Art and Science: Conversations on Art and Science Series
Conversations on Art and Science Event Series
Under the leadership of SAIC president Walter Massey, the Conversations on Art and Science event series was launched in 2011 as a forum for exploring interdisciplinary and critical perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. Lectures or panel discussions hosted each fall semester bring noted artists, designers, and scholars to the SAIC campus to discuss their work. These dialogues provide a time and place for considering myriad perspectives on art, science, design, and technology. They also sustain the diverse conversations on art and science that are ongoing in the work of faculty and students at SAIC.
Conversations on Art and Science:
Tuesday, October 8, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
The Leroy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor
Ariane Koek leads International Arts at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, based outside Geneva, Switzerland. She created and initiated the laboratory's first arts policy, Great Arts for Great Science, as well as the policy's flagship program, the annual Collide@CERN artists' residency program.
Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN is the new international competition for digital artists to win a residency at CERN. It is the first prize to be announced as part of the new Collide@CERN artists' residency program initiated by the laboratory. This new prize marks a three-year science/arts cultural partnership and creative collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica, which began with CERN's cooperation with Origin, the Ars Electronica Festival, in 2011.
Prior to CERN, Koek was CEO of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing, which ran 120 writers' residencies per year in four different locations. She has had an award-winning career as a BBC producer and director in both radio and television, working across arts, science, and politics. In 2009 she was award the Clore Fellowship. As part of the award she initiated coming to CERN, and has been there ever since.
The Monster at the Heart of the Milky Way:
A public science lecture by astrophysicist Andrea Ghez
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Andrea Ghez, Professor of Physics & Astronomy who holds the Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics, is one of the world's leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA's Galactic Center Group. By studying the motions of stars, Ghez provides the best evidence that supermassive black holes exist, challenging our knowledge of fundamental physics and suggesting that most, if not all, galaxies harbor such objects at their cores. Her work has also shown that the environment near a central supermassive black hole looks nothing like what was expected. In the near future, she hopes to test Einstein's theory of relativity, as well as theories of galaxy formation and evolution confronting time-honored hypotheses.
Ghez earned her BS in Physics from MIT in 1987, and her PhD from Caltech in 1992 and has been on the faculty at UCLA since 1994. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy (she is the first woman to receive a Crafoord Prize in any field), MacArthur Fellowship, and election to the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Her work can be found in many public outlets, including TED, NOVA's Monster of the Milky Way, Discovery's Swallowed by a Black Hole, and Griffith Observatory.
For more information see the UCLA Galactic Center Group website.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Liberal Arts, Deans' Office, University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Brinson Foundation.
Conversations on Art and Science:
Wednesday, October 30, 4:15 p.m.
The Leroy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.
Science photographer Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working in collaboration with scientists and engineers, Frankel has published her images in more than 200 journal articles and/or covers and various other publications for general audiences, such as National Geographic, Nature, Science, Newsweek, Scientific American, Discover, and New Scientist.
She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, among others. Frankel was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award at Brooklyn College, CUNY and the Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography.