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.

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Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers a rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 29 June & 2, 6, 9, 13, and 16 July 2020.
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13 March, 19.30–14 March, 22.00 2020

European Forum for Advanced Practices (EFAP) at BAK [NOT TAKING PLACE]

Including two public programs with Paul Goodwin, Ima-Abasi Okon, Abbas Zahedi, Jihan El-Tahri, Irit Rogoff, Florian Schneider, and Maria Hlavajova

[WILL NOT TAKE PLACE | Update 12/3: unfortunately these EFAP presentations will not take place.]

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On Saturday 7 March 2020 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht hosts a special International Women’s Day edition of Yallah Sabaya! Yallah Sabaya (“Come ladies! Enjoy yourselves!” in Arabic) is a special evening where dance and music connect women from all over the world. All women, no matter where they are from, are welcome on […]