How is the function of imagination in science to be understood?

This quest aims to sketch a picture of the potential challenges that may arise and provide an overview of what the imagination does when it is used as a guide in the scientific world. In conversation with scientists, artists, and designers, I pursue to discover where fiction touches science and where science flows over into fiction. In doing so, I want to gain more understanding in how fiction and science intersect and to discover what role the imagination has in understanding, discovering, and developing scientific theory.

I believe that the crossing of borders between disciplines can be highly potent spaces for problem solving, new knowledge and understanding about the world, and that the challenge lies in how to bridge the different disciplines in such ways that they can trade and integrate information successfully. But most of all, I am incredibly interested about what motivates people in their research, learning and work. With each conversation, a new universe opens up. With this podcast series I invite you to open your mind’s door and allow worlds of others to enter.

Sabine Winters

Talking to the Moon (podcast coming soon)

Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer and a media artist exhibiting internationally. She is also a licensed radio operator (IU0IDY) and a radio telescope operator. Her artistic practice is informed by Space in its widest meaning. Since 2009 she has been implementing radio technologies and philosophies in her art projects. She is the reesip-ie-jent of the Baruch Bloomberg Fellowship in Astrobiology at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia. For her projects, she has been using state of the art radio telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array in the UK, as well as historical antennas, such as the Bochum Radio Observatory (DE) and the Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL), where she has been the first artist in residence from 2009 and 2019. More recently, she has been collaborating with the Human Space Program, lead by space philosopher Frank White, with the Space and Society Working Group lead by philosopher James Schwartz and with the Lifeboat Foundation. She is a member of the IAA SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Permanent Committee and a member of the METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial) Committee.






Philosopher Aidan Lyon about psychedelic experiences and imagination. Find the podcast here.

Space Architect Michal Ziso about the role of imagination in architecture. Find the podcast here.

Other Worlds through Film with Jan van IJken

Jan van IJken is a filmmaker and photographer from Leiden, the Netherlands, working at the interface of art and science. His work is about the secrets of nature, microscopy, embryology and human-animal relationships. He is working mainly autonomously on long-term projects. As a photographer, he developed a strong

Imagination and Psychedelics – Aidan Lyon

Aidan Lyon is a philosopher at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD in 2010 at the Australian National University on the philosophical foundations of probability. His research focuses on psychedelics, meditation, uncertainty, wisdom, and collective decision-making. Aidan is also an entrepreneur: He is the

In collaboration with Focus Film Theater, I programmed four evenings of film, science and fiction. During this evenings we will screen science fiction movies, and go into conversation with scientists and artists about at what point in the movies, fiction meets science. Including screenings of Interstellar, E.T. and the Martian and guest speakers: science journalist George van Hall, Prof. Anna Watts, Dr. ig. Wieger Wamelink, analogue astronaut Charlotte Pouwels, designer and Vice Chair of the Moon Gallery Anna Sitnikova, and film director Vrigile Novarina.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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