Partner Event: Symphony of Minds–Exploring the Fusion of Science and Art

December 5, 2023
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Instituto Cervantes
Instituto Cervantes, West Ohio Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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C2ST is partnering with Instituto Cervantes for a conversation between María Blasco, Scientific Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group (CNIO); Human Cell Atlas leader Sarah Teichmann, and artist Daniel Canogar, renowned for his algorithm-based installations, as they discuss their collaboration at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Fulguraciones, a mesmerizing installation of an evolving luminous “echo” was the first work to come from Sarah and Daniel’s many conversations. In the words of Canogar, Fulguraciones is, “…a generative work that never repeats itself exactly; it has a life of its own…In this sense, it flirts with biology and with the patterns of life; the viewer will always see something new.” Inspired by the kind of cellular activity studied by Teichmann, the installation employed cutting-edge algorithms based on the cellular automata principle, generating captivating collective behaviors manifested in an array of lights on LED screens.

Daniel is an artist who has been working with algorithms and code for quite some time, focusing more recently on the concept of data collection. This connects seamlessly with Teichmann’s work with Human Cell Atlas, an archive of the almost 4000 trillion cells that can be found in the human body.

This event is part of the exhibition CNIO ARTE. Dialogues Between Art and Science, on view at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago until January 25th 2024.

CNIO ARTE is an initiative of CNIO supported by the Fundación Banco Santander that brings together leading international scientists and artists to explore common territories. According to CNIO director María A. Blasco, “Scientists and artists have always looked into the unknown, the darkness, entering it without fear and with an open mind in order to learn, to see beyond.”

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Event Details

Event Details:

Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 pm
Instituto Cervantes
31 West Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654

The event will be moderated by Leah Gallant, writer, and Dr. Andrew Scarpelli, scientist
Free and open to the public. Limited space. RSVP is required at Eventbrite.
The conversation will be conducted in English.