Photo: David Gruber
March 22 – April 28, 2017
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On March 22–23 and April 27–28, 2017, a two-part seminar entitled “Art and Science” will be held at the Institut Kunst in Basel. The seminar is conducted by Chus Martinez, head of the institute. Invited guests are David Gruber, marine biologist and ocean explorer (New York), Volker Sommer, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London, and Marcus Coates, artist (London). The seminar examines what art and science share. Both art and science explore, in depth and often in amazed wonder, the questions “What is true? Why does it matter? How can we move society forward?” The seminar takes place as part of the professorship “The Next Society,” which is dedicated to the sciences at the Institut Kunst in Basel. Appointees are visiting scholars from a variety of disciplines who present their work and collaborate with the art students on selected topics.
“The Next Society” Professorship
The professorship aims to rethink the society of the future – beyond the ideas traditionally provided by art history and art theory. By linking different ideas about research and a new understanding of form, development and cause in the sciences and arts, it wants to break down the functional division of the disciplines. The program strives to bring art closer to scientific topics and ideas and wants to build an ongoing relationship between the arts and the sciences. After all, the scientific debates on emotions and the brain, the role of genetics in human memory, the origins of the cosmos do not just concern scientists, but also artists. To achieve the program objectives and to intensify the dialogue between science and art, the professorship will be accompanied by seminars, days-with-a-scientist, days of science, and a public lecture series.
The Schering Stiftung supports “The Next Society” professorship, since it is convinced that the boundaries and barriers between the disciplines hamper both artistic and scientific research. It is only through curiosity and an openness beyond one’s own discipline that something new can emerge. “The Next Society” helps create new forms of communication and teaching that have the potential of serving as a model for other art academies.
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