Encounters between art and science

Paard van Troje, Prinsegracht 12, Den Haag

'How does our society benefit from this?' is a question that artists and scientists are often confronted with. These and other questions guide this series of meetings, in which we reflect on the societal role of both worlds and on their mutual relationship. Led by Andrea van Pol six discussions will take place between renowned artists and scientists:

Tuesday 14 April Hans Clevers meets Ramsey Nasr,
Tuesday 28 April Maarten Jansen meets Hans van Houwelingen,
Tuesday 12 May Frans-Willem Korsten meets Barbara Visser,
Tuesday 26 May Carel Stolker meets Johan Simons,
Tuesday 9 June Marileen Dogterom meets Francine Houben,
Tuesday 23 June Bas Haring meets Colin Benders (Kyteman).

In the course of centuries, artists and scientists have been gaining an ever-growing position of autonomy, yet we seem to have arrived at a turning point. Scientists are now expected to focus their attention on matters relevant to our modern society and artists are expected to show in what way their works of art matter to society and its current challenges. Another striking development is that the arts and sciences are more often seeking ways in which to collaborate.

The purpose of these encounters is that prominent artists and scientists enter into a dialogue with each other, discussing questions such as ‘what is the relation between art and science?’, ‘what is their relevance to society?’, ‘what drives artists and scientists to do their work and what is the role of creativity?’, ‘what is the importance of room for failure?’, ‘what is the value of fundamental research and autonomous art?’ and ‘what is the current situation regarding artistic freedom and freedom in science?’.

To view the video registrations of the sessions, please visit the website of the Lectoraat KTP,


This programme is a collaboration between Studium Generale Universiteit Leiden, the Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag Lectoraat Kunst Theorie & Praktijk, the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of the Universiteit Leiden, West Den Haag and Paard van Troje. This event is also part of the programme of the 88e lustrum of the Universiteit Leiden.