CIDRA 2011-12 Annual Theme:  Science, Technology and the Arts

to be opened by the President of the University, Dame Nancy Rothwell

Public Lecture

Wednesday 16th November 4pm , Arts Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building

Organised in collaboration with AHVS. Followed by a wine reception.

Professor Martin Kemp (Oxford University, Visiting Pilkington Professor in Art History)

‘Splashing Around: Structures and Intuitions in Art, Science and Technology from Leonardo to Modern Engineering’

Certain kinds of art and science originate in the intuiting of deep structures that lie behind appearance. Some of the structures are predominantly static, relying upon the fundamental forms of geometry; some are the result of process, like folding; others disclose the process itself, like splashing. Many of the structures result from processes of self-organisation that are shared across organic and inorganic worlds. These themes run across art, architecture, design and various sciences from the Renaissance to today. The case studies will range from Leonardo to contemporary art and architecture.

Martin Kemp FBA is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He was trained in Natural Sciences and Art History at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute, London. For more than 25 years he held posts at universities in Scotland, America and Canada. He has written, broadcast and curated exhibitions on imagery in art and science from the Renaissance to the present day and has written a column in Nature for almost 15 years. Increasingly, he has focused on issues of visualisation, modelling and representation. His latest book Christ to Coke – How image becomes icon is published by Oxford University Press – September 2011.