Art Across Boundaries

The Wende Museum is proud to support Stanford School of Medicine in presenting a new, collaborative guest speaker series entitled “Art Across Boundaries" which examines the overlap between visual arts and science and how the two areas can inspire and enrich each other.

SHOLEH ASGARY (b. 1982, Iran) is an interdisciplinary artist who researches how the auditory characteristics of a location reveal its underlying conditions and our relationship to place—echoing the near-perpetual movement across borders that characterized Asgary’s formative years. Situating the body as a site of knowledge, the work takes form as visual, sound, and collective processes. The resulting artworks implicate the viewer in mythological excavations that bridge large swathes of time and history through water, water clocks, crude oil, movement, light, imaging, and voice. Featured in Art in America's 2022 "New Talent Issue," Asgary is a Bay Area Now 9 Triennial artist at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a 2023 Artadia Finalist, and a Getty Pacific Standard Time (2024-25) exhibiting artist. Such institutions as Headlands Center for the Arts, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, The Lab, Kadist, and ARoS Kunstmuseum have supported her performance and interdisciplinary work. Asgary is a UCLA Art|Sci Collective member, serves on the Curatorial Council for Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and is a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. 

Hybrid Event - Virtual & In-Person

May 3, 2023 | 5:30 pm PT


Robertina Šebjanič (Ljubljana) is an artist/researcher whose work explores the biological, chemical, (geo)political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and the impact of humanity on other organisms. Her projects call for the development of empathetic strategies aimed at recognizing the other (non-human) species. In her analysis of the Anthropocene and its theoretical framework, the artist uses the terms “aquatocene” and “aquaforming” to refer to the human impact on aquatic environments. Her works received awards and nominations at Prix Ars Electronica, Starts Prize, Falling Walls, RE:Humanism. 

Hybrid Event - Virtual & In-Person

February 9, 2023 | 5:30 pm PT

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in contemporary art and poetry. In the early 1980s, Kac created digital, holographic and online works that anticipated the global culture we live in today, composed of ever-changing information in constant flux. In 1997 the artist coined the term "Bio Art," igniting the development of this new art form with works such as his transgenic rabbit GFP Bunny (2000) and Natural History of the Enigma (2009), which earned him the Golden Nica, the most prestigious award in the field of media art. GFP Bunny has become a global phenomenon, having been appropriated by major popular culture franchises such as Sherlock, Big Bang Theory and Simpsons, and by writers such as Margaret Atwood and Michael Crichton. In 2017, Kac created Inner Telescope, a work conceived for and realized in outer space with the cooperation of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Kac’s singular and highly influential career spans poetry, performance, drawing, printmaking, photography, artist's books, early digital and online works, holography, telepresence, bio art, and space art.

Hybrid Event - Virtual & In-Person | Stanford Health Library
December 1, 2023
5:30 pm Pacific Time


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