The Future of Art-Science Collaborations

The Future of Art-Science Collaborations

A growing number of both scientists and artists is becoming deeply unhappy with the still dominant view that art and science are largely unrelated – a view that is reinforced on all sorts of levels (institutional, educational, social status, and so on). They argue not only that science and arts can benefit enormously from what ‘the other side’ has to offer, but many also question the very presumption that we are dealing with fundamentally different areas of interest.

The ambition to (re)unite art and science has given birth to a large number of so-called art-science collaborations. These projects are often met with great enthusiasm. But what to make of them? What is the rationale behind art-science collaborations and how valuable are they really?

The ease with which art-science collaborations are sometimes presented as ‘urgent’ or ‘full of promise’ justifies a critical examination of the both the assumptions underlying these projects and their success rates. How well are art-science collaborations motivated? To what extent are they driven by a gut feeling, a desire even, that something good must come from mixing arts with sciences? And what about the projects that have already taken place? Are we (already) in a position where we can draw conclusions as to when and how art-science collaborations can be made a success, if at all? Read more: http://www.lorentzcenter.nl

Lorentz Center
The Lorentz Center is an international center in the sciences. Its aim is to organize workshops for scientists in an atmosphere that fosters collaborative work, discussions and interactions. This workshop is a part of the NIAS-Lorentz Program, to stimulate research bridging the natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences.

Scientific organizers
Lucas Evers (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Martijntje Hallmann (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Edwin van der Heide (Leiden, The Netherlands)
Joost Rekveld (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Jacco van Uden (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Louise Whiteley (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Rob Zwijnenberg (Leiden, The Netherlands)

The Future of Art-Science Collaborations

Lorentz Center
7– 11 October 2013
Leiden, the Netherlands

http://www.lorentzcenter.nl