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Special Lecture about art and science by current artist-in-residence from Germany, Katrin von Lehman, at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul


An experiment makes things visible that are unknown before.

The Berlin-based artist Katrin von Lehmann will explain how she uses experimental settings in her work to get to an intensive image.

Katrin von Lehmann lives and works in Istanbul with a fellowship program by the Brandenburg Association of Visual Artists (BVBK) since April 2016. She will talk in the seminar at Boğaziçi University about relation between art and science.

She works with experimental procedures that open the unknown. Her current project of transformation is inspired by genetic research. The genes can be completely sequenced. But so far scientists are puzzled to interpret this information – consisting of large data sets of A, T, C and G.

At the same time and in her past works she has liked to see how nature is changing, how the seasons come and go for a long time. – “I like to go and watch clouds”, she says. Perhaps not surprising then, that her first encounter with the world of science was as an artist in residence at a meteorological museum outside Berlin in 2009. – “I was fascinated by the fact that the clouds were observed with the naked eye, not with instruments. Even with our high technology, the human gaze is better able to classify, to distinguish irregular from regular shapes”, says von Lehmann.

The scientific translation of complex cloud phenomena at the meteorological museum in a classification scheme inspired her series of works “visual observations” where she translated scientific cloud diaries in free drawings.

The first four grants in Istanbul of the Brandenburg Association of Visual Artists in cooperation with Ministry of Sciences, Research and Culture of the Land of Brandenburg were awarded in 2015. The grants are intendet to give the artists a significant impetus for their development.

The cultural initiative diyalog, as the program’s partner, supports the artists in getting to know the local arts scene, in building international contacts, in exchanging projects with other artists and in transferring stimuli to the regional arts scene of Brandenburg.

An interactive discussion with scientists from all disciplines about the potential of experiments in science and art is highly encouraged.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 14:00
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Molecular Biology and Genetics
KP 315, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor


Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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