• Symposium and Reception at the Embassy of Austria

    Save the date and join the international dialogue around the nexus of art, science, technology, and society in the 21st century on Monday, June 4th, convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.

    Today's artists and scientists improve our critical understanding of the world by provoking new ideas, experimentation, and creative strategies. This conversation will feature artists-scientists teams, along with policy makers and curators who champion their work, to examine the impact creativity and collaboration across these sectors can have to shape the world of today and tomorrow. The discussion will be followed by a reception.

    Monday, June 4, 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.
    The Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington DC

    Please plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the program to account for security. This event is expected to be at full capacity so come early to get a good seat!


    Welcoming Remarks

    • Hans Peter Manz, Ambassador of Austria to the United States
    • Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
    • Stephen Salyer, President and CEO, Salzburg Global Seminar


    Panel Discussion

    Moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley, Independent Cultural Worker; Former Executive Director, Eyebeam; Former Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology; currently Curator for Our Haus, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City

    Panel 1 - Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-Disciplinary Case Study

    • Dr. Andrew Baden, Physicist, Physics Department Chair, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Liz Lerman, Choreographer, MacArthur Fellow, Baltimore, Maryland

    Panel 2 - Transcending Policy: A Conversation between Federal and Non-Governmental Agencies on Emerging Art/Science/Technology Practices and Their Impact on Society

    • Dr. Soo-Siang Lim, Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, National Science Foundation
    • Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
    • Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria

    Panel 3 - Transcending Limitations: Two of the World's Foremost Art/Science/Technology Curators Discuss Creativity at this Intersection and its Impact on our Future

    • Joel Slayton, Executive Director, Zero 1, San Jose, California
    • Manuela Naveau, Director, Ars Electronica Export, Linz, Austria


    We are pleased to announce that the event will be live webcast through the NEA website, arts.gov. An archive of the presentation will be available shortly afterwards, also at arts.gov. Please join the conversation online by following #neaartsci on Twitter.


    The EU Rendez-Vous series features senior European and American leaders discussing the 21stcentury's most significant issues, from foreign policy and the global economy to energy security, human rights, and culture.

    Through candid and vibrant debates about the critical issues facing the transatlantic relationship today, EU Rendez-Vous events strengthen the enduring relationship between the United States, the European Union and the EU's Member States.

  • Photos

    Photos courtesy of Ars Electronica Center, Linz, from left to right: Deep Space, Star Dust, Ars Electronica Center (Robertba); Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria (Nicolas Ferrando, Lois Lammerhuber); Milky Way at Home in a Dome, Ars Electronica Center (rubra)


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  • Location

    Event venue address

    3524 International Court, NW DC 20008 Washington, D.C. United States of America



    Red Line, exit at Van Ness/UDC Station. Walk uphill on Van Ness. Pass the University of the District of Columbia on your right. Turn right on International Court and turn right again at the fork in front of the United Arab Emirates Embassy. You will see the Austrian Embassy on your left at the end of the dead-end street.
    Visitor parking at the Embassy is limited. Additional parking is available on International Court (easy walking distance) or behind the Embassy on 36th Street with access to the Embassy through the park. Parking is also available at the University of The District of Columbia on Van Ness Street. Parking fees may apply.
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