Above, Left: Reva Stone, Radiopticon, 2017
Right: Rebecca Kamen, Neuro Cantos, 2015
Science as artist’s material? Hell yeah! Come on out to hear Rebecca and Reva talk about how they mine the content of science to produce evocative, challenging, and inspiring works that connect, communicate, and consider the relationships between Art and Science.
This event is free and wheelchair accessible.
About the presenters:
Reva Stone’s work is concerned with the mediation between our bodies and the technologies that are altering how we interact with the world. Her work has include pieces such as Imaginal Expression, an endlessly mutating responsive 3D environment and portal, a work that combines custom software, media, robotics and mobile phone technology to create a piece that appears to be sentient. More recently, Stone is investigating the ideologies driving the development of unmanned aerial vehicles. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the University of Manitoba and the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She has exhibited widely in Canada, the US and Europe.
Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what scientists see. She has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Science History Institute, and the Cajal Institute of Madrid, utilizing these significant scientific collections as a catalyst in the creation of her work.
Kamen has researched on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and at the National Institutes of Health. Selected as a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow in 2015, she was invited to Austria to participate and present her work as part of a seminar titled: The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation.
Ms. Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally including China, Hong Kong, Korea, Austria, Chile, Egypt, Spain, and Australia. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As artist in residence in the neuroscience program at the National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Currently, she is serving as Artist in Residence in the Neuroscience Initiative and Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections.
Seema Goel is an artist, writer, and curator with a background in both the visual arts and biological sciences. Her current practice explores manipulations and representations of the natural world resulting from human intervention. Using a wide range of media including taxidermy, projection, natural materials, and responsive technologies, she invites the viewer to engage these subjects through humour, touch, and participation. She has exhibited in North America and Europe and her writing has appeared in numerous literary publications, newspaper journals, and on radio and stage.
Goel holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, an Associated Arts Diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and a BSc. from McGill. She is currently the STEAM Programmer and Outreach Coordinator for the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba, a program which strives to integrate art into the sciences through creative exploration of the various disciplines. She is the U of M lead for Science Rendezvous, an Art, Science, and Engineering carnival which takes place each May and draws the multitudes to experience science through theatre, craft, art, food, spectacle, and whacky demonstrations.