Curious to see what happens if you team up scientists with artists? Check out the presentation of Art/Science ’conversation pieces’ by students of the Rietveld Academy.
In January, Wageningen PhD students were matched with students of the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Eleven PhD students, with topics such as edible insects, Antarctic pollution and climate tipping points, connected with students from two art and design specialisations: DesignLAB and Jewellery-linking-bodies.
The exact nature and intensity of the exchange of ideas, or even collaboration between the sciences and the arts, was up to the individual teams. On March 27 the art students present their work: conversation pieces reflecting on the projects of the PhD students.
As part of 100 years Wageningen University & Research celebration, the arts and sciences are coming together in creative encounters around a range of Wageningen topics. In total 20 PhD students teamed up with arts students from the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.
The goal of this “cross pollination” project is an exchange of insights between the artist and scientist and to learn from each other’s ways of working. Scientists and artists have a lot in common: we experiment, reflect, conceptualize and wonder at the world around us. What can we learn from each other?
Witness the unveiling of eleven original cross pollinations! Join the conversation!
Rietveld supervisors: Sonja Bäumel & Jeroen Kramer.
11 Inspiring research titles:
PhD: Luc Steinbuch | Soil, geography and landscape
Art: Maria Yzaga De Las Casas & Franca Ullrich
DREAM EXTRACTION LABORATORY
What if modern society is able to perceive someone’s dream through the sense of taste? The project presents a speculative scenario in which we analyse the Hypnogram of a test person (Joram d. W.) and turn variables from the collected data into edible formulas. The public is able to get an insight into the Unconscious of Joram d. W. in order to create an alternative sensitivity for it.
PhD: Annemerel Mol | Environmental Technology
Art: Tjacco Bakker & Juliette Delarue & Silvana Mcnulty
A device inserted in a cow’s rectum to extract the methane from its emitted gases.
PhD: Bregje van der Bolt | Aquatic ecology and water quality
Art: Juchen Dai & Puck Van Donselaar
DRIVE THE TIPPING POINT
The combination and distortion between Theory and Reality. And the drivers that cause the distortion.
PhD: Kelly Rijswijk | Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group
Art: Jonas Hejduk & Jet Van Der Touw
THE BURDEN OF OTHER DATA
Any apple product is showing the GB of things in their storage; and between all this data a mysterious 'other data' show up! To bring this to light and have people physically feel their 'other data' they carry around, we have translated the GB into weight with a cloak consisting of heavy binary code.
PhD: Stijn Schreven | Laboratory of Entomology
Art: Naomi Lamdin & Pauline Rip & Seonmi Shin
Our project is about the recognition of the black soldier fly larvae, for the important role they play in our food production and waste process. We wish to make a memorial on behalf of the unknown, dead, black solder fly larvae.
PhD: David Katzin | Farm Technology Group
Art: Caroline Bach & Esben Larsen
THE GREEN HOUSE HUMAN
New research shows that red, far-red and blue-light from low energy cost LED’s can make plants grow faster and taller in a shorter amount of time. What if this also works for humans? Can we grow humans like we grow plants?
PhD: Julia Krug | Laboratory of BioNanoTechnology and at the Laboratory of Biophysics
Art: Mica Pan & Nicolas Rotta & Yunting Zhang
The project is inspired by the fundamental principle of MRI, the idea is to create an interactive installation to invite people to be aware of the existence of human’s electromagnetic field by sound.
PhD: Artem Krasnobaev | Toxicology
Art: Marguerite Boneil & Marie-Louise Schmidlin
I NEED YOU FOR SO FAR AWAY
A passionate yet painful relationship between the leftovers of humanities unknowingness and the fruit of nature.
PhD: Maricke van Leeuwen | Soil Geography and Landscape
Art: Laura Schürch & Kenshiro Suzuki
Pieces of different qualities of soil, refined into a gem-like stone, repetitively stringed together, becoming one object, which one has to carry around the shoulders. It's weight refers to the importance of the responsibility we have to carry and care; either as a burden (dead, destroyed soil through mankind: burnt, dried-out) or a delight (fertile, healthy: blooming).
PhD: Hugo de Vries | Microbiology
Art: Eloïse Dieutegard & Sien Van Look
This work is an experimental research about the sensory experience of bacteria, which can seem unreachable on a microscopic scale. The 'Sound Laboratorium’ translates the data of bacterial growth, into a sound experience.
PhD: Qijun Jiang | Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Art: Margherita Chinchio
The air pollution is an important issue which is getting more and more crucial to face. Increasing citizen awareness about more sustainable behaviours and habits to improve air quality on a daily basis both indoor and outdoor is fundamental. But how can we recognize the air pollution and contribute to the change if most of the times we hardly sense it? An imaginary tool helps us visualizing the quality of the air thanks to a special lens that change colour according to the level of pollution around us.
Art: Patrycja Beliniak
SENSITIVE SENSOR TALK
A non-verbal communication tool allows us to get to know each other beyond words through information indicated by human body.