Symposium

2 February 2015

Lines of Thought

Francis Crick, DNA double helix diagram, 1953

In the summer of 2015, BAK, together with artist, researcher, and lecturer Klaas Hoek, hosts a presentation of some of the results from the interdisciplinary research project Lines of Thought on the role of the act of drawing in the (scientific) creative process.

On 2 February, Hoek already introduces the eponymous symposium Lines of Thought,

“This symposium is part of an interdisciplinary research project that explores and discusses the key role of drawing in the creative process. Aristotle considered thought to be impossible without an image. Drawing is a mode and a manifestation of thinking. Visual imagery plays and has played a defining role in scientific creativity.

A fine example of a visualization that aided understanding is Watson and Crick’s use of media usually associated with artistic practices in their quest to reveal the structure of DNA. If artists and scientists were to share methodologies, they might be able to establish a common ground in the creative process: they could share knowledge at fundamental levels to generate new knowledge. Does this imply the possiblity of a ‘Call for drawings’?”

Participants:

Klaas Hoek (MaHKU, Utrecht and Slade School of Fine Art at UCL) – Introduction
Arthur Miller (Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at UCL) – Art, science and the creative imagination
Mel Gooding (writer and art critic) – Drawing is human

This symposium is being organised by the Society of Arts (Akademie van Kunsten) in cooperation with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, and the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

In collaboration with

Suggestions from the archive

Exhibitionary

Screening

15 July 2021, 18.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering VI: Invisible Bridges

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 15 July 2021, the sixth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s Reason’s Oxymorons (2015) and a conversation between Kader Attia (Berlin) and Stefania Pandolfo (medical anthropologist, Berkeley, CA).

Screening

24 June 2021, 17.30-20.00

Fragments of Repair/Gathering V: The Object’s Interlacing

A public program realized in the framework of the multi-part project Fragments of Repair

Taking place on Thursday 24 June 2021, the fifth gathering of Fragments of Repair/Gatherings, consists of a screening of artist Kader Attia’s The Object’s Interlacing (2020), followed by a conversation between Souleymane Bachir Diagne (philosopher New York/Dakar) and Wayne Modest (material culture curator and researcher, Amsterdam/Rotterdam).

Education Program

21 June, 19.00–7 July, 21.00 2021

Course: Art as Politics

An Online Extension of BAK Public Studies

A new edition of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 21, 23, 28 and 30 June & 5 and 7 July 2021. The course, taught by BAK’s Maria Hlavajova, brings those involved and/or interested in art, theory, and social action into collective conversation.