the British Science Festival at University of Surrey/Farnham College of Art
which may appeal. Would be great to see you! Details below:
*Jam! – Art, science and beyond*
*One hundred scientists, artists, and students to participate in an
innovative multimedia British Science Festival event at UCA Farnham*
An unusual public event will take place at the University for the Creative
Arts (UCA) at Farnham on Wednesday September 9, 2009. Around 100 scientists,
science students, artists and interested members of the public will attend *
Jam!* This will be a free evening event, with invited speakers, VJs, and
opportunities to encounter artists and to socialise in a friendly informal
Supported by the University for the Creative Arts, the UCA Art Science &
Culture Research Cluster and GaiaNova Productions, *Jam!* is part of this
year's British Science Festival, hosted by the University of Surrey.
In a novel multimedia format, *Jam!* will present a dialogue between guest
speakers Bronac Ferran and Tina Gonsalves. The evening will be punctuated by
'sandpit' style roundtable discussions amongst the audience-participants,
'in conversation' events with interdisciplinary artists, ambient visuals and
sound from guest VJs Philip Mayer and Pedro Zaz of GaiaNova Productions, and
Subtitled 'Art and science and beyond' * Jam!* will explore issues raised by
cutting edge interdisciplinary work. Guest speaker, Bronac Ferran, is a
former Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Arts Council
England where she set up numerous initiatives including the ACE/AHRC Art and
Science Research Fellowships programme and the Interact series of Artists
Placements within research and industry contexts. She has a part-time role
as Senior Tutor, Research for the Innovation Design Engineering department
at the Royal College of Art and works nationally and internationally as a
media arts and interdisciplinary researcher, writer and event producer.
Artist Tina Gonsalves' creative investigations integrate art, science and
technology to produce embodied, interactive, audiovisual works that offer
new ways of experiencing the connection between our 'internal' body and its
external environment. She is currently honorary artist in residence at the
Institute of Neurology, UK, visiting artist at the MIT Media Lab, USA and
artist in residence at the Nokia Research Labs, Finland.
*Jam! * has been organised by the UCA Art Science & Culture Research
Cluster. Kathleen Rogers, Professor of Media Art and Science, and a leading
UCA cluster member, explained some of the thinking behind the event.
'Artists making hybrid art projects have been combining bio- or other
technologies and art for some decades with differing intellectual and
aesthetic intent. Artists are positioned to understand the conceptual unity
between different disciplines. Working outside of categories into shifting
hybrid domains they can reach across and build bridges between many levels
of complexity, from molecular genetics, for example, to the production of
art. It is not longer enough to look at things as art or science – we need
to go beyond these divisions.'
Fellow cluster member, Adrian Holme, added: 'we have produced an event that
will enable people from different disciplines, along with interested members
of the general public, to come together and exchange in an informal
atmosphere, and to engage with cutting edge ideas on art, science and
beyond. It will be a thought-provoking and stimulating experience, and it
will also be fun.'
The *Jam*! event runs from 19.00 to 22.00 on Wednesday September 9th 2009 at
UCA Farnham. Free tickets can be booked by visiting the *
www.britishsciencefestival.org* <http://www.britishsciencefestival.org/> or
by phoning 0207 019 4947. Early booking is advised.
Wednesday September 9, 2009, at 19.00 to 22.00
The John Luard Building
University for the Creative Arts
Tine Bech, Adam Brown, Adrian Holme, Gareth Polmeer, Kathleen Rogers, Robin
Sewell (and others)
*www.ucreative.ac.uk* <http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/> University for the
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