Colourful Wall

Public lecture series on art & science

Artists and scientists both strive to understand the world, but each have different tools for doing so. Together, the two cultures can achieve what neither one can accomplish on its own. This public lecture series will provide expert perspectives on the potential that arises when trouble-makers and problem-solvers work together.

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Art & Science Talks 2022:

13 September 2022, 6-7pm CET, online 

William L. Fox, Founding Director Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

William L. Fox is founding Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. Fox's numerous nonfiction books rely upon fieldwork with artists and scientists in extreme environments to provide the narratives through which he conducts his investigations. He has published hundreds of essays in art and photography publications, and fifteen collections of poetry. Fox is also an artist who has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation.


20 September 2022, 6-7pm CET, online 

Gerfried Stocker, Managing and Artistic Director of Ars Electronica 

Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and an engineer for communication technology and has been artistic director and co-CEO of Ars Electronica since 1995. In 1995/96 he developed the exhibition strategies of the Ars Electronica Center with a small team of artists and technicians and was responsible for the setup and establishment of Ars Electronica’s own R & D facility, the Ars Electronica Futurelab. He has overseen the development of the program for international Ars Electronica exhibitions, the planning and the revamping of the contents for the Ars Electronica Center, the expansion of the Ars Electronica Festival, and the extensive overhaul of Ars Electronica Center’s contents and interior design. In 2019, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aalto University, Finland.


27 September 2022, 6-7pm CET, online 

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist

Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Cited as one of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. Over the last fifty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, artificial intelligence, bio art, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art. 


Past Art & Science Talks 2021

19 October 2021

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design / Director, Research & Development at MoMA


12 October 2021
Aparna Rao, artist in residence at Wyss Institute of UZH and ETHZ

5 October 2021
Julia Buntaine Hoel, Conceptual Artist and Founding Executive Director of SciArt Initiative

28 September 2021
Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Founding Director of Biotopia, Founding Director of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin