Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for presentations and conversations.
UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Arts Research Institutes (ARI) invites you to join us November 2, 2021 for a special online LASER Talk featuring this year's cohort of ARI research fellows: Anna Friz, John Jota Leaños, and Irene Lusztig. ARI Research Fellowships are awarded to support the research and creative practices of faculty in the Arts Divison.
Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, and media studies scholar. Current projects include We Build Ruins, a suite of sound-focused media artworks expressively considering the industrialized high altitude desert in northern Chile. Her work has been presented at Ars Electronica Big Concert Night (Linz, Austria), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), SITE Gallery (Houston), the New York Times Magazine, and others. Friz is assistant professor at the UC Santa Cruz in film and digital media.
John Jota Leaños is a Mestizo (Xicano/Chumash) interdisciplinary artist and documentary animator. A Guggenheim Fellow of Film and Media, Creative Capital Artist and United States Artist (USArtist) Fellow, Leaños’s practice has been shown internationally at film festivals and museums including the Sundance Film Festival; Cannes Film Festival, France; PBS.org; Manifesta 13; Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran; the Whitney Biennial, New York; and others. He is currently a professor at the UC Santa Cruz in the Department of Film and Digital Media.
Irene Lusztig is a feminist filmmaker, archival researcher, educator, and amateur seamstress. She is the solo director, producer, DP, and editor of three acclaimed feature length documentaries including Reconstruction (2001), The Motherhood Archives (2013), and Yours in Sisterhood (2018). Lusztig's work has been screened around the world, including at the Berlinale, MoMA, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, and others. She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.