The Arts Catalyst/Tate Britain on scientific controversy

Friday 19 June 2009, 10.00-19.30

Saturday 20 June 2009, 10.00-17.30

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, UK

From esoteric arguments over the structure of the universe to highly

charged public controversies around the use of stem cells, The Arts

Catalyst is bringing together an international line up of artists and

scientists to debate today’s hot issues in science and society in the Eye

of the Storm on 19 and 20 June.

This two-day conference at Tate Britain will touch on brilliance and ego,

obsessions and cover-ups, dissent and whistle-blowing, big science, high

finance, deviant science, the reliability of knowledge and the legislation

of uncertainty.  Eye of the Storm develops Tate’s mission to present new

research and debates within visual culture into the area of contemporary

interrelationships between art, science and society.


Friday 19 June

Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard


Richard Hamblyn ? Martin John Callanan, writer and artist in residence, UCL

Environment Institute

Stephen Healy, senior lecturer, School of History and Philosophy, UNSW

Tommaso Venturini, researcher, Bologna University

Helen and Newton Mayer Harrison, artists

Rod Dickinson, artist and senior lecturer, University of the West of England

Michael Bravo, senior lecturer, Scott Polar Research Institute, University

of Cambridge

Eduardo Kac, artist

Sylvia Nagl, Head of Cancer Systems Science and Informatics, UCL

Trish Adams, artist in residence, Visual and Sensory Neuroscience Group,

University of Queensland

Saturday 20 June

Roger Malina, astrophysicist, Director of L’Observatoire Astronomique de


Harry Collins, Professor of Sociology, Cardiff University

Meredith Tromble, Associate Professor, San Francisco Art Institute

Revital Cohen, designer

Oron Catts, Director, SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological

Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia

Adam Zaretsky, artist

Ania Dabrowska, artist, ? Bronwyn Parry, cultural geographer, Queen Mary,

University of London

Kira O’Reilly, artist, ? Janet Smith, developmental geneticist, University

of Birmingham

Norman Cherry, Professor of Art, Architecture ? Design, University of


Alana Jelinek, artist and curator

Steven Rose, neurobiologist, Emeritus Professor Department of Life

Sciences, The Open University

Paul Dorfman, senior research fellow, University of Warwick, spokesman, UK

Nuclear Consultation Group

Helen Evans, artist, Hehe for full programme details

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7887 8888.

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