise Mackenzie collaboration with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, using art practice to explore  techniques of synthetic biology

LL19 Interspecies Creativity, looking at creative practices with nonhuman life forms  issues connected with interspecies communication, co-creation and collaboration.

LL12 Silent Signal and Paddy Hartley presented his new work, Papaver Rhoeas, lambs-heart biotissue Poppy sculptures

This is the second of three London LASER Labs sessions planned for 2018.
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About London LASER Labs

Throughout 2018 London LASER is operating as London LASER Labs – a student-led takeover, exploring themes at the intersection of art and science through evenings of interactivity, talks and discussion. London LASER is facilitated by the MA Art and Science programme, Central Saint Martins and supported by the UAL Postgraduate Teaching and Learning fund.