Institut Kunst
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Atelier Gebäude A 1.10
Oslo-Strasse 3
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

Tram 11, Station Freilager
T +41 61 228 40 77

Institut Kunst HGK FHNW
Freilager-Platz 1
CH-4002 Basel




Seminar Art & Science parts I and II

Prof. Chus Martínez, Filipa Ramos, Eduardo Navarro, Vincent Normand and David Pearce


This seminar has been continuously dedicated to inquire into what art and science share. Both are dedicated to asking the big questions placed before us: “What is true? Why does it matter? How can we move society forward?” Both search deeply, and often wonderingly, for these answers. We know that the scientist’s laboratory and the artist’s studio are two of the last places reserved for open-ended inquiry, for failure to be a welcome part of the process, for learning to occur by a continuous feedback loop between thinking and doing.



Seminar Part I


October 4 and 5, 2017

with Filipa Ramos, curator and editor (London) and Vincent Normand, art historian, writer and curator (Paris)


The seminar invites the students to undertake a collective inquiry into the history of the exhibition format, by inscribing it in the anthropological landscape of modernity: the limits, borders, frontiers and great divides which have stabilized the relationship between the modern subject and its world. If indeed modern exhibition-machines have been, throughout scientific and artistic modernity, sites of co-constitution of subjects and objects, spectators and artifacts, how crucial are they in our activity of “world-making”?



Seminar Part II


November 23 and 24, 2017

with Prof. Chus Martínez with Eduardo Navarro, artist (Buenos Aires) and David Pearce, utilitarian philosopher and transhumanist (Brighton)



David Pierce is defending the idea of elimination of all involuntary pain. This would imply a society that would not kill animals, genetically manipulate humans and animals to stop any form of suffering and enhancing an idea of super intelligence.

As surreal as it may seem, David Pearce is with Nick Bostom the co-founder of the →Humanity + think tank in Oxford and has very few ideas on how to create a society with all these ideas. So the debate will be rich and intelligent on the need of art and artist to provide the right environment for ideas that seem socially, politically and aesthetically isolated and, at times, even dangerous.

The students will have an understanding of the relationship art and experience may built with science and technology. The input of Eduardo Navarro in this context will be the key since he really addresses many of these questions but without the optimism science has in the «future» or in «technology».


Book recommendation: The Invention of Nature by Timothy Morton




Institut Kunst
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Atelier Gebäude A 1.10, Oslo-Strasse 3, 4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

Tram 11 Station Freilager, Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach 22, 4023 Basel
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Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach, CH-4002 Basel

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