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Agnes Meyer-Brandis

Agnes Meyer-Brandis
Photo: Ulla Taipale

Segrio Krakowski

Segrio Krakowski
Photo: Aline Müller

Otavio Schipper

Otavio Schipper
Photo: Cris_Komesu


KLAS - Knowledge Link through Art & Science


KLAS - Knowledge Link through Art & Science

As part of the artist-in-residence program KLAS, the Max Planck Institutes of Colloids and Interfaces and of Molecular Plant Physiology invite the public to the first KLAS Workshop, “AESTHETICS get SYNTHETIC: Knowledge Link through Art & Science.” The workshop is an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners to jointly discuss and reflect on contents, approaches and methodologies that draw the link between synthetic biology and artistic research.

The KLAS workshop reflects how scientists and artists can synergistically interact by mutually interrogating and reconsidering their methodologies and modes of operation in an Artist-in-Residence program like KLAS. In this workshop we are particularly interested in discussions that explore how different institutions, organizations and interest groups with relevant expertise and knowledge of research, innovation and education address contemporary challenges and future developments in and beyond their respective knowledge silos. The workshop will discuss the following questions:

• What is the benefit of art-science collaboration? Is it the outcome or the process? Can we frame or justify its utility?
• What are the personal experiences in relation to the knowledge and the conceptual or methodological exchange between art and science?
• What are the current trends and what are the expectations for the near future in synthetic biology and in art?

KLAS “Knowledge Link through Art and Science”
Knowledge Link through Art and Science (KLAS) is an artist-in-residence program of the Max Planck Society. KLAS fosters ArtSci exchange and transdisciplinary innovation and education whilst also establishing a link between the synthetic biology research groups of two research institutions – the University of Groningen and two Max Planck Institutes [MPIKG & MPIMP].

Selected artists for the residency program are Agnes Meyer-Brandis (Germany) and the duo Otavio Schipper and Sergio Krakowski (Brazil). The artists work side by side with researchers in order to develop a new artwork bridging contemporary art practices and scientific research.

With the participation of:
Sabine Adler | Arren Bar-Even | Christoph von Braun | Adriaan Eeckels | Peter Fratzl | Detlev Ganten | Jens Hauser | Bart van de Laar | Reinhard Lipowsky | Agnes Meyer-Brandis | Roger Malina | Darian Meacham | Heleen Mulder – Hulsebos | Heike Catherina Mertens | Martina Münch | Ingeborg Reichle | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger | Tom Robinson | Maximilian Schich | Nathalie Singer | Otavio Schipper & Sergio Krakowski | Volker Stollorz | Antje Tepperwien | Alex de Vries | Lothar Willmitzer | Siegfried Zielinski

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Exhibition — September 12 – October 12, 2018

KLAS artists-in-residence Otavio Schipper/Sergio Krakowski and Agnes Meyer-Brandis will present the works developed throughout their residency at the interface of Synthetic Biology.

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Program of the workshop

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KLAS is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Ernst Schering Foundation and organized by Polyhedra.

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


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