This year at EGU22 we have a whole range of brilliant science-art activities, events and sessions taking place over the two weeks to entertain, educate and inspire you! From the special session on the Art-Science interface, EOS 1.2, the #ActualLivingScientist gallery, to show the diversity of people and research that makes up our community, to the vote for the EGU22 Photo Competition winners, and the many pop-up networking events, Sci-Art is liberally scattered through the General Assembly this year, a testament to the creativity and imagination of our members.
Kelly Stanford, one of the conveners of the Art-Science interface session, and one of our Artists in Residence is excited for the interaction with other researchers and scientists:
I’m really looking forward to seeing the diversity in topics across the conference and meeting the authors behind them! Integrating science with art is important for a number of reasons. One of which is that it helps break down stereotypes – humanising the subject by giving it a more approachable form (art) and helping open wider discussion between experts and the public. I’m hoping with the work I create at this year’s EGU conference I’m able to capture this in my sci-portraits that strive to combine scientist portraits with their research visually.
The place to go to find all our Sci-Art in one place in the Virtual Conference Centre is the EGUart room, but of course you can also find lots of it on social media – just make sure you search using the hashtag #EGUart! When searching the pop-up networking programme use the filter for science-art to see all the special science-art focused networking events being organised.
One of our main highlights, as with any year, are the Artists in Residence. This year we are delighted to have two wonderful artists, one sharing their work in a gallery actually in the conference centre, but also through the week we will be collecting and sharing both artist’s work here in the EGU22 Artists in Residence gallery, so keep checking back to find your favourite!
Jakub Stepanovic @jakubstepanovic
Jakub Stepanovic is an interdisciplinary mixed-media artist, sculptor and communicator, with a background in photojournalism who creates images and installations focused on the ideas of maps, navigation and exploration.
At the General Assembly he will work with various data and images to create two-dimensional artwork examining how researchers approach maps and landscapes, and how they link to memories and emotions. “I am looking forward to the EGU22 residence because it revolves around researching the environment around us and data representation – something that inspires both my journalistic and artistic work.” he says, “I often deal with concepts of mapping and navigating, and the creativity of capturing and visualizing information fascinates me. I am thrilled to learn more about the earth and beyond and discuss the methodologies of making the knowledge accessible. At the same time, I hope to share a playful and fluid take of the data through my practice.”
Check back to see Jakub’s work, or visit his booth in the yellow level of the conference centre!
Kelly Stanford @TheLabArtist
Kelly is a Manchester, UK-based science communicator and Physical Geography PhD candidate from the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute who uses the visual arts and other exciting interdisciplinary methods to help scientists worldwide communicate their work to the wider public. Following her successful tenure as an Artist (not) in Residence in 2021, Stanford will be returning to continue her series of “Sci-portraits” (portraits that fuse the scientists with their research) of geoscientists participating in the meeting. “I am glad to be returning for the artist residency because I’m passionate about showing the more human side to research, and I’m hoping this collaboration will continue to help scientists think about how they can incorporate interdisciplinarity into their work,” Stanford says.
Check back to see Kelly’s work, or visit her space in the EGUart room of the Virtual Conference Centre!
Kelly has also created the illustrations for the EGU Colouring Book vEGU21 edition and will be creating new drawings for us, for an EGU22 edition!