ArtSci Nexus at the AGM 2019 – Global Young Academy

a-0021.jpgAGM 2019: International Conference and Anniversary Annual General Meeting of the Global Young Academy

ArtSci Nexus is proud to be presenting Nexus teams at the AGM 2019: International Conference and Anniversary Annual General Meeting of the Global Young Academy. Arrhythmia, Neural Module, Bacteriality, and the Well-Tempered Brain, alongside guest project Dolphinet and guest sound artist Miriam Akkermann from the Die Junge Akademie. 

Program TBA

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GYA Science & Art Working Group was launched in 2016 and had a strong connection with ArtSci Nexus platform from the very beginning. During the first seminar, organized in Edinburgh in August 2016, a team of scientists from the Global Young Academy with expertise in cell biology, bioinformatics, neurobiology, microelectronics, computer science, partnered with ArtSci Nexus artists to discuss the problems related to the sonification of biological data. Scientific as well as the aesthetic questions were raised. Following this initial contact, the aims and objectives of working group were formulated to include the idea of promoting an active engagement of scientists in the arts and set up mutually beneficial creative collaborations with artists to develop new techniques and expand old disciplinary boundaries.

International Conference of Young Scientists &
Anniversary Annual General Meeting of the Global Young Academy

29 April – 3 May 2019 | Public days: 1 – 3 May 2019 | Halle (Saale), Germany

The GYA Anniversary International Conference of Young Scientists and Annual General Meeting celebrates the 10th anniversary of the GYA. Recognizing that the GYA thrives from the activities of its 200 members and builds on the work of its over 200 alumni, all are invited to play an active role in this Anniversary AGM.

The theme of the conference is:

Re-enlightenment? Truth, reason and science in a global world

With the rise of post-fact concerns, Enlightenment is again a hotly debated topic. We understand “enlightenment” here in a broad sense and from a global perspective. Enlightenment as a global concept means connecting to reality and truth. It relates to core values such as critical thinking, freedom of thought and scientific achievement, and is in opposition to science denial, post-fact and post-truth movements.

As a global organisation aiming to empower early-career researchers to lead international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational evidence-informed dialogue, the GYA welcomes a debate about re-enlightenment: framed around a reflection on the role and limits of science in today’s globalized society and on how science can help in solving its problems.

The Re-enlightenment theme will also be a foil to discuss the core principles that animate the GYA itself. In interactive sessions, members, alumni and guests will be invited to question, debate and develop the values that characterize the GYA spirit. At the 2019 annual meeting, we will therefore not only highlight the growth and accomplishments of our global network, but also develop a vision for its future.

The conference will take place at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Visit the conference website for further information.

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December 12, 2017 – Wolfgang Ganter and Dr. John LaCava at Rockefeller University – artist talk and exhibition


Wolfgang Ganter – Artist Talk: Tuesday, December 12, 1-2pm in Weiss 301

Bacteriality: Fusing Art and Science

Opening: 2-6 pm in the Mock-up Lab, top floor of Weiss

On view until December 13

Artist Wolfgang Ganter uses microbes as instruments to render pictorial artwork. This unique interplay leads to spontaneous interactions between the organisms and photographic media, and allows the unimaginable to emerge.
In this lecture, he will present a seminar on his work fusing art and science.
An exhibition of Wolfgang’s works will be on view after the talk in the Mock-up lab on the top floor of Weiss. The exhibition will remain open until 6 p.m.
A brief introduction will be given by John LaCava about their rapidly-growing art/science collaboration network.
Wolfgang Ganter recently began a one month artist-in-residence at The Rockefeller University in the Laboratory of Cellular and Structural Biology, after which he will take up a residency at the Australia China Art Foundation in Shanghai, China.

Some of his work of relevance to this exhibition can be found at

This residence was made possible by the ArtSci Nexus and Rockefeller University. 
1230 York Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA


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Artist Wolfgang Ganter, biochemists Dr. John LaCava and Dr. Dmitry Alexeev at the School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology – Summer 2017


The School of Molecular and Theoretical Biology is based on a belief that many students of high school age are ready to participate, intellectually and through work in the laboratory, in real scientific experiments. They believe that the experience of working in a real research environment is helpful in deciding whether science and research is for you. They offer a chance to work on a real scientific question alongside real scientists with a possibility of obtaining real and novel results. At the school students hear lectures, learn how to perform different techniques and calculations and explore current ideas in areas of molecular and theoretical biology.

This year ArtSci Nexus Scientific Director Dr. John LaCava and Dr. Dmitry Alexeev invited artist Wolfgang Ganter to contribute to their wet lab experiments.

In LaCava’s section they ran three parallel “clusters” during the laboratory sessions; each designed to explore a different aspect of protein interactions research.

Synopsis of the clusters:

Dr. LaCava cluster: Compare the performance of different mouse monoclonal antibodies for their ability to purify protein complexes associated with human LINE-1 retrotransposons. LINE-1s are selfish genes that inhabit human genomes and may cause diseases and exacerbate cancer.
Dr. Ketaren cluster: Use protein affinity reagents known as nanobodies (small, single-chain antibody fragments derived from camelids) to purify GFP-tagged model protein complexes and determine the most efficient approach. Nanobodies are a cutting edge affinity reagent and are the topic of intense research as tools for basic and clinical research, diagnostics, and therapeutics.
Dr. Alexeev cluster: Explore and use computational tools for PPI analyses: obtain and visualize data from public repositories. Infer protein complexes that may form with LINE-1 retrotransposons based on integrating unpublished and publicly available data.

Text from Molbio School website

The Team – Alexeev, LaCava, Ganter (right to left)


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Wolfgang Ganter and Dr. Ana Domingos at IGC Lisbon – artist in residence

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Upon meeting at the first ArtSci Nexus Think Tank in Leipzig in April 2016, artist Wolfgang Ganter and biochemist Dr. Ana Domingos of IGC Lisbon began a correspondence which lead to Ganter being invited to be an artist-in-residence in the summer 2016 to Domingos’ laboratory to develop a new series of work. Pictured here are works in progress from the Gulbenkian museum archive.
Reflection of Wolfgang Ganter:
“I brought lots of slides and colour negatives from Berlin, including some found footage, but mostly pictures from the Gulbenkian museum that I shot during the residency with Ana Domingos at the IGC in Lisbon. My plan was to take advantage of the lab work space provided in Barcelona and combine the workshop with the actual work I have to do for the upcoming exhibition in Lisbon next year. After getting to know my students a bit, we started playfully working with the found footage and cultures of bacteria and yeast available at the CRG. As I expected, these cultures did not perform very well. Apparently lab bacteria are often very picky with nutrient sources, being selected to thrive primarily on rich lysogeny broth (LB) at 37°C. Hence, the gelatin of my photographic film did not spawn rapid growth. Even the ∆yjjM E. coli strain, purportedly optimised  for  fast  laboratory growth, was quite disappointing.
Our results showed that most of the lab bacteria do not grow in interesting shapes as they were designed to grow in easy controllable and compact shapes – forming rounded colonies on LB agar plates. What I was hoping for were more wild and branch-like vortex shapes.
Luckily I had team leaders with scientific experience in my workshop; one of them had the idea to extract bacteria from soil, as these cultures often show exceptionally interesting shapes. So we collected soil samples in test tubes from all over Barcelona and extracted and purified the bacteria from it. It proved to be a great strategy, and we observed different fantastic shapes appearing on the LB-agar plates. We selected the most interesting looking ones and tested them on the film material. The rough, wild bacteria grew so much faster in the photographic emulsion, outperforming the ∆yjjM strain by far. Using the wild bacteria we worked on the self-shot film material from the Gulbenkian museum, producing very satisfying results. With a little more time we probably could have had even more intriguing  pictures. Unfortunately I had to stop the process on many slides by drying  them, in order to get ready for a heading back to Berlin.”
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An audio-visual Installation with live concert
MARK MATTHES & ANTON KOCH (installation & composition)
in collaboration with:
SERGEY KOSTYRKO (St. Petersburg – modular synthesizer)
ALEXANDER TRATTLER (light / mapping)
ALEXANDER KAGANSKY (molecular biology – University of Edinburgh,UK)
PAUL ROACH (bioengineer – Loughborough University, UK)
RUTH MAY (violin)
ANDREW KRELL (double bass)
OPENING with live concert & introduction:
Fri. 06. Oktober 2017 – 7 pm.
Sat. 07. & Thu. 12. October: Lecture 6 pm / Concert 8 pm
Sun. 08. Oktober – 4 pm: Lecture & Discussion
Fri. 13. October – 7 pm : FINISSAGE
Opening Hours: Sat. – Sun. 3 – 7 pm / Tue. – Thu. 5 -7 pm
Gallery Bridget Stern at Künstlerhaus FAKTOR
Max-Brauer-Allee 229
22769 Hamburg
The Well Tempered Brain
(english version / german below)
The Well Tempered Brain is cultured „in vitro“ in the laboratory , called „nanobrain“. It´s activity is translated into a musical komposition and visualized in graphic forms as a collaborative efford of Scientists, Artists andMusicians. The resulting presentation gives insight to current scientific research, as well as it can be experienced intuitively due to the artistic audiovisual interpretation.
This cross-disciplinary collaboration is between artists Anton Koch and Mark Matthes (known as Chamberlab), with guest musicians Ruth May and Andrew Krell, as well as sound musician and theoretical physicist Sergey Kostyrko, and molecular biologist Dr. Alexander Kagansky and bioengineer Dr. Paul Roach. The immersive experience
results from ongoing experiments with sonifying neural network data in the study of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. This conceptual artistic approach to scientific research utilizes classical music composition methodology in order to gain new perspectives in data analysis. Ordinarily data is examined graphically, we hope that the complexity of sound diagnostics can lead to new discoveries (text: Candace Goodrich).
Eine audio-visuelle Installation mit Konzert
ERÖFFNUNG mit Konzert und Einführung​ am
Fr. 06. Oktober 2017 um 19 Uhr.
Sa. 07. & Do. 12. Oktober:
Vortrag 18 Uhr / Konzert 20 Uhr
So. 08. Oktober:
16 Uhr Vortrag & Diskussion
Fr. 13.10. ab 19 Uhr : FINISSAGE
Sa. – So. 15 – 19 Uhr
Di. – Do. 17 – 19 Uhr
Galerie Bridget Stern im Künstlerhaus FAKTOR
Max-Brauer-Allee 229
22769 Hamburg
Das “wohl temperierte Gehirn” ist ein im Labor gezüchtetes “Nanobrain”, dessen Aktivität in musikalische Komposition übersetzt wird.
Das interdisziplinäre Projekt verbindet Kunst, Musik und Wissenschaft zu einer Gesamtinszenierung, die sowohl Einblicke in die aktuelle Forschung bietet, als auch intuitiv musikalisch erfahrbar gemacht und künstlerisch interpretiert wird.
Ein Versuch das Denken hörbar zu machen!
In Kooperation mit zwei Wissenschaftlern, Dr. Paul Roach und Dr. Alexander Kaganski, sowie dem Musiker und Mathematiker Sergey Kostyrko wird eine audio-visuelle Installation mit Konzert konzipiert, die aus Experimenten mit lebendigen neuronalen Netzwerken hervorgeht, indem Messwerte in eine kompositionelle, grafische und skulpturale Form übertragen werden.
Dr. Paul Roach (Biomaterials and Interface Science) untersucht die Kommunikation zwischen Nervenzellen aus verschiedenen Bereichen des Gehirns in Hinsicht auf die Heilung von u.a. Parkinson und Alzheimer.
Zusammengefungen haben sich die Künstler und Wissenschaftler bei einem Think-Tank des ArtSci Nexus Netzwerks in Leipzig, das von der Kuratorin Candace Goodrich ins Leben gerufen wurde, um den interdisziplinären Austausch zu ermöglichen.
Mark Matthes (bildender Künstler und Musiker) und Anton Koch (Programmierer und Musiker) beschäftigen sich im Feld der bildenden Kunst mit der Verbindung von klassischen Kompositonsweisen und konzeptionellen Ansätzen der Datenanalyse. Tonsysteme und harmonische Bezüge zwischen Akkorden werden in mathematische Formeln übersetzt und führen zu alghorithmischen Kompositionen, die von den neuronalen Daten gesteuert werden.
Diese Transformationen werden grafisch visualisiert, sowohl algorithmisch über Projektionen, als auch analog in Malerei und Objekten, aus denen eine audiovisuelle Rauminstallation ensteht. Es werden inhaltliche, wie formale Zusammenhänge visueller Darstellungsmöglichkeiten und die Wechselwirkungen zwischen künstlerischer und musikalischer Konzeption erforscht.
Die Konzerte für Streichtrio (Ruth May, Andrew Krell, Mark Matthes), Laptop (Anton Koch) und Modularsystem (Sergey Kostyrko) zusammen mit Performance und Vortrag des Wissenschaftlers Alexander Kagansky finden an 3 Tagen (Fr/Sa/Do) innerhalb der Installation statt.
in Kooperation mit:
(St. Petersburg – Modular Synthesizer)
(Licht / Mapping)
Molecular Biology – University of Edinburgh,UK
Bioengineer – Loughborough University, UK
(Initiatorin / Stockholm)
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May 18, 2017 ArtSci Nexus Artistic Director Candace Goodrich to lecture at Svarta Havet -Konstfack

Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 4.46.18 PMKonstnären och curatorn Candace Goodrich kommer i sin föreläsning att presentera den oberoende öppna plattformen ARTSCI NEXUS som främjar nyfikenhet mellan humaniora, konst och vetenskap som tvärvetenskapliga, processorienterade beröringsytor för gemensamt skapande av estetik. ARTSCI NEXUS presenterar nya former av kreativ forskning och dataanalys för yrkesutövare och allmänheten. Förutom en översikt över nätverkets uppdrag och verksamhet kommer hon att ta upp den viktiga roll som konst och vetenskap måste ikläda sig som svar på de allt starkare auktoritära strömningar vi står inför: att mana till politiskt handlande. Historiskt har konsten varit en hörnsten i folkrörelser. Den ger marginaliserade grupper en möjlighet att skapa innovativa kanaler för omstörtning, politisk vetskap och solidaritet. I en tid när forskare marscherar i demonstrationståg världen över för att försvara öppen forskning och evidensbaserad politik och för att skydda decennier av offentligt tillgänglig forskningsdata så är det allt viktigare att forskare engagerar sig, samarbetar och står upp för sina värderingar. Hur kan dessa epistemologiskt olika sektorer ta sig bortom sina gränser för att skapa ett mer integrerat samhälle? Varför är konst och vetenskap under attack, och vad innebär detta för vår strävan efter sanning i en postfaktisk verklighet?
Artist-curator Candace Goodrich, in her lecture, will present the independent, open platform ARTSCI NEXUS, which enables curiosity within and between the humanities, arts, and sciences as an interdisciplinary, process-oriented meeting point for collaborative aesthetics. The Nexus introduces professionals and the public to new creative modes of research and data analysis. In addition to an overview of the network’s mission and team activities, she will address the crucial role that the arts and sciences must embody in defiance of the rise of authoritarianism, as a call to political action. Historically, the arts have been a cornerstone of social movements. As a marginalised group, they have the capacity to create innovative channels of subversion, for political cognizance and solidarity. As scientists march in demonstrations globally to defend open inquiry and evidence-based policy, recalcitrant in protecting and cataloguing decades of publicly-accessible research, engagement, advocacy, and collaboration is becoming increasingly critical. How can these epistemologically diverse sectors transgress their borders to create a more integrated society? Why are the arts and sciences under attack, and what does this mean in our quest for truth in a post-fact age?
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May 11, 2017 John LaCava Phd – Art and Science Symposium in NYC


MDC Berlin

Searching for answers in biology is still very much an empirical process. Life emerges from a complex dynamical network of molecular interactions; but we lack excellent theories for how, when, or why a given collection of molecules find each other in the cellular soup, ultimately effecting the underlying processes of biology and, taken together, facilitating life as we know it. For my part, I attempt to catalog the parts of cells by developing and using a specific set of tools known as affinity proteomics. The approach is very much akin to taking apart an alien car in hopes of figuring out which part does what, and how it works. One day I would like to be able to consider a parts list and, a priori, understand what the cell is, does, and how.

Thu, May 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

411 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10009
United States

Follow this link to Register

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