Artscisalon, Subtle Technologies Festival and the Fields Institute present:
Galileo’s Falling Bodies
a conversation with Dan Falk, Nina Leo and Lee Henderson
When: Thursday March 27, 6:30-8:30
Where: The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences 222 College Street, Toronto
Recent discoveries in science have caused a renewed enthusiasm in physics and mathematics. But while we focus on contemporary science, why not revisit those early pioneers who helped make science what it is today? This month, ArtSci Salon will revisit the pioneering work of Galileo Galilei. We have invited Science journalist Dan Falk to engage with the extensive body of work of Galileo and artists Nina Leo and Lee Henderson to introduce us to their latest installation “Galileo’s Falling Bodies” currently on display at the RedHead Gallery until March 29, 2014
Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and many other publications. His latest book, to be released next month, is called The Science of Shakespeare, which looks at the Scientific Revolution through the lens of Shakespeare’s writing. He’s also written two previous popular science books, In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. Dan has been a regular contributor to “Ideas” on CBC Radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. Falk was a 2011-12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He lives in Toronto.
Nina Leo is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in drawing, installation, performance and public practice. Her work examines how the contemporary terrain of fragmented, often virtual experience may affect us phenomenologically as experiences and interactions become ever more accessible, yet divested of direct multi-sensorial richness. Leo holds an MFA in Emerging Practices from the University of Buffalo, SUNY. Her work has been shown in galleries and public institutions/spaces in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Currently, she teaches in the Sculpture/Installation department at OCAD University and is an exhibiting member of the Red Head Gallery.
Lee Henderson is a media-based artist from Saskatchewan. He has studied art in Canada and Germany, with talented professionals including Maria Vedder, Brian Eno, and Ellen Bromberg. Since completing his MFA in 2005, he has been furthering his time- and lens- based artistic practice while teaching photography and media art at the postsecondary level (currently at OCADU and Ryerson University). Recent and upcoming exhibitions and screenings include the Zero Film Festival (Los Angeles), The Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), The Rooms (St. John’s), Trinity Square Video, gallerywest, Artscape Youngplace, and YYZ (Toronto). His photographs, installations, videos and performances revolve around philosophies of impermanence and mortality, focusing on the persistence of collective histories and the brevity of individual lives.