What is real, and how are you sure it is so? Can you be confident in your perceptions when so many experiences are digital or influenced by the changing chemistry and architecture of your brain? Biomedical research uncovers ways that our minds and senses produce gaps between the actual and the observed. How do we navigate such ‘blind spots’, which can be exploited by trickery like fake news, but then embraced willingly to escape from reality? Researchers work to answer, as well as to complicate these questions, as we build new understanding of mental conditions such as dementia and phenomena like the placebo effect, and we advance basic research in Neuroscience. At the same time, research in fields such as Genetics and Reproductive and Regenerative Medicine is destabilizing the reality of nature as we know it.
Science Gallery Rotterdam at Erasmus MC invites you to engage with art projects that respond to this fertile terrain between the actual and the perceived. They address topics including our self-perception, the possibility of female sperm, how the eye processes information, and the implications of a human-machine hybrid to produce food. These works of art can serve as bridges of understanding and platforms for debate, but perhaps even more important, they are welcome signs, announcing a new meeting place for research, society, art, and healthcare.
About Science Gallery with Erasmus MC
Science Gallery Rotterdam is a brand new public institution at Erasmus MC where science, art, society, education, and healthcare meet. It will engage audiences through pop-up exhibitions and educational programs before opening its permanent site in the main building. Science Gallery Rotterdam is a platform for making scientific research more engaging and visible, offering a social space to discuss ideas, imagine the future, and cultivate creativity. The gallery is part of the global Science Gallery Network of leading universities that deliver unique, transdisciplinary exhibitions that reach millions of curious and inquiring minds around the world every year in participatory and surprising ways.
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The activities of Science Gallery Rotterdam in 2019 and 2020, including its first exhibition (UN)REAL have been made possible by generous financial support of Cees de Bruin, Erasmus Trustfonds, NWO, and CBK-Rotterdam.
Science Gallery Rotterdam would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support:
(Un)realists: Abel, Daily, Daphne, Irene, Jip, Maaike, Polina, Sharon, Synticha, Tets, Tom.
Ede, Danielle, Kuan, Lineke, Marc, Marina, Martha, Niek, Pragya, Sally, Yenthe.
Aldje van Meer, Elles de Waard, Lisa Eileen de Boer, Sanne Kloosterboer, Wiegertje Groenveld, Lydia Bogtstra, David Drexhage, Iris Kerst, Souad Zgaoui, Nicole van Dijk, Clemens Heijs, Paul van de Laar, Aveline de Bruin, Ove Lucas, Andrea Bandelli, Antoine van Kempen, Patrick de Raat, Shashini Munshi. Dilara Jaring-Kanik, Pieter van Boheemen, Ad Huijsmans.
Support in Erasmus MC
Tjitske Sweerts, Edith Schut, Frank van den Branden, Jan van Velzen, Robbert Beverloo, Pieter Schakel, Robert Hoegee, Carola Goosens, Lydia Bogtstra.
Maarten Frens, Tim Waldekker, Eric Steegers, Bas van Rijn, Charlotte Jarvis, Joep van Lieshout, Elten Kiene, Arantxa Gerards.
Kunstcommissie Erasmus MC, Museum Rotterdam, CBK-Rotterdam, Atelier Van Lieshout, Karen Mertens, Pia Canales, Sterre, Ariadne, City of Rotterdam, Renate Veerkamp, Caroline Giezeman, staff of Science Gallery International, staff of Science Galleries in London, Dublin, Venice.
Erasmus MC – Science Gallery Rotterdam Board
Dr. Joyce Lebbink, universitair hoofddocent Moleculaire Genetica / Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics
Prof. dr. Maarten Frens, hoogleraar in Systeemfysiologie and prodecaan voor Onderwijs / Professor in Systems
Physiology and Vice-Dean for Education
Prof. dr. Leo Hofland, hoogleraar Inwendige geneeskunde / Professor of Internal Medicine
Prof. dr. Hans van Leeuwen, decaan en lid van de Raad van Bestuur / Dean and Member of the Executive Board
Menno Riemersma, Directeur / Director Programma Integrale Bouw
Mr. Robin van der Aa, bestuursadviseur / Advisor to the Executive Board
Curatorial advisor team
Ove Lucas, directeur CBK-Rotterdam / Director Centre for the Arts-Rotterdam
Prof. dr. Paul van de Laar, directeur Museum Rotterdam en hoogleraar Stadsgeschiedenis / Director of Museum Rotterdam and Professor of Urban History, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fred Balvert, projectleider / Director Science Gallery Rotterdam
Tess de Ruiter
Julia van den Hout
Science Gallery Rotterdam team
Inger van Dijk, Community Manager
Lisa Eileen de Boer, Photographer and Videographer
Bart / Gido Cuppens
Science Gallery Rotterdam
Doctor Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Science Gallery Rotterdam is vooralsnog een pop-uplocatie in the passage van het Erasmus MC. Deze is te bereiken via de hoofdingang van het Erasmus MC of de ingang aan het Museumpark.
An essay by William Myers