Scientific work and methods, stemming from both social and natural sciences, are on different levels relevant for artists. Scientific knowledge is a part of the research process of many artists, and scientific
methods and processes are reworked and commented by artists. But what is it like the other way around? Is art relevant for scientific works and development? Can art contribute to the overall aim of building knowledge about our natural surroundings, human nature and societies?

With this somewhat ambitious undertone, B-open welcomes to a seminar where scientists and artist are invited to express their view on the contributions of art in their research and academic practice:
James J. Griffith (Brasil/USA), Edvin Østergaard (Norway), Roar Sletteland (Norway), Esther Leslie (UK). Artist Toril Johannessen will lead a talk with the lecturers at the end of the seminar.

The seminar will be held in English and take place on the second floor of Lydgalleriet. The seminar theme is relevant for the exhibition, opening at Lydgalleriet on Thursday 5th December, featuring Signe Lidén and Cecilia Jonsson. A short introduction to the exhibition will be made by the artists during the seminar.


James J. Griffith
The Relevance of Narrative Art for Ecological Restoration of Mining Lands in Brazil

Edvin Østergaard
The Two Moons: Art, Science and Scientific Inquiry

14.15 – break, time to eat?

Roar Sletteland
Looking at what? The matter of facts

Esther Leslie
Extraction and the Colours of History

Panel talk – moderator Toril Johannessen



The seminar is supported by:
Bergen Kommune Byrådsavdeling for kultur, kirke, idrett og næring, Norsk Kulturråd, Fritt Ord, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Norske Kunsthåndverkere Vest-Norge, Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland.




James J. Griffith

James Jackson Griffith is professor of both environmental philosophy and ecological restoration at the Federal University of Viçosa, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Born and educated in the United States, James established residency in Brazil in 1976. He was one of the pioneers of disturbed land reclamation in Brazil, beginning with mining projects in 1977. Since then, he has researched diverse aspects of establishing vegetation on degraded lands, concentrating on mined-out sites and roadside slopes. James has done consulting and extension activities in eight Latin American countries. Having an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and advanced degrees in Forest Science, James is currently attempting to build conceptual and professional bridges between environmental philosophy and ecological restoration.
James J. Griffith

Edvin Østergaard

Edvin Østergaard, composer, educator and researcher, currently holds a position as professor in “Art and Science in Education” at Section for Learning and Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His background is interdisciplinary: Østergaard holds a masterdegree in plant science, made phd. in agroecology in 1998. He has also studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo) and in Stockholm, and is producing contemporary music in addition to his academic work.
Edvin Østergaard


Roar Sletteland

Roar Sletteland is a producer and activist in the contemporary art field of Bergen, appearing on the scenes of music, art and performance. He is constructing sound equipment, music instruments and art installations. Roar Sletteland also holds a cand. philol in philosophy. He was the leader of Bergen center for electronic art, BEK, from 2003-07. BEK works with both artistic and scientific research and development and puts into practice an amount of mixed artistic projects. It also practices an educational program that includes courses, workshops, talks and presentations.
Roar Sletteland

Esther Leslie
Esther Leslie is a Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has for a long time been interested in the work of Walter Benjamin, who was the subject of two of my books. Leslie has also written books on animation and on the history of synthetic dyes. Her latest book is called Derelicts and is an exploration of the effect of the bombing of cities in Europe on the thinking and practice of a few Germans – Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Kracauer, Schwitters, Brecht. E. Leslie’s next book is about liquid crystals.

Toril Johannessen
Moderator – artist –



Signe Lidén –
Cecilia Johansson –



By: Lydgalleriet