yDiv retreat 2021 - Science & Art

This year's yDiv retreat is all about Science & Art! It was postponed from last year, however, we were lucky to be able to keep all three workshops as planned. Drawing, quick and witty communication or designing your own workshop - these topics show how art and science can be linked and will hopefully inspire you in different ways.


Picture: Macke, August, Paar zwischen den Allegorien von Wissenschaft und Kunst, aufeinander zueilent, Amor in den Wolken, 1904


For a more detailed schedule please check the retreat agenda here (PDF).

9 June

Talk: Title tba

10 June

The workshops on 10 June are running parallel! Please chose your favourite when you register.

1st Workshop: Sciences and Arts - Understanding Natural Sciences by the Arts and Understanding the Arts through Natural Sciences

The workshop includes a lecture on how artists work with both scientific research and artistic research method understanding issues around ecology, environment and climate crisis.
Lucas will also present the way in which Waag's Wetlab works with artists to produce workshops with audiences to get practical experience to understand these areas of scientific and artistic research. Participants will design narratives of these kinds of workshops that they can possibly do themselves, and in doing so make use of artistic perspectives of their field of knowledge in order to create another public understanding of it.

Lucas Evers, WAAG


2nd Workshop: Visualizations for Science

The participants will get an introduction into the concept of sketchnoting as well as the wide range of applications for it. We will be training the development of a personal visual vocab list and will be taking home the very same. With artistic examples we will have a further look on how visual tools can become illustrations or infographs. Through little exercises we will attempt on thinking like a designer to apply "a bit of art on science" to make it look more interesting but underlining the important facts.

Franziska Schwarz, SciVisTo

3rd Workshop: Quick & Witty - The Secret to Easy-Going, Confident Communication

We all know the feeling: I have that great idea I want to share, but I am just drawing a blank and miss the right moment in the conversation to bring it up! Or: My counterpart says something that really throws me – and I cannot think of a response (but of course, when I am lying awake in bed later I can think of so many awesome responses). Let’s explore how we can feel more at ease with communicating in the moment and reacting “off the cuff”.
In this workshop, we use the methods and playful tools of Improvisational Theatre to train our Quick-Wittedness: Accepting “what is there” and truly listening to your partner. Using our creative potential and intuition, training our associative thinking muscles. With tailored tools from improv theatre, you don’t have to be an actor to join, have fun, learn a new perspective on communication and leave the workshop seeing the world a little bit more as your stage.

Daniela Porr, Taubenhaucher
11 JunePresentations by the workshop groups



The registration is now open! Please use this link to enrol and select a workshop.

Make sure you have thoroughly read the workshop descriptions above. You will be asked to rank the workshops according to your preference. In case your first choice is booked out, we will try to place you in your second favourite. First come first served!

The registration closes 30 April 2021.

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