Her Ways and Means:
Female Protagonists in the Arts and Science Contexts

Her Ways and Means: Female Protagonists in the Arts and Science Contexts is a series of conversations organised by Satellite Berlin, and which explores the relationship between art and science. Her ways… invites outstanding women artists who have been working at the intersection of art and science, to talk about their interest in science and in blurring the lines between disciplines, their experiences of working with scientists and researchers, and how their practices have been influenced by scientific methodologies. Invited guests include: Liliane Lijn, A K Dolven, Agnes Meyer Brandis, Patricia Coates and Lucy Palustris, Klara Hobza, Katrin von Lehman, Juliane Laitzsch, Eva Maria Schön, Amber Stucke.

For this first event, artist Liliane Lijn will be in conversation with artist and professor Humberto Vélez.

With collaboration at its core,SATELLITE BERLINtraces migratory thinking in contemporary culture, marking synergy, process and outcome. We get involved in art that engages with the sciences and humanities – from inception to event, exhibition and publication. Art becomes a language to convey the results of today’s agile thinkers at the forefront of scientific, social and political research.Our goal is to bundle competence, exchange knowledge and foster a disposition of open attitude towards forming transdiciplinary collaborations.

Liliane Lijn is a pioneer in connecting art, science and technology. She was born in new York in 1939, but has lived in London since 1966. Lijn was the first woman artist to work with kinetic text (Poem Machines), exploring both light and text as early as 1962. Utilising highly original combinations of industrial materials and artistic processes, Lijn merged art, science, technology, eastern philosophy and female mythology. In conversation with Fluxus artist and writer, Charles Dreyfus, Lijn stated that she primarily chose to ‘see the world in terms of light and energy’. Lijn describes her work as ‘A constant dialogue between opposites, my sculptures use light and motion to transform themselves from solid to void, opaque to transparent, formal to organic.’ She has worked closely with NASA scientists on varies projects.

Humberto Vélez, born in Panama in 1965 works and lives between Manchester (UK) and Panama. He has a Law and Political Sciences degree from the University of Panama. As an artist, art professor, independent filmmaker, and art producer, Vélez uses performance, film, installation, or photography as media for his creative processes. His interest lays is to explore the Aesthetics of Collaboration by working in collaboration with different people and communities in different countries and cultures. In 2011 he co-founded VISITING MINDS, an international forum based in Panama, devoted to art and education. Vélez has had solo performance shows at TATE Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), a,.o., and participated in international art events, such as the Venice (2013 and 2015), Havana (2004, 2012 and 2015), Shanghai, Montevideo (2012 and 2014), Ireland and Liverpool Biennials, among others, and in many group shows. He created the farewell art event for Cornerhouse, Manchester, in 2015.