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Ontario Science Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto partner to profile artists

TORONTO (September 20, 2018) – Art and science intertwine in Idea Projects, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a modern art museum and a science centre. Through the Akin Studio Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA), the year-long Ontario Science Centre program offers three-month studio residencies for artists who explore science and technology through the lens of art.

“Partnering with MOCA allows us to cultivate the creative synergies between science and art and foster meaningful dialogue between scientists, artists and the public,” said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “In bringing different thinkers together, Idea Projects highlights the potential power for scientific and artistic inquiry to change our cultural and societal landscapes.”

In providing studio space for artists to develop their work, Idea Projects creates a forum for the collaborative exchange of ideas and methods among artists, scientists and MOCA visitors through public programs such as open studio events. Upon completion, art projects will be displayed at the Ontario Science Centre to extend their reach and impact. Elaine Whittaker and Jude Abu Zaineh, the first artists-in-residence chosen jointly by the Science Centre and MOCA, took up residence at MOCA on September 15, 2018.

“Like scientists, contemporary artists ask hard questions and provoke audiences to think and imagine in different ways,” said Heidi Reitmaier, Executive Director and CEO, MOCA. “Our mould-breaking collaboration with the Ontario Science Centre unites two forms of inquiry and two ways of knowing — art and science — with Idea Projects, creating a framework for experimentation and bringing together a range of people, ideas and cultural themes.”

An independent steering committee comprising artists, scientists and academics submitted candidates for consideration. During their residency, artists will plan, create, revise and share their respective large-scale artworks, allowing visitors access to the creative process during open studio events. Residencies include patronage from the Science Centre and MOCA, including mobilizing interdisciplinary support and forging relationships with external collaborators in cultural, scientific research and innovation fields.

The Ontario Science Centre has a long history of working with artists who are interested in and inspired by science. In addition to art in its permanent collection, the Science Centre regularly showcases artwork that explores the intersections of science, technology and art on a temporary basis. Recent exhibitions have included Cultural Collisions, DEEP BLUE, Inner Spaces, Portraits of Resilience: Teens Take On Climate Change and Tech Art Fair.  

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