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.

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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...