symposium Transparant vision- The art and science of glass


Transparent vision – the Art and Science of Glass

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag FRIDAY 10 JUNE 2011


“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.” Albert Einstein

“The need to know, create, explore and understand provides inspiration to the development of the human spirit. Science and art share inspirational foundation, even though through time they’ve been separated.”

Leonard Shlain

“Scientists and artists are both driven by surprise, creativity, universality and emotion. They are open, but do not know all the answers, they ask questions in order to move forward. Art is often a personal search, whilst scientists work together and support each other. I would find it wonderful if art succeeds in finding images from the knowledge we produce.”

source: SNS REAAL Fonds Annual Report 2009 Prof.dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf

The Biennale Kijkduin 2011 aims to encourage the development of talent in the field of art, technology, and architecture. Within this scope the symposium is meant for design students, entrepreneurs, and experts who are engaged in experiments and innovative applications of glass. It addresses the social interest of glass as a transition material as glass is – more than any other material – multifunctional. No other material causes similar revolutionary changes in the field of economics, health, safety, technology, architecture, culture, nature and the environment.

The symposium ‘Transparent Vision – the Art and Science of Glass’ will feature ten prominent glass experts who will share their experience and knowledge with students of art academies and universities around Europe. During verbal and visual presentations they show history, innovative concepts, new developments and the latest trends in sustainability and recycling. They review new techniques and applications of glass as a raw material, construction material, recycling and packaging material, and as a medical material. Glass will also be highlighted as a medium of art developed since the beginning of the 19th century, in different forms when it comes to composition, characteristics and appearances.

Since the 14th century, glass has chemistry to thank for its development. The purity and clarity of glass have always depended on research and knowledge. Today’s innovations in the use of glass are only possible thanks to evolving discoveries in chemistry finding new properties and new types of glass such as optical glass, composites, metamaterials and hybrids. Innovations in glass are changing the world!

The aim of the symposium is to strengthen the relation between art, science and technology, and to develop contacts between students, teachers, and leading figures of art academies, glass producing companies and the universities of Delft (NL), Hasselt (BE), Sunderland (UK) and Zlin (CZ). In debates and discussions they will investigate the possibilities of cross-border disciplines and they will inspire each other to develop products and materials that affect health, wellness, comforts and safety for ourselves and the generations to come.

The symposium is part of the Biennale Kijkduin 2011

Biennale Kijkduin 2011 is connected to the UN Program ‘Chemistry – our life, our future’. The United Nations has proclaimed the Year 2011 as ‘The International Year of Chemistry’, which is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. The Biennale 2011 highly values merging art, science and society, and organizes the international exhibition ‘CHEMISTRY – Creating new Worlds’.

Twenty monumental glass and light art installations are to be seen on the boulevard and the dunes in Kijkduin, the southern beach resort of The Hague. Period: 2 / 26 June 2011. Free entrance.

Symposium 2009 and Symposium 2011

The symposium ‘Transparent Vision – the Art and Science of Glass’ is a continuation of the symposium ‘Scratching the Surface – Matters of Perception’ that was organized in 2009 by the Glass Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL). Both symposiums aim to connect art, science, technology and society, and to stimulate the strive for excellence within the various academies and universities in Europe.

Biennale Kijkduin Symposium 2011

The symposium ‘Transparent Vision – the Art and Science of Glass’ aims to bring together the three areas of Art, Science and Technology and to investigate how to cross the borders between them. Students and teachers will come into contact with leading figures from universities, art academies, and industry. In this way the Biennale expects to contribute to innovative developments in glass, as much for science as for art. The aim is on building long-standing relationships where think tanks can be established with the different sectors. And on creating partnerships between students from art academies and technical universities, with the possibility of researching new projects. And on thinking about the next steps such as workshops.

In order to stimulate international dialogue, the lectures will be published on an international blog which will also store documentation and create a platform for personal messages and a continuation of debate and dialogue.


Organization Symposium Biennale Kijkduin 2011

Angela van der Burght, Curator Biennale Kijkduin; Caroline Prisse, Head Glass Department Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; Mick Eekhout, Prof. of Product Development, Faculty of Architecture TU Delft. Stichting Biënnale Kijkduin