SCIENCE IN THE MAKING, ART IN THE MAKING

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM CHAIRED BY PATRICIA FALGUIÈRES
07/09/2015
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With Jean-Christophe Bailly, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Marie-Sophie Corcy, Paul Granjon, Christoph Fink, Patrick Hénaff, Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, Todd Lubart, Michel Menu, Michel Paysant, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Steven Shapin, Conrad Shawcross, Raphaël Zarka

In the foreground: Michel Paysant, Nano-portraits de leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc Henri et la Grande-Duchesse Maria Teresa, 2014–2015, Commission and Collection Mudam Luxembourg. Acquisition 2013. Project realised with the support of Olympus Microscopie.
In the background: Trevor Paglen, Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3), 2013. Courtesy Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco. Production Trevor Paglen Studio and Mudam Luxembourg.© Photo: Rémi Villaggi. Project sponsored by SES.

In conjunction with its exhibition Eppur si muove – Art and technology, a shared sphere, Mudam Luxembourg hosts an international symposium focusing on the multiple links that exist between art and science. With an interdisciplinary approach, these two days of reflection and exchange will bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds: artists, researchers, writers, historians, philosophers and others.

Whether they tackle questions related to the scientific field, they take inspiration from the history of science or they develop projects in collaboration with laboratories, artists have triggered a major turn in the relationship between art and science over the last few decades. 

Out of this intense dialogue between two distinct disciplines have emerged a great number of common grounds, such as the questions of invention and innovation, research, crafting and tools, new materialities, scales of thinking or the notion of authorship. 

Presided over by Patricia Falguières, professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, the symposium will tackle these topical questions from the point of view of the “making” in art and science. Four thematic half-days will each compare different points of view, theoretical or practical, historic or prospective.

Left: Huygens machine for the experimental demonstration of the law of motion of the cycloidal pendulum, late 18th century Cabinet of Jacques Alexandre César Charles (1746-1823) Paris, Musée des Arts et Métiers–Cnam.
Right: Darren Almond, Perfect Time (8x3), 2012. Courtesy the artist and White Cube, London. © Photo: Rémi Villaggi.

PROGRAMME

Thursday 15.10.2015

5–8pm
Welcome of the participants, with the possibility to visit the exhibition Eppur si muove

19h00
Presentation of Guido, le robot guide, in presence of Paul Granjon, artistic director of the project, and Patrick Hénaff, scientific director

Friday 16.10.2015

9am                
Welcome at the Mudam Café and opening speech
• Enrico Lunghi, director of Mudam Luxembourg
• Yves Winkin, director of the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris
• Guy Keckhut, deputy director of the Cnam Lorraine

9.30am
Introduction to the symposium by Patricia Falguières, president of the symposium, professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, president of the Centre national des arts plastiques 

10am–12.30pm
NEW MATERIALITIES, NEW SCALES OF THOUGHT
• Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, historian and biologist, former director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
• Jean-Christophe Bailly, writer
• Christoph Fink, artist
• Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, physicist, epistemologist and writer, professor emeritus at the University of Nice, director of programme at the Collège international de philosophie, Paris

1.30pm4pm
ART AND SCIENCE FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE MAKING
• Todd Lubart, professor of psychology at the University Paris-Descartes
• Conrad Shawcross, artist
• Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Research professor of the history of science at the Harvard University

Saturday 17.10.2015

9am–10am
Welcome at the Mudam Café

10am12.30pm
FIGURES OF THE INVENTOR
• Marie-Sophie Corcy, curator at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris, and co-curator of the exhibition Eppur si muove
• Raphaël Zarka, artist

1.30pm4pm
SHARED SPACES
• Michel Menu, head of department at the Centre for research and restoration for the museums of France (C2RMF)
• Michel Paysant, artist
• Pierre Cassou-Noguès, philosopher and writer, professor of philosophy at the University Paris VIII-Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Paul Granjon, Guido le robot guide, 2015 © Photo: Rémi Villaggi. Project in collaboration with Alliance Artem (École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy, ICN Business School Nancy-Metz, Mines Nancy) and Laboratoire LORIA (CNRS Université de Lorraine-INRIA). Sponsored by KPMG Luxembourg.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The symposium will take place at Mudam Auditorium. The talks will be held in French and English with simultaneous translation. 
Booking is essential due to limited seating.

FEES
15€
The participation is free for students (please have your student card ready)
Mudam can provide lunch for 10€ on 16 and 17 of October (please reserve)

BOOKING

Please send an e-mail to visites@mudam.lu with the following information: 
• Name & surname, postal address, phone number

Please specify if:
• you are a student 
• you wish to have lunch at Mudam (please specify dates)
• you cannot attend both dates of lectures (please specify dates)
• you will attend the opening on the 15th October
• you need a translation from French to English or English to French (please specify)

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Symposium organised within the framework of the exhibition Eppur si muove. Art et technique, un espace partagé, Mudam Luxembourg, 09.07.2015-17.01.2016.

In collaboration with Conservatoire national des arts et métiers – Lorraine, École supérieure d'art de Lorraine, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), SCRIPT.

With the support of Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg.