Brown RISD Art Science Evening Rendezvous (BRASER) – BRASER (Brown RISD Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is the newest iteration of the LASER series run by Leonardo Journal. BRASER will offer presentations on projects by artists, scientists, inventors, and scholars. The lineup for this first event includes:
a) Jim Head, Brown Professor of Geology, co-investigator of NASA MESSENGER mission to Mars: “Fifty years of exploration have provided striking images of familiar and alien landscapes from the near and far reaches of our Solar System. How have these changed our perception of our own Home Planet, Earth? How can these images inspire artistic talent?”
b) Jenny Brown, Collection Manager, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants (the Glass Flowers) at the Harvard Museum of Natural History: The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, more popularly known as the Glass Flowers, are often referred to as “an artistic marvel in the field of science and a scientific marvel in the field of art.” Originally commissioned to aid in the study of botany, the Glass Flowers are both a teaching tool and collection of fine art objects. Jenny Brown, Collection Manager of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, will share the history and creation of this truly singular collection.
c) Ben Lillie, Director of Story Collider, writer for TED.com: “From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.”