Art and Science Across Italy
30 Mar 2019



Francesca Scianitti, INFN Communication Office



​Parallel Session 4: Unconventional Outreach - ​STEM and Art
Tuesday 9 April 14:45 - 16:3​0​​​​​

An educational project on Physics, addressed to Italian high schools

Creativity is something common to many disciplines and is certainly involved in artistic and scientific thought and work. Scientists and artists are asked to see and think beyond the obvious and move beyond perceivable reality. They can imagine things which are not visible or can only be seen only by looking at them from an unusual perspective. Scientists and artists must have a vision and they must be creative. We found it interesting to explore similarities and differences in the way art and science move, using artistic language to talk about science.

This is the goal of “Art&Science across Italy”, a European project organized by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and CERN, in Geneva: use the artistic language to capture the interest in the science of all students, regardless of their attitude towards scientific subjects or their initial knowledge, in order to represent scientific ideas and research topics as artworks. The artistic tools used to communicate science can be painting, sculpture, photography, film making, storytelling and all that can be useful for the purpose.
The first phase of the poject "Art&Science across Italy" is aimed at training students on science and art, while in the second phase students will be asked to design and implement an artwork inspired by one of the scientific topics treated during the first phase. All artworks will lead to a local exhibition, established in either a historical or cultural centre or a museum, in each of the participating cities. The first 10 artworks of each local competition will pass to the national phase.

Selected by an international committee of experts (scientists, artists, science communicators), the winners of the national art&science competition will be invited to attend a school on art and science at CERN, in Geneva, and in other laboratories in Italy.

The first edition of the project involved 3000 students, who partecipated in scientific seminars and worked on an artistic idea inspired by science and research. The second edition of the project involves more than 4000 high school students from Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Padua, Venice, Potenza, Matera, Pisa, Rome and Turin and will end in May 2020.​

Contact: Fletcher, Sara (STFC,RAL,ISIS)