MSI Rory Comerford Memorial Lecture 2016

6 pm Friday 22nd April
Science Gallery, Pearse St., Dublin 2


MSI is delighted to announce this year's Comerford memorial lecture, hosted in association with the Science Gallery and DIT. The lecture is open to the public and will take place in the Paccar Theatre. Rob Kesseler is a visual artist, Professor at Central Saint Martins and Chair in Arts, Design & Science at the University of the Arts London. You can read about our esteemed speaker below.

Student Poster Session

In addition to our annual lecture on April 22nd, we are also hosting a brief poster session for research students which the public are welcome to attend. Please note that tickets are booked independently through the Science Gallery for the lecture and through eventbrite (see right pane) for the poster session. They are in all cases free.


Rob Kesseler FRMS FLS FRSA

A former NESTA Fellow at Kew and Research Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal, he collaborates with botanical scientists and molecular biologists to explore the living world at a microscopic level. His work reveals a hidden world lying beyond the scope of the human eye producing images that lie somewhere between science and symbolism, in which the many complexities of representing life are concentrated into mesmeric visual images. He exhibits internationally and has published an award winning series of books on Pollen, Seeds and Fruit with Dr Madeline Harley and Dr. Wolfgang Stuppy of Kew published by Papadakis. In 2010 they also published a monograph of his work, Rob Kesseler Up Close.


Convergent Territories

To move out into another's territory, to engage with their discipline in a way that goes beyond the superficial, to share ideas and to explore areas of commonality and difference is a privilege. Perhaps we are moving to a time when it is becoming inevitable that the territories of art & science will converge, we might go as far as to say it is essential. For the past fifteen years Rob Kesseler has collaborated with scientists across a range of specialisms, plant morphologists, cell biologists, bacteriologists and geneticists, to explore the living world at a microscopic level. It is an astonishing territory of complex patterns and structures that underpin life, one which he is passionate to share and inspire others through the artworks, books and events he creates. The lecture will reveal some of the convergent territories and histories that unite the arts & sciences and underpin his work, from the Micrographia of Robert Hooke to plant geneticists generating 3D forms to reveal flower development. The talk will show a range of the work he has produced, from drawings to electron micrographs and from works in glass to printed fabrics.


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