null “Exploring wonder: art, science and creative inquiry” A public lecture by the Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience initiative (April 13, 2018)

The Convergence Art-Sci Sci-Art Conferences Series is delighted to host Bettina Forget, a visual artist, gallery owner and art educator whose research explores the intersection between art and science. Ms. Forget owns and runs the Visual Voice Gallery, which features contemporary art exhibitions that create a dialogue between art and science. She is also the Art-Science Researcher for the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program in California, and an artist-in-residence at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory in Québec. Bettina Forget’s creative work focuses on space sciences and is inspired by her avid engagement with amateur astronomy. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua.

In her lecture, Ms. Forget will present examples of her own astronomy-informed art projects, as well as art-science projects from the SETI A.I.R. program and from artists who have exhibited at Visual Voice Gallery. Of particular interest is the process of idea translation between collaborating artists and scientists, and the exploration of different modes of knowledge production. Art-science disrupts the artificial separation between art and science, and in doing so it stimulates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder. Forget examines how art can contextualize science and foster a deeper understanding of the natural world, and our place in it.

Admission is FREE and open to all.

Where: Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, EV Building, 1515 Ste-Catherine street West, EV1.605.

When: Friday April 13, 5:45 p.m.

Presenter: Bettina Forget, Visual Voice Gallery

The Convergence Sci-Art/Art-Sci Conferences series focuses on the crossover between science, arts and communication. The talks cover such subjects as the influence of media on modern science, the public perception of the scientific method, popular neuroscience misconceptions, the influence of architecture and biology on the medical practice, and science-immersed artistic practice.

Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), and Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Convergence is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, McGill University, and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

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