Science and art can be combined and integrated in a conference or workshop. It can be used to activate the speakers and the participants and send strong long-lasting messages to the general public.
Complex messages are often difficult to communicate and both professional and lay audiences may not be motivated enough to really use their time and energy to understand the message fully. Art can be used to enhance the communication of complicated subject matters (such as climate science) with good results.
General Structure: Single Event
Triangulation through Science Communication is an example of a trilateral project that uses art, science and communication to invoke emotions and convey information about climate change. Works from the Triangulation Series by artist Yolanda del Riego were augmented with Stories & Voices of science journalists through the Look & Listen pocket guide, developed by the experimental documentary magazine The Exposed.
In this project the science journalists who were receiving travel grants were asked to write a story about climate change. Stories from 18 journalists who participated in the conference were selected and these stories were recorded by their authors and attached to individual tiles in the art piece made by the artist.
Variants of this idea can be applied to a number of subjects to run alongside a wide range of event types.
Main Event Duration: 3 days
Project Duration: 8 Months
The art pieces were displayed throughout the 3 main days of the conference for participants to see. A reception was organised where the artists presented the artwork and participants could listen to the stories of the journalists who were also present at the event. Other events of this type could present art pieces for longer/shorters exhibitions, or could be presented in an online format.
2.1 Staff & Volunteers
Volunteer Requirements: Core organising team only
In theory a science and art event can be organised by a single person, but a slightly bigger team helps sustainability especially because of the logistics and refreshments needed on the day.
2.2 Venue Hire
Capacity: 20-500 people
Talks are usually hosted indoors, but special outdoors events are possible. It is a good idea to combine the show with a reception.
2.3 Partner Institutions
Partner Institutions: Not required
A science and art event can be run independently; there is no real need to team up with a partner institution. However, collaborations are encouraged as they can provide expert speakers as well as opportunities for unique events to engage new audiences — NGOs, universities, science centres and cultural events are key examples.
Yearly / Project Budget: 10,000€
This is based on an estimate of the production cost of the artworks, the transportation costs and costs of the refreshments served at the reception. The artist’s travel expenses to the event were also paid for. The artists donated the artwork to the project.
|Budget Point||Details||Event Cost|
|Personnel Fees||The core organising team is required (voluntary) as well as the artists and journalists’ contribution||0€|
|Venue Hire||The venue cost is covered by the conference organisers.||0€|
|Marketing||Design / printing of posters or buying advertising space in local papers / on social media||0€|