Think Art – Act Science

The Leonardo Museum presents works from Swiss artists-in-labs.

Event Details


The Leonardo
Salt Lake City, Utah United States


May 04, 2012 - May 06, 2012

Could it be that artists and scientists aren’t that different after all? Are they not both driven by curiosity and the motivation to explore, to experiment, to understand, to translate, and to demonstrate?

A sculptor at CERN, a sound artist in a neuroscience lab, a painter in an artificial intelligence lab. The results of these unlikely pairings make up Think Art – Act Science, an exhibition showcasing the surprising connection between science, technology, and creativity, and featuring eight works developed by artists during a nine-month residency in a scientific institute or lab.

After a successful run at the San Francisco Art Institute in fall 2011, swissnex San Francisco brings Think Art – Act Science to The Leonardo, the art, science and technology museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, from May 4 through August 5, 2012.

Workshops, presentations, performances, and a panel discussion will take place during the opening weekend to broaden understanding of the connections between art and science, and to encourage a new level of creativity, communication, and innovation.

Opening Weekend Program

Friday May 4, 2012
8:00 pm: Exhibition Opening
8:30 pm: Sound Performance by Alexandre Joly

Saturday May 5, 2012
12:00 pm: Landscape of Identities Workshop with Alina Mnatskanian
2:00 pm: Sound Landscape Workshop with Alexandre Joly
5:30 pm: When Art Meets Science Panel Discussion

Speakers: Irene Hediger, Curator, Think Art – Act Science
Alina Mnatskanian, Participating Artist, Swiss artists-in-labs
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, American Ecologist and Rainforest Expert
Ellen Bromberg, Founding Director, Modern Dance Department, University of Utah

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The intention of the Swiss artists-in-labs program is to create dialogue, generate ideas, and raise awareness about the contributions both artists and scientists can make to the larger challenges of our time. The program begain in 2003 and since then has placed 28 selected artist in scientific labs including CERN, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), the Swiss Center for Electronic and Micromechanics (CSEM), and others.

Think Art – Act Science is generously supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia and is a project of the US-wide program, ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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