Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery (10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa), Club SAW, Artengine and Digital Arts Resource Centre (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa)


SCI_ART brings together artists, scientists and academics for a two-day program of panel discussions, artist talks and performances to present an array of diverse viewpoints and approaches to understanding artistic and scientific collaboration. The symposium will also examine new art forms and technological advances that arise from bringing together scientific research and artistic practice. Many of the invited artists and thinkers in the symposium address some of the most challenging issues of our time, from environmental degradation to social challenges, opening up new ways of thinking and seeing the world around us.

Organizing Committee: Lisa Butzenlechner, Inès Mastellotto-Lesny, Simon Pribac, Valentine Renaud, Jason St-Laurent, Pia Stenholt + Jan-Terje Studsvik Storaas

Presented by: SAW, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Austrian Embassy, Austrian Cultural Forum Ottawa, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of France, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of Bulgaria, Embassy of Ireland and Culture Ireland / Cultúr Éireann

Funding Partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and City of Ottawa

Cultural Partners: Ottawa Art Gallery, University of Ottawa, Sporobole, Artengine, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Korean Cultural Centre Canada, Društvo VTIS and Ars Electronica



Registration fee: $25 / $20 SAW members, students, seniors and unwaged


Registration is required to attend morning and afternoon programs on April 6 (register here).

Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery (10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa)

9:30AM  Continental breakfast and welcoming remarks by Simon Pribac, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, and Valentine Renaud, Embassy of France

10AM  Keynote speaker: Justine Emard (Paris)

10:30AM  Panel 1: Possible Worlds: Social Impact in Art, Science and Technology Collaborations

Speakers: Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm (Copenhagen), Basil Al-Rawi (Dublin), Anne Marie Engtoft Meldgaard (Copenhagen), Valerie Wolf Gang (Ljubljana) and Shourideh C. Molavi / Forensic Architecture (Basel). Moderator: Adrian Harewood (Ottawa)

12PM  Interactive installation: Tech for Democracy
Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrøm (Copenhagen)

Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)
12PM  Networking Lunch


Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery (10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa)

Panel 2: Machine Mayhem: A.I. and its Influence on the Creative Process
Maša Jazbec (Trbovlje / Celje / Linz), Georgi Hristov (Sofia), Plamen Zahariev (Sofia), Justine Emard (Paris) and Jim Davies (Ottawa). Moderator: Charlene Lau Ahier (Ottawa)

2:30PM  Coffee break

3PM  Panel 3: Climate Rebels: Artists on the Frontlines of Change

Susi Gutsche (Vienna), Rebekka Sæter (Oslo), Chessa Adsit-Morris (Vancouver), Valérie Chartrand (Ottawa), Heather Kharouba (Ottawa) and Darsha Hewitt (Berlin). Moderator: Dan Rutabingwa Gakire (Ottawa)

4:30PM  Closing remarks: Jason St-Laurent, SAW (Ottawa)

Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)
5PM  SCI_ART cocktail reception (for symposium registrants and panelists only)


Various locations: SAW Portico, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Artengine and Club SAW
6PM  Opening of SCI_ART exhibition and unveiling of Zasaan artist commission by Barry Ace

This event is open to the general public, and admission is free.

SAW Portico (67 Nicholas Street)
Barry Ace (Ottawa)
Commissioned as part of SAW’s 50th Anniversary Program

Digital Arts Resource Centre (67 Nicholas Street)
Trace Waste
Susi Gutsche (Vienna)
ghosting Glacier
Leon Muraglia (Oslo), Romek Paluch-Edwards (Oslo), Linnea Syversen (Oslo) and Rebekka Sæter (Oslo)

Artengine (67 Nicholas Street)
Rebecca Merlic (Tokyo / Munich / Vienna)
High Fidelity Wasteland II: The Protoplastic Groove
Darsha Hewitt (Berlin)

Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)
Greetings from…
Paul O’Neill (Dublin)
7PM-9PM  Musical performance by DJ and composer Nicholas LePage (Ottawa)

Unless otherwise noted, all programs on April 7 are presented free of charge and are open to the general public.

Locations: Artengine and Club SAW

Artengine (67 Nicholas Street)
11AM  Master class: Justine Emard (Paris) (by invitation only)
Presented by Artengine and the Embassy of France

12PM  Listening session with the artist: High Fidelity Wasteland II: The Protoplastic Groove
Darsha Hewitt (Berlin)
Presented by SAW, Artengine and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

11:30AM  Walking tour and mapping workshop: becoming Fluid
Chessa Adsit-Morris (Vancouver), Nina Vroemen (Montréal), Sive Hamilton Helle (Oslo) and Rebekka Sæter (Oslo)
Presented by Norwegian BioArt Arena (NOBA) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

1PM  Artist talk: Basil Al-Rawi (Dublin) and Paul O’Neill (Dublin)
Pop-up exhibition:
House of Memory
Basil Al-Rawi (Dublin)
Greetings from…
Paul O’Neill (Dublin)
Presented by Culture Ireland / Cultúr Éireann and the Embassy of Ireland

2PM  Screening: Data, Bodies, Space
Jonathan Armour (London), Ina Conradi (Singapore), Junha Kim (Seoul / Los Angeles), Jieyuan Huang (Berlin / Linz), Wang and Söderström (Copenhagen), Dorian Rigal / Minuit (Paris), Maxime Chudeau (New York) and Ryotaro Sato (Tokyo)
Presented by Ars Electronica and the Austrian Cultural Forum

3PM  Workshop: Valerie Wolf Gang (Ljubljana)
Strategies to Overcome Technophobia: The Ethical and Societal Impacts of Technological Developments

Presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture

4PM  Screening: AI & Human
Operator / Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti (Madrid), Theresa Reiwer (Berlin), Ruini Shi (London) and Antanas Skučas and Julius Zubavičius (Vilnius)
Presented by Ars Electronica and the Austrian Cultural Forum

5PM  Closing reception

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