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The Roots of Curiosity: symbiosis of art and science

  1. Date: January 30 - 31, 2015
    Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown Auditorium

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    Entrance is free and subject to availability. Please note that around the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown there are no alternatives for a quick lunch. If you would like us to provide lunch during the conference, please donate 7.5€ at the ticket reservation.

    The conference will also premiere a documentary by Cláudia Varejão that captures some of the processes and experiences of the artists and scientists throughout the project.

    Action. Thought. Understanding. Feeling. Exploration. Repetition.

    Neuroscientists represent the world using cause-effect relationships, principles, mechanisms. Artists create representations of the world using colors, sounds, movements. Can these representations mutually challenge, feed and complete themselves in a single humanistic experience?

    What is this drive for recreating, representing and manipulating reality? Could it be that both artists and scientists are driven by a shared “root” of curiosity?

    The art-science project Raízes da Curiosidade – Tempo de Ciência e Arte – (a partnership between Centro Cultural de Belém and Fundação Champalimaud) challenged 5 pairs of artists and scientists to create an object that was simultaneously artistic and scientific. To explore this, a space and a time was created for the pairs to discover convergences and divergences in their motivations and methodologies, allowing them to be immersed in the creative world of the other in as symbiotic a manner as possible. Would it be possible to create a third space between art and science?

    The outputs of this project have included (thus far) performances by the artist-scientist pairs as well as workshops for both adults and children. Join us in January 2015, when the cycle Raízes da Curiosidade will culminate at the auditorium of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown with a two day conference. It’s main focus will be to discuss transversality between Science and Art, and it will include the creators and participants involved in this project as well as a panel of invited national and international guests with experience intertwining art and science within a range of contexts and roles (mediators, artists, scientists, curators etc). The conference will also premiere a documentary by Cláudia Varejão that captures some of the processes and experiences of the artists and scientists throughout the project.

    The Roots of Curiosity: symbiosis of art and science

  2. Hosts:


    Ana Fonseca

    Patrícia Correia

    Samuel Viana