Designer Bea Szenfeld
Artistic and experimental creations using unusual fabrics such as paper. Renowned designer and fashion designer Bea Szenfeld is one of the prominent guests of the AHA festival. 
​Image: Joel Rhodin

Many highlights when the AHA festival mixes science and art

Art and science in a thrilling and creative mix. The AHA festival at Chalmers is presenting a great line-up of artists and scientists that are celebrating both art and science. The event is open to the public, for free and takes place from October 31 until November 2.
–  Artists and scientists think alike and partake in a common playground. I hope many will take the chance to discover this illuminating combination between art and science, says Anna Maria Orru, one of the founders of the festival.
The idea of a border crossing and international event was born from a poetry evening at Chalmers, and from ongoing artistic research at the Department of Architecture. As a result, in 2014 the first AHA festival was arranged at the Department.  This year however, the festival is presented jointly with the Department of Physics.
– Science and art are different but complementary ways to explore the universe. We think that this festival has the potential to expand even further within society, says Michael Eriksson, project leader at the Department of Physics.
There are many examples of connections between science and art. For example there are mathematical rules of beauty, such as the golden section in an image. And architecture can be very technical since it needs to be based on physical rules.
– The common ground for both artists and scientists is curiosity. And the world is both abstract and calculable. We welcome everybody to be curious with us, says Peter Christensson, project leader at the Department of Architecture.

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren

Five of the highlights of the AHA festival

Bea Szenfeldt: Renowned designer and fashion designer, known for her artistic and experimental creations using unusual fabrics such as paper. She has designed creations for the Eurovision Song Contest, Lady Gaga, Ola Salo and Loreen.  At Chalmers she is giving a seminar and a workshop where a huge origami is created out of floor paper. (November 1, 15:00-16:00)
Larry Toups: Representing both NASA and Chalmers, Larry Toups will introduce us to life on Mars in the future. (November 2, 15:00-16:00)
Anja Lechner :  She is considered one of the best cellists in the world  and is visiting the AHA festival for the second time. (October 31, 12:00-13:00)
Arthur I Miller: Author of several books on creativity in science and art, including Einstein and Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc. (October 31, 13:00-14:00)
Christoffer Petersson and Sofie Arfwidson: A well-known Chalmers researcher in particle physics and a recognized artist offer an opportunity to create your own artistic piece from gained knowledge from the scientific research. (October 31, 13:00-15:00)
We are also proud to present the famous Danish poet Morten Søndergaard, Iranian musician Naqsh duo, jazz musician Anders Jormin, Chalmers professor Fredrik Höök, dancers from the Göteborg Opera and many more. Find the full program of the AHA festival here.


Where, when, how?

The AHA festival at Chalmers takes place at October 31, November 1 and 2. Welcome to Campus Johanneberg, Chalmersplatsen 1. The event is on the second floor of the Student Union Buildning. The festival has free admission and is open to the public.
 Press contact: Peter Christenson, project leader, AHA festival: 0709-58 90 43

Find the full program and more information on the AHA festival on the website of the event. 
Some workshops require booking due to limited seats. Book early to reserve your place!


Published: Fri 21 Oct 2016.