The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics
*Open International SeminarART&SCIENCE: Science.Art.Museum
ART&SCIENCE: SCIENCE. ART. MUSEUM program was launched in Saint Petersburg
(Russia) by The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Petersburg State
University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.
It is the first joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and ITMO
University aimed at exploring the interaction of science and art in the
modern world and demonstrating diverse applications of scientific research
in artistic and museum practices globally.
The program comprises a series of lectures that are held monthly in the
General Staff Building (The State Hermitage Museum) *from November 2016 to
June 2017*. Each of the eight events examines one particular topic and
consists of two lectures by Russian and international experts. The General
Staff Building is hosting from 300 to 500 listeners during the seminars as
well as broadcasting the lectures online to the broader audience.
Project participants — scientists, artists, conservators and curators —
will talk about the most interesting aspects of the relationship between
arts and scientific inquiry. What do physicists do in the museum? What is
science art and how does one relate to an art piece that is made of tissue
culture or utilizes a beautifully complex algorithm? Is it possible to
create holographic archives? What is the future of design? How do
technological and scientific innovation transform art and museums?
First four seminars featured 8 internationally renowned specialists in art
and science. In November *Dr. Nicholas Eastaugh* (Art, Analysis & Research,
UK) talked about “The Matter of Art: Using Science to Reveal the Secrets of
Paintings”, *Claudia Lastra* (Arts Catalyst, Centre for Art, Science &
Technology, UK) spoke of Art&Science collaborations such as early works by
E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) and recent projects commissioned
by Arts Catalyst in London.
In December *Dr. Hans Bjelkhagen* (Centre for Modern Optics, Glyndwr
University, UK) delivered a speech about holographic optoclones & digital
holography. *Dmitry Bulatov *(Curator at Baltic Branch of the National
Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, Russia) gave a lecture on the
essence of science art as an interdisciplinary practice featuring the most
significant projects in the field.
In January we hosted *Dr. Austin Nevin* (Chemist and conservator,
Researcher at the National Research Council, Institute for photonics and
nanotechnologies, Italy) and *Vadim Fishkin* (Artist, Russia/Slovenia;
Prof. New Media Art, Karlsruhe University of Art and Design). The topic was
“Surrounding medium: Cultural Heritage Science & the Art of Light”.
In February *Dr. Paraskevi Pouli* (Physicist, Researcher at Foundation for
Research and Technology Hellas, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser
(FORTH-IESL) and *Ken Rinaldo* (Artist, Prof. of Art and Technology,
Department of Art, Ohio State University, USA) talked about both
instrumental and creative use of technology in art.
The topic of March seminar is Biological Engineering and Bio Art. We’re
happy to present *Maxim Artemov* (Professor, Washington University in St.
Louis, USA) with “Metabolism — from Hans Krebs to Edvard Munch” and *Oron
Catts* (Artist, SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia) with
“Growing the Made, Contesting Engineering Approaches to Life”.
All events take place in the General Staff Building of State Hermitage
Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Among project’s future speakers there are *Olga Kisseleva* (Artist,
Professor of University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne), *Zo**ï **Kapoula*
in Neurophysiology, National Centre for Research, France) and *Charles
Falco* (Physicist, The University of Arizona, USA).
Program coordinators: Nadezhda Sinyutina, Natela Tetruashvili, Sergey
Stafeev, Olga Buzina, Nadezhda Markova, Darya Boldyreva, Alexander Kiryutin