SPACE is proud to present the ScienceFest 2016* plenary speaker, Bettina Forget, and her work at the intersection of art and science.
Scientist/artist, logic/emotion, left brain/right brain, lab coats/paint-stained jeans. Polar opposites. Or are they?
Bettina Forget works at the intersection of art and science. It is her mission to disrupt the artificial separation between these disciplines, and to stimulate curiosity, spark discussion, and to foster a profound appreciation for the natural world.
In her ScienceFest presentation Bettina will outline her astronomy-informed artistic practice, the mandate of her art-science gallery Visual Voice, and her upcoming activities as art/science researcher at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.
Scientific inquiry and creative practice: two disciplines that are as much alike as they are different.
Image credit: Deep sky, 2013 by Bettina Forget courtesy of the artist.
*About ScienceFest 2016: ScienceFest extends the opportunity for students to share their knowledge, creativity and passion for learning science in a public forum and to be recognized for their efforts and achievements.
Bettina Forget is a visual artist, gallery owner, art educator, and researcher living and working in Montreal, Canada.
Bettina’s creative work focuses on space sciences, inspired by her avid engagement with amateur astronomy. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua. Bettina owns and runs Visual Voice Gallery. Located in downtown Montreal, Visual Voice Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions which create a dialogue between art and science.
Since 2016 Bettina is the art/science researcher for the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence program. In this capacity she investigates idea translation between collaborating artists and scientists, and explores different modes of knowing. In her (limited) spare time Bettina serves on the board of the English Language Arts Network as president and Representative for Visual Arts, and she produces and edits the online art magazine The Belgo Report.
Born in Germany, Bettina has studied at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England and at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She is currently earning an MA in Art Education at Concordia University, Canada. Her research project examines the recontextualization of art and science, and how women and girls may connect to STEM subjects through art.