‘Colliding Epistemes’

6 May →
19 June'22

Science for Art's sake?

The boundaries between science and art have been completely destabilized by the Anthropocene. Can art practices reshape the standard of today’s scientific understanding? We’re bringing together artworks that emerged from a collaborative process in which laboratories and technologies have opened up to artistic invention. The impulse for such collaborations resides in the here and now of climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse, a planetary crisis.

Colliding Epistemes investigates the consequences of bringing artistic positions and scientific expertise into close proximity, exploring the friction that arises from the collision of disciplines, methodologies and mindsets.

The exhibition is the result of the Studiotopia programme, 13 residencies bringing together artists and scientists. The diversity of approaches in this exhibition reflects the eclectic palette of scientific expertise in the Studiotopia project, from oncology and psychology to chemistry and biology. The results? They are equally wide- ranging: from drawings and paintings, to video artworks and experimental ceramics, providing unconventional responses to planetary challenges.

Maja & Reuben Fowkes

Artists & Scientists in Residency
Sandra Lorenzi (ART) & Jean-Christophe Marine (SCI)
Kuang-Yi Ku (ART) & Jean-Christophe Marine – Sofie Goormachtig (SCI)
Hypercomf (ART) & Markos K. Digenis (SCI)
3137 (ART) & Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik (SCI)
Alexandra Pirici (ART) & Paco Calvo (SCI)
Ciprian Mureşan (ART) & Sanneke Stigter – Sven Dupré (SCI)
Christiaan Zwanikken (ART) & Emmanuel Grimaud – DM Hoyt (SCI)
Dmitry Gelfand – Eveline Domnitch (ART) & Florian Schreck - Guillaume Schweicher (SCI)
Oswaldo Maciá (ART) & Chris Bean – Emilia Leszkowicz (SCI)
​​​​​​​Maja Smrekar (ART) & Jonas Jørgensen (SCI)
Kat Austen (ART) & Indre Žliobaitė – Laurence Gill (SCI) Voldemars Johansons (ART) & Hugo Thienpont – Alexander Kish – Antoine Reserbat-Plantey (SCI)
Siobhán McDonald (ART) & Chris Bean – Arwyn Jones – Emily Shuckburgh (SCI)

Discover the projects on the Studiotopia Residencies Blog.

Find out more about STUDIOTOPIA

Find out more about the VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) which is Bozar’s scientific partner for the STUDIOTOPIA Art&Science residency programme. This residency is part of the VIB Grand Challenges Program.

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Rue Ravensteinstraat, 23 1000 Brussels

Do you want to make the most of your visit? Every Saturday from 14.00 and 17.00, our mediators are there to answer all your questions in the exhibition.

Do you wish to visit the exhibition with your students? Interactive guided visits for school classes can be booked through https://bit.ly/StudiotopiaSchools.

STUDIOTOPIA is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.



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  • co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

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  • Studiotopia