- Cosmos in Miniature -
Art and science are inextricably linked, although they are often portrayed as two separate
spheres. The aim of the arts is to express the human condition. The purpose of
science is to pursue the truth of the universe. Both artist and scientist are motivated by
the pursuit of an idea, which, for the artist, may tackle the heart of human nature, and
for the scientist, the nature of a single human heart. In either case, the idea exists only
in the mind and represents the result of imagination and creativity. While a scientist
narrows their focus through a microscope in order to reveal the truth of human
existence, an artist may focus on a single element of human existence in order to reveal
the truths of humanity.
Scientists are often also poets (Goethe, Hoffmann), musicians (Einstein, Planck,
Heisenberg), visual artists (Ramón y Cajal, Fleming, Feynman) and writers of fiction
(Oppenheimer, Sagan). Indeed, scientific imagination and success are correlated with
creative activities outside of science with Nobel laureates almost three times more
likely to have an arts avocation than their peers. In Albert Einstein's words, “the greatest
scientists are artists as well".
The goal of an artist is to create an original work that represents a subjective truth. In
contrast, creativity in science generates novel ideas that aspire to produce a verifiable
representation of an objective truth, of which artistic works are often a byproduct. The
study of the natural world by 18th and 19th century naturalists relied on pencil, brush and
paper to draw and catalogue all forms of life visible to the human eye. These pursuits
generated exquisite works of art and ultimately led to Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Today’s biologists can use advanced imaging techniques such as confocal laser scanning and super-resolution microscopy to gaze upon and study the very molecules that make us and, in a diseased body, break us. Such technologies have contributed to countless scientific breakthroughs and, like the artist naturalists of Darwin’s era, generated extraordinary works of “sci-art”.
The biologist and author Stephen Jay Gould once wrote that “we reveal ourselves in the metaphors we choose for depicting the cosmos in miniature.”
In this exhibition, the biologist Dr. Joseph Regan exhibits images of microanatomies depicting life at a cellular level, captured during his work studying the mechanisms that drive normal human development and malignancy. These images allow us to look within ourselves and expose a surprising and often fragile beauty that reveals, just as science and art are two sides of the same coin, so too are life and its most terrible malady.
- Vernissage: Mi, 5. Juni 2019, 19 Uhr
- Finissage: Do, 27. Juni 2019, 19 Uhr
Konzert ,,Mathematics & Music''
This little concert will give an introduction to the interpedence of music and mathematics. Albrecht Guendel-vom Hofe is by profession assistant professor for mathematics at the Technical University Berlin. On the other side since childhood music is an inseparable part of his life. Longtime experience as pianist, organist and jazz musician led him to jazz music, where he met Aki Takase, who became a longtime patron and friend in particular for arranging and composing in his very personal style. By his background as a mathematician and a musician AGvH tries to bring these both sides of life together in his music and to let participate his audience in special concerts in mathematical aspects of his composition style.
Joseph Regan is an award-winning Irish scientist that has spent the past fifteen years working in cancer research. He holds an M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Technological
University Dublin (Ireland), an M.Sc. in Molecular Medical Biotechnology from Ghent University (Belgium) and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from The Institute of Cancer Research, University of London (UK). With interests at the intersection of art and science, Regan specializes in biological and digital imaging, which he uses to explore our perceptions of
life. Regan lives and works in Berlin.
Dr. Joseph Regan
5. - 27. Juni 2019
Mi, 5. 6. 2019, 19:00
Do. 27. 6. 2019, 19:00
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