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.

 

Anna Von Mertens, Midnight until the first sighting of land, October 12, 1492, six miles off the coast of current day San Salvador Island, Bahamas (detail), 
2006, hand-stitched cotton, 41" x 97.5",
courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Photo: Don Tuttle


Conversations on Art and Science:
Anna Von Mertens

Thursday, August 28, 12:00 p.m
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.


Anna Von Mertens translates data from odd avenues of knowledge on to textiles with stitching to define time intervals around low points in American history, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination, and the bombing of Baghdad. Her translations are mapped out with the aid of a computer program and then hand-stitched to become celestial time-lapsed tapestries that are sized in wide-screen dimensions. Each piece accurately reproduces the rotation of the stars and planets as they would have been viewed from earth at the location and time of a particular event. Von Mertens received a United States Artists Simon Fellowship in 2010 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2007.

Image: Anna Von Mertens, Midnight until the first sighting of land, October 12, 1492, six miles off the coast of current day San Salvador Island, Bahamas (detail), 2006, hand-stitched cotton, 41" x 97.5", courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Photo: Don Tuttle


Conversations on Art and Science:
Multiverse: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies

Thursday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

SAIC's Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration presents an evening of cosmology in collaboration with COSMO 2014 and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. The "multiverse" theory posits that our universe is but one of an enormous number of separate and distinct universes. Artist Anna Von Mertens will discuss her textile compositions that use computer programs to accurately map out the rotation of the stars and planets; SAIC Professor Kathryn Schaffer will discuss projects and insights that bring together cutting-edge cosmological science and art and design students; and Julie R. Amrany and scientist Emil Martinec will discuss their collaborative work based on black holes. University of Chicago's Michael S. Turner will moderate a provocative discussion on the multiverse with panelists: Raphael Bousso, a theoretical physicist at University of California, Berkeley, Eva Silverstein, a MacArthur Fellow at Stanford University, Jeff Harvey, a string theorist at the University of Chicago, 2014 Kavli Prize winner Andrei Linde from Stanford University, and Rocky Kolb, Dean of Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago.


Henrik Håkansson, installation view A Forest Divided, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2012. Photo: Terje Östling.
Courtesy of the Artist, Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
Henrik Håkansson, installation view A Forest Divided, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2012. Photo: Terje Östling.


Conversations on Art and Science:
Henrik Håkansson: An Introduction

Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson is a naturalist who has repositioned his fascination with nature into the art world, over time becoming an accomplished amateur expert. Focusing on the minutiae of nature, but often presented on a grand scale, his projects combine the interests of a biologist, ethnologist, and artist, recalling the 19th-century explorers who documented the natural and cultural riches of then little-known lands and unknown environments. Håkansson's recent exhibitions include Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; MIMA Sound Space, Middlesbrough, UK; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He was included in the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2003), and 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Visiting Artists Program.


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