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Science & Art

The dialogue between disciplines – in particular between the sciences and the visual arts – has been burgeoning for years. Especially science institutions have discovered art as a medium to intelligibly communicate their specialized knowledge to a broader public. The Ernst Schering Foundation, however, is interested less in science communication than in a dialogue between artists and scientists at a more fundamental level. To this end, it launched the Forum on Science and Art as early as 2005. The Forum aims both for an exchange of methods and approaches and for a dialogue on socially relevant issues and topics.

In addition, the Foundation in 2009 opened the Project Space for Art and Science at Unter den Linden, which serves as a platform for exhibitions, lectures and workshops at the interface of science and art. One focus is on the presentation of "art as research."

Artistic Research. Aesthetic Practice as Sense-Making

Can aesthetic practice be understood as research? How can we say that the production of art as a creative process on the one hand and the experience of art on the other hand is a form of cognition? In his lecture, Alex Arteaga presents his thesis of the operative relationship between aesthetic practice and a specific concept of knowledge, which is based on an embodied, situated, relational, processual and transformative form of knowledge – embodied knowledge. Alex Arteaga



Agnes Meyer-Brandis: Cloud Core Scanner – IN THE TROPOSPHERE LAB

Clouds, their formation and their substance, have long been a much-discussed topic in art and science. For artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, it was thus a unique opportunity to be invited by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to participate in one of its zero-g flights, which are primarily reserved for scientific purposes, and to work under conditions of temporary weightlessness on her art project “Cloud Core Scanner.” Now, On January 14, 2010, opens the exhibition "Cloud-Core-Scanner - IN THE TROPOSPHERE LAB" in the Ernst Schering Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by a four-part academic lecture program in the field of aerosol research.





Light Flashes and Brain Waves: Neurofeedback from an artistic and neurological point of view

The 6th Forum on Science and Art is all about Carsten Nicolai’s installation rota, which is presented in die project space of the Ernst Schering Foundation since July, 2. Dr. Ute Strehl from the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen talks about scientific insights into how the human brain responds to the flicker effect, the role of neurofeedback in the treatment of diseases such as epilepsy and AHDS, and potential future areas of application, e.g. in treating locked-in syndrome. Carsten Nicolai uses his installation rota as an example to talk about his artistic method.

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Symposium "Neuroscience and Art" at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

In cooperation with the Marino Golinelli Foundation and the Ernst Schering Foundation, the Association of Neuroesthetics organizes a symposium on the theme of this year’s 53rd International Art Exhibition, “Fare Mondi/Making Worlds,” at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. The roundtable discussion will bring together 25 international artists and neuroscientists for a discussion on how our brain actively “makes worlds.”



Cooperation at a Crossroads? For Opportunities and Risks, Ask Your Artist or Scientist. Experts meet for a status workshop in Berlin on December 8-9, 2008

Art and science have always been interconnected by a history of uneasy yet productive relations. Since 2005, the “Forum on Science and Art” of the Ernst Schering Foundation has focused on the contemporary development of this interrelationship. After three years of interdisciplinary study and work, a status workshop now took stock of the current situation. At the invitation of the Ernst Schering Foundation, 35 scientists, curators, artists and art historians with a background in cultural studies met in Berlin on December 8-9, 2008 to take up the challenges of an increased cooperation between science and art.




Looking to Nature: Cooperation and Divergence between Art and Science

The 5th Forum on Science and Art is devoted to the young scientific discipline of bionics. The view to nature here refers to the discovery of structures and processes in the living world that can subsequently be used to solve technical problems in the natural and engineering sciences, but also in architecture and design. The focus here is on the systematic search for structural and organizational principles of the living world that can be applied to technological artefacts. In the arts, nature also continues to be a central category, though not as a model to imitate, but as a source of inspiration.




Laboratories of Art and Science. Methodological Work in Artistic and Scientific Contexts

Artists have probably always been interested in the methodological approaches of scientists. Since the early 1990s it can be observed, however, that artists increasingly adapt scientific methodologies. By turning to contents and methodologies of other disciplines and contexts, artists more and more frequently tread on unfamiliar ground whose rules often contradict artistic processes.




The Image in Science and Art - Copy or Construction?

Until today, artists are seen as experts of everything visual, even though many art movements of the 20th century have labored to withdraw from the visual or replaced the visual by the conceptual. Still, many visualizing processes in science today are reminiscent of artistic processes, so that it becomes inevitable to examine the commonalities and differences in image production in art and science.



Science and Art - Separate or Common Worlds?

The cooperation with researchers promises access to the complex knowledge without which art, too, no longer understands the world. However, scientification is frequently no longer a utopia but has become a requirement, e.g. when art academies have to submit to the efficiency standards of a higher education policy geared towards applied knowledge or when interdisciplinarity becomes a catchword by promotion programs for the arts to urge artists to make themselves useful ...



The Artist as Researcher, the Researcher as Artist? Scientific Methodologies - Artistic Creativity

How do researchers generate new scientific procedures and how do artists create their works? How can we reconcile the ideas of the strictly scientific metholodology of research and the creativity of the artist? Do scientists and artists have something to say to each other?



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