Barcelona BioMed Forum

Creativity, Science and Art

11 Nov 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, IRB Barcelona

The Barcelona BioMed Forum on "Creativity, Science and Art" aims to explore themes of nature and creativity within a scientific and artistic framework. A distinguished international panel of scientists and artists will gather to discuss questions ranging from such as what is science? What is nature? What is art? What do science and art have in common and how do they differ? What role does creativity play in both areas? Designed to be informative, entertaining and highly interactive, this Forum will involve sessions that range from lectures and debates to exhibitions and creative sessions. The event is open to the general public, including the local scientific and art communities.

During the Forum, there will be an exhibition of a collection of works entitled "Paisajes Neuronales" (Neuronal Landscapes), on loan from Barcelona’s CosmoCaixa museum. The formal exhibition will be complemented by contributions from members the IRB Barcelona community who are invited to prepare and submit their own works of art.

The Forum will be preceded by a one-day artist-in-residence programme where local artists will be selected to join an IRB Barcelona laboratory and work with our scientists and get a first-hand look at some of the techniques and methodologies used in today's biomedical research. The goal is to provide the artist with insight into today's science and inspiration for future projects.

Speakers

Martin J. Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford, UK
Marta de Menezes, Artist-in-Residence at the MRC – Clinical Sciences Cetnre, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK
Marco Milan, Programme Coordinator and Group Leader, IRB Barcelona’s Cell and Developmental Biology Programme
Josep Perelló, Physicist and coordinator of the Science Area at the Arts Santa Mònica, University of Barcelona
Jorge Wagensberg, Professor of Physics, University of Barcelona
Jordi Cervelló, violinist and composer

The Barcelona BioMed Forum event will take place in English.

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.

Art exhibition: If you would like to exhibit your artwork during this event, please get in touch with the Laura Orellana by October 9, 2009 (laura.orellanaarrobairbbarcelona.org)

Artist-in-residence programme: if you are interested in participating in this activity, please contact the event organizers by October 9, 2009.

Preliminary Programme

10h Plenary lecture, Martin J. Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford

11h A conversation between Marta de Menezes, a “bio-artist” who works at the interface between art and biology and Marco Milan, Programme Coordinator of IRB Barcelona’s Cell and Developmental Biology Programme; moderated by Josep Perelló, physicist and coordinator of the Science Area at the Arts Santa Mònica from the University of Barcelona.

12h Coffee break (1 hr) and exhibition of a collection of works entitled "Paisajes Neuronales" (Neuronal Landscapes), on loan from Barcelona’s CosmoCaixa museum. The formal exhibition will be complemented by contributions from members the IRB Barcelona community who are invited to prepare and submit their own works of art. Exhibition open throughout festival day

13h Discussion between Jorge Wagensberg (Professor of Physics, University of Barcelona) and Jordi Cervelló (Catalan composer) about the creative process they encountered while composing a symphony based on principles of physics

14h End of activities

The Barcelona BioMed Forum on Creativity, Science and Art will take place in the Auditorio Antoni Caparrós of the Parc Cientific de Barcelona.

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Venue:
Auditorio Antoni Caparrós
Torre D - Parc Cientific de Barcelona
C/Baldiri Reixac, 10
08028 Barcelona
(Campus de la Diagonal, Universitat de Barcelona)

How to get there

The Artist-in-Residence Programme evening session will take place at the Arts Santa Mònica (Rambla de Santa Monica, 7, Barcelona).

The organizing committee for the Barcelona BioMed Forum on Creativity, Science and Art is:

Joan J. Guinovart, Director, IRB Barcelona
Laura Orellana, PhD student, IRB Barcelona
Josep Perelló, Physicist and coordinator of the Science Area at the Arts Santa Mònica, University of Barcelona
Xavier Pujol, science, technology and health journalist and science communication consulant
Sarah Sherwood, Head of Communications and External Relations, IRB Barcelona