28th June – 01st July 2021

The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond

Fully virtual event!

For the Plant Biology Europe 2021 online Congress, Art & Science Node will present a virtual exhibition with accompanying events, combining the worlds of art, science and innovation. The exhibition will comprise two interdisciplinary projects: Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds and CHIC Art & Science, providing an international survey of artworks created by artists in collaboration with scientists in the field of life sciences and biotechnology.

Art & Science Synergy Foundation / Art & Science Node (ASN) is a non-profit organization and a platform to promote multidisciplinary projects offering institutions and organizations a powerful, innovative communication strategy through art and science. ASN has been sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences, based on its interdisciplinary ASSET vision: Art/Science/Society/Education/Technology = Innovation.


Rhizosphere: The Big Network of Small Worlds

Rhizosphere is a comprehensive art, research & education project based on a long-term cooperation between the Studio of Transdisciplinary Projects & Research of the University of Arts in Poznań and the Faculty of Biology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The project is dynamically developing its ASSET network.

CHIC Artists-in-Residence Program

CHIC is a project funded by EU Horizon 2020 Program, supporting the establishment of a responsible innovation pathway for the development and application of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) for chicory as a multipurpose crop for the production of high-value consumer products (inulin, medical terpenes), in line with societal needs and concerns.

With artworks of renowned as well as emerging artists: Jill Scott, Marille Hahne, Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, Andre Bartetzki, Joanna Hoffmann, Pei-Ying Lin, Diana Taukin, Jadwiga Subczyńska, Larys Lubowicki, Małgorzata Kaczmarek, Maria Subczyńska, Marta Bączyk, Paulina Misiak and Piotr Słomczewski.

Online Program

accompanying, online events – workshops, presentation, meetings and talks

27 June, 6 pmExhibition’s Opening
live virtual curatorial tour
Check below for details
28-29 June, 5:30 pmLet’s eat CHICque. Gourmet Aftertastes
online cooking workshop
Check below for details
30 June, 7 pmThe Unnatural, That Too is Natural
live online, art & science talk
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1 July, 6 pmArt in Science & Technology Education
The Future of STEAM Education

live online, art & science talk
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Exhibition’s opening

Presented with zoom.us platform
27 JUNE 2021, 6pm

Art & Science Node has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the exhibition ’Capture the Future(s): OUR BIO-TECH PLANET. The Routes to Roots Networks and Beyond‘, as Art & Science Synergy Program at the Plant Biology Europe Congress 2021.
The event will begin with the introduction by Prof. Joanna Hoffmann, Chair of Art & Science Node, UAP, and the welcome address by Prof. Andrea Schubert, Chair Plant Biology Europe 2021 Organizing Committee, University of Turin, FESPB, and Prof. Przemysław Wojtaszek – Plant Biology Europe 2021 Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee, UAM Poznań.
The introduction will be followed by the guided tour of the exhibition’s original website and unique augmented reality application, curated by Prof. Joanna Hoffmann and dr. Karolina Wlazło-Malinowska, Art & Science Node.

On Zoom platform.

Let’s eat CHICque. Gourmet Aftertastes

free online workshop
28-29 JUNE 2021, from 5:30pm

The workshop opens up the unique art, science and culinary potentials of alternative, healthy ingredients found in chicory (Cichorium intybus). Join Art & Science Node in the online panel discussion, cooking workshop and discussion about the health benefits and sensory stimulations of this delicious plants roots and discover its molecular structure through the medium of interactive media art.

The workshop will feature the molecules of inulin and terpenes from the chicory roots. Here, artists – Jill Scott and Marille Hahne, pastry chef Jordi Bordas, food producer – Sensus will collaborate to provide you with innovative forms of communication plus two astonishing pastry recipes that will not only stimulate your tastebuds, but give you a basic start for a future of healthier baking and consumption.

The event would take place over two evenings, on 28th and 29th of June. The first evening consists of an international art and science discussions panel, films about inulin production, and a master cooking exercise with two fabulous inulin desert recipes invented by Jordi Bordas (World Pastry Champion). In the second evening a discussion and analysis take place.

This international event related to the CHIC Horizon 2020 EU Project and CHIC Artists-in-Residence Program is designed by Art & Science Node to help you explore innovative approaches to the use of chicory with the chance to taste great food and share your accomplishments with others.

The first 40 participants will obtain inulin and chicory coffee samples provided by Sensus and sent to their home address before the event.

Chocolate « soufflé » © Jordi Bordas/Martí Sans

Biotechnology From the Blue Flower: The Unnatural, That Too Is Natural

Art & Science Talk
30 JUNE 2021, 7pm

Artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May will discuss their project “Biotechnology from the Blue Flower” with a panel of experts from the EU Horizon H2020 CHIC project, with whom they are collaborating. Chicory is believed to have inspired the notion of the Blue Flower in German Romanticism – a central symbol of the movement. It influenced Goethe’s concept of the ‘urpflanze’ or primal plant in his “Metamorphosis of Plants” (and mentioned in Darwin’s “The Origin of Species”). The romantic movement was a reaction to the industrial revolution and held nature and emotion in the highest esteem. But now we are part of a biotechnological revolution and again the chicory plant with its the blue flower becomes an important symbol, but this time in a more complex position at the interface of nature and technology, central to societal explorations of what may be acceptable in terms of synthetic biology, new plant breeding methods and how ‘nature’ and ‘natural’ may be defined in the future.
Our discussion will explore the methodologies of “New Plant Breeding Techniques” such as gene editing using CRISPR, the potential uses of these techniques to improve food security and mitigate the impact of climate change, and it will focus on the question what does ‘natural’ really mean anyway – or as Goethe put it “The Unnatural, That Too is Natural”.
The meeting will be introduced by Joanna Hoffmann from Art & Science Node, with a discussion between Anna Dumitriu & Alex May (ASN CHIC A-I-R Program), Dirk Bosch (Wageningen University and Research), Paul Bundock (KeyGene), Katarina Cankar (Wageningen University and Research) and Erik Toussaint (KeyGene).

On zoom.us platform.

(Chicory plants grown from protoplasts. Photo by Anna Dumitriu & Alex May)

Art in Science & Technology Education. The Future of STEAM Education

Art & Science Talk
1 JULY 2021, 6pm

The holistic STEAM approach allows us to discover and develop relationships in the world we live in, to learn about complex processes and phenomena. It teaches openness and creative use of knowledge, which is of great importance for the future of our local and global societies, but also for achieving success in the dynamically changing labor market. During the webinar, we will present the European eTwinning platform for schools, which is part of the EU Erasmus+ and integrated with EU Lifelong Learning Program, as well as selected international STEAM projects to exchange experiences and ideas and to inspire further activities.
The webinar is related to the complex art-science-education project Rhizosphere: The Big Network for Small Worlds inspired by plant communication networks. It is high time that we use the wisdom of nature in developing our own social communication networks, including more flexible and democratic educational structures.
With Prof. Joanna Hoffmann (Art & Science Node, UAP), Prof. Przemysław Wojtaszek (Vice Rector, UAM, PSEPB), Nina Czegledy (Leonardo/ISAST), Prof. Marlena Lembicz (UAM), dr. Anna Marie Nicoaysen (NMBU), Piotr Słomczewski (UAP), Tomasz Ordza (Kazimierz Nowak Elementary School in Dąbrówka [PL]), Helena Pires (Agrupamento de Escolas de Álvaro Velho in Barreiro [PG]), Seda Göçhan (Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti Ortaokulu [TU]).

On Zoom platform.

(Photo by Aleksandra Walas)


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