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Contemporary Connections: Exhibition Launch
Fri 31 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Please join us for a special preview of Contemporary Connections – a brand new exhibition co-curated by Edinburgh International Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science.
Contemporary Connections celebrates some of the very special works created when artists and scientists get together, showcasing collaborations and interpretations of real data that provide new windows onto some fascinating and intriguing areas of science.
Supported by Heriot-Watt. In association with Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science.
Exhibition launch: Friday 31 March, 7pm-9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 1 April-Sunday 12 May, 11am-6pm
Don't miss: the exhibiting artists from Contemporary Connections in conversation on Saturday 1 April.
Dialogues: When Art Meets Science, Summerhall
Free (ticket required) sciencefestival.co.uk/dialogues-when-art-meets-science
What happens when art and science connect, when artists and scientists meet and collaborate?
The arts and sciences have long been regarded as separated disciplines, but they share a fascination with making sense of the world around us and our place in it. Both, albeit in their own ways, seek answers to the same fundamental questions: who are we, why are we here, and where are we going?
On its own, science can have limited scope to tackle societal change, but in an increasingly connected world there is growing recognition of the complementarity between the sciences and the arts and humanities and the potential for creativity and innovation that these connections can generate.
More and more artists are inspired by scientific ideas and concepts, and many scientists are using art to depict and explain the (often obscure) ideas that they grapple with every day, with artistic thinking influencing science and scientific methodology reaching into the arts.
Through residencies, ongoing collaborations and the sharing of ideas, artists take inspiration from real-world research and transform it into experiences that engage, enthrall and raise some profound questions about our relationship with our world and with each other.
For full information about the featured artists please visit:
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