Colliding Ideas: art, society and physics is a free public symposium taking place at RMIT University Storey Hall, 12pm to 5pm this Sunday 8 July.
“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology” – Carl Sagan.
Recent discoveries in physics have changed our lives forever. From iPhones and the internet to medical imaging and genetic engineering, modern technology has largely been developed through advances in physics, yet few people understand it.
This week’s announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson, or ‘God Particle’ at the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP2012) – also hosted in Melbourne, will inspire the Colliding Ideas symposium, addressing the social and creative parameters of such events.
Colliding Ideas will explore the worlds within the physical sciences and ask what it is like in that world, how it relates to our social world, and how it affects us culturally and physically. For artists working with physics-based technologies, how do their perspectives of physics relate to and differ from that of the scientists, and what happens when cross-disciplinary collaborations are undertaken?
The symposium will feature key speakers from CERN, the Australian Network for Art & Technology, alongside contemporary media and fine arts practitioners and theorists. A series of twenty minute talks will be followed by a panel discussion and live experiments.
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Ralph J. Steinhagen
CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Associate Professor and Head of Painting
College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales
Dr Mary Rosengren
Lecturer Visual Arts & Design ,
LaTrobe University Bendigo Campus
ARC Australian Research Fellow & Associate Professor
RMIT PHD candidate,
2010 Archibald and Wynn Art Prize winner
Associate Senior Curator,
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design Program,
School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University
Director of Synapse residency program
Australian Network for Art & Technology
Artist in Residence, Australian Synchrotron
Lecturer, Media & Communication, RMIT University
President, Australian Science Communicators