LASER 14 – AI and Communities of Practice  

LASER 14 Hexagram Montreal (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous)  
Cochairs : Nina Czegledy and Gisèle Trudel

Conference presented in the context of  Agentivity·es, Hexagram’s 2024 edition of Les Rencontres interdisciplinaires.

Tuesday March 26, 2024  
6 pm – 7:30 pm (UTC-4) 
In English 
Hybrid event

Agora du Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM 
175, Av. du Président-Kennedy 
Tiohtià:ke | Mooniyang | Montreal H2X 3P2 
Situated in a small courtyard, behind the Président-Kennedy Pavilion 
Metro Place-des-arts. Bus 55, 80 
Universal access

Photo credit : Kite, Napé okíčhiyuspa okáwiŋȟ wačhíuŋhíyayapi. (Holding hands we encircle each other in dance.) 2021. PS122 Gallery, New York, NY. Done in collaboration with the Vera List Center. Synthetic hair braid, three machine learning knots, projectors, dimensions variable. Photo: Argenis Apolinario.

AI operates in emergent ways across various fields of research and communities of practice, influencing and transforming approaches in ways that can be both promising and challenging. Processes and impacts are being studied, among others, in healthcare, finance and education. Each domain addresses the continuing implications about the potentials, possibilities, and actualizations along with AI.  

Yet how does AI operate in specific fields of research? 

During LASER 14, panelists will discuss AI’s emergent qualities in each of their own fields. They will discuss its role and how it provokes or induces changes in their practice of research-creation, environmental data science, indigenous knowledges, and governance. By sharing novel approaches, which includes the importance of addressing biases, ethics, societal and environmental impacts, the goal of this event is to navigate evolving concerns about AI. 


  • Blandine Courcot, physicist and environmental data scientist, Dot-Lab, TÉLUQ University 
  • Fenwick McKelvey, Associate Professor*, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University
  • Sofian Audry, artist and professor*, School of media, UQAM, Hexagram Co-Director 
  • Suzanne Kite, Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, assistant professor of American and Indigenous studies Bard College, research associate Abundant Intelligences


  • Ola Siebert, doctoral candidate*, Faculty of Communication, UQAM 
*(Hexagram members)  

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening RendezVous) by Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) is an international program that brings together artists, scientists, humanists and technologists for informal presentations, performances and conversations with audiences. LASER’s mission is to contribute to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and community development opportunities in more than 40 cities around the world.   

Hexagram gratefully acknowledges funding from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.

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