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ArtScience involves understanding the human experience of nature through the synthesis of artistic and scientific modes of exploration and expression. Root-Bernstein, Robert & Siler, Todd & Brown, Adam & Snelson, Kenneth. (2011). ArtScience: Integrative Collaboration to Create a Sustainable Future. Leonardo. 44. 192-192. 10.1162/LEON_e_00161.
Foto: Joel Filipe, Unsplash

In recent years, the exchange of knowledge, techniques, and materials between science and art has become more important than ever. Scientists and engineers are increasingly drawing on the techniques and practices of art and design to probe, experiment with, and conceptualise their work in more creative and critical ways. Likewise, artists and designers are more likely than ever to incorporate the various knowledges and practices of the experimental, theoretical, and computational sciences into their research-based work, seeking the academic context as a context for the production and reception of their work and understanding themselves as hybrid ArtScientists.

We are asking how art and science imagine the future and how they may do this together, as well as how they have historically done so. Significant artistic experiences have been at the basis of many inventions in the academic world and outside. Developing experimental habits and the formation of minds to imagine the future otherwise in a context of acceleration, multivalent transitions and ecological emergency: such concerns can neither be addressed by one discipline (nor by art) alone.

At the IAS we aim to discover domains where art and science converge to forge new, emergent knowledge practices, and in so doing, push both our inquiries in new and demanding directions.

Scientific Lead

prof. dr. C.M.K.E. (Christa-Maria) Lerm-Hayes

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

Artist in Residence

Orion Maxted

Complexity and Theater
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Previous ArtScience activities at the IAS

Bart de Smit on the mathematics behind Escher, 22 Januari 2019

Mathematician Bart de Smit spoke about the mathematics behind Esscher's famous images at the Symposium "Road to Reality".  The central question: How to complete an Escher painting using mathematics?

Watch the full lecture:

Exhibition "Bio-inspired Art and Architecture" at UvA Special Collections, 23-27 October 2017

Together with Museum Vrolik and UvA Special Collections, we have organised a special exhibition inspired by D'Arcy Thompson's famous book. The exhibition "Bio-inspired Art and Architecture" combines art work by Gemma Anderson and natural objects from the university collection. The exhibition was set up as part of an intensive scientific workshop at the IAS.

Watch the video for a short impression: