Three stations for Art-Science. October 12, 2021-February 27, 2022. Palazzo delle Esposizioni Roma – Italy

“Three Stations for Art-Science”, a sweeping project seen from three different viewpoints: the historical viewpoint (The Science of Rome: a City’s Past, Present and Future); the artistic viewpoint (T Zero); and the viewpoint of contemporary scientific research (Uncertainty: Interpreting the Present, Foreseeing the Future).

Following up on the experience of our programming in recent years, the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo aims to promote the participation of different kinds of audiences, to mingle different skills and generally to overcome the very notion of “exhibition” by moving towards an experience that conjugates the display side with the educational and performative aspects. Thus these exhibitions will be accompanied by a broad schedule of workshops, conferences, events and film retrospectives together with a rich digital programme.
The project, promoted by ROMA Culture, has been devised and organised by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo in conjunction with numerous public institutions, including the INFN Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare which is responsible for the entire design and planning of the exhibition entitled Uncertainty, while the support of the Polo Museale at Rome’s La Sapienza University has been of crucial importance in the production of The Science of Rome.
The project as a whole was triggered by a wish to intervene in the contemporary debate on the relationship between science and society that climate change and the pandemic have thrust under the limelight. With Three Stations for Art-Science, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni sets out to illustrate the possibility that different methods and demands may determine not just points of contact but new territories for experience, training, growth and reflection. We are starting off metaphorically with the idea of a “station” precisely because of the paradigmatical nature of the station’s transformation from the movement-cum-progress of the 19th century station, a place for meeting and socialising, via research stations where scientists stopped to conduct observations and experiments, to space stations, mankind’s technological outpost in the cosmos, and to new, necessary, contemporary forms of “stasis”: quarantine, working from home and so forth.
This transformation provides proof, if any were still needed, of the fact that knowledge cannot be based either on certainties or on the division of disciplines, but it can be kept within the dimension of research which is a moving, potential, uncertain and free space where science and art meet up. Inspired by this thought, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni’s Rotunda will be hosting dialogues and screenings in which the themes of the individual exhibition projects converge: conferences, lectures, performances and the exhibits on display will establish new timeframes for making the best use of knowledge.

The settings for the three exhibitions have been devised by the Formafantasma Studio – Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi – two Italian artists and designers based on Milan and Rotterdam. Listed by the “New York Times” in 2011 as two of the most influential designers for the next decade, they won the Designer of the Year accolade at the Dezeen Awars in 2020.