Adventures with artists break down barriers

How the Group's collaborations with artists are bridging the gap between culture and science.

The Science Museum Group is determined to bridge the historic gap that has yawned between science and culture since the 19th century.

A provocative approach to visual art has been pursued for the last 13 years by Hannah Redler as Head of Arts Programme, who asks artists to challenge science and technology. She says: "The whole Science Museum is shamelessly theatrical. We bring in stunning artworks to help open people up to seeing things differently."

Electroboutique popup by Russian art collective Electroboutique (Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev) used custom electronics and artworks to question media cultures and consumerism, and British artist Suzanne Treister staged HEXEN 2.0, charting the convergence of various sciences since the Second World War.

Electroboutique Popup by Russian art collective Electroboutique

The Museum also secured the loan of Gina Czarnekci's Palaces, made with donated milk teeth, which raised questions about the mining of stem cells for the Who am I? gallery.

The Science Museum is also making a name for itself in the musical world, and this year a partnership with NASA saw composer Craig Leon stage an 'as live' performance of Beyond The Stars for DVD release and a broadcast on PBS. "Great scientists and mathematicians are often superb musicians," says Jonathan Newby, SMG's Chief Operating Operator, of the decision to invite Glyndebourne to present three live opera simulcasts last summer on the Science Museum's IMAX screen. “There's no reason why the Museum shouldn't be recognised as a music venue."