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ART SCIENCE dialogues: Life of Plants

9 February 2024
In the coming months the VU ART SCIENCE gallery will bring artists and researchers together in a new series of ART SCIENCE dialogues. The dialogues form part of the public program of the exhibition Life of Plants, which focuses on our relationship with plants. The exhibition features work by Arja Hop & Peter Svenson, Elspeth Diederix, Oscar Santillán and Špela Petrič.

In collaboration with the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute and the Environmental Humanities Center Amsterdam, the VU ART SCIENCE gallery has invited scientists to take part in a moderated dialogue with the artists exhibited in Life of Plants. The ART SCIENCE dialogues explore the multifaceted relationship between humans and plants.

The talks will investigate various dimensions of the plant world such as their therapeutic aspects, their role in shaping landscapes and identities, the impact of categorization and colonial exploitation, and the intersection of technology with the botanical world. As a whole, the dialogues investigate how we can create a more sustainable future, by gaining a deeper understanding of both our local environment and the life of plants.

Four dialogues:

  • Thursday February 15, Man-made vs. Plant
  • Wednesday February 28, Legacy of Colonialism
  • Thursday March 7, Plant Effect on Humans
  • Thursday March 28, Technology and Plants

Life of Plants - VU ART SCIENCE gallery


New University Building
De Boelelaan 1111
1081HV Amsterdam


Curator art Vrije Universiteitsbibliotheek Amsterdam