First joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and ITMO University aimed at exploring the interaction of science and art in the modern world and demonstrating diverse applications of scientific research in artistic and museum practices globally.
Monthly, each third Saturday
from November 2016 to June 2017
The eighth seminar will take place on 17 June 2017 at 18:30 at Lectoritum of The General Staff Building
The General Staff Building
Palace Square

Project participants —scientists, artists, conservators and curators — will talk about the most interesting aspects of the relationship between arts
and scientific inquiry.
What do physicists do in the museum? What is science art and how does one relate to an art piece that is made of tissue culture or utilizes a beautifully complex algorithm? Is it possible to create holographic archives? What is the future of design? How do technological and scientific innovation transform art and museums?
Collaboration of artists and scientists
June 17
Charles M. Falco
Professor, College of Optical Sciences and Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson
Art as Revealed by Optics, Multispectral Imaging, and Raman Spectroscopy
Recently, renowned artist David Hockney observed that certain drawings and paintings from as early as the Renaissance seemed almost "photographic" in detail. Following an extensive visual investigation of Western art of the past 1000 years, he made the revolutionary claim that artists even of the prominence of van Eyck and Bellini must have used optical aids. In this talk I show some of the optical evidence for his claim that Hockney and I subsequently discovered during an unusual, and remarkably productive, collaboration between an artist and a scientist. Subsequently extending our work into the infrared and ultraviolet with high resolution digital cameras has provided fascinating new information, and very recently our development of a portable Raman spectrometer has begun to allow us to make in situ analysis of the pigments in paintings and other cultural artifacts.
Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, MoMA's founding Director of Research & Development
Design and the Elastic Mind
In 2008, the MoMA exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind explored the intersection of design and science, highlighted examples of successful design translations of disruptive scientific and technological innovations, and reflected on how the figure of the designer was changing from form-giver to fundamental interpreter of an extraordinarily dynamic reality. Almost ten years later, the curator reflects on the tighter, fruitful relationship between designers and scientists, a relationship that has changed both disciplines from within.
The General Staff Building
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