IMBA and viennacontemporary kindly invite you two outstanding events.

Discussion by Sir Konstantin Novoselov and Herwig Kempinger
as part of the series "Art and Science: Bridging Two Cultures"

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 2:00 pm

Peter Zinovieff
Friday, 22 September 2017, 2:00 pm

IMP Lecture Hall
Vienna Biocenter 1, 1030 Vienna

both lectures will be held in english


These talks and discussions are the second part of the series “Art and Science: Bridging two Cultures” a joint initiative of IMBA and vc Artevents. Josef Penninger, former Scientific Director of IMBA and Dmitry Aksenov, Chairman of the Board of viennacontemporary, have created this series of lectures with the goal to highlight the interdisciplinary connections between art and science. For the kick-off event, Nobel laureate Eric Kandel explained how science can explain how we perceive works of art, what processes are triggered in our brains, and how we attach importance to them.


Sir Konstantin Novoselov, is a Russian-British physicist, and Langworthy Professor in the School of Physisc and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. His work on graphene with Andre Geim earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Novoselov is known for his interest in art. He practices in Chinese traditional drawing and has been involved in several projects on modern art. 

Herwig Kempinger, President of The Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession, the oldest independent institution worldwide explicitly dedicated to contemporary art. Artist himself, Kempinger studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was a lecturer for media art from 1984 to 1994, is mainly known for his photographic abstractions and photorealistic paintings. He has won numerous awards in photography in Austria and the City of Vienna.

In their work both artists and scientists rely on curiosity, willingness to learn and imagination.  They’ve got to come with genius experiments or ideas to expose the most interesting phenomena. In the talk Novoselov and Kempinger will address the relation between art and science.


Peter Zinovieff will present ideas, experiments and performances that can bridge bridges between artistic expression, science and technology, under the title "Please Make Me a Beautiful Composition". In 1971, the Briton developed a portable synthesizer with his company EMS and claimed to own the first private computer.

Join us after the lecture at viennacontemporary — biggest international contemporary art fair in Austria, which takes place just around the corner, at the Marx Halle, from 21-24 September.
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