Nobel Prize-Winner Prof. Eric Kandel Lectures at IMBA. Topic: The Connection between Art and Science.

February 06, 2017

IMBA and viennacontemporary invite you to a lecture by: Nobel Prize-Winner Prof. Eric Kandel.

“Reductionism in Art and Brain Science“
Friday 24 February 2017, 3:00 pm (reception as from 14:30)
IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Dr. Bohr Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna


In his talk, Prof. Eric Kandel will discuss the concept of Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, which is also the topic of Kandels’ latest book “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science“. He demonstrates how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning. He illustrates how reductionism, the distillation of larger scientific or aesthetic concepts into smaller, more tractable components, has been used by scientists, and artists alike, to pursue their respective truths.

This talk is part of the series “Art and Science: Bridging Two Cultures“, a joint project of IMBA and viennacontemporary, initiated by Josef Penninger, Scientific Director of IMBA and Dmitry Aksenov, Chairman of the Board of viennacontemporary.

The series aims to build bridges between the industries of art and science and to show that these seemingly very different worlds are much more connected than we think. Moreover it will offer unique insights into the relation between art and science and the possibilities of collaboration between professionals of both fields.

The second part of the series “Art and Science: Bridging Two Cultures” will take place during the 2017 edition of viennacontemporary which will be held at Marx Halle Vienna from 21 to 24 September. Internationally renowned scientists and contemporary art personalities will discuss ideas on “Art and Science: Bridging Two Cultures”. More details to be announced soon on

About Eric Kandel
Erik Kandel is professor at the Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics department as well as the Psychiatry department at the Columbia University in New York. In addition he is the director of the “Kavli Institute for Brain Science“ and is co-director of the “Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institutes“, both at the Columbia University. In 2000, he, and two of his colleagues, received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons.

About IMBA
IMBA – Institute for Molecular Biotechnology is one of the leading biomedical research institutes in Europe. Focal points are the medical research in the areas of stem-cell biology, DNA-biology, molecular disease models and genetics. The Institute is part of the Vienna Biocenter, a dynamic conglomerate of universities, academic research units and biotech businesses. IMBA is a daughter company of the Austrian Academy of Science, the leading institution for non-university related research in Austria.

About vienacontemporary
viennacontemporary is an international fair for contemporary art in Vienna, Austria. Since 2015, it takes place annually in the fourth week of September at the Viennese Marx Halle, located in St. Marx, a part of Vienna's third district. Besides its focus on Central- and Eastern Europe, viennacontemporary presents international and Austrian galleries showcasing positions of contemporary art. A series of supporting events in cooperation with Austrian museums and other art institutions, aims to underline and further Vienna's importance as a center for contemporary art and culture. viennacontemporary, with artistic director Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt and managing director Renger van den Heuvel, is organized by vc Artevents GmbH.

For any inquiries please contact:
IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Mag. Tanja Schachner
01/ 79044 – 3821

The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.


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