The Hellenic Physics Society in collaboration with the Eugenides Foundation are pleased to announce the International Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Science and Art’ to be held in Athens, Greece on June 16-19, 2005.

The aim of the Conference is to indicate the common nature of scientific methodology and artistic creation and to stimulate an open discussion on the potential and perspectives that will be opened by the systematic collaboration of artists and scientists, for the formation of a new social and cultural identity.

The Conference includes invited and contributed talks, on the historical and philosophical approaches to Science and Art and on their interconnections. The influence of Science in Architecture, Sculpture, Graphical Arts, Literature, Dancing, Music, etc. will be discussed. In addition, invited talks and workshops will be devoted on the role of Science and Art in Education. Several cultural activities and art exhibitions are planned throughout the duration of the Conference.

We expect that the meticulous organization of the Conference and of the accompanying cultural activities, the participation of some of the best-known personalities in arts and sciences and the innovative subject of the Conference (first of its kind in Greece) will culminate in an important event that will receive a lot of publicity.

The Philosophy

Science and Art have many things in common; in fact they overlap. They are both means of investigation and, as such, both involve ideas, formulate theories, test hypotheses through experimentation and put forward interpretations. In this sense, a physicist’s lab and an artist’s studio are very much alike. The words Art and Technology have the same root in Greek: TEXNH, the practice, scientific or artistic. Science and Art are both based on perceptions of reality, which is expanded by the imagination and logic in order to penetrate the unseen. Science and Art are both expressions of the subjectivity of the ‘real’ world: In order for something to be seen, there must be an observer.

Historically, Science and Art have both been affected (inhibited or boosted) by the cultures they lived in, by religious beliefs and by radical social movements. And inversely, Science and Art have both had societal and moral implications for the societies they have originated from. Before the Newton era the two were inseparable. The separation in scientific and artistic cultures started right then. One culture was postulating logic, simplification, objectivity, logical deduction, exactitude. The other was worshiping imagination, feelings, subjectivity. This gap has been ever increasing throughout the romantic era, until the 20th century.

During the 20th century, the technological boom, the discovery of computers and the ‘spiritual’ pursuits of pure science (general relativity, quantum physics) started bridging the gap. Inversely, the advances in science and technology have induced new ethic and philosophical questions. Thus, today, the boundaries between the two cultures have become ever so evasive. Visual arts, architecture, music, photography, cinema are all invariably involving the inseparable nature of scientific knowledge and artistic expression. Electronic and kinetic art, digital imaging, multimedia and audio-visual expression, transgenic art are both technological and artistic wonders. Today, technological creations are seen as art objects and inversely art works are becoming consumption means.

Our symposium aims to indicate that Science and Art cannot exist without each other, but are only forming ever changing relationships, and it seeks to document work at the intersection of Science and Art. We hope that by encouraging the mutual understanding and diffusion of knowledge between the two disciplines, it will help to further stimulate the collaboration between artists and scientists.

The Agenda

The first two days of the Conference are going to involve talks by distinguished invited Science and Art speakers from Greece and abroad. Topics include historical overviews and discussions on the philosophical dimensions of the inter-relations between Science and Art. Several talks are planned on the interconnections between Physics, Mathematics and disciplines such as Architecture, Sculpture, Graphical Arts, Literature, Dance, Music etc. Besides the technical aspects, the social and cultural consequences of the convergence between Science and Arts will be discussed.

The third day of the Conference will be devoted to contributed talks on related topics.

The fourth day will be devoted to ‘Science and Art in Education’. There will be several invited talks and workshops illustrating the implications of the convergence between Science and Arts in Education.

Cultural Events

Throughout the four-day duration of the Conference several cultural activities and artistic exhibits will take place at the Conference venue, as well as, in other locations in Athens.

Conference Venue

The Conference talks, workshops and cultural activities will take place at the Athens Planetarium, considered by many as one of the best in Europe.

Address

Athens Planetarium,
387 Sygrou Ave
Tel: +30-210-9569600, +30-210-9469642
Fax: +30-210-9417372