NUCLEUS, Imagining Science

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NUCLEUS is the title of the Noorderlicht 2017 International Photography Festival. This 24th edition is about science and the representation of it by photographers and artists. The exhibitions revolve around the human urge to want to understand and control the world around us. NUCLEUS (‘the core’) is about discovery and progress.

NUCLEUS will take place from 22st October - 26th November in Groningen.

NUCLEUS Art and science

Artists often ask themselves the same questions as scientists and share many of the same principles: originality, creativity and an open mind. In NUCLEUS the two disciplines will enter into a dialogue with one another: science is a subject in the festival as well as a source of inspiration.

The human urge to understan…

NUCLEUS is the title of the Noorderlicht 2017 International Photography Festival. This 24th edition is about science and the representation of it by photographers and artists. The exhibitions revolve around the human urge to want to understand and control the world around us. NUCLEUS (‘the core’) is about discovery and progress.

NUCLEUS will take place from 22st October - 26th November in Groningen.

NUCLEUS Art and science

Artists often ask themselves the same questions as scientists and share many of the same principles: originality, creativity and an open mind. In NUCLEUS the two disciplines will enter into a dialogue with one another: science is a subject in the festival as well as a source of inspiration.

The human urge to understand and control the world has already led to an unprecedented amount of knowledge given the relatively short time we have been roaming this planet. The achievements of scientific thought have permeated everyone’s lives. This process, which is now already being called the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, will only intensify in the coming years.

Jos Jansen and Ben Feringa

A striking part of NUCLEUS is the collaboration between the photographer Jos Jansen and Prof. Dr. Ben Feringa, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. He is considered to be one of the world’s most creative chemists. In collaboration with the University of Groningen, Noorderlicht has invited Jansen to capture the essence of Ben Feringa’s work, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016.

Photographers The first photographers for the festival have been selected. Michael Najjar is a German photographer, adventurer and future astronaut. His impressive ongoing project ‘outer space’ deals with the latest developments in the exploration of the universe and the impact this will have on our future. Najjar is one of Virgin Galactic’s Pioneer Astronauts and is planning to become the first artist in space.

The Irish photographer David Thomas Smith based his series ‘Arecibo’ on the same-named radio message that was sent into space from Puerto Rico in 1974. Smith compiled the nine photographs from this series out of thousands of images from Google Maps, reflecting with the work on the origin and evolution of humanity.

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  • Every monday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every tuesday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every wednesday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every thursday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every friday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every saturday from 11:00 to 18:00
  • Every sunday from 11:00 to 18:00