The Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders) provides a contemporary state of the art of the multitude of practices on the border—or in the overlap—between art and science.
What artists and scientists have in common is an unbridled curiosity to understand and to explain the world around us—and sometimes even to change it. They share a visionary impulse and the ability to think outside the box and invent new models, beyond what is already known. With OVERLAP, the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders) provides a contemporary state of the art of the multitude of practices on the border—or in the overlap—between art and science. The book contains 52 artistic contributions by Belgium-based artists and designers who all
have an implicit or explicit link with research, science, and knowledge acquisition. These are supported by 12 essays written by scientists and artists, each offering their own perspective on the fertile overlap between the artistic and the scientific domain.
The book brings together different voices, forms, and visions on the overlap between art and science today. Obviously, this does not result in an unambiguous picture. After all, the in-between area often turns out to be a challenging but sometimes disorienting no man’s land where different rules, laws, and vocabularies coexist. Sometimes a common language is found. Often it is not. But don't innovation, new insights, and progress require us to allow the friction and the unexpected, in order to gain access to that which lies beyond the borders of our current knowledge?
“It is the accomplishment of OVERLAP to seek out the diversity of interstices, bridges, sympathies, and conflicts between actual artistic and scientific practices, beyond the platitudes. This was achieved because, in creating an open space for encounter and real interaction, the Young Academy made it possible to envision a richer future for art
and science.” (Koen Vermeir, Research professor CNRS Paris, Co-Chair Global Young Academy)
“The uomo universalis is no longer of our complex times. In order to tackle today's problems, stimulate the imagination and make the unimaginable possible, we need to join forces. It is up to us, interdisciplinary meeting places such as BOZAR and the Young Academy, to act as matchmakers and bring people from different 'islands' closer together, so they can mutually inspire one another.” (Paul Dujardin, CEO & Artistic Director Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels)