From 5 to 8 February you can visit the art exhibition Depicting Science in the central hall of Science Park 904. The exhibition was organized by students Carlijn Snoek, Fleur van Langen and Mabel Gray from the Master's program Earth Sciences. Among the artworks displayed is one by astronomer Vincent Icke.
Depicting Science is an exhibition about the expression of scientific processes through art. Three artists exhibit works of art that are based on scientific themes, including astronomy, mathematics, physics and earth sciences.
Of the six artworks present, three are from Anna Gray, alumnus from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is regularly connected with scientific themes, such as light, gravity and cellular structures. The German artist duo Plex Noir contributed two works of art. Their video installation Frontear visualises the influence of artificial sounds on an underwater ecosystem. DEBRIS is an installation that maps out space waste using a laser. Finally, Vincent Icke, professor of Theoretical Astronomy at Leiden University and special professor of Cosmology at the UvA, contributed the work Alien Art, which is based on the algorithms he writes to describe the movements of stars in galaxies.
Carlijn Snoek, Fleur van Langen and Mabel Gray organized the exhibition as part of the Spin Your Thesis! campaign of the European Space Agency (ESA). Every year, the ESA makes their Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) available for experiments by students for a number of days. The LDC is a centrifuge with a diameter of 8 meters, which can simulate a force of twenty times the gravity on earth. In September 2018, the three UvA students conducted a self-designed experiment in the LDC, about the influence of gravity on flow patterns of sand avalanches. The Spin Your Thesis! project also includes reaching out the general public; that is what the students decided to do through the current art exhibition.