The meeting of art and science has come true through mutual influence of ideas, concepts, research methods and artistic stances. The epitome of the interrelations was and is Leonardo da Vinci. Contemporary artists willingly co-operate – in the full meaning of the word – with scientists, not only dialoguing with their concepts, but also creating close-knit teams. Artists enter research labs, while scientists contribute to works of art. The creative symbiosis of art with genetics, biotechnology, robotics or AI research has given birth to unprecedented phenomena of bio-art, nano-art, robotic art and plenty others.

It is not solely art itself which flirts with science. Within science, too, changes and revaluations arise, which make the scientists step outside the lab’s four walls. The science has ceased to be seen as the single sphere of social practice producing knowledge. The 20th century science theorists, like Ernest Nagel, Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn or Paul Feyerabend, have criticized the neopositivist vision of scientific progress understood as accumulation of facts and descriptions. They have proved the vitality of such factors as inspiration and intuition in the scientific process. They have also pointed out that scientific cognition is much more relative than thought to date.

Art & Science Meeting – a collaborative project of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, National Centre for Culture, Baltic Sea Culture Centre, National Museum in Gdańsk, Gdańsk History Museum and European Capital of Culture Gdansk 2016 – candidate – includes exhibitions and scientific conferences.

Artistic director of the project: prof. dr hab. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Director of Media and Audiovisual Culture Department at University of Łódź

Project coordinator: Krzysztof Miękus

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Main organiser:
            Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art


            National Centre for Culture
            European Capital of Culture Gdansk 2016 – candidate
            The Baltic Cultural Centre in Gdańsk
            National Museum in Gdańsk
            Gdańsk History Museum

            ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie
            Ludwig Museum in Budapest
            Polish Institut in Budapest
            Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts
            Gdańsk University of Technology

Honorary patrons:

Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship
Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk
Hungarian Institute in Warsaw
Hungarian Embassy in Warsaw
German Embassy in Warsaw

The Performing Data exhibition is supported by IFA.

The conference is made in collaboration with the Polish-German festival of modern neighbourhood „Sąsiedzi 2.0” organised by the German Embassy in Warsaw and Goethe-Institut in Warsaw.


The conference is organised within the framework of Art Line programme, complementary with the Art & Science Meeting project.

Art Line is a collaborative art and culture project between 14 partners from 5 countries in the South Baltic Region that is part-financed by the European Union (Regional Development Fund).

Municipal Institution of Culture