"Roots of Curiosity – Time for Science and Art"
“Roots of Curiosity – Time for Science and Art” is a project co-produced by the Centro Cultural de Belém and the Champalimaud Foundation, which took place between 2012 and 2015. This project formed part of Transversalities II, organised by Fábrica das Artes, a cycle that was dedicated to research into Transversality in Art. The launch of the book “Raízes da Curiosidade – Tempo de Ciência e Arte” is the last act in this cycle. The book records and reflects upon this experience: the search for a common root of curiosity that unites artists and neuroscientists. Five pairs of young artists and scientists were challenged to create a symbiotic object that was simultaneously artistic and scientific, resulting not only in a remarkable experience about creative processes, but also a performance/conference presented in one of the concert halls of the CCB and an installation where a series of interactive workshops were held, as well as an international conference at the Champalimaud Foundation. A documentary film was also commissioned from the director Cláudia Varejão, which is published along with the book. The whole of this project was implemented as a game, becoming a process of curiosity. It was undertaken in that same exciting spirit of experimentation that artists and scientists consider necessary if we are to expect from it germination, or light, or the essential enthusiasm of being alive and looking to the future.
Texts by Madalena Wallenstein, Ana Rita Fonseca, Patrícia Correia, Samuel Viana, Maria Gil, Tiago Barbosa, Gil Costa, Alex Gomez-Marin, Sara Anjo, Filipe Raposo, Ana Pereira, Teresa Gentil, Maria Inês Vicente, Catarina Vasconcelos, Thiago Gouvêa
Film directed by Cláudia Varejão
Preface by António Damásio