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This is why we share the campus with artists

Published on
September 2, 2021

Did you know that not only scientists and students walk around on the Wageningen University & Research campus, but also artists? These 'Artist in residence' help scientists look at their research in a different way, which leads to new ideas and insights.

For a couple of years now, there have been several artists working temporarily from the campus. The purpose: inspiration!

Science inspires artists

Curious about what science inspires artists to make? Take a look at these three videos:

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And vice versa, art inspires science

Both artists and scientists are curious and fascinated by the things around us. But whereas art works more on the basis of feeling, scientists often follow a more structured research method.

That is why we ask artists to think and to broaden our view. It is precisely this different perspective that can lead to insights or solutions that we had not even considered before.

An example: Inspiration for the protein transition

Arne Hendriks (artist) is involved in research into the protein transition: finding alternatives to meat.

He saw what many others tend to forget: "that eating less meat sometimes just starts with a good recipe". So he created a recipe for miso soup and organised an online lunch for scientists involved in research on the protein transition.

> Curious about the recipe? (page in Dutch, but recipe in English)

It’s about seeing things that are not immediately obvious and that you are not actually looking for. A discovery you make by chance, in other words.
Louise Fresco on serendipity and failure

Art & science: theme of the opening of the academic year

This mutual inspiration is the reason for sharing the campus with all kinds of different people and organisations. Be it artists, start-ups or you as a future scientist.

During the opening of the academic year, we also talked about how science and art can inspire and strengthen each other. Curious about the Opening Academic Year? You can watch the recording here:

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