Representations in Action:
Visual Practices in Art and Science
A one-day workshop organised by the Department of Science and Technology
Studies, University College London
Tuesday 19 June
10.30am – 6.00pm, followed by a reception and art pop-up at the Grant
Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy
Venue: Archaeology G6 LT, UCL Campus
Local Organizer: Chiara Ambrosio ([log in to unmask]), Department of
Science and Technology Studies, University College London
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science
Further information and abstracts at:
The conference is free and open to the public, but places are limited.
To register please contact Alasdair Tatam at [log in to unmask]
Representations constitute a crucial common link between scientific and
artistic visual practices. Integrating the history, philosophy and
sociology of scientific and artistic representations, this one-day
workshop will explore how representations function first and foremost as
experimental practices and as guidelines to practical judgements in
science and in the visual arts.
The aim of the workshop is to explore the role of representations “in
action” -- that is, their function as practices that partake of a
process of inquiry. Drawing on historical and contemporary case-studies,
the contributions to the workshop will present a range of arguments that
will place visual practices in science and the visual arts, along with
their commonalities and tensions, at the centre of current
epistemological and historiographical debates on the dynamics of
scientific observation and visualization, the quest for objectivity and
the evaluative practices that implicitly inform the construction and use
Department of Philosophy, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
"The Modelling Attitude in 19th Century Physics"
Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
"Errors, lies, fictions, and other (mis) representations"
Institute of Archaeology, University College London
"When exhibitions become science fairs: episodes in a history of
Photographic History Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester
"Exhibiting Scientific Applied Photography"
Chiara Ambrosio, Department of Science and Technology Studies,
University College London
"Reconnecting Representations and Practices: Lessons from Art"
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
"The Physiognomy of the Sky and the Limits of Representation"
Dr. Chiara Ambrosio
Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science
Department of Science and Technology Studies
University College London
London WC1E 6BT
Tel. (+44) 02076790166