Research Presentations

Art and Science: Artistic Investigation and Sound Art // Investigación Artística y Arte Sonoro

Contemporary Art Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT UAM-CSIC) Guest Lecturer Rebecca Collins moved us with her talk ‘Art and Science: Artistic Research and Sound Art’, making us reflect on the role of the humanities in physics.

Collins was invited to contribute to the seminar series ‘Enigmas of Fundamental Physics’ by Prof Alberto Casas and Laura Marcos Mateos for Spanish Science Week, November 2022.

Listening to Dark Matter // Escuchando la materia oscura

Our Universe contains vast amounts of a new form of matter that neither emits nor absorbs light. We do not know the nature of this mysterious «dark matter», despite having been postulated more than a hundred years ago. Its search in different types of experiments has meant a revolution in particle physics, since it shows the limitations of the Standard Model. Likewise, this enigma still unresolved also gives rise to other ways of thinking that come from artistic practices. In this talk we will juxtapose two perspectives that rarely touch, such as theoretical physics and artistic research, motivated by the (perhaps impossible?) question of how we can listen to these elusive particles.

Presented (in Spanish) at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in Tenerife 22nd November 2022

When Artistic Research meets Scientific Research: Strategies for Scientific Outreach


Rebecca Collins and David Cerdeño give insights into the research project ‘Parametres for Understanding Uncertainty (P4UU)’ for PhD and post-doc students in attendance at the XXXIII Canary Islands Winter School for Astroparticle Physics. The talk considers nuances between artistic research and scientific outreach using examples from the commissioned sound works produced for P4UU and the workshop ‘Collective Practices of Uncertainty’ curated and led by Collins.

Presented in English at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in Tenerife 30th November 2022.

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Parameters for Understanding Uncertainty: Creative Practice and Sonic Detection as Strategies for Scientific Outreach


Rebecca Collins is invited to present her project for the ‘Art, Science and Technology: From Creation to Exhibition’ seminar series at Teatros Canal in Madrid during the Canal Connect season. Collins presents the work alongside speakers who are also engaged in art/science connections within Spain.