Paradoxes and illusions: an evening about innovative and disruptive concepts of art

Sponsored by School of Humanities and Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Continuing Studies, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


Thursday, October 1, 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Rebecca Rutstein (Interdisciplinary Artist) will present her art based on science.

Blanca Bercial (Artist, Curator, Critic) will discuss "The Paradox of Silence within a Social and Artistic Framework"

Pantea Karimi will introduce her exhibition "The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics"

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Rebecca Rutstein, a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, interactive installation and public art, creates work at the intersection of art, science and technology. She has garnered recent attention for her latest public art project, a prominent mural on the AT&T building along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence at locations around the world, including six expeditions at sea and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists through residencies and workshops have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions, and her work can be found in several public collections.

Blanca Bercial is an artist-scholar working on the field of Sound Studies. She recently graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, which culminated with an "Outstanding Thesis Award" from the institution. Originally from Madrid (Spain), she has been living in San Francisco since 2018, when she started her research on the soundscape of this city. She uses sound and poetry as an inquiry about the ways we ignore and overlook common yet unexplored spaces, unutilized hideouts embedded within place, time, and in sound.

Pantea Karimi is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist. Her works explore the intersection of art, history, and science and examine how the broader aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. She researches illustrations and texts of medieval Persian, Arab, and early modern European scientific manuscripts. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her research, she creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Pantea Karimi has exhibited in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the USA.

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