Why | collaborative vision

The goal of the VU Artscience laboratory hybrid forms is to blur the lines between disciplines, especially those between art and science, to explore common ground and to seek connections through art between science and humanities. We like to demonstrate science as it is being researched, not only at academia but also outside the university to the general public for critical reflection and dissemination via events, exhibitions and workshops.

The HF lab seeks synergy between scientists and artists/designers for developing novel technology and works of beauty and inspiration.

The laboratory will function as a meeting and developing space where research and design go hand in hand, allowing constant feedback between artists and scientists.


Photograph by Ivan Henriques, in the development of the Symbiotic Machine project, at Zone2Source Glazen Huis Amstelpark, 2014. Clockwise: Scientists Vincent Friebe, Raoul Frese and hardware/software developer Michiel van Overbeek testing biosolar cells. A year later, Frese and artists Henriques, Gelfand and Domnitch started a project Symbiotic Machines for Space exploration, supported by NWO and the European Space Agency for which they started the artscience lab hybrid forms at VU.