GLOBART Talk 2018

To keep pace with the time, to discuss future topics with scientists and artists, is the core task of GLOBART.
This exclusive, top-class event is an annual venue for decision- makers, a place for interaction and inspiration.


The GLOBART Talks aim to form a series of interdisciplinary and sophisticated discussions in which new ideas for a successful lifestyle are introduced. All over the world, artists, philosophers, designers and ecologists try to find answers to the question what life could look like in the future. The most inspirational thinkers are then invited in order to present their ideas.

This event series takes place in cooperation with Natural History Museum Vienna.

A change of perspectives: Science on Art / Art on Science 12. September 2018



12. September 2018, 18.30

Natural History Museum Vienna 

Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Moderation: ​Klaus Speidel
In conversation with: Antonella Nota, Aoife van Linden Tol, Victoria VesnaAnna LerchbaumerEleni Boutsika-Palles, Luca Fossati, Daniela Brill EstradaVera Tollmann

On the occasion of the traveling art exhibition Our Place in Space (at the Natural History Museum until November, 4th 2018) that was developed by Antonella Nota (ESA) and Anna Caterina Bellati (Bellati Editore), whose Vienna edition was curated by the astronomer and artist Ulrike Kuchner and organized by GLOBART, this talk brings together artists who participate in the show, scientists who think about art and artists who work with science.

The frontier between art and science is relatively young. Shining figures like Leonardo Da Vinci, Maria Sibylla Merian or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe still worked artistically and scientifically without seeing it as odd. Since at least the 18th century, the emerging frontier between science and art has been regularly called into question. More recently, the philosopher Nelson Goodman insisted on the cognitive potential of art and the role of aesthetics for science has been recognized more widely. However, the relationships often remain superficial, in the true sense of the word. Artists take up scientific results as a conceptual ad-on for their creations or play with forms produced in science, without really understanding them. Scientists often believe that art equals the aesthetic, and thus only perceive the decorative aspect of art.

What can a truly productive exchange between science and art look like? How can interdisciplinary communication processes lead to critical reflection and learning? When does a superficial similarity point towards a deeper connection? Are there analogies that, albeit interesting, have been explored less frequently? What are the conditions of a productive dialogue between scientists and artists? These are some of the questions we want to discuss.

After the talk, curator Ulrike Kuchner is offering a guided tour through the exhibition in presence of the artists.


Escape to Space


22. August 2018, 18.30

Natural History Museum Vienna 

Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Moderation: Friedrich von Borries
In conversation with: Katrien Kolenberg, Björn Dahlem , René Waclavicek

The wish to understand the Universe is as old as humankind. The GLOBART Talk “Escape to space” offered three alternative approaches that shed light on the unknown.

Astrophysicist Katrien Kolenberg intertwined her scientific work with artistic perspectives to help us look for our place in the Universe. René Waclavicek allowed insight into his daily work as a space architect and used a rational mind set to establish our understanding of technology available to explore space. Artist Björn Dahlem shared his deep fascination for space through his installations, which are motivated by cosmological motives like galaxies, superclusters and black holes.