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Artist Laura Splan giving a keynote lecture about intersections of art, science and technology
Laura Splan speaking at the University of Maine New Media Art Department, 2016, Photo by Eleanor Kipping for the IMRC
SPEAKING & PANELS

Laura Splan engages audiences with intersections of art, science, and technology through public programming and special events. Her keynote speaking, artist lectures and talks, and participation on panels unpack the interdisciplinary themes in her work and provide intimate insight into her research-based studio practice.

As a speaker, Splan’s artist talks and lectures have been presented by the Frontiers of Science Institute, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, Concordia University, and the Anderson Endowed Lecture Series at Pennsylvania State University. She was the keynote speaker for the Digital Fabrication Symposium at the University of North Texas presenting her lecture “Bits & Pieces: Material Epistemologies & Digital Fabrication”. Her recent artist talk, “Syndemic Sublime,” was co-presented by the New Museum and Science Sandbox for NEW INC’s “Radical Evolution.” Splan has been a featured guest on MicrobeTV, hosted by Dr. Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University, SciArt Initiative’s LunchBreak series hosted by Julia Buntaine, and the Sound and Vision podcast hosted by artist Brian Alfred. She has participated in panel discussions and roundtables at the Brooklyn Museum, SciFoo at Google’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona.

SPEAKING & PANELS: VISITING ARTIST & CRITIC

* asterisk indicates recorded talks and lectures

2024 Onassis ONX, New York, NY (Panelist: Laura Splan & Eva Davidova in conversation with EY Metaverse Lab's Domhnaill Hernon & Danielle McPhatter)

2024 The National Arts Club, New York, NY (Featured Speaker—Sticky Settings: Laura Splan × Adam Lamson)

2023 University of Cincinnati School of Art, Cincinnati, OH (Lecture & Studio Visits—Visiting Artist & Scholar Series: "Experiments in Glitch") *

2023 Vanderbilt Museum Planetarium, Centerport, NY (Featured Artist/Speaker—A Guided Sublimation: Laura Splan & Adam Lamson in conversation with Curator Paul Rubery and Media Theorist Brooke Belisle)

2023 Simons Foundation Triangle Retreat, Callicoon Hills, NY (Featured Speaker—Sticky Settings: Laura Splan & Adam Lamson)

2023 Taos Center For The Arts, Taos, NM, FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology (Artist Talk—Sticky Settings: Ambient Portals in the Genetic Landscape)

2023 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Biodesign Challenge Summit (Visiting Critic/Panel Judge)

2023 Getty PST ART Symposium, Beall Center for Art+Technology, University of California, Irvine, CA (Artist Talk/Roundtable Participant—Future Tense: Art, Complexity and Predictability) *

2023 Harvestworks Technology Immersion Program, New York, NY, Curator: Carol Parkinson (Artist Talk—Research-Based Studio Practice)

2023 Royal Institute of Art, Department of Digital Media and Photography, Stockholm, SE, Åsa Andersson Broms’ Post Graduate Course: “Materialities; energies”, Royal Institute of Art (Artist Talk—Material Expressions: Subjectivity and Substance)

2022 SF Presents: The Sticky Space Between Art & Science, In Conversation with Adam Lamson & Laura Splan, Moderated by Salome Asega, Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, Simons Foundation, New York, NY (Featured Artist/Discussant)

2022 Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, ES, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Time and Space: Zooming in/out with Esther Pizarro and Ian Callender, Moderated by Andy Gracie (Artist Talk/Panelist—Syndemic Sublime)

2022 New Media Caucus, Future Bodies Symposium, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (Artist Talk with Panel Discussion—Cryptic Lineages: Convergence of Physical and Virtual Worlds in the Expanded Biotechnological Landscape) *

2022 SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY (Artist Lecture/Studio Visits—Cryptic Lineages: Navigating Magnitudes of Presence and Absence in The Expanded Biotechnological Landscape)

2022 University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, AU, The Australian Bioprinting Workshop for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Artist Talk—Sticky Settings: Navigating Entanglements of Computational and Biological Worlds)

2022 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, Art & Science Salon Series, Curator: Siddharth Ramakrishnan (Artist Lecture—Syndemic Sublime)

2022 University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA (Artist Lecture—Metafrictions: Rhapsodies of Residues in Interstitial Spaces) *

2022 Arizona State University, Leonardo LASER Sciart Talks, Moderated by Pamela Winfrey, Tempe, AZ (Artist Talk—Material Healing) *

2022 New Media Caucus, College Art Association Conference, Showcase: New Media Artists & Scholars (Artist Talk—Syndemic Sublime) *

2022 Stanford University, Leonardo LASER Sciart Talks Co-sponsored by deans of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, Chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi (Artist Talk—Recursive Residues: Navigating Interfaces Between Virtual & Biological Worlds) *

2022 Ohio State University, Department of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture Series (Artist Lecture—Metafrictions in the Expanded Biotechnological Landscape) *

2022 Biodesign Challenge Summit, New York, NY (Visiting Critic/Panel Judge/Presenter)

2021 The Crit Lab, New York, NY (Artist Lecture—Conserved Domains: (re)materializing patterns/(re)framing motifs)

2021 Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab in partnership with the Quick Center for the Arts (Artist Lecture—Unfolding Narratives: Mining the Biotechnological Imaginary) *

2021 Frontiers of Science Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (Artist Lecture—Material Expressions: Rematerializing the Biomedical Imaginary)

2021 New Museum, NEW INC’s Radical Evolution: 10 Glimpses into the Future, Co-Presented by Science Sandbox (Artist Talk: Syndemic Sublime) *

2021 Museum of Arts & Design, ARTexchange/CAA, New York, NY (Artist Talk—Precarious Structures: Collective Unraveling & Remote Entanglements)

2021 Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (Artist Lecture—Entangled Entities: Interspecies Entanglements in the Biotechnological Landscape) *

2021 Biodesign Challenge Summit, New York, NY (Visiting Critic/Panel Judge)

2020 MicrobeTV: This Week in Virology, Curator: Vincent Racaniello (Artist Lecture: Syndemic Sublime) *

2020 Telematic Media Arts, San Francisco, CA, Online Programming for The Archive to Come, Curators: Clark Buckner/Carla Gannis (Artist Talk: Pandemic Panorama: Molecular Meditations) 

2020 Norwegian Bioart Arena (NOBA) Symposium: Viral Life, Moderated by Nora Vaage, Presented by Vitenparken Ås (Artist Talk/Panel: Unraveling: Material Artifacts & Poetic Subjectivities of the Biotechnological Landscape) *

2020 University of Connecticut Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Art & Art History Department (Artist Lecture: Shaded Areas of Uncertainty) *

2020 ecoartTECH, Curator: Patricia Lee Watts, Online (Artist Talk: TechnoMaterialities—Digitally Mediated Encounters with the Biological World)

2020 Virtual Venture Café at the uCity Science Center, Curator: Angela McQuillan, Online (Artist Lecture+Sound Performance by Frank Masciocchi: Disrupted Domains) *

2020 Coalesce Center for Biological Arts, Coalesce Dispersion Talks, Moderated by Paul Vanouse and Stephanie Rothenberg, Online (Artist Talk Series: Art & Science in a Global Pandemic) *

2020 SciArt Initiative, LunchBreak: In Conversation with Carrie Klein/Julia Buntaine Hoel (Artist Talk: Remote Entanglements) *

2020 University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts, Prof. Barry Rosenberg’s, Graduate Seminar, Online (Artist Talk: Invisible Materialities) *

2020 Virtual Venture Café at the uCity Science Center, Curator: Angela McQuillan, Online (Artist Lecture: Precarious Structures) *

2020 Biodesign Challenge Summit, New York, NY (Visiting Critic/Panel Judge)

2019 Parsons School of Design, Laimah Osman’s Course: Printmaking: Alternative Process, New York, NY (Artist Talk)

2019 AS220, Digital Arts Fellowship Lecture Series, Providence, RI (Speaker/Panelist)

2019 Pennsylvania State University, John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture, State College, PA (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)

2018 San Jose State University, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Art/Science Talks, Presented by the Digital Media Art Program at the CADRE Media Lab, San Jose, CA (Artist Talk)

2018 University of San Francisco, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Art/Science Talks, San Francisco, CA (Artist Talk)

2018 California College of Art, Oakland, CA (Artist Talk)

2018 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Snow Yunxue Fu’s Seminar: Digitization  (Online Artist Talk)

2018 Stanford University, Art & Art History Department, Palo Alto, CA, Camille Utterback’s Course: Drawing with Code (Artist Talk)

2018 Material Turn Symposium, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, CA, Moderated by Barbara Layne, (Speaker/Panelist—Undo/Redo: Material Expressions of Embodied Constructs)

2018 Science Center, Philadelphia, PA (Artist Talk)

2018 Creative Tech Week, New York, NY (Artist Talk: Fabricated Bodies: Materializing the Biotechnological Imagination)

2017 College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, Entangling Art & Biology: Bioart & Beyond, Moderated by Meredith Tromble (Speaker/Panelist)

2017 Textile Study Group of New York, New York, NY (Lecture)

2017 University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Digital Fabrication Symposium Presented by the College of Visual Arts & Design (Keynote Lecture: Bits & Pieces: Material Epistemologies & Digital Fabrication) 

2017 LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), Curators: Ellen K. Levy & Patricia Olynyk, New York, NY (Artist Talk)

2017 Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, University of New Haven, Old Lyme, CT (Lecture/Undergraduate Studio Critiques)

2017 NYU Langone Medical Center Art Gallery, New York, NY (Artist Talk: Manifest)

2016 University of Maine, IMRC/Dept. of New Media, Orono, ME (Lecture: Material Expressions)

2016 Creative Tech Week, New York, NY (Artist Talk: Fabricated Bodies: Materializing the Biotechnological Imagination)

2016 SubnetAIR, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg, Austria (Artist Talk)

2016 New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, Comrade Truebridge: Transdisciplinary Workgroup organized by Quintan Ana Wikswo, Sponsored by Creative Capital & New York Foundation for the Arts (Discussant)

2015 Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY, TechNoBody, Moderated by Patricia Miranda (Panelist)

2015 Illinois State University, Normal, IL (Lecture/Graduate & Undergraduate Studio Critiques)

2015 University of North Carolina, Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Art & Art History Department, Chapel Hill, NC (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques) 

2015 Digital Fabrication Speaker Series, Livestreamed Event (Lecture: Fabricated Bodies: Materializing the Biological Imagination)

2015 Austin Peay State University, Department of Art, Clarksville, TN (Lecture: (Re)Materializing the Biological Imagination)

2015 Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science Auditorium, Center Stage, New York, NY (Artist Talk: Decoding the Biological via Digital Media Art)

2014 New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, Comrade Truebridge: Transdisciplinary Workgroup organized by Quintan Ana Wikswo, Sponsored by Creative Capital & New York Foundation for the Arts (Discussant)

2014 Dowling College, Visual Arts Department, Ceramics Studio, Oakdale, NY (Lecture: Distillations)

2013 Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn, NY, Women Artists and the Body (Speaker/Panelist)

2013 Googleplex, Mountain View, CA, SciFoo, Organized by Digital Science, O’Reilly Media & Google with Support from Nature (Discussant)

2013 Science on Tap, Co-Hosted by The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA (Lecture: Domesticated Viscera)

2013 SUNY Fredonia, NY (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art)

2012 Googleplex, Mountain View, CA, SciFoo, Organized by Digital Science, O’Reilly Media & Google with Support from Nature, Dancing With DNA, Painting With Blood: Scott Snibbe, Laura Splan, Drew Berry (Speaker/Discussant)

2012 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (Graduate Studio Critiques/Lecture: Material Thought)

2012 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)

2011 Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Department of Anthropology, Professor Ewa Domanska’s course: Biohumanities: BioArt (Speaker/Discussant)

2011 San Francisco State University / Co-Presented by KQED, San Francisco, CA (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)

2010 Museum for Art & Design, New York, NY, Dead or Alive: Intersections of Art & Science, Moderated by David Revere McFadden (Roundtable Discussant)

2009 Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Body Politic)

2009 Shakerag Workshops, Faculty Lecture Series, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, Sewanee, TN (Lecture)

2009 Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Re/Formations (Panelist)

2008 Rhodes College, Lillian & Morrie Moss Foundation Lecture, Memphis, TN (Studio Critiques/Lecture: Reflexive)

2008 California College of Art, San Francisco, CA, Biology as Master Metaphor, Mara Holt Skov’s/Steven Skov Holt’s Seminar (Speaker/Discussant)

2007 California College of Art, Textiles Department, Oakland, CA (Lecture)

2007 Museum for Art & Design, New York, NY, Pricked: Extreme Embroidery (Panelist)

2007 New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY, Rendering the Invisible, Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One? (Speaker/Panelist)

2006 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (Lecture/Graduate Studio Critiques)

2005 Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA, Carnal Knowledge (Panelist)

2005 California College of Art, San Francisco, CA, BioTechniques: Phil Ross’s Seminar (Speaker/Discussant)

2005 California Institute of the Arts, CSSSA, Art and Culture Lecture Series, Valencia, CA (Lecture)

2005 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (Lecture: Domesticated Viscera)

2005 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Lecture)

2005 Kala Art Institute, Fellowship Artist Lecture Series, Berkeley, CA (Lecture)

2005 University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (Lecture)

2004 Exploratorium, Brown Bag Lecture Series, San Francisco, CA (Lecture)

2004 Stanford University, Art & Art History Department, Palo Alto, CA, Art & Biology, Professor Gail Wight’s Seminar (Speaker/Discussant)

2004 St. Mary’s College, Art Department, Moraga, CA (Lecture)

2003 SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (Artist Talk w/Philip Ross)

2002 California State University, Hayward, CA (Lecture)

2002 Ladyfest, Spring Tower, Los Angeles, CA, Feminist Art & Activism (Panelist)

Artist Laura Splan giving an artist talk at the New Museum about intersections of art, science and technology
Laura Splan speaking at the New Museum, 2019, Photo Credit: Fiona Raby
SELECTED SPEAKING ARCHIVE
Laura Splan speaking with Dr. Daniel Fried about molecular visualization and protein folding during an artist lecture for Fredrickson Innovation Lab, 2021
Artist Laura Splan giving an artist talk at the New Museum about intersections of art, science and technology