Scientist and artists are storytellers, using their work to tell nature’s story. As artist, the rare invitation to research at Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics and the Neuroscience Program at National Institute of Health has enabled her to observe similar dynamics, and visual patterns at the micro and macro level. This presentation will explore how artwork inspired by scientific research and scientific special collections provide a new lens for seeing and understanding science.
Presented by the Faculty of Science, and STEAM UManitoba.
Tickets are free. Public Lecture. All are welcome to attend.
Reception to follow lecture.
About the Speaker:
Rebecca Kamen, artist and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see.
She has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Cajal Institute in Madrid, utilizing these significant scientific collections as a catalyst in the creation of her work.
Kamen has researched on collaborative projects at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, the Kavli Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and at the National Institutes of Health. Selected as a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow in 2015, she was invited to Austria to present her work as part of a seminar titled: The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation.
Ms. Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally. Her artwork is represented in many private and public collections. As artist in residence in the neuroscience program at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has interpreted and transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. Currently, Kamen is artist in residence in The Computational Neuroscience Initiative and Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Pennsylvania.