Art Made of Science – Microspheres. February, 2019

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From 12 FEB to 12 MAR 2019
Opening: 12 FEB from 14 to 16:30h (free entry)
Round table: 14 FEB at 19h – Pau Gil Room (Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site)
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025, Barcelona


The Quo Artis Foundation in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site present the first exhibition in Spain by artist Ayse Gül Süter (Turkey, 1982), which investigates the differences between healthy and diseased tissues through a site-specific installation in the old operating room of Hospital Sant Pau.  

Photo: Pere Virgili

The spheres resemble cells, tiny building blocks that make up the human body. Cells are the smallest components that represent life in our body. The idea behind the exhibition Art Made of Science — Microspheres by the artist Ayse Gül Süter arose during her stay as a resident artist at the Histopathology lab of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), where scientists observe microscopic samples of healthy and diseased tissues taken from the liver, eye, skin or lung, whose visual differences allow them to study and understand the pathologies.  

The images that make up Süter’s site-specific installation focus mainly on the visually distinctive forms of these tissues. The artist adapts her observations to produce large-scale images. The work thus converts the “invisible” parts of the human body — the cells — “visible”, and invites the public to experiment with large-scale human cell structures. 

The installation, which will be displayed on the windows of the old operating room of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, takes advantage of the daylight in the same way the operating room used to. The colors of the piece change depending on the intensity of light and can be considered a contemporary interpretation of art-stained glass (vitrail).

In conjunction with the installation, the video Flight over cells, created by the artist at the Histopathology lab of the IRB Barcelona, will be shown. Visitors will witness the visual differences between healthy and diseased tissues, and how researchers rely on visual representations to diagnose cancer.


This project is the result of the Artists Residency Program of IRB Barcelona, which Süter took part in during 2018. The program aims to interconnect artists interested in science with a wide range of research, scientists, data and infrastructure available at the Institute, as well as offer the opportunity to share their experiences with the general public. Since its inception, Quo Artis has participated as a judge in the selection of artists for the program. 

Ayse Gül Süter (Turkey, 1982) studied Animation and Digital Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2016 and 2018 she received the Cultural Exchange Grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. She was the resident artist at the New York School of Visual Artists. She has also collaborated with scientists from the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) in Massachusetts, USA, to observe marine and plant biology and convert their observations into artistic projects.  During 2018, she was the resident artist at the IRB Barcelona, where she collaborated with various scientists and laboratories to inspire herself to create the artworks for this exhibition. Ayse Gül Süter resides in Istanbul, where she continues to work on projects related to bio-art, animation, light, installations, kinetic sculptures and paintings.


This exhibition is a collaboration between the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona),
the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and Quo Artis.


Round Table: Science As a Source of Inspiration
Thursday 14 FEB 2019, 19h

What are the scientific-medical-technological challenges of the 21st century? How can art contribute to science, and science to art? What benefits, but also drawbacks, can occur from this exchange?

The round table “Science as a source of inspiration” challenges artists and scientists to discuss the relationships between art, science and technology. Based on the professional experiences of the participants, an attempt will be made to answer these questions, among others.

Participants: Ayse Gül Süter, Marcel·lí Antúnez, Ernest Giralt-Lledó y Neus Prats
Moderator: Daniel López del Rincón


Marcel·lí Antúnez is an internationally renowned artist and is one of the most relevant figures of electronic art and science experimentation. His career spans a period of 30 years, during which he has developed an absolutely personal and iconoclastic visual universe, based on a reflection on systems of artistic production. He has carried out installations and performances in museums, galleries, theaters and non-conventional spaces in more than 40 countries, including the Maison Europeanne de la Photographie de la Ville de Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the DAF of Tokyo, the MACBA of Barcelona or the ZDB of Lisbon.


Ernest Giralt-Lledó is a researcher at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and professor at the University of Barcelona. Parallel to his scientific activity in the field of drug design for mental illnesses, he dedicates himself to musical composition. His most recent work is Chemical Elements 2018: A Musical Mosaic. It is made up of one hundred eighteen fragments, and reflects the Periodicity and the properties of the elements from the periodic table, while evoking the varied musical forms that fill the history and geography of our planet.
Ayse Gül Süter is a visual artist specialising in projects related to animation, installations, kinetic sculptures and bio-art. She studied Animation and Digital Arts at the University of New York. In 2016 and 2018 she received the Cultural Exchange Scholarship of the Turkish Cultural Foundation. She was a resident artist at the Visual Arts School of New York. She has also collaborated with scientists at the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) in Massachusetts, USA.
Daniel López del Rincón has a doctorate in Art History and is a professor at the University of Barcelona. His research and teaching focuses on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries and, particularly, on the analysis of the relationships between art, nature and science. His publications include Bioarte. Arte y vida en la era de la biotecnología (Akal, 2015) and Naturalezas mutantes. Del Bosco al bioarte (Sans Soleil, 2017). He was the curator of the exhibition Postnaturaleza (Etopia, 2018).
Neus Prats is an experimental pathologist and has a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She graduated from the European College of Veterinary Pathology & Laboratory Animal Medicine and is currently responsible for the Histopathology platform at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). Previously, she was an associate professor for 11 years at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UAB and head of Pathology and Predictive Toxicology in the research department in Almirall for 14 years. Currently, she is an ambassador of the Artist in Residence program at IRB Barcelona.


 Pau Gil Room, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 08025 Barcelona
Free Entry
Ayse Gül Suter will speak in English, with no translation into Spanish

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona),
the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site and Quo Artis.



Round Table: Art, Medicine’s Ally
Thursday 7 MAR 2019, 19h

Can art favor the emotional and cognitive development of people and, more concretely, of those who suffer from an illness? Could it help improve their self-esteem? Does art have a therapeutic power?

Participants: Nadia Collette (Art-therapist, Hospital Sant Pau), Sara García (Psycho-oncologist, Foundation Kàlida), Paul Rosero (Artist)
Moderator: Carles Ramos (Director, Art Therapy, Metàfora)


Sara García Serrano has a degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has studied extensively: Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in Psycho-oncology, Postgraduate in Brief Strategic Therapy, Master’s Degree in Psycho-oncology, Master of Research in Applied Psychology in Health Sciences, Mindfulness and NLP training. She continued her studies with a stay at the Department of Oncological Psychiatry at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She has collaborated in various informative talks and has participated in national and international Psycho-oncology conferences. She is currently the Coordinator of the Kālida Sant Pau Center, where emotional, practical and social support is provided to people who live with cancer.
Nadia Collette is an art-therapist at the Palliative Care Unit of Hospital Sant Pau. She is in charge of the clinical evaluation of art therapy intervention at the end of life, within the framework of the Hospital Research Institute. Academic background: PhD in Psychology; Bachelor in Medical Biology; Bachelor and Diploma of Advanced Studies in Fine Arts; Master in Transdisciplinary Art Therapy and Master in Counseling for mourning, loss and trauma.
Carles Ramos completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona (UB), then completed a postgraduate degree in Art Therapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He worked in the area of psychiatry for adults in a general hospital, as well as in a child mental health center of the NHS. In Barcelona in 1997 he started the first Master in Art Therapy in Spanish-speaking countries, which was carried out at the UB in conjunction with Metàfora, a center for art therapy studies. In 2001 he participated in the founding of the Spanish Association of Professional Art Therapists (Asociación Profesional Española de Arteterapeutas, ATE),  of which he was president and is currently an active member of. In 2010 the Master in Art Therapy became part of the educational offer at the Pompeu Fabra University until 2014, when Metàfora constituted the Master’s Degree as an independent entity.



Paul Rosero Contreras is a conceptual artist who works with scientific information, speculative realism and different fictional narratives. His work explores themes related to geopolitics, environmental problems and the human relationship with extreme ecosystems. He received an MFA from the California Institute of Arts – CalArts and an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. His work has received national and international awards, and has been widely exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennial, Antarctic Pavilion, Italy, at the 5th Moscow Biennial of Young Art, at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France, at the 11th Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador, at the 1st Antarctic Biennial, at the 1st. South Biennial in Argentina, at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles, among other places. Rosero teaches and researches at the San Francisco University of Quito.



Rooms 3 & 4, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona
Free entry

This activity is a collaboration between the Kàlida Foundation, Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Metàfora and Quo Artis.