In September Skolar Award visited Techfestival in Copenhagen to talk about collaborative acts in science and art. We asked the audience at Techfestival to share what they would like to see scientist and artists working on: What phenomena or topic would they like to understand better?
The answers ranged from the sandwich dropping dilemma (why does it always fall buttered side down?) to the question how human can androids become, before it gets too weird? Also conscious AI and internet were mentioned as well as very basic but magical features of human life, such as Where do thoughts come from? What motivates behaviour change? Why am I still single?
The assignment also invited someone to wonder the behaviour of other species and particularly the eternal question why cats are assholes?
These answers are so intriguing that we want more! Please submit your reply below.
What will we do with the answers?
The Skolar Award team wants to further explore collaborations between scientists and artists in 2019. Therefore we are going to look for a scientist and an artist who are eager to collaborate on one of the topics you have suggested. But before we can look for this pair, we want to hear what phenomena or topic you would like to understand better?
Contribute and share your biggest puzzle! This is completely anonymous so you throw in even wild and radical questions. All replies will be shared on this site.
This is what happened at Techfestival
At Techfestival Skolar Award hosted an event where we introduced different collaborations between scientists and artists, and explored the question why science and art should be put together in the first place?
Artist Josefina Nelimarkka and atmospheric scientist Stephany Buenrostro Mazon showcased their collaboration in Kairos- exhibition. Associate professor Elizabeth Jochum and Thomas Corneliussen from theatre ensemble Seven Pigs and Stages of Science -organization presented a robot theatre project called The Robot Project. Our keynote speaker was cyborg artist Moon Ribas. Read more about the speakers and their thoughts here.
Our science & art event in Copenhagen was made possible through our partnership withFoundation for Economic Education, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, The Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, The Runar Bäckström Foundation, Saastamoinen Foundation and Walter Ahlström Foundation. Read more about our partners here.
Thank you Techfestival audience for being a part of this! Hope to see you soon.
All photo credits: Vilja Pursiainen / Kaskas Media