BLAST Panel Discussion: Illustration or Transformation? – How artistic practice can challenge science environments

Friday 29 May, 2015 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.

Room: Marconi Lecture Theatre, Kimmeridge House.

BOOKING – The event is free but booking is required at:

This panel discussion chaired by Dr Rob La Frenais will explore the value of arts and science collaborations and scientist’s engagement with the arts, considering the perspectives of audience, practitioner and researcher. This lively debate includes the following panellists: Bentley Crudgington; Rob Kesseler; Simon Park; Helen Pynor and Paul Smith, boredomresearch.

CHAIR Biography: Dr Rob La Frenais is an independent contemporary art curator, working internationally and creatively with artists entirely on original commissions. He believes in being directly engaged with the artist’s working process as far as possible, while actively widening the context within which the artist can work. For the last 17 years he was based at The Arts Catalyst, a UK Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, where, along with director Nicola Triscott, he developed an ambitious artistic programme and built up an unparalleled creative team which has been responsible for some of the most innovative exhibitions and events, based on interactions between art and science, in the world.His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened in 2014 on London’s South Bank and aspects of this are now touring internationally. As well as producing site-based works, The Arts Catalyst collaborates with institutions such as the European Space Agency, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse and many other galleries and institutions. Before becoming a curator in 1987 he founded and edited the influential contemporary cultural journal Performance Magazine in 1979, editing and writing criticism internationally during the eighties. He is working on a project to exhibit and document this magazine in late 2015. He was also the first curator ever to experience zero gravity, with a group of artists, at Star City in Moscow in 1999 and went on, with the Arts Catalyst to enable around 50 artists (and scientists) to work in an environment previously only experienced by astronauts and space scientists. He is currently working on a new project, Aerosolar: Space Without Rockets, with artist Tomas Saraceno, happening at White Sands Desert in New Mexico and working on a major touring exhibition for FACT Liverpool.