Laser Talk @ Stanford

New Paradigms and Spaces for Artistic Expression

aka "Imagining the Post-pandemic Art World"


Video recording of the event at a Stanford LASER

Computational forms of art have become widespread, especially among the younger generation of artists/inventors, and at the same time the pandemic is forcing us to rethink art forms for an online world. This evening will focus on three examples of how the process and format of making and exhibiting art is changing.

CODAME founders Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray, CODAME Featured Artists Don Hanson and Char Stiles on "New Paradigms and Spaces for Artistic Expression" Hosted 

August 27 @ 6pm (PT)

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hosted online from Stanford University 

by Piero Scaruffi

CODAME is an art and tech platform and organization founded in 2010 in San Francisco by Bruno Fonzi and Jordan Gray. Codame has staged public events such as festivals and exhibitions that have cemented a community of more than 300 artists and inventors. It has recently opened its own online workshops and exhibition gallerys

Bruno Fonzi has been in the software industry since he was a teenager, selling his first software product when he was 15. Born in Italy, he studied in London and Sydney before landing in Silicon Valley where he founded his first start-up, Lanica, a mobile gaming solution. He is currently a Director of Engineering at Salesforce.

Jordan Gray has pioneered digital distribution of music and manga. Under the staRpauSe alias Jordan performs audiovisual sets. He licenses his output under the Creative Commons to encourage remix culture. staRpauSe sause has been reused in movies, games, VR, and multimedia installations. Jordan's work has featured in New York Times, Vice, Engadget, and more. Jordan has also led technology, prototyping, and innovation projects for Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Intel, Tesla, and Google.

Don Hanson is an Internet artist, electronic musician, hardware hacker, graphic designer, visual jockey, gif maker, and new media art researcher based in Oakland. In 2020 Hanson created the online exhibition space that has been used for major exhibitions of online art by Gray Area and SJSU CADRE.

Char Stiles is a digital artist, educator and programmer. Using computational systems and algorithms she is producing pieces that span disciplines such as video, dance, interactive installation, performance and online works. She has given talks and lead workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, MIT and NYU. She was recently granted an NEA-funded artist residency at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University to develop an open-source toolkit for artists. She is currently giving a series donation based creative coding workshops at CODAME.


LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in more than 30 cities around the world.

Special announcement during COVID-19: Our global speaker series, LASER Talks, will continue to convene moving to an online format. We are offering a Zoom Webinar and Meeting capabilities for all our LASER cities and leaders. Please check with your local LASER Host to see how to participate online.


This week LASER Talks at Stanford include:

/// Revolution (in politics, art and science)

August 24 @ 6pm with

Dawna Schuld is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History in the Department of Visualization, Texas A&M University. 

Steve Harris lectures at the Department of History of San Francisco State Univ and has researched revolutions in history. 

Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

/// Covid-19: Where we stand

August 26 @ 6pm with

Julie Parsonnet is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in Medicine and Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University

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