WTMC Spring Workshop STS & Art, 1-3 May 2017

Date: May 1, 2017 until May 3, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Study- and Conference Centre Soeterbeeck
Elleboogstraat 2
5371 LL Ravenstein

Science and Art have long been closely intertwined in many ways, and still scientific work and production bears many traces of active and tacit artistic involvement. Of late, STS scholarship has turned to the Arts, not only as object of study but also, and more importantly perhaps, as a domain to learn from and with.

In this three-day residential workshop we ask: do artistic modes of knowledge production and construction pose specific challenges if we study them through the lenses of science and technology studies? And conversely, if we think of STS as itself a way of knowing the world, what can it learn from distinctly artistic ways of knowing and making?

Guided by various guest lecturers, we will take multiple perspectives on art, science and technology, as well as the relationships between them. How have rifts between art and science evolved, and how were and are boundaries both policed and transgressed? Do artistic ways of knowing travel across times and cultures differently than scientific ways? How can we understand past material modes of knowing and experiencing if they are only available in textual sources? How do artistic ways of knowing offer a reflection on scientific ways of knowing? And how do artistic practices and institutions, such as curation and museums, change under the influence of new art forms, the puzzles they bring and the knowledge they require?

Confirmed guest lecturers include Henk Borgdorff, Rob Zwijnenberg, Vivian van Saaze, Michael Guggenheim, Jenny Boulboullé.
The registration form for this workshop is available online. Please register by 15 March 2017!



Costs for WTMC members: meals 10 EUR /day
Costs for everyone else: 695 EUR, including fee, accommodation and meals



If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to contact Govert Valkenburg: [email protected] or Bernike Pasveer: [email protected] for content-related issues or Marjatta Kemppainen ([email protected]) for practical things.