ANAIS @ the Interdisciplinary Seminars “Parametres for Understanding Uncertainty”

Part 3 of the series of interdisciplinary seminars organized at IFT and designed to put researchers in dialogue is


This seminar will take place at IFT, UAM, Campus Cantoblanco, Madrid, on September 30th, 2022.

Series organised by Rebecca Collins, lecturer of Contemporary Art Theory at the University of Edinburgh and David G CerdeƱo, Beatriz Galindo distinguished researcher at the UAM-CSIC Institute of Theoretical Physics. Rebecca Collins is currently an artistic researcher in residence at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the Autonomous University of Madrid (2022-2023).

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The third session in the series focuses on the role of process within artistic research and scientific experimentation. The pursuit of the unknown, both within the context of particle physics and artistic research, requires infrastructure, imagination, and experimentation.

The verification and reproducibility of results is a crucial aspect of scientific experimentation, yet such methodologies often bring slower returns and less reward than other searches dedicated to uncovering the unknown. Equally, artistic residencies and their set up within the context of interdisciplinary institutions can involve risk, determination and uncertainty. Such qualities are often overlooked in favour of outcomes, data, products, or timed goals. Whilst, in time these might be achieved, can we reconsider the value of methodologies dedicated to uncovering the unknown?

Areas under discussion include: To what extent is artistic practice a way of knowing? What kind of intervention do artistic residencies offer when situated within scientific institutions? What is the role of art and culture in relation to science and technology? In the context of scientific experimentation to what extent should results be reproducible? What role might failure play in relation to figuring out the unknown?

Ariane Koek is an independent producer, curator and writer recognised internationally for her transdisciplinary work in arts, science, technology and in the creation of new residency programmes. In 2009 she initiated the Arts at CERN programme and was the director until 2015.

Maria Luisa Sarsa Sarsa is Professor of atomic, molecular and nuclear physics at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Zaragoza. She is the Principal Investigator of the ANAIS experiment at the Canfranc Underground Laboratory.