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Representation in Action

Visual Practices in Art and Science

Liz Haines, Mountains

A one-day workshop hosted by the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL

Tuesday 19 June 2012
10.30am – 6.00pm.
Venue: Archaeology G6 Lecture Theater, UCL Campus (map)

The conference is free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required. To register please contact Alasdair Tatam at a.tatam@ucl.ac.uk

Local organiser
Chiara Ambrosio, Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL (link)

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Workshop Description
Representations constitute a crucial common link between scientific and artistic visual practices. Integrating the history, philosophy and sociology of scientific and artistic representations, this one-day workshop will explore how representations function first and foremost as experimental practices and as guidelines to practical judgments in science and in the visual arts.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the role of representations “in action” -- that is, their function as practices that partake of a process of inquiry. Drawing on historical and contemporary case-studies, the contributions to the workshop will present a range of arguments that will place visual practices in science and the visual arts, along with their commonalities and tensions, at the center of current epistemological and historiographical debates on the dynamics of scientific observation and visualization, the quest for objectivity and the evaluative practices that implicitly inform the construction and use of representations.


Abstracts available here

10.30 – 11.00
Coffee and Registration

11.00 – 11.30
Welcome and Introduction

Session 1

Chair: Chiara Ambrosio

11.30- 12.15
Mauricio Suárez
Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
"The Modelling Attitude in 19th Century Physics"

12.15 – 1.00
Annamaria Carusi
Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
"Errors, lies, fictions, and other (mis) representations"

1.00-2.00 Lunch

Session 2

Chair: Liz Haines

2.00 – 2.45
Antony Hudek
Institute of Archaeology, University College London
"When exhibitions become science fairs: episodes in a history of conceptual art"

Kelley Wilder
Photographic History Center, De Montfort University, Leicester
"Exhibiting Scientific Applied Photography"

Chiara Ambrosio
Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
"Reconnecting Representations and Practices: Lessons from Art"

16.15 – 16.45 Break

16.45 – 18.00
Keynote Lecture
Lorraine Daston
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
"The Physiognomy of the Sky and the Limits of Representation"

18.00 - 19.30
Reception and Art Pop-up at the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy


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