Location: Het Huis
What is contemporary alchemy? How can the narratives surrounding the history of alchemy be used to reassess our current relationship with materials, transformation and power? During this panel, bioscientists will discuss the magical properties of new materials.
OPENING FILM: Alchemic Dialogue. On The Most Powerful Catalyst On The Planet (2017) 10 min, Füsun Türetken (TR)
MODERATOR: Karen Verschooren (BE)
PANEL: Pieter van Boheemen (NL), Füsun Türetken (TR) and Crystal Bennes (GB/FI)
FÜSUN TÜRETKEN― Artist
Füsun Türetken is an architect and visual artist from Istanbul. She is head of Visual Culture, and lecturer at the Master Program of Piet Zwart Institute, University Rotterdam. In 2016 she has been a fellow with Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam with her project titled “On The Most Powerful Catalyst On The Planet”.
PIETER VAN BOHEEMEN― Moderator
At the Rathenau Instituut Pieter van Boheemen is specialized in co-creation methodologies addressing the societal impact of science, technology and innovation. Previously he was leading the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and FabLab Amsterdam team at Waag Society, focusing on grassroots initiatives in biotechnology and smart city issues. He combines creativity and design thinking with in-depth knowledge of scientific and technological advancements, and includes the public in the assessment thereof through online engagement such as vlogs and MOOCs and offline workshops. Often these activities take place within the context of European projects, such as Doing It Together Science, BrainHack and MakingSense. His work is shared open and freely, enabling communities around the world to replicate and build upon his designs.
Karen Verschooren is a contemporary art curator based in Belgium. As Head of Exhibitions for STUK Arts Centre, Leuven, she is responsible for the exhibitions programme including a series of solo exhibitions and ARTEFACT: a themed exhibition and festival on contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. She previously curated for Z33, House for contemporary art, Hasselt (BE) (2008-2015). She is a board member of Overtoon, platform for sound art, and advisory board member of IMAL, Center for Digital Cultures & Technology.
CRYSTAL BENNES― Speaker
Crystal Bennes is an American artist and writer, currently based in Paris.