Where Science Meets Art

Past exhibitions

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.

The Looming Flood Cry as hard as you can. That’s the angry message that Benni Efrat sent us “from the future.” Efrat, one of the pioneers of conceptual art in Israel, learned about climate warning in the 1970s when he exhibited at MIT and met scientists there who exposed him to the phenomenon. He...
Dafna Moriya explores reality through depth, with each layer revealing yet another unknown aspect of the environment we inhabit. The hierarchy of depths, or heights, is reminiscent of our model of reality: The world of living organisms, including human beings, is unlike that of dust particles and...
As the act of documenting and sharing personal experiences on social networks with anyone who may be interested becomes ever more prevalent, it might be difficult to recall how, in the not too distant past, we used to send our loved ones colorful postcards from the places we visited. And going back...
Michael Druks
There is nothing that we want to know more than what the future holds. What will tomorrow be like. What the next step of the “system” enveloping us, which we inhabit, will be. We – scientists, artists, humans, no matter who we are – strive to figure out the rules of the world’s game. Such...
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 disappearing, taking with it...
Noise is generally unwelcome, especially when it competes with a desired signal. There is an ongoing struggle between noise and signal in our natural environment as well as in our various technological systems. Sometimes the wanted information comes out on top, sometimes the noise drowns it out....
אי דוד דיוקן עצמי
Brush strokes in the Digital Age - Liat Grayver and e-David present a new exhibit at the Weizmann Institute of Science, an exploration of the borders of creativity, between human and machine A painting robot is at the core of a collaboration between the artist Liat Grayver and the research team...
Elements
In 1996, the physicist Alan Sokal of New York University submitted a paper to Social Text, an academic journal of “postmodern cultural studies” published by Duke University. The title was: Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity. The paper passed the...
Joshua Griffit paints beautifully. Too beautiful to be real. Too good to be true. The sarcastic exaggeration is so elusive that we are unable to understand what he is actually telling us. To some extent, we can say that Griffit commits an unpardonable sin of modern art and media: He overestimates...
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 her...
אור רביב מציג: אמנות דיגיטלית 2013
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...
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 hand,...
Tomer Sapir, Thomas Struth, Martin Kollar, Kochav Kochavi and Wikimedia photographers Four artists toured the Weizmann Institute of Science, as did a group of Wikimedia photographers. Something like scientists, each was trying to understand what is really happening here. But for scientists, the “...
Dorit Feldman and Tamar Sheaffer   What really shapes the reality around us? Does the way in which we perceive the world provide us with an accurate and reliable picture? How and why do changes occur around us? In contrast, what characterizes the virtual world, which occupies much of our time? ...
Jonathan Goldman is interested, conceptually, in the transformation from sound to image. Like a scientist researching such phenomena as metamorphosis or phase transition, Goldman begins his study with one state, allowing it to transform, slowly, until it arrives at a pure moment of transmutation....
What exactly happens in the space where humans and machines communicate? Does their shared presence in that environment, or the actions that at times directed toward the same goal, blur the boundaries between them? Liat Segal examines these questions in an unconventional system: The production...
תמונת פתיחה לדף התערוכה
Here Come the Days Benni Efrat, Time Crack, David Lopatie International Conference Centre, Weizmann Institute of Science Benni Efrat doesn’t hide from the tidings. His time cracks are ticking seconds to a dismal future. From his point of view there is no great significance to the question of...
“This will make you better.”  This promise was made by healers of the ancient world (Egypt and Assyria, for example), in which diseases and their cures were tied to the stars, spirits and witchcraft, as well as in our day, in which we are moving toward personalized medicine based on a deep...
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 swept...
The quest for knowledge is what unites humankind in a very deep way. Philosophers, theologians, artists and scientists – each wants to truly understand the rules of the game by which the “world” operates, how  it will react to this or that action. On the way to understanding “our” world,...
Augmented reality refers to computerized technology that enables the creation of a hybrid existence of sorts: a real-life framework supplemented with “external,” possibly fabricated components. The result is a super-reality that is packed, enhanced and focused – capable, among other things, of...
Is the world orderly? Most of us would hope that the answer to this apparently simple question is yes. If the world makes sense, we can look at our picture of the present and know what awaits us in the future. When we identify an order (for example, symmetry or even a fraction of a shape that...
Present Time and Millions of Years (+10100) – fifteen etchings There are few things that arouse our curiosity more than the urge to know what lies ahead. What extremes will life attain as it evolves into the distant future? Is there a finite limit to the Universe? Micha Laury, in a new series of...
The Tulip and the Thorn – a series of prints, in collaboration with Amos Oz and Dr. Michael Avishai What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Coping with deprivation and strain toughens the organism; a life of plenty “pads” and softens it. Young people growing up in tough neighborhoods were once...