Laura teaches and curates classes, workshops and exhibitions designed to prompt felt experiences using ancient and emerging technologies. Drawing from her background in the history of science, modern yogic practices, and interactive art, she leads meaningful and provocative explorations of our internal universe.
Currently, she offers a public class focused on a gentle, restorative yoga practice inspired by somatic meditation on Fridays from 6:15 - 7:30 pm at Majestic Yoga studio in Cambridge, MA. She also leads a community-focused, free class one Saturday a month.
Upcoming exhibitions include “There Will Be Blood,” a menstruation equity event and feminist hackathon at MIT.
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Recently, Laura has been collaborating with MIT’s Media Lab to curate a collection of objects and installations highlighting technology and activism. In 2018 she produced “Between the Magic and the Machine”, an exhibition that sought to challenge the social and political status quo of breastfeeding parents highlighted at the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck event and hackathon. With Eva Zasloff, a pediatrician and artist, she created “Reflections”, an immersive installation of breastmilk ‘globules’ reflecting light at 750x magnification. Projected orbs of light shimmered like stars shining in the night sky, facilitating a dreamscape drawn from the microbiological connection between parent and child.
With her collaborator Rosa Weinberg, she designed the Stethosuit: a wearable bodice that synchronizes the body's soundscape with the cosmo's vibrations. Using NASA's recently released transmuted audio of Voyager 2's travels through our solar system, the garment harmonizes naturally occurring micro and macro rhythms across timescales. It debuted on the catwalk at re:publica in Berlin and was installed at MIT as part of their Beyond the Cradle event.
She independently curated BODY POLITIC, a show at OPEN in Boston, MA, which gathered and deployed garments from eleven artists to resist entrenched social power structures: sculptures, dresses, lipstick and a spacesuit depict alternately hopeful and bleak visions of a tech-enabled, "inclusive" future. As part of her earlier research in wearable technologies, with Dr. Beth Altringer, Laura co-designed a winter term module, “Wear But Why”, that took Harvard students to New York City to conduct field work with leading fashion designers and technologists to research what qualities make a wearable tech product desirable or undesirable.
Previously, she was the Wheatland Curatorial Fellow in Harvard’s History of Science department with the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, where she researched and developed the permanent exhibit for 1944's Mark-1, the world's first programmable computer. She contributed to a range of shows including a retrospective on the Rorschach ink blots; chatbots and the history of artificial intelligence; and science pedagogy during the Cold War. She directed a collection of experimental and ethnographic short videos documenting life at hackerspaces and the scientific method, and has shown her work around the US, including Somerville Film Fest and Tribeca Hacks.
During the mid-aughts tech boom Laura lived and worked in Bangalore, India as one of the first American employees hired at Infosys Technologies. While abroad she crafted international marketing campaigns and organized an annual tech conference for Infosys's top global clients. At the request of senior management, she redesigned Infosys's office dress code, balancing the values of conservative executives and young women engineers -- and Eastern and Western aesthetics. While living in India, Laura was an early advocate within the Blank Noise Project, a community founded in 2006 in Bangalore to end street sexual harassment through social media campaigns and non-violent street demonstrations. During that time Blank Noise launched an international, ongoing project, "I never ask for it", which counteracts the narrative that a woman's clothes can be justified as an invitation for sexual harassment.
She holds an AM in the History of Science from Harvard and a BS from Georgetown University. She lives and works in Cambridge, MA.