[Anti]disciplinary Topographies

Ars Electronica Garden LEONARDO LASER

[Anti]disciplinary Topographies

Leonardo/ISAST (US), University of Art and Design Linz (AT), The LASER Hosts Global Network.


Culturing transnational dialogue for creative hybridity

Leonardo LASER Garden gathers our global network of artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together in a series of hybrid formats addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Animated by the theme of a “new digital deal” and grounded in the UN Sustainability Goals, Leonardo LASER Garden cultivates our values of equity and inclusion by elevating underrepresented voices in a wide-ranging exploration of global challenges, digital communities and placemaking, space, networks and systems, the digital divide – and the impact of interdisciplinary art, science and technology discourse and collaboration.

Dovetailing with the launch of LASER Linz, this asynchronous multi-platform garden will highlight the best of the Leonardo Network (spanning 47 cities worldwide) and our transdisciplinary community. In “Extraordinary Times Call for Extraordinary Vision: Humanizing Digital Culture with the New Creativity Agenda & the UNSDGs,” Leonardo/ISAST CEO Diana Ayton-Shenker presents our vision for shaping our global future. This will be followed by a Leonardo Community Lounge open to the general public, with the goal of encouraging contributions to the cultural environments of different regions through transnational exchange and community building.


Leonardo/ISAST & the Global Network of LASER Hosts in partnership with the Interface Culture Department, Institute for Media, University of Art and Design Linz

Organizing Committee:

Christiana Kazakou, Leonardo LASER Program Lead  (UK/GR)
Vanessa Chang, Leonardo Senior Program Manager (US/SG/AU)
Tami Spector – Leonardo LASER Committee Co-Chair (US)
Alan Boldon – Leonardo LASER Committee Co-Chair (UK)
Nina Czegledy – Leonardo LASER Committee (CA)
Piero Scaruffi – Leonardo LASER Committee (US)
JD Talasek – Leonardo LASER Committee (US)

Participating LASER Hosts:

LASER Alberta (CA) / LASER Auckland (NZ) / LASER Cambridge (UK) / LASER Fortaleza (BR) / LASER Helsinki/Espoo (FI) / LASER Linz (AT) / LASER Mexico (MX) / LASER Montreal (CA) / LASER Nomad (DE) / LASER New York City (US) / LASER Pasadena (US) / LASER Rio de Janeiro (BR) / LASER Santa Fe (MX) / LASER São Paulo (BR) / LASER St. Petersburg(RU) / LASER Tempe (US) / LASER Toronto (CA) / LASER Totnes (UK) / LASER Vienna (AT) / LASER Zurich (CH)

LASER Host Institutions & Partners:
ArtSci Salon (CA), The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (CA), Medical University of Vienna (AT), University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT), CrossLab, University of Fortaleza (BR), Atelier Tania Fraga (BR), University of Cambridge (UK), Hexagram (CA), University of Bergen (NO), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (MX), Aalto University (FI), Dartington Hall Trust (UK), Life Science Zurich (CH), Wageningen University Research (NL), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI), University of Zurich (CH), ETH Zurich (CH), Artists in Labs Program at the University of the Arts, ZHdK (CH), World Wildlife Fund Volunteers (CH), Art and Science Node (DE), CYLAND Media Art Lab (RU), Fulcrum Arts (US), ArtCenter College of Design/Williamson Gallery (US), Ubiquitous Lab (DE), AUT University (NZ), LevyArts (US), Washington University in St. Louis (US), Arizona State University (US), Biodesign Institute (US), Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (US), National Cancer Institute (US), University of Alberta (CA), Interface Culture Department, Institute for Media, University of Art and Design  Linz (AT), SciArt Santa Fe (MX), Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (BR), Helsinki Design Week (FI), Vienna Biennale for Change (AT), Evolutionary Ecology, Biological Intelligence Lab – Southern Cross University (AU), Biologiezentrum O.Ö Landeskultur G.m.b.H. (AT), Leisenhof Gärtnerei (AT)

For a full list of our international LASER Hosts Network please see leonardo.info/laser-hosts