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Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts
1515 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec
Convergence Art-Sci Sci-Art Conferences Series has the pleasure to introduce Bettina Forget, a visual artist, gallery owner, and art educator whose research explores the intersection of art and science. Forget owns and runs Visual Voice Gallery, which presents contemporary art exhibitions which create a dialogue between art and science. She is also the Art-Science Researcher for the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program in California, and artist-in-residence at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory in Quebec. Bettina Forget’s creative work focuses on space sciences, inspired by her avid engagement with amateur astronomy. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua.
In her lecture Forget will present examples of her own astronomy-informed art projects, as well as art-science projects from the SETI A.I.R. program and artists who have exhibited at Visual Voice Gallery. Of particular interest is the process of idea translation between collaborating artists and scientists, and the exploration of different modes of knowledge production. Art-science disrupts the artificial separation between art and science, and in so doing stimulates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder. Forget examines how art can contextualize science and foster a deeper understanding of the natural world, and our place in it.
The Convergence Sci-Art/Art-Sci Conferences series focus on the crossover of disciplines with science, especially arts and communication.
They cover subjects like the influence of media on modern science, the public perception of the scientific method, neuroscience popular misconceptions, architecture and biology in the medical practice, or science immersed artistic practice. Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, McGill University, and the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.