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Konference: "Experiment-Experimentalism: An international interdisciplinary conference on science and the avant-garde"

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Konference: “Experiment-Experimentalism: An international interdisciplinary conference on science and the avant-garde”
Manchester Museum, Manchester, 11-12 March 2005

Artistic practices are often described ‘experimental,’ but what exactly is the nature of relations between art and the notion of experimentation
in science? The conference Experiment-Experimentalism aims to explore this question by bringing out rigorous, parodic and poetic connections between experimentalism in the sciences and in the visual arts from the early twentieth century to this day. Bringing together historians, art historians, historians of science and technology, artists and philosophers, this conference will seek to track the migration of such terms as ‘research’ and ‘experiment’ from science to cultural spheres, and to address different issues and themes such as the emphasis on process over results, as well as notions of chance and risk in the avant-garde and science.

Speakers will include art historians Stephen Bann, Anna Dezeuze, Caroline Jones, David Lomas, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Astrid Ruffa and Aris Sarafianos; historians of science Cornelius Borck, Robert Brain,
Ilana Löwy, John Pickstone, George Rousseau and Joseph Wachelder; philosophers Peter Osborne and Elie During; literature historian Jeremy
Stubbs, and artist Mark Dion.

Conference fee (including lunch and coffee): Stlg 40 (Stlg 20 students). For the provisional programme and registration form, please visit our website at To book a place, or find out more, please contact Ann Kirkham at The conference is organised by the AHRB Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies in collaboration with the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester.

Thomas Söderqvist

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