The Paradox of Science

Dream3D Lab & The SuperNatural Foundation

As modern humans, we find ourselves in an ever evolving dilemma. On the one hand, science is getting smarter, enabling us to find new ways to fight devastating diseases, such as cancer. On the other hand, that progress brings with it a considerable mountain of plastic waste. Think, for example, of the large amounts of single use plastics that are often needed to conduct this research in a careful, sterile way.

The makers of this work, themselves researchers in the biomedical field, confront us with this paradox. The Paradox of Science consists of four rooms that take the visitor on this journey. The first room begins the story with ‘Fighting Cancer’, showing items relating to a cancer patient’s experience, interwoven with the laboratory work done to tackle this disease. The second room unveils the ‘Beauty of Knowledge’. The 3D microscopy imaging on show makes the viewer aware of the beauty that lies behind the science, which at the same time is used to increase medical research knowledge and output. In the third room, ‘The Paradox of Science’, the viewer is confronted with the unintended consequences of scientific research. Finally, in the fourth room, space is given to a more sustainable world, encouraging scientists and the public alike to help work towards solving this paradox.

about the makers

The Dream3D Lab research group is housed in the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology in Utrecht. The group is led by Anne Rios, a pioneer in three-dimensional imaging of illness and health. The work is created in collaboration with The SuperNatural Foundation, stemming from the Dream3D lab, a foundation that aims to initiate a dialogue between artists and scientists. To create this installation, immersive designer Annefleur Schut temporarily reinforced the team, which wants to find a sustainable solution to use of plastic in science.

 Dream3D Lab
Dream3D Lab

"The Paradox of Science shows the dilemmas surrounding progress, growth and its price. It combines powerful awareness with a clear impulse to action."

  • the jury of If Things Grow Wrong
Photo: Taco van der Eb

If Things Grow Wrong

The Paradox of Science is part of the exhibition If Things Grow Wrong. We want faster, bigger, more. Is that always better, or do problems grow unnoticed? The exhibition on growth addiction can be seen from October 15th in Museum De Lakenhal.

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