art & science

Art & Science is the field where art and science interact. Within our projects, this mainly involves scientists and research engineers who collaborate with artists on common projects resulting in both scientific discoveries as well as the production of art works.


The WeMakeThe.City festival was held for the second time in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Where could you find Waag?



AI Culture Lab

The AI Culture Lab sets out to explore the role and potential of AI in our shared futures


Špela Petrič is one of this year's winners of an Award of Distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica for her project Confronting Vegetal Otherness.


In 2019 the STARTS prize goes to an innovation agency from Barcelona and two artists who work with AI and machine learning.


The artists duo Xin Liu and Gershon Dublon (slow immediate) gained a residency to create their project "The wandering mind".


Waag is pleased to announce Antti Tenetz as the recipient of the Supre:organism residency as part of our AI Lab.


The Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal recently published an element of Anna Dumitriu's FEAT residency outcome on its cover.


The European ARTificial Intelligence Lab brings AI related scientific and technological topics to general citizens and art audiences.


The Embassy of Health at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven showed how we can shape care together.


Kuang-Yi Ku is a Taiwanese practising dentist, bio-artist, social designer and co-founder of TW BioArt. In 2018, he is working as artist in residence at Waag.


On 22 June, during the WeMakeThe.City festival in Amsterdam, another STARTS Talk was organised. Lucas Evers reports.


As part of the START initiative we hosted STARTS Talks with winner Giulia Tomasello. Lucas Evers moderated both in Hannover and Amsterdam.


A Dutch 3D-printed steel bridge, by MX3D en Joris Laarman Lab, will receive the STARTS Prize. Visit their studio during the WeMakeThe.City.


The 2018 STARTS Prize is for MX3D & Joris Laarman Lab (NL) and Giulia Tomasello (IT).


Hannah took place at the dinner prepared by artist Pei-Ying Lin. About inventive recipes, raw eggs and the future of food.


An interview with two of the STARTS Prize 2018 jurors, Francesca Bria and Seiichi Saito, on trends amongst the 2018 applications.


An article about the role that art can play in ethical reflection on risky and controversial technologies.


20,000 euros await the winners of the STARTS Prize 2018. The international STARTS Prize is launched to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.


On Thursday 16 November a performance by award-winning Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar will take place at Waag. Smrekar challenges us to rethink our attitude and relationships with other species.


During the second STARTS Talk the advantages and challenges of collaborations between science, technology and arts were discussed during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, focus specifically on the healthcare industry.


Artist-designer Garnet Hertz, designer-strategist Heinrich Eisele, psychologist-artist Philippe Bertrand and media-theorist Kristoffer Gansing were invited to Drive Volkswagen Forum in Berlin to discuss the advantages and challenges of collaborations between sciences, technology and the arts in the first STARTS Talks in Berlin.


Waag is initiating a brand-new format of inspiring talks this autumn and taking it on the road through Europe. How can science, technology and art interact more tightly, and how do they benefit from each other?


The 'Future and Emergent Art and Technology' project has resulted in the publication of an illustrated catalogue, that documents the processes and outcomes of unique and in depth collaborations between artists and scientists.


On Tuesday the 19th of September, Frank Kolkman performed the first of a series of public experiments called ‘Outrospectre’ at Waag


In Trust Me, I'm An Artist, artists explore the ethical limits of upcoming (bio)technologies. New is the fact that they, as is practice for scientists, need to justify themselves for an ethics committee.


De biokunstenaars Xandra van der Eijk met ‘Seasynthesis’, Cheng Guo met ‘Anon. - An intervention in the Anthropocene’ en Jiwon Woo (USA) met ‘Mother's Hand Taste (Son-mat)’ zijn op vrijdag 19 mei uitgeroepen tot de winnaars van de Bio Art & Design Award 2017 (BAD Award).


This year’s STARTS PRIZE recipients come from Japan and Switzerland. “I’m Humanity” garnered the Grand Prize for Artistic Exploration for Etsuko Yakushimaru; the Grand Prize for Innovative Collaboration goes to Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT for their “Rock Print” installation.


The work 'Parting the waves' of Semiconductor (artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) is part of the exhibition 'Future Emerging Art and Technology' .



STARTS prize

The STARTS Prize is an annual recognition of two innovative projects at the interface of science, technology and art.


Internationally renowned artists and Future and Emerging Technology researchers team up and work for 9 months together in the cross-disciplinary FEAT initiative.


In the weekend of 24 - 25 September the interactive exhibition ‘The anatomical lesson: dissecting medical futures’ by Agi Haines takes place in the Theatrum Anatomicum, in which historical anatomical lessons are linked to 3D printing and human modification.


We have created a booklet to present the participating artists and scientific projects of FEAT.


Heirloom is a project by artist Gina Czarnecki. The Heirloom project involves growing “skin portraits” of Czarnecki’s daughters.


Future and Emerging Art and Technologies (FEAT) has paired six artists with scientists running research projects in the context of the EU backed programme, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).


The next performance in the Trust Me, I'm an Artist (TMIAA) project will take place at the transmediale festival in Berlin. TMIAA focuses on the ethical issues that occur at the intersection of art, biotechnology, and biomedicine. Waag is a lead partner within the TMIAA project and Lucas Evers, head of our Open Wetlab, works closely with our artists in residence. Because Lucas has such a unique perspective on the initiative, I recently decided to interview him. The following is a condensed account of our conversation.


Marleen Stikker participated in the Dutch Nationale Wetenschapsquiz 2015 (national science quiz), in the (winning!) team of 'inventors'.


Six leading international artists were hosted within FET projects through fully funded embedded residencies.


“Larger processes of cultural significance”: this is what of the brochure of Gare du Nord contained and released in reference to the piece of Sonja Bäumel. This statement gained more significance from the second week of the exhibition period onwards as the artwork has indeed faced a growth that challenged its own structure, materials, its author, its environment, the other pieces in the show and all the different individuals related to it, such as the curator and all the visitors.



Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord was an exhibition that explored the nature of men inside the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag in Amsterdam and questions the identity of the building as a space in the past as well as the present. In the Waag building, the visual arts and medical sciences continue to mingle in collaborations that provide novel insights into bodies and technology.


Marit Mihklepp (Estonia) was one of the students that followed the 'Life Live, Live Life' bio art course that we gave at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Academy of Visual Art and the Royal Conservatory at The Hague. She wrote this contribution about microbial perfumes.


Developing ethical frameworks for artists, cultural institutions and audiences engaged in the challenges of creating and experiencing new art forms in biotechnology and biomedicine in Europe.


The Open Wetlab was asked to organize a course on biotechnology at the Art Science Interfaculty, an interdisciplinary bachelor and master programme that fosters curiosity driven research as approach for the making of art.


Pigeons, human stem cells, fungi, cut-flowers – about anything that lives can serve as working material for bio art and design. In Matter of Life, Mu and guest curator William Myers present nine much-discussed research projects at the intersection of life sciences, art and design.


Louise Whiteley - Talk for opening of ‘The Romantic Disease’ at the Waag. As The Romantic Disease shows, bringing different eras together helps to reveal unexpected connections, confront alternative histories, show how our present perspectives could have been otherwise, and also to raise new possibilities for the future.


Waag presented the exhibition and workshop 'The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis'.


I think that BioArt can be seen as the significant other of both scientists and artists. A menáge-a-trois between love for the rational and explainable, and the form and aesthetic of living organisms.


We visited Mandy Smith, paper artist, in her Amsterdam workspace. Amongst Random Studio's 3D designers, tech equipment and hip studio space the designer stands out.


In ‘Hybrids, Chimeras and other Monsters’ the goal was to step away from the yuk-factor, and to take a closer look at BioArt from artists like Guy Ben-Ary.


In February 2014, Waag's Wetlab brings a new series of three lectures by Joanna Jeśman at the Waag titled 'Living tissues and living issues', as a continuation of the series The Future of Art & Science Collaborations we started last year in October.


ICT & Art Connect sets out to bring together artists and technologists to explore new ways of working.


On November 9, 10 and 11 Waag participated in the ICT&ART Connect 2013 workshop. The goal of the workshop aimed to bring technologists and artists together to collaboratively work on new themes, ideas, practices and technologies.


The Future of Art & Science Collaborations was a series of lectures by eminent international researchers and practitioners in the field where art and science interact.


Genetically modified embryos of Zebrafish injected with GMO algae are playing an important role in the artwork Errorarium by Adam Zaretsky.


Three years ago the project called 'Cell explorer' was amongst the finalists of the first edition of the DA4GA (2010/2011). Unfortunately they didn't win but did succeed in finding partners (the UMCG and RUG) that supported them to realize the project.


The Dutch edition of the book 'The City as interface' by Martijn de Waal was published on 2 April 2013 with a book launch that day at Pakhuis de Zwijger. The English edition will be ready at the end of May 2013.


The antlers on the wall on either side of the hall come from all over the world. The same thing goes for the audience - young men and women with fast glasses or flashy lipstick are sitting beside men in suit or a casual sweater. There is tension in the air. We are in the ‘Pesthuis’ at Naturalis for the announcement of the winners of the third edition of the Designers & Artists for Genomics Award, which rewards leading bio-art initiatives.


On November 30, visitors of the seventh edition of PhDO could test the Labyrinth Psyhotica and the Wearable that are both created by scientist and artist Jennifer Kanary. Next to this, Jennifer presented here taboo-breaking research on psychosis.


Last Friday the premiere of ‘PostNatural Organisms of the European Union’ took place in Amsterdam at Waag.


On 20 and 21 March 2012 we started the COMMIT research programme. This blogpost is only available in Dutch.


The Waag's Theatrum Anatomicum was built in 1691 as a space dedicated to advanced experimenting.


Between 2003 to 2009, three series of Sentient Creatures lectures were organized by Waag and Canadian artist Graham Smith.




Vanitas was an art installation at the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag by Karen Ingham in April 2005.




Corpus was a series of lectures held in the Theatrum Anatomicum in 2005 on the subject of anatomy in the arts and the anatomy of the web.


Liveform Telekinetics, LF:TK, was a project by artists Jeff Mann & Michelle Teran. LFTK was an experiment in networked social spaces - kinetic LiveArt through the Internet.


The Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) highlighted and explored the exciting and novel possibilities between design, artistic practice and Life Sciences.