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Artistic take on science and society

Poetry reading and talks to be held tomorrow

Science is everywhere. Whether you like it or not, science affects how we reproduce, eat and communicate. Technological progress has given rise to the nuclear bomb, heart surgery, IVF, improved hygiene, the internet and smartphones. Have these advances resulted in better lives, or worse?

The exhibition Science and Society, running from today to October 8 at Lily Agius Gallery in Sliema as part of Malta Design Week, explores these issues.

Organised in partnership with a new NGO called Science is Culture, the exhibition features works by some of Malta’s leading artists.

Norbert Attard explores sex change through video and warfare using innovative printing techniques to preserve lace-like designs in glass.

John Paul Azzopardi is exhibiting two sculptures that bite into the heart of the apathy resulting from technological progress, titled Bored Calculator and iP.

This theme is contrasted by Chris Psaila’s portrait of Steve Jobs, the creative juggernaut behind iPads, iPhones and iPods – what was life like without them?

Elisa von Brockdorff is presenting a new installation that playfully toys with fate.

Other Maltese artists taking part include Jimmy Grima, Matthew Xuereb, Celia Borg Cardona and George Eynaud.

The gallery will host three public events tomorrow, starting with a poetry reading by sculptor and poet Marylin Hodgson at 11.30 a.m., followed at 4 p.m. onwards by an informal discussion by Edward Duca on the Science Behind The Art and a talk by Anthony Debono from Fish4Tomorrow on the exploitation of our seas – a theme hit upon by Debbie Caruana Dingli’s works Over Fished and Where Have the Jellyfish Gone?

Free drinks and nibbles will be served at the events.

Lily Agius Gallery is at Cathedral Mansions, 54 Cathedral Street, Sliema. Tel. 2099-2488 or 9929-2488. info@lilyagiusgallery.com.

www.lilyagiusgallery.com

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