Where Science Meets Art

Meetings between science and art, an exchange of ideas between scientists and artists

 

 

Contemporary conceptual art, much like the art of science, sprouts from an inner seed, within the awareness of the artist or scientist. Each must then undergo a rigorous process of refinement, isolation and experimentation. Each of these worlds is based on a central tenet of precision and consistency. In this, the ideologies and roots of the two appear not only to approach each other, but to abut in many places.

At the Weizmann Institute of Science, art is seen to be a complementary activity, so that scientists and artists can, together, observe the world from a higher vantage point in a more critical and precise way. In other words, the synergy that occurs when science and art are brought together – when the two world views meet – can lead to more significant achievements in the enduring quest to understand the world and our place in it.

Based on this concept, art exhibits have been displayed in various work spaces in the Weizmann Institute of Science in recent years – primarily showings of contemporary Israeli art.

Shay Zilberman

Shay Zilberman / “Elul Moon, after Lilien”, 2018

This self-portrait was first shown in an exhibit entitled “Men Gazing at Water,” in the Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios. Based on various earlier sources, the image presented here testifies to a material world that is...

Aviva Shemer (born 1942, Israel), attempted to create her artwork from the perspective of a tormented artist, expressing pain, criticism, and despair. She managed to bring upon herself quite a bit of suffering but was not satisfied with the results. Then, after much contemplation and deepening...

In the world of journalism, “yesterday’s news” is often regarded as worthless and unimportant. That is, if the story is not reported immediately, the opportunity is missed and the “story” will be casually tossed, forgotten, and will not see the light of day. In the world of art, on the other...

Joshua Griffit is on the move. So claimed Gideon Ofrat in the 1990s. According to Ofrat, in those years Griffit – through his paintings – traveled in cars, trams, ships, carriages, motorcycles, airplanes, horses, sail and motor boats, gondolas, and anything that could take him away...

Gadi Dagon dances. For those who know him, this may seem a bit strange. But on second thought, it's not surprising in the least. When he was immersed in sports photography, he showed up one day with a portrait of himself in boxing gloves, with a crushed nose and blood trickling down his cheeks...

In our need for order and stability, we are accustomed to see the straight lines in the buildings of cities like New York as a sort of validation of a “good” world order. The photographs of Eitan Vitkon infringe on this sense of security. The sight of buildings that are blowing in the wind or...

Lia Addadi, Alon Olearchik, Dan Oron, Valeriy Ayzenberg, Eliahu Eric Bucobza, Hadar Burstein, Erez Biton, Ronen Basri, Gidi Gov, Yehonatan Geffen, Steve Weiner, Eduardo Zatara, Shai Zilberman, Shlomi Hatuka, Orit Ishay, Idit Levavi Gabai, Suren Manvelyan, Etty Spindel,...

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In one of the more memorable scenes in The King and I, Anna (played by Deborah Kerr in the movie), points to Siam on a map of the world. The king’s many children raise a hue and cry: The Siam they know is a large, glorious and populous country. It is not, as the...

In 1801, William Turner (1775-1851) was stopped by guards at the entrance to the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The guards had instructions to check the pockets of the young artist, who was already an Academy member and whose paintings were hung in the exhibit inside. It seems that during the...