Art in a Time of Climate Change
Professor Victoria Vesna in conversation with Professor James K. Gimzewski.
Victoria Vesna will talk about her recent work that addresses disappearance of animal species and noise pollution. She will also introduce “What’s Next,” a recent book by Linda Weintraub that highlights work of artists moving into eco-materialism and working closely with nature and natural systems. Nanoscientist James Gimzewski, who teaches environmental chemistry, will talk about art/science collaborations and explain why it is important for scientists to work with artists, especially in relation to climate change.
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Victoria Vesna is an artist and professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci Center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Trained as a painter at the University of Belgrade, she has followed an exploratory path in work that can be defined as experimental, creative research, residing between disciplines and technologies. Her art has been exhibited widely and she is involved in long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, and evolutionary biologists.
James K. Gimzewski
Dr. James K. Gimzewski is a distinguished professor of Chemistry at UCLA and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. His current research is focused on nanotechnology applied to medicine and artificial intelligence. He is the scientific director of the UCLA Art|Sci Center and he has been involved in numerous international Art|Sci installations programs. He has developed a keen interest in environmental issues in science, and teaches an undergraduate course dedicated to increase awareness of climate change and its implications for humanity. Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. Gimzewski was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Aix II in Marseille and from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
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