Ingeborg Reichle talks at the Biennial City and Science (Ciència i Ciutat) in Barcelona

On February 8, Ingeborg Reichle will present a keynote on art and science at the Biennial City and Science (Ciència i Ciutat) in Barcelona, Spain (February 7-11, 2019). The panel will host speakers like Marta de Menezes, Gunalan Nadarajan and Karin Ohlenschläger. It will focus on the fact that to talk about art and science is to talk about mankind’s vocational urge to go out into the world with all its senses and try to understand it with the tools and knowledge that it has (real or imagined). What happens when art, science and technology work together? What have we learned so far about this collaboration? What do scientists, technologists and artists get out of it and society and people in general?

Behind these questions there are universal question marks about mankind, nature, life, the world and the universe, and about the experiences that shape us as human beings. This dialogue between internationally renowned experts hopes to show examples of the hybridization of art and science, and to reflect on these and many other questions with a far-reaching informed view.

In this change of epoch that we are living in – and in a city like Barcelona – many questions are arising and uncertainty is growing. Can science help us to settle our anxiety? Is scientific knowledge accessible to everyone? What are the limits of scientific progress? What dilemmas arise from the link between science, the market and the authorities? How can we ensure that everything invested publicly in science is useful for progress and social transformation? The city of Barcelona has become one of the most important centres of knowledge, research and scientific experimentation in Europe, and so it cannot remain indifferent to these concerns, or the discussions they generate. The City and Science Biennial is a broad look at scientific knowledge and citizens’ involvement. A Biennial with which the city’s academics, researchers, educators and scientists are collaborating, with the aim of reflecting openly on these issues with everyone who wishes to attend. The Biennial is open to everybody because science forms part of our everyday lives.

Free activities at more than 60 venues, addressing all people of all ages in every district of the city. Over 80 workshops, discussions, exhibitions and shows in order to leave no questions unanswered. 50 days of reflection, because science has to be given space and time.