Ariane Koek is Science Gallery Venice’s first Director. She has a love of and expertise in imagination and creativity in arts, science and technology.
She initiated and designed as the Founding Director for nearly 5 years Arts At CERN - the international interdisciplinary arts/science/technology programme based at the world’s largest particle physics public research laboratory in Switzerland. Prior to that she was given the Clore Fellowship - an international cultural leadership award for her work in culture, including as an award-winning staff producer in BBC radio and television known for working across disciplines. Ariane enjoys writing about interdisciplinarity and artists and their work – with essays for exhibitions including those by Pipilotti Rist, Goshka Macuga and Bill Fontana. She is on the Advisory Boards of the House of Electronic Arts (HEK, Switzerland) Arts At CERN, and the Joint Research Council’s sci-art programme based at ISPRA, Italy.
Speaking of the announcement, Michele Bugliesi, Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice said: “We welcome Ariane Koek to the director’s role of Science Gallery Venice, the Italian node of the Global Science Gallery Network. There is no doubt that Ariane, strong from her experiences in art and science interaction projects – at the BBC, the Arvon Foundation and at CERN – will be an excellent and important addition to this initiative. Ca’ Foscari and the institutions that participate in the Venetian District of Research and Innovation are committed to promoting science as a founding value of social and cultural growth and progress – something Ariane is uniquely placed to help us achieve.”
Ariane Koek accepts the engagement with enthusiasm: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Ca Foscari University to lead on the establishment of the Science Gallery Venice - the first of its kind in Italy. As one of the most culturally important cities in the world, Venice has played both a major role in the history of science and the arts and is an ideal location for the latest initiative in the Science Gallery International network. By harnessing Venice and Italy’s rich cultural past and the present to focus on the future, the vision of Science Gallery Venice will be to showcase new ideas on sustainability for the environment, cultural heritage and what it is to be human. At the heart of our work will be engaging the pioneers of our future - 15-25 year olds – by colliding arts and science in unexpected ways to explore, discover and demonstrate ideas and solutions for the most challenging questions of our time.”
Andrea Bandelli, Director of Science Gallery International said: “We are very excited to welcome Ariane Koek as founding director of Science Gallery Venice. A recognized world leader in the field of science and art, Ariane brings to Science Gallery an outstanding international experience developed at CERN and BBC. On behalf of the whole Science Gallery Network, I extend my congratulations to her and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice on her appointment.”
Ariane Koek will take charge of developing Science Gallery at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Italian node of the Global Science Gallery Network. The announcement was made during the first event with art and science interactive installations and a spectacular 3D projection mapping (made by Drawlight) over the façade of the old factory in San Basilio located in the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, that will host Science Gallery Venice. Public events will take place until Science Gallery Venice will officially open its doors in 2019.