ART SCIENCE dialogues: Natural Technologies

14 June 2022, 3 - 5 PM

VU ART SCIENCE gallery and the Environmental Humanities Center present:

ART SCIENCE dialogues about Natural Technologies


The current exhibition features artworks that explore how technology mimics or interacts with biological, psychological, or physical processes. In a series of podcasts accompanying the exhibition, VU researchers from astrophysics, literature studies, law, and anthropology engage with the works from their scientific perspective. Today, the artists and researchers come together to discuss the potentials and insights to gain from ‘natural technologies’ and ‘multispecies cooperation’.

15:00-15:15   VU ARTSCIENCE gallery*: welcome

welcome and visit of the exhibition

15:15-15:30   NU Theatre 3*: introductions        

Wende Wallert: ARTSCIENCE dialogues at the VU gallery

Sem Bannenberg: Welcome to the Symbiocene

15:30-16:15 NU Theatre 3: natural technologies / technological natures

Conversations with VU scholars and exhibiting artists, moderated by Katja Kwastek

Kristine Steenbergh & Vasilis Kokkoris: emotions & communication of non-human animals

Wanda Tuerlinckx & Rob van den Hoven van Genderen: identity and intelligence of robots

Raoul Frese & Christian Zwanikken: evolution and adaptation of plants

16:30-17:30   VU ARTSCIENCE gallery: reception

Reception with fresh spring rolls and cold drinks

*Both locations are in the NU building of VU Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1111

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