Johannes Goebel

About Differences: Art, Science, Engineering

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Engineering, science, and art are often seen as having common ground. This is fed by a romantic view of Leonardo da Vinci, the genius who brought these disciplines together in his mind, life, and practice, and by an enthusiastic view of computer technology that continuously provides new scenarios and tools, which are used in all three fields.

This evocative lecture does not go along with the idea of putting everything into one bag and shaking it before deep-frying the mixture, but instead gives a perspective on the differences of the three fields in their motivations, methodologies, and goals. And out of a clear and respectful view of differences, a potential for collaboration and cross-pollination might evolve.


Johannes Goebel is the founding director of EMPAC. He joined Rensselaer in 2001 to work on the planning of the new building and to build EMPAC’s program and team. Thoughts about arts, science, research, and technology have been important to him since he became involved in computer music at Stanford University in 1977, but thoughts about why, what, and how started much earlier. Johannes Goebel likes to find bridges between thoughts, what we can do with our hands, and what we perceive with our senses.

Johannes Goebel
April 4, 2013, 6PM

EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
National Science Foundation
State of the Arts - NYSCA