Art x Science Dialogues / LASER Talks: Flora Insights – Intelligence, Artistry, and Evolutionary Marvels

Join us for an inspiring Art x Science Dialogue at Being Art Museum in Shanghai on the evening of 20 June! Immerse yourself in the captivating world of flora as we present "Flora Insights: Intelligence, Artistry, and Evolutionary Marvels."

Engage with our speakers as they shed light on the fascinating intersection of art, science, and nature, inviting us to contemplate the intelligence found within the plant kingdom. Prepare to embark on a thought-provoking journey that challenges our human-centered perspective. We are honored to have Ting Zhang, Curator from the China Academy of Art, sharing insights into her curated art-science exhibition, “The Power of Plants: An Ancient Vitality.” Felipe Castelblanco, Artist and Researcher from the Institute Art Gender Nature (IAGN), Basel University of Art and Design FHNW, will delve into his research project on “Plants_Intelligence. Learning Like a Plant.” Completing our lineup, we have Yigang Song, Associate Professor from the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, presenting a scientific exploration of plant evolution.

This event will be held in a hybrid format, allowing participants from around the globe to join the conversation and connect with the international art-science community. For those attending in person, you will have the exclusive opportunity to embark on a guided tour of the captivating exhibition, “The Power of Plants: An Ancient Vitality,” further immersing yourself in the wonders of flora.

The Art x Science Dialogues represent a dynamic platform for fostering dialogue and collaboration between art, science, and technology. As Swissnex in China assumes the role of the official LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Host China, we aim to deepen our engagement with the international art-science community, facilitating exchanges, and inspiring new perspectives.

Mark your calendars for this captivating event that bridges art, science, and nature. Don’t miss out on an evening of stimulating discussions and immersive experiences that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the botanical world and a more holistic understanding of life.



  • 6:00pm – Registration for onsite guests
  • 6:30pm – Welcome remark by Philippe Roesle, Swissnex in China
  • 6:35pm – Presentation by Ting Zhang, China Academy of Art
  • 6:55pm – Presentation by Felipe Castelblanco, Basel University of Art and Design FHNW
  • 7:15pm – Presentation by Yigang Song, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden
  • 7:35pm – Discussion, Q&A
  • 8:00pm – Exhibition guided tour for onsite guests

Event start time


About Art x Science Dialogues

Art x Science Dialogues is an event series that looks at new interdisciplinary initiatives and trends and presents artistic projects in which scientists and research engineers are deeply involved. Swissnex in China acts as the multidisciplinary focal point that connects people and institutions while curating trend-setting topics. The goal is to build a global community of artists, scientists and innovators who are interested in the exchange of novel ideas and opportunities, thereby establishing a sustainable framework that fosters long-term art-science collaboration.


About LASER Talks

Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks is a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists, and technologists together for informal presentations, performances, and conversations with the wider public. The mission of LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities and 5 continents worldwide.