Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland LASER talks (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) are an International platform for informal conversations that bring together artists, designers, scientists, activists and communities. Our LASER presentations foreground diverse intra-sections and worldviews from tāngata whenua, citizen scientists and leading researchers in creative or scientific fields. The LASER events take place quarterly in Tāmaki Makarau as forums, panel presentations, or in Virtual Webinar forms. The talks are free and open to the public, and hosted by AUT and co-partners. The talks are co-chaired by Dr Janine Randerson and Dr Andrew Denton.

Associate Professor Andrew Denton

Postgraduate Studies, School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology

Andrew’s research resides within a moving image practice that applies methods aligned with essayist cinema and video installation, as well as historical avant-garde film. He works predominantly with the subject of ‘ecological emergency’. responding to subjective experiences of environmental devastation, which have induced a personal state of melancholy. 

Andrew’s art-practice is activated by his belief that the sensate realm offers an alternate and provocative cinematic approach to expressing threats to our environment. His media works eschew ‘storytelling’ or ‘documenting’ a crisis, in favour of a poetic-emotional register. 



Dr Janine Randerson

AUT University (Auckland University of Technology)


Janine Randerson is an artist and writer from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her moving image and performance-based works are exhibited in the Asia-Moana region and internationally. She practices in collaboration with community groups, tāngata whenua, and often with climate scientists, urban meteorologists, or glaciologists.

Janine’s book “Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art” (MIT Press, 2018) focuses on modern and contemporary artworks from around the planet that offer engagements with our present and future weathers. She is currently working on a curatorial project with Te Tuhi gallery and Artangel (London) in one node in an artist-led ‘World Weather agency.’ In addition, she is a LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) talk chair and an enthusiastic supporter of GAX (Global Art Exchange). Janine is an Associate Professor in Art and Design at AUT University in Tāmaki Makarau, Auckland.