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5 ELEMENTS - Earth #4 Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches April 2013 (c) - Copyrighted All rights reserved - Copy - CopyHello my Dear Fiends around the world!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am the solo artist at the Carl Benz Cloud University online for the month of September, 2015!

Here is the website address: https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

They did an interview with me that I found totally engaging and I hope you will enjoy this too.  I also have 30 images up for you to view; some new and some old but all of my favorites.  My biography is there as well as my artist statement.

And many thanks to my good friend Immo Jalass who recommended me for this exhibition!  Thanks Immo!  None of this would have been possible without you!  Also I really appreciate the introduction that you wrote and I also hope that viewers may have a playful and possible spiritual experience while visiting!  You can view his amazing digital artworks here: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/

Very Best Regards and many thanks to the Chancellor of The Carl Benz Cloud University, Mr. Manfred Schoenebeck for accepting my artworks for this solo exhibition and special thanks to Mr. Hans-Peter Bergner, the IT Consultant who did all of the exhibition online editing!

I am also delighted to mention that Sherri of Belle Fusion has accepted me along with seven others to be a part of an advertisement through Van City that will be going out to 4.3 million people this week!  Here is her tagline about me!

Laara WilliamSen  – Discover and Experience her dynamic paintings! Her paintings are held in private collections around the world and the permanent collections of PAUL GETTY III MUSEUM, Italy, BUIRO KULTURY, Poland and THE BOSTON ART LIBRARY, U.S.A.  https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

This advertisment is about an upcoming Allure + Prestige: Picasso & Rembrandt event in Vancouver on September 17th.  For more information about this event please go to facebook Belle Fusion Art Event Group.

Most of all thank you to you my dear friends for your ongoing support over the years!  This is what means the most to me.  I wish you all much success, happiness and peaceful times!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


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She is having her very first solo exhibition in May, 2015!


HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com  (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA











Hello, I hope to see you on May 24th!  Sincerely Doris



to attend




a solo exhibition of original acrylics






Canadian Abstract Painter




The Good Day Sunshine Café

2950 King George Blvd #100, South Surrey, BC Hours : Monday closed Tues – Friday  8-5 Saturday 9-5 Sunday10-4


May 2nd to May 31st, 2015



May 24th, 2015

1pm to 4pm


For further information about this solo exhibition call 778 241 6926 

and to view more of her artworks please visit http://doristheartist.wordpress.com




Thanks to all of my good friends around the world for having a look at Doris Anderson’s invitation!


I send you my very best wishes and I hope you are enjoying Spring.


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Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


Wayset1a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Wayset1a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

 Hello to my Dear Friends around the world! Sending you lots of good wishes for happiness and creativity! 



IMMOS JALASS International Contemporary Artist

IMMOS JALASS International Contemporary Artist

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Immo Jalass, an International Contemporary Artist, who has made astounding creative growth from his youthful drawings to his art work of today; an infinite exploration of creating original digitally created works of art!  Please enjoy the gallery at the end of the article, where you can click on each image and hope you enjoy as well as the enlarged images of his vibrant art works throughout the interview! 








International Contemporary Artist on March 20th, 2015

Hello Immo

Here are a few questions that we can start with and please just answer in the way you feel most comfortable.

Were you creative as a child and if so how old were you and what do you remember from this experience?

At the age of fourteen, I started drawing with pencil and ink; all the old farm houses in Hamburg-Volksdorf and the landscapes around.

When did you realize that you were an artist?

An Art scene 4 de Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserves

An Art scene 4 de Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserves

At the age of twenty-six, on Ibiza working with pencils, color pencils, ink, gouache, water color and oil; working out themes oriented on the figuetrees, the rockets, the sandbeaches and the water.  Doing sketching and drawing sessions with a sculptor friend.

What has influenced your artworks. Other artists, Teachers, (I am referring to your artwork before you transitioned) ?

Jens Cords in Hamburg. He was preparing his own oil colors. My sculptor friend on Ibiza and many other artists around as Bechthold, David Walsh.

Did you have any formal training?

No, never. I am completely self taught. As such I have been working for the Famous Artists Schools in Amsterdam as an Art Instructor for more than a year.

When you began to transition to digital art, what led you to do this?

Already in 1972, I did some theoretical study on computer basics in Amsterdam.

In 1994, I started to work with my first own computer inspired by a friend in Hamburg, just for interest and

in 1998 I began my first artistical approaches with Corel Draw. It has been just the curiosity searching for new possibilities to express the feelings and thoughts of my life.

Can you explain the difference in media – one is very tactile and the other is created through technology – how does this affect your process?

I wouldn’t say that the difference in media affects or affected the process of creating. I am loving, for example, all the possibilities of getting a change in color and structure on a whole picture with a few mouse clicks. On the other hand, I am some times too lazy to work out more details.


Now I am creating digital art works since years and some of them makes me look at them again, again and again, wondering some times how have I been able to create this whatever. Associating the world around and reflecting my feelings, means giving my interpretation. Sometimes I feel like being some kind of an organism directed by the subconscious, by feelings, moments, situations, technical possibilities, wondering what will come out next.

Asappeared70 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Asappeared70 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Asfigured 1a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted all rights reserved

Asfigured 1a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted all rights reserved

Can you talk about your art making process a little bit in the transition work?

4 Bild245 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

Bild245 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

In most cases I started with one or two photos. In the meantime though, it has been a long time since I started with a completely new photo. In fact, today there is already a huge stock of existing digitally created art works and more often it happens that I go on working on already existing pictures, from which new pictures are created. Furthermore, I am more often copying an existing picture into another already-existing art work, giving transparency to it, and thus making a completely new picture, where new forms and colors appear as if they were coming out of infinity. These new forms and pictures can end up taking forms and shapes that I myself, have not even thought of. Fortunately, as a digital artist I am able to go on working on an existing picture without losing the original (the first) picture. In this situation a whole new motif-sequence can develop.

Do you choose a theme or series of art works or do you work one at a time.

I am working on all my art works one after the other, some times only just a few things, often until a new variation is created worth to be saved as a completely new art work or just a new piece in an existing series. Seldom having a certain theme, it is mostly a completely unconscious process choosing a theme to work on.

5 Bild372 Original Art by IMMOS JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

Bild372 Original Art by IMMOS JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

What is your greatest accomplishment that you are happy about in your career as a professional artist

In Progress: “Future Fun Conquest“ a digitally created art show by Immo Jalass at the Carl Benz Cloud University. A new kind of art meets a new kind of Gallery. The opening will be on the 30th of march this year.

Have you had any interviews or reviews and if so can we link this page to them so our readers can learn more about you?

  1. Solomon Walker writing about me on the occasion of my solo exhibition “Immos universe” at the MoDFA (autumn 2014):  http://galeriejalass.tripod.com
  2. ArticulAction’s interview with me on:  http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/interviewed.htm
  3. Several reviews on http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/rezensionen.htm

Do you have any comments or thoughts that may improve the current contemporary art world?

Generally needed is the development of facilities to show digital art works. For example galleries equipped with digital displays (best without a frame), public displays to show more digitally created art, displays for the office and nice private displays for the living rooms.

6 Ongame Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

Ongame Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All Rights Reserved

Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for emerging artists just beginning in digital art?

Should emerging artists have been working with pencil and ink before starting in digital art? The technical possibilities are developing. Should they start working on some kinds of drawing pads? Sketching their ideas on paper or digitally? Other possibilities? New possibilities?

7 Scapecheck1 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Scapecheck1 Original Art by IMMO JALASS (c) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Those are interesting suggestions for emerging artists!  I believe as you have suggested that both sketching first or going right to the digital program that allows for sketching are excellent possiblities.  Thank you Immo.

Do you have a c.v. (artists resume) and can you please send it to me

Please see: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/cvita.htm

Please list any Awards!

Wildfacing2a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved

Wildfacing2a Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted 2015 All rights reserved


Your questions are covering all important facts regarding my art work and its developement during all the years. More details can be found on my homepage at http://galeriejalass.tripod.com

Please visit the above link to know more about Immo Jalass!

Thank you very much for your interest and your effort in realizing this show of my work.




9 Whocome5dd Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

9 Whocome5dd Original Art by IMMO JALASS (C) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Thank you so much Immo. It is a pleasure to feature your amazing creativity as well as your successful international art career!

Thanks to Solomon Walker, I will now include an important quote regarding IMMO JALASS’ artworks:

Solomon Walker commenting on Immo Jalass: “Immo Jalass is an autodidact.; a self-taught extraordinary creative artist, whose vast body of captivating artwork journeys through several fertile decades, touching on nearly all the major art movements of the 20th century. And, given all that, the most surprising thing about Immo’s artistic output is, that the work remains unique and totally Immo Jalass, even in this early dawn of the 21st century. Teamed with an enthusiastic curiosity that fuels his vision, his creative input and output is tremendous. He is a thoughtful and generous being, who is always ready to share his knowledge and to lend assistance to his fellows. I highly recommend Immo Jalass for any artistic endeavours he pursues or that are proposed for him; and of course, I highly support and recommend his artist work to buyers and collectors at all levels.”


For further information or to purchase Immo Jalass` art work

IMMO JALASS International Contemporary Artist

IMMO JALASS International Contemporary Artist

please contact him at nemhja@upcmail.nl 

or visit website http://galeriejalass.tripod.com

















Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


I am very happy to share the following information.  It is also posted on http://artcafeinternational.wordpress.com

So please have a look and help create a better world by contributing an artwork for this very good cause! 

Love and Light to all, Laara Williamsen, International professional painter, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Art cafe International is pleased to announce our “Call To Artists” for the St. Petersburg Florida Midtown Rotary Annual Gala Fundraiser.   Peter Filzmaier, a member of Art cafe International has met with the Directors of this Rotary chapter and your art donations will be exhibited November 8th through to November 10th.  The Rotary chapter will also be listing your image on their website and promoting the “Rotary Annual Gala and Art Auction” in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area in Florida, U.S.A.    Aditional publicity includes listing on this website and on our facebook page so that prospective bidders can preview the art works.

CASINO - Copy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The venue for this event is the historical Manhattan Casino in midtown St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A,

Now more than ever, as artists, we can help to make a better world by contributing our paintings or drawings to a worthy cause!  And the Rotary is just such a cause.  They are a worthy, established charity and have been offering individual, community and national assistance to those in need for so many years!

Please join us by donating an original artwork or a limited edition print.  We are also accepting 4 x 6 inch paintings or drawings done on heavy watercolor paper and framed with a 2 inch matt. 

Submission Deadline – September 15th, 2014.

 All artworks must be received by October 8th, 2014.

This is an international group exhibition and an excellent way to contribute to charity and gain exposure for your art works!  Looking forward to hearing from you!




The Rotary Annual Gala and Art Auction,

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.

November 8th to 10th, 2014


Original 2 dimensional art works on stretcher bars can be sized up to 24 x 36 inches and must either have the outside edges painted or be framed with hanging wire  on the back.  Art work can be signed on the front of the painting or initialled and signed on the back.

Original 2 dimensional works of art on quality paper sized 4 x 6 inches are required to be matted 2 inches all around the art work.  No hanger or frame is required.

Original 3 dimensional art works will be considered after viewing email image and reading dimensions and weight of the piece.

Limited edition prints of 50 are required to be matted but not framed.  A certificate of authenticy signed by the artist needs to be included with the art work.   Please copy our Certificate of authenticy and complete the information.  This is at the bottom of the page.




Send an email stating

The art work title, size, media and

Your full name,  Your title, City, State or Province, Country,

Your website or other url (so we can include it on our website!)

along with with an attached image (under 1 MB) of your artwork to





When using mail or courier please check the arrival dates carefully and get a tracking number so you can be sure it arrives on time.  Use express mail if overseas or courier with tracking to again assure delivery before October 8th, 2014.


9229 CR 614 A


U.S.A. 33513

Please be certain that your art work will arrive on or before October 8th, 2014.  We cannot guarantee hanging beyond this date and we cannot return parcels.  We are a fledgling group doing charity events so whether you are using mail or courier, please get a tracking number so you can follow your package and be certain it arrives on time.

Peter Filzmaier will be storing all the art works and doing the hanging for this international group charity event.

If you have questions about the submission process please email peterfilzmaier323@gmail.com or laara63@gmail.com


Help us create a better world by sharing your creativity!

Please copy and complete – send with your Limited Edition Print – series of 50


This certificate authenticates that ________________________ (name of painting)

is number _____________ of a series of fifty Fine Art Prints

created by ________________________________________(your name typed)

_________________________________________(your title)

during the year_________________(year print(s) were created) and further that

this series is the ONLY First Edition of this series ever to be created.

SIGNED_______________________________________ (YOUR SIGNATURE)

AT______________________________ (PLACE OF SIGNING, TOWN, COUNTRY)

ON THIS ____________DAY OF _____________(Month), in the year 2014

The artist’s signature verifies that he/she has personally proofed the print to their creative satisfaction and that this Limited edition print is a high standard of printing with inks on archival paper.



Peter Filzmaier has offered to share the name of his printer and a way to cut down on delivery time.

For those of you who wish to save on shipping costs it is possible for you to use a printer here in the USA and have the printer ship the prints to me but you will still have to send me a Certificate of Authenticity for each print.  The printer’s website is www.posterprintshop.com the printer does good work that is reasonable in cost.

Very best wishes – we look forward to hearing from you, sharing this event with you and together helping to make a better world!

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Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Peter Filzmaier

Outstanding colorist painter

St. Petersborough, Florida, U.S.A.







PLEASE EMAIL ME AT….. laara63@gmail.com

It seems complicated but it is not…. I can only have one Gmail account.  So laarawilliamsen@gmail.com is down and

laara63@gmail is up and running!

Upcoming articles include a feature about Jeanette Luchese, an accomplished Canadian painter and

special news of a unique art school that  I had the pleasure of visiting while in France!



Laara WilliamSen

New Dawn 2 -  Peace,  8 x 10 inches, oils

New Dawn 2 – Peace, 8 x 10 inches, oils

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Hello my friends!  I am really happy because my art work was selected as part of the 165 visions of Peace that will travel with The Peace Project Exhibit!  I am very honored to know that my art work will help to create peace.  The sales from all artworks are used to make a better world though the Peace Projects for those who are less fortunate in Sierra Leone and the USA!

Here are the dates for for the touring exhibition where a print of my art work can be purchased and all proceeds are then donated to The Peace Project 2013 Peace, Love and Understanding!
  • September 21st & 22nd — Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA
  • October 5th — Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
  • October 12th — 29 Pieces, Dallas, TX
  • Thursday, November 7th — Evening Reception, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
  • Saturday, November 9th — Open House, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
  • November 23rd — The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA

You can also visit my art work online and make a purchase there which again is 100% donation to help the Peace Project 2013!  http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=2567

Sending you all lots of Love and Light

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C.




YAY! GOOD NEWS!  This April, I am going to fly to Italy and stay at the Ozu Cultural Centre which is an old candy factory that has been refurbished and converted into artist studios and accommodations.

View from Ozu Cultural Centre, Prov. of Sabina, Italy

View from Ozu Cultural Centre, Prov. of Sabina, Italy


Located about 30 miles east of Rome in the province of Sabina, Ozu Cultural Centre sits high upon a mountain top with amazing views of olive groves, distant valleys and rolling hills.  The nearest village of 1,000 residents, is Monteleone about 3 miles away from Ozu!


Inside Ozu Cultural Center, there are bunk room style accommodations or  single rooms with a shared bathroom, a huge kitchen and dining area.  Meals are all prepared from fresh foods and we will share the cooking, clean up and of course we will all dine together!  I am very pleased that they will accommodate my vegetarian diet!


There are three studios; a photography studio, a clay and ceramic studio and a very large open studio for dancing or painting in!  I may do both!  But definitely PAINTING!!!

Three to five artists live at the Ozu Cultural Centre year round and their companionship, plus the other artists who are visiting, make this a perfect artist community for me to paint in.  I am taking a whole roll of canvas and plan to create large acrylic paintings!  One of the resident artists, Paola, from Ozu has ordered a large board for me that will serve as my wall to tack the canvas onto and I will stretch the paintings when I return home!


The artists from Ozu Cultural Centre are also coming to meet me at the airport and take me to Ozu as well as return me to the hotel near Leonardo da Vinci airport on the 21st of April!  After that I am going to the Center Plaza in Rome to people watch and take pictures.  Then I am going to find a nice restaurant and have some more great Italian food!  I will make my way back to the hotel and get up early to fly home on April 22nd!

On Saturday, APRIL 20th at 1:00 PM in conjuction with the Ozu Cultural Centre, I am having a gathering!  All of my Italian friends are invited and also those of my friends who may be traveling in the area. 

Please request your invitation by contacting me at laara63@gmail.com before April 4th.  Looking forward to meeting you at Ozu!


Also, thanks to all of my friends on Linked in, Twitter and Facebook for our creative exchanges and to those of you who have offered me both personal and creative support…..Lots of Hugs to you!

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Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


I am pleased to be able to share Watermans presention of a new outdoor commission and other scheduled exhibitions.  I was not able to get the images and hope to be adding these soon!

GEOMETRY by Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves

Wednesday 1 February – Wednesday 12 September 2012
Dawn – 12 midnight

GEOMETRY was made possible with a grant from The Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund and is supported by The London Borough of Hounslow. The installation will be opened by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London on Thursday 2 February and will run until the end of September 2012.

GEOMETRY is a kinetic installation that uses light as a means of communication and is inspired by such communication devices as light houses, military signal lights and the Morse code. The interplay of the different movements of the sculpture create a symbolic language of communication between the sculpture and the viewer.
GEOMETRY exploits wind-farm technology to drive two masts which cross (one vertically one horizontally) on which mirrors are attached. The reflection of the sky in the mirrored blades and the movement of the sculpture itself create different kinetic effects according to the time of the day and season. At nightfall the signal is reinforced through projections of laser light from the horizontal mast. Laser lines will be projected from the Watermans building onto the horizontal mast and reflected from the sky. 

Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves explores the meaning and impact of light through her work. She uses light and sound technologies to create a mysterious art of beauty and power, challenging the boundaries of her materials and our own perceptions of them. The resulting kinetic work appears frameless and seems to possess a life of its own. Her audience is invited to engage in both the works’ seductive simplicity and delve into their complex layers of mystery.
Key examples of D’Estienne d’Orves’ work include Gong: a resonant, pulsating, often frightening work from her Cosmos Series in 2009 and Monolithe, in 2008, which stands like a futuristic needle-point surrounded by ancient spiritual drama and was presented at Paris’ all-night art happening, Nuit Blanche.
In 2004, Félicie founded the in-visible collective, a conceptual multi-media studio, In-visible – http://www.feliciedestiennedorves.com/

Technical support has been provided by Mechatronic company Bonfiglioli who delivered the motor solutions for the installation. Watermans would also like to acknowledge the contribution of David Simpson of Show Laser Systems for the laser technology, Michel Delarasse and the Institut Français.
GEOMETRY is part of the International Festival of Digital Art 2012 – http://www.watermans.org.uk/exhibitions/exhibitions/international-festival-of-digital-art-2012.aspx
Also showing at Watermans Gallery:

Cymatics by Suguru Goto

Produced by Action Sharing


Saturday 7 January – Sunday 19 February 2012

Daily 12 noon – 9 pm, Free



Cymatics is a kinetic sound sculpture that expresses the artist’s vision of nature through a series of symbolic elements that are used harmoniously in a technological context.


Cymatics creates real spaces that are metaphysical and spiritual at the same time. A place where art is a bridge between the material and the spiritual, between technology and nature, and between the humanities and science. The result is a harmonic vision of the elements of nature, demonstrating the morphogenic effect of sound waves (cymatics).


The creative process involved building a synergy between music to be seen and images to be heard, so as to create a sensorial performance for the complexity of human perception.


Goto’s works have been performed at major festivals. In 1998, he was invited to perform at Sonar, Barcelona; in 2003, he gave a concert at the Pompidou Centre, in Paris; in 2011 performed at Share Festival and in 2009 his ’Robotic Music’ was shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale  in Italy.


Cymatics is the second project to be produced by Action Sharing, an initiative proudly sponsored by the Torino Chamber of Commerce.

Action Sharing is designed to create a platform for syncretic research, encouraging the convergence of art, innovation and science. Based in Turin (IT) and directed by Simona Lodi and Chiara Garibaldi, Action Sharing is the only project of its kind in Europe to give artists a team of robotics engineers, with specific high-level expertise, to produce works of visual art.







Cymatics is exhibited at Watermans as part of the International Festival of Digital Art 2012 with support from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and The Japan Foundation

Watermans Riverside Gallery:
The aesthetics of disgust by Katrin Baumgarten


Sunday 22 January – Sunday 19 February 2012


“The revolting object exerts a certain ‘macabre attraction’ over the subject, leading to a peculiar absorption in the object and lending a magnetism to this aversion.” Kolonai, Aurel

The power of disgust affects us in every aspect of our life. Disgust shocks, entertains, and sears itself into memory. By introducing the aesthetics of disgust as a tool for design, one can intensify the user and object relationship through creating paradoxal emotions, going beyond practicality and functionality.

These eccentric light switches explore disgust and its possible transitions in the technological age. The exhibit consists of multiple designs of an everyday object, each based on a different approach to disgust, and to examine the provoked reactions. Every time a switch is pressed, a virtual light-bulb on a screen is lighting up as a feedback for the test-person. Through its simplicity and its everyday occurrence, the interaction with a switch has been marginalised into subconscious behaviour. But what if your interaction has consequences.

One of the switches has hairs that become erect when a finger approaches. Another secretes goo, one is made of fingernails and another of chewing gum. The most playful creation refuses to be
switched at all and hides when a finger approaches. The switches are monitored by an Arduino circuit board which records which was pressed, when and for how long.

One of the purposes of the work is to show that people are indeed both repelled and fascinated by the disgusting transformation of the switches.

Katrin Baumgarten holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London. Her projects revolve around human-technology interaction and explore future possibilities within technology and art. She loves to see the magic that appears when an inanimate object suddenly starts to move and respond to external stimuli in ways normally attributed to humans. Katrin is freelancing for interactive design consultancies at the moment, as well as developing her own practice. http://katrinbaumgarten.de/

For more information about the above please contact:

Irini Papadimitriou
Head of New Media Arts Development
40 High Street

Direct line: +44 (0)20 8232 1012
Admin: +44 (0)20 8232 1020


Painting Exhibition in Portugal



or contact me directly at

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Thank you!

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Thank you to all of the people who attended and to all of my Linked in friends who sent me good wishes for the opening of my solo exhibition “From Trees to Sky!”  

I especially wish to thank Wendy Blackshaw, artist and friend who gave me so much assistance both before and during the exhibition.  And Sylvia Morrison who managed the porfolio viewing!

Below is a great short home video that Wendy took of the event!

“From trees to sky” Laara WilliamSen solo exhibition

The exhibition will  be running until January 5th, 2012 at


1237 Johnston Street

White Rock, B.C., CANADA

Here are some more photos of the exhibition!

Original oil painting, SPRINGTIME 24 x 30 inches, (c) 2011 All Rights Reserved - ORIGINAL SOLD - Dick & Gail Kent, Surrey, B.C.

I am thrilled that Dick and Gail Kent of  Surrey,B.C.,  purchased “Springtime.”  Thank you so much for your patronage! 

Here are some more photos of guests and some of the art works!

Dawn Wilson and other guests at the exhibition!

More guests enjoying the opening!

Original Paintigs by Laara WilliamSen Sized 12 x 24 inches, AUTUMN, SUNLIGHT IN THE & INDIAN SUMMER (C) Copyrighted 2011 All RightsReserved

THE BUTTERFLY NEBULA Original oil painting by Laara WilliamSen 20 x 24 inches (c) Copyrighted 2011 All rights reserved

Laara on left and Sylvia on right! Thanks for managing the portfolio art works for me! YAY! SYLVIA!

I wish all  friends, family and all of my Linked in friends





Love, Peace and Light

Laara WilliamSen

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