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Science in the dock, Art in the stocks: Convex/Concave

Workshop   12.03.2008





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Gallery Terracina, Haven Banks, Piazza Terracina, Exeter Quay

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A free one-day public workshop bringing together artists and scientists from the South West to share practice and critique of each other's work in an engaging setting. Come for the whole day, or come and go.

Refreshments will be available.

Time Speaker Topic
1.30 Doors open – coffee available
1.45 Short film by Tony Hill – artist & filmmaker
1.55 Prof Steve Hughes, Egenis Introduction
2.00 Prof Harry Collins, Cardiff University Perception of Gravity Waves from Deep Space
2.30 Dr Samantha Lavender, University of Plymouth Satellite Readings of Algae
3.00 Discussion chaired by Prof Steve Hughes
3.30 Break
4.00 Robin Hawes, Artist & designer Constructing Reality: Creating Art with the Eye
4.30 Dr Ian Gordon, University of Exeter Visual Perception
5.10 Discussion chaired by Dr Tim Hodgson, University of Exeter
5.40 Break
6.40 Prof John Dupré, Egenis Introduction
6.45 Tony Hill Ecology of Vision
7.15 Dr Julian Partridge, University of Bristol The Evolution of Eyes
7.45 Prof John Dupré Response
8.00 Plenary discussion chaired by Dr Robert Witkin, University of Exeter


Tony Hill studied at St Martin's School of Art. His work includes sculpture, photography, film installations, performance, short films for cinema and television and commercial directing. He taught film and video for many years becoming Professor of Film at the University of Derby. Tony Hill’s work has been presented at many art galleries, including Tate Britain, and at international film festivals, and has won a number of awards, including the Deutscher Videokunstpreis.

Image © Tony Hill

Professor Harry Collins is Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University and is Director of the Centre for The Study of Knowledge Expertise Science. He has been a Visiting Professor at California Institute of Technology and a Visiting Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. He is in charge of the Gravitational Wave Project, a long-running sociological project on the science of gravitational radiation detection.

Dr Samantha Lavender is Reader in Geomatics at the University Of Plymouth. She has more than 10years experience as an ocean colour scientist, and is co-ordinator of the Geomatics Research Group. Her research focuses primarily on remote sensing, from satellites or aircraft, of water bodies by using their colour signature - ocean colour.

Robin Hawes is an artist and designer, and a Research Assistant for the Art, Nature and Environment research cluster at University College Falmouth. His art practice revolves around the ways in which evolution and the brain have shaped the nature of our internal experience; our understanding of the external world and the influence this has in determining a common notion of ‘reality’.

Dr Ian Gordon/strong> is an Honorary Fellow in Psychology at the University of Exeter. He is particularly interested in visual perception, optical illusions, and in psychology and the design of objects and systems.

Dr Julian Partridge undertook his first degree in Zoology at Bristol, then remained at the University to undertake PhD research. He became a Research Fellow, then received a lectureship, and was made a Reader in Zoology in 1999. He has participated in many research cruises, and some of this work has been directed towards the understanding of the role of vision and bioluminescence in the deep sea.

Professor John Dupré is Director of Egenis (the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society), University of Exeter.

Professor Steve Hughes is a Co-Director of Egenis (the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society), University of Exeter.

Dr Tim Hodgson is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the School of Psychology, University of Exeter.

Dr Robert Witkin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

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