NYAS Conference “Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?” April 14 in NYC

On April 14th, The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting a conference called “Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?” at its new location in lower Manhattan.

This conference will explore the nature of the science-art interface, the inspiration this interface provides to scientists and artists alike, and the impact of these interactions on art, research, and other human endeavors. More specifically, the conference will focus on how biological objects-whether viruses, animals, plants, cells, or organelles-become an inspiration for certain artists’ work, and how scientists-ever so particular about accuracy and specificity-respond to such artistic representations.

The Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, creator of the Cloaca Project, will give the keynote lecture. The rest of the day will be organized as a series of four conversations between artists and scientists. For each conversation, an artist will appear with a scientist who works with the biological objects that inspire that artist. Short talks and extensive discussions will provide a forum where ideas generated in these two very different spheres of creative endeavors-science and art-are expressed, elaborated and deliberated.

Preliminary Program
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – – Registration

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome & Meeting Overview
Ellis Rubinstein, President, The New York Academy of Sciences
William A. Haseltine, President, The William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – – Keynote Address
Wim Delvoye (Belgium, Artist)

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – – Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM – – Session I: Structural Biology
Mara G. Haseltine (New York, Sculptor)
Wayne A. Hendrickson, PhD (Columbia University, Biophysicist)

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – – Session II: Microbes
Laura Splan (MFA Sculpture; Member, Art Science Collaboration)
Rendering the Invisible
Jonathan A. King, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biologist)
Visual Representation and Biological Structure

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – – Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – – Session III: Locomotion
Theo Jansen (Holland, Artist, Kinetic-Sculptor & Scientist)
Andrew A. Biewener, PhD, (Harvard University Concord Field Station)

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM – – Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM – – Session IV: TBD
Michael Joaquin Grey (BS Genetics, MFA Sculpture)
Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, PhD (Neuroscientist and Founder, International Society for Haptics)
Touching Illusory Objects: Sculpting Human Perception through Virtual Reality

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – – Concluding Remarks

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – – Reception & Exchange

Apr 14, 2007 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
At the New York Academy of Sciences
New Location:
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

Click here for links to artist presenters & Registration Information.

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