In 1990, artist Louwrien Wijers organised a high profile event entitled "Art meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy" with scientists, economists, spiritual leaders and artists. The event was hosted jointly by the University of Amsterdam and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. It considered the recent end to the Cold War, and acknowledged the necessity and importance of creativity in light of the social shifts that were occurring.
|Date||8 April 2021|
Today, 30 years later, under Covid-19-determined conditions, there is a renewed impetus to raise similar questions and consider the current societal and economic changes.
In this interview, Louwrien Wijers will introduce the historical event prompting questions concerning the continued relevance of that discourse, current emphases in the debates, and approaches to ArtScience. As an artist, whose work grew in close collaboration with Joseph Beuys it can be can be called 'Social Sculpture’. Wijers will be interviewed by AHM director Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes (art historian and theme-lead ArtScience at IAS, UvA) and Mariana Lanari (artist and AHM PhD researcher, UvA).