25 years of VIB
Hosted by: VIB & Bozar
Wednesday, october 13, 2021 |
Tour & Taxis
Havenlaan 86C, 1000
On the origin of impact - 25 years of ground-breaking research at VIB
On October 13th, VIB will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary and look back on the scientific achievements that are the origin of its impact. VIB scientists who have been with us since the beginning as well as young and upcoming VIB talent will share their stories. The show will also include an inspiring interview with Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and a thrilling behind-the-curtains peek at several VIB startup companies. Francesca Vanthielen, Belgian journalist and news anchor, will moderate the evening together with co-host Eva Kamanda. This will be followed by a forward-looking interview with the general VIB management, chairman of VIB’s board of directors Ajit Shetty, and Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation, and Agriculture Hilde Crevits.
This celebration is the ideal moment to reconnect with your colleagues during the reception and standing buffet after 18 months of freezing cameras and microphone echoes. Note that because of the covid-measures the capacity of the venue is limited and seats will be assigned on first-come first-served basis. Joining the event is only possible upon invitation.
Can Art change Science? Can Science change Art?
These questions are raised by artists and scientists of the STUDIOTOPIA project, a cross-disciplinary journey aiming to build bridges between art and science, in which the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) is a pioneer since 2020. Invited by Bozar Lab (Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels) and GLUON, two Brussels-based platforms for arts, science and technology, VIB, The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, has taken up the challenge of exploring the possible links between artistic practices and the high-level scientific research conducted in its Grand Challenges Program. This programme supports translational projects that aim to tackle important societal challenges, including cancer and sustainable agriculture. Bozar and GLUON have initiated fascinating Art & Science programmes in Belgium for a few years now, tackling various challenges such as creativity and artificial intelligence, raising awareness on climate change, and so on … but building a qualitative long-term relation with an internationally renowned scientific partner such as VIB was a first. The collaboration between Bozar, GLUON and VIB aims to connect artists with scientific communities across Europe, inviting them to participate in the STUDIOTOPIA Art & Science Residency Programme, engage in discussions, workshops, and other public activities.
Two artists from various backgrounds, Sandra Lorenzi (FR) and Kuang-Yi Ku (TW), have been paired with VIB scientists Professor Sofie Goormachtig (BE) and Professor Jean-Christophe Marine (BE) to go further in their research, explore new grounds and broaden their perspectives on their respective disciplines. As Professor Sofie Bekaert, manager of the VIB Grand Challenges Program, points out: “The artist-in-residency programme is a dive into the unknown, an ultimate form of interdisciplinarity through languages, materials, aesthetics and ethics of two very different but incredibly creative disciplines. We believe that this interaction will give rise to a higher level of creativity and generate visibility and dialogue with stakeholders and the general public.”
This multidisciplinary project will result in the creation of new works of art inspired by scientific research, and displayed in 2022 in Bozar (Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels), as well as in partner cultural institutions across Europe.
During the 25 years of VIB event, Studiotopia presented a series of artworks and video's from Sandra Lorenzi and Kuang-Yi Ku, both STUDIOTOPIA artists in residency as well as a general introduction to the STUDIOTOPIA Art&Science Residency Programme and a preview of the upcoming exhibition in 2022.