Next ArtSci Salon: Culture + Genes Wed. April 23, @ Fields

8 Apr

Culture + Genes


When: Wednesday April 23, 6:30-8:30

Where: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences 222 College Street, Toronto

Geneticist Rabia Khan and interdisciplinary artist Omar Estrada will explore the intersections between Culture and Genetics: how do we (or can we) tell apart nature and nurture? How and where does the languages of culture and social interaction intersect  with the code we use to decipher DNA?
What happen when we remove information from its natural framework of interpretation? Have the displacement of information - its multiple translations – the capacity of producing meaning as a renovated construction of understanding?

Rabia Khan is a geneticist from McGill with a business background . She has recently moved to Toronto and loves the ArtSci events and wants to work on merging genetics with art.

Omar Estrada is a Cuban visual artist who works with interdisciplinary installation, sound, video, interactivity, and narrative text. His artwork explores the tensions between Art, Science & Technology in the context of social structures.

Occam’s Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics at the Propeller Gallery

2 Apr

OCCAM’S RAZOR: Art, Science and Aesthetics

At Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen st. West. Toronto ON M6J 1H1
April 2 – 20, 2014

At the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
May 3 to June 1, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday April 3, 7-10pm
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  - Albert Einstein

These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam’s Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam’s Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments. With reference to Occam’s Razor, the interdisciplinary discourse presented in this exhibition by Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, seeks to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.

Participating artists:

Sylvia Adamcik, Rahni Allan, Cecilia Basic, Kelly Bell, Karina Bergmans, Penny Leong Browne, Julia Buntaine, Linda Chen, Morgan Chivers, Nicole Clouston, Stephen Crosby, Kevin Dejewski, Andrew Drown, Gina Duque, Jayanne English and Willy LeMaitre , Andrew Godsalve, David Griffin, Leeann Janiessen, Gillian King, Julia Krolik, Ania Machudera, Harry Mackay, Jason McKay, Zsuzsa Monostory, Laurel Rath, Amy Rea and Chelsea Greenwell, Paul Roorda, Perin Rutonsha, Vjosana Shkurti, Morgan Skinner, Tosca Teran, Diane Tucker, Elaine Whittaker, Ron Wild, Ross Winter

Additional Programming: 

Ontario Science Centre’s Café Scientifique presents: Art & Science: Same process, different products?
Wednesday April 9, 6- 8:30pm
Gladstone Hotel  1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Join us at Propeller after the discussion until 9:30pm

For more information on Cafe Scientifique visit:

Lecture at Propeller: Sunday April 13, 2:00pm (time TBC)
Title:  Cosmos vs Canvas: Using Art to Reveal Science in Astronomy Public Outreach Images
Speaker: Dr. Jayanne English (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Dept of Physics and Astronomy)

For more information visit:

Occam’s Razor on Facebook:

Dan Falk at the Physics Colloquium, Apr. 3, 4:10-5:00

2 Apr

The Science of Shakespeare

Lecture at the Physics Colloquium, convened by Stephen Morris, also organizer of ArtSci Salon

with Dan Falk

Thursday, Apr. 3, 4:10-5:00
McLennan Physics, room MP 102
60 St. George St
University of Toronto

Map and directions here

William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution – and yet “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as award-winning journalist Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is underway. In this illustrated talk, Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, with a particular focus on the changing conceptions of the cosmos, from Aristotle to Copernicus and Galileo.  Copies of Dan’s latest book, “The Science of Shakespeare,” will be available for signing.


Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Walrus and many other publications, and is the author of In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. He’s been a regular contributor to “ideas” on CBC Radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. Falk was a 2011-12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and is currently completing an MA in the history and philosophy of science here at the University of Toronto.

Galileo’s “CONCERNING The NATATION of BODIES upon, And SUBMERSION In, THE WATER” at project Gutenberg

26 Mar

A few images from Galileo’s “CONCERNING The NATATION of BODIES upon, And SUBMERSION In, THE WATER” at Project Gutenberg 

Some of these images can be seen on etching plates at the exhibition by Nina Leo and Lee Henderson at the Red Head Gallery

Galileo’s Falling Bodies March 27, 6:30-8:30 pm @ Fields

17 Mar

Artscisalon,  Subtle Technologies Festival and the Fields Institute present:


Galileo’s Falling Bodies

a conversation with Dan Falk, Nina Leo and Lee Henderson

 When: Thursday March 27, 6:30-8:30

Where: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences 222 College Street, Toronto


Recent discoveries in science have caused a renewed enthusiasm in physics and mathematics. But while we focus on contemporary science, why not revisit those early pioneers who helped make science what it is today? This month, ArtSci Salon will revisit the pioneering work of Galileo Galilei. We have invited Science journalist Dan Falk to engage with the extensive body of work of Galileo and artists Nina Leo and Lee Henderson to introduce us to their latest installation “Galileo’s Falling Bodies” currently on display at the RedHead Gallery  until March 29, 2014


Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and many other publications.  His latest book, to be released next month, is called The Science of Shakespeare, which looks at the Scientific Revolution through the lens of Shakespeare’s writing.  He’s also written two previous popular science books, In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. Dan has been a regular contributor to “Ideas” on CBC Radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. Falk was a 2011-12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He lives in Toronto.

Nina Leo is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in drawing, installation, performance and public practice. Her work examines how the contemporary terrain of fragmented, often virtual experience may affect us phenomenologically as experiences and interactions become ever more accessible, yet divested of direct multi-sensorial richness. Leo holds an MFA in Emerging Practices from the University of Buffalo, SUNY. Her work has been shown in galleries and public institutions/spaces in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Currently, she teaches in the Sculpture/Installation department at OCAD University and is an exhibiting member of the Red Head Gallery.

Lee Henderson is a media-based artist from Saskatchewan. He has studied art in Canada and Germany, with talented professionals including Maria Vedder, Brian Eno, and Ellen Bromberg. Since completing his MFA in 2005, he has been furthering his time- and lens- based artistic practice while teaching photography and media art at the postsecondary level (currently at OCADU and Ryerson University). Recent and upcoming exhibitions and screenings include the Zero Film Festival (Los Angeles), The Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), The Rooms (St. John’s), Trinity Square Video, gallerywest, Artscape Youngplace, and YYZ (Toronto). His photographs, installations, videos and performances revolve around philosophies of impermanence and mortality, focusing on the persistence of collective histories and the brevity of individual lives.

OncoMap at Fountain Art Fair in NYC

10 Mar

Here is an article on the Oncomap (by our former artsci salon guests Ron Wild and Joseph Geraci) exhibited at Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory  in NYC. Congratulations!

Additional material and instructions on Human Ecosystems

6 Feb

On Feb. 5 Artisopensource launched Human Ecosystems. we promised to post their slides on this website. here are below. Enjoy!


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