LASER Boston: Collaborating Across Species

Join us for the inaugural event of Boston LASER – the local chapter of the international talk series promoting exchange between science and art across the globe.

Natalie Andrew

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


June 06, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm




Collaborating Across Species

What is it like to collaborate with a non-human partner? Can slime mold add aesthetic input to art? Can salamanders teach us the art of extreme limb regeneration? Do humans appreciate the same type of art as c elegans (roundworms)?

Join us for the inaugural event of Boston LASER- the local chapter of the international talk series promoting exchange between science and art across the globe. We’ll be taking on the above questions with experts from across disciplines: Multimedia artist Brian Knep, artist and cellular biologist Natalie Andrew, and biologist Jessica Whited.

Presented by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiative.


6:00 pm Community Networking
Speakers and audience members are welcome to join in a pre-talks networking session.

6:30 pm Talks
See descriptions below.

7:30 pm Networking Reception
Stick around to continue the discussion over drinks and snacks.



Brian Knep is a multimedia artist whose works range from large-scale interactive installations to microscopic sculptures for nematodes. He was the first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, and has shown in multiple museums including the Cleveland Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the RISD Museum, among others. Brian holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science, an MA in Computer Science from Brown University.

“Creeping Dialogue – Art and Science with Slime Molds”

Natalie Andrew is a biologist and a ceramicist whose explorations converge around slime molds. Natalie is a microscopist at Massachusetts General Hospital and is a guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Natalie makes slime-decorated artwork at her studio in the Harvard Ceramics Program. Natalie holds a BA in Physics with Electronics, an MA in Cognitive Science, and a PhD. in Biology from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Salamanders:  Nature’s Instruction Manual for Limb Regeneration

Jessica L. Whited, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and Principal Faculty Member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. The Whited Lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms enabling extreme regeneration in axolotl salamanders using a variety of molecular and genetic techniques. Jessica holds a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in Philosophy, earned her PhD in Biology at MIT, and performed postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School.  

LASER Boston is co-organized by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiate. LASER is a program of Leonardo/the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. LASER Boston meets four times per year, featuring local and visiting artists, scientists, technologists, and creative professionals.