Next Artscisalon + LASER Toronto: Sept. 25, 2014, 6:30-8:30 @ Fields: Plant.Grow. Harvest. Repeat

Plant.Grow. Harvest. Repeat 

Artscisalon is pleased to invite you to the first LASER Toronto, part of the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous series in Canada.
Thursday September 25, 6:30-8:30
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
room 230
222 College Street, Toronto
Introduction on behalf of Leonardo by Nina Czegledy, Governing Board, Leonardo/ISAST.


Where does our food come from? what happens to food when we consume it? how much of it is wasted, discharged  or lost? and are there innovative and creative alternatives to make better, tastier, less wasteful use of food? Join us for a discussion on the significance of food, its cycles and its futures with guests Amanda White (interdisciplinary artist), Michelle Coyne (food rescue expert),Amy Symington (nutritionist) and Candace Rambert (culinary technician).

this event will launch the LASER Toronto series, a new international partnership with Leonardo® /ISAST
Streaming of this event will be available at


Amanda White is an interdisciplinary Toronto-based artist and a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.  Her current practice-led research is a body of work investigating the relationships between people and plants.  Recent projects include: the Neighborhood Spaces residency program (Windsor), exhibitions at Plug-In ICA (Winnipeg), the Ontario Science Centre, Forest City Gallery (London) and Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. This winter she will be participating in the thematic residency; Food Water, Life at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Amanda holds an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from OCAD.

Michelle Coyne earned her PhD from the Joint Programme in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. Dr. Coyne’s research focuses on food waste in Ontario and began with her doctoral research on dumpster diving communities in Toronto through ethnographic research of Toronto’s Food Not Bombs. Dr. Coyne has taken this research work and applied it to her current employment with Toronto’s Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity. Dr. Coyne has published her work with academic and popular presses, presented at national and international academic conferences, and is committed to working to reduce food waste and ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Candace Rambert is Culinary and Applied Research Associate at the Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College.  She is an alumni of George Brown College, graduating from the Culinary Management program and the Culinary Arts – Italian Postgraduate Program. She is currently pursuing her Red Seal and the Food Science Certificate at the University of Guelph.

Amy Symington is a Nutritionist and Culinary Professor at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing at George Brown College. She is a vegetarian Chef and the Nutrition and Kitchen program coordinator at Gilda’s club Greater Toronto.

This event is presented by ArtsciSalon and LASER Toronto. it is supported by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and Subtle technologies Festival.

LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST




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