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How does art help us tackle the ethical side of science and technology?

9 March 2022
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Science and technology advancements are improving human life, yet they come with risks and uncertainties that can impact people and the environment. Presenting risks as simplified quantitative forms as it is usually done, seems to emphasise an abstract form of interaction and may overlook societal, psychological and ethical impact.

In this session we will discuss how art starts at the opposite end and whether or not it builds direct interaction with issues rising from the advancement of science and technology. Could it encourage engagement of society in taking position and action? Can art enhance better public deliberation on development and impact? How does it impact our STEAM literacy?

Meet our guest for the first session:

The first invited guest you will meet during our Art & Science collaboration Workroom is Bruno Ruganzu. He is a multimedia artist known predominantly for his work intercepting the waste stream and recycled playgrounds. His practice is about transforming waste into interactive Art installations that are collectively built by the public as participants, not only as an audience.

He is born in Kabale in 1982 and grew up in a rural setting before moving to Kampala, Uganda´s Capital, for studies. This is where he found the inspiration for his art. Of late, he is interested in the use of indigenous African knowledge in collaborative Art making. Bruno holds a Masters in Pedagogy (M.A.) from OsloMET University in Norway and a Bachelors in Art and industrial design from Kyambogo University.

He is a lecturer at the Department of Art and Design where he teaches Sculpture and Painting in Kampala, Uganda where he lives. Founder TEDxKampala, Ecoart Uganda and UbuntuTalks in Africa. Bruno also leads creative and entrepreneur workshops, works with students, teachers and residents leading experiences providing experiential learning opportunities on utilising salvaged materials to create learning experiences, business innovation and art.


Art and science collaborations

The community of science centres and museums have shown that working alongside scientists and researchers can be successful, rewarding and impactful, but many public engagement practitioners are also keen to collaborate with artists. What does art bring to the table? How can we set up successful collaborations between those two worlds? And most importantly, what do our institutions' audiences think of the outcomes?