Society of Arts in cooperation with Synergetica Lab and Zone2Source

Black²: Malevich and ArtScience

6 May 2015 from 14:30 to 18:00 hrs
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 6 1332 6974
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Symposium marking the 100th anniversary of Malevich’s iconic painting Black Square.

When he first showed Black Square in 1915, Kazimir Malevich unleashed some of the deepest secrets underlying the 'objectless' nature of physical reality. From black-body radiation to the eventual prediction of black holes, the indelible Black Square evokes the quantum revolution that took the world by storm. A century later, amidst the resurging convergence of art and science, a new revolution is underway: Black², featuring ground-breaking artworks in the spirit of Malevich as well as panel discussions with art theorists and cutting-edge physicists.

Gert-Jan Prins, CavityGert-Jan Prins, Cavity


  • Igor Malevich (Minsk, BY), award-winning scientist and author of Kazimir Malevich. Ascension to the Cross of Fate, discusses the contradictions and grey areas in the artist’s biography and offers his interpretation of Malevich’s ideas from the perspective of contemporary physics.
  • Arthur I. Miller (London, UK), historian, physicist, philosopher of science, and author of Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art, delves into the interaction between art and science underlying the twentieth and twenty-first century avant-garde.
  • Evelina Domnitch (Amsterdam, NL), artist, symposium moderator.
  • Dmitry Gelfand (Amsterdam, NL), artist and art theorist, ponders Malevich’s convergence with early twentieth century scientific research and with Russo-Soviet cosmism. He will also recount how Malevich’s “Objectless World” informs his and E. Domnitch’s collaborative aesthetic pursuit of macroscopic quantum phenomena.
  • Frederick De Wilde (Brussels, BE), creator of blacker-than-black carbon nanotube sculptures, explores the creative potential of hacking the substrate of our universe: quantum noise.
  • Sjeng Scheijen (Amsterdam, NL), Slavist, curator and historian of modernist Russian art, elucidates the provocative guise of Malevich’s works, his 1918 writings for a Russian anarchist newspaper, and his brewing conflict with communist authorities.

The symposium is part of the exhibition Black² at Zone2Source, Glazen Huis, Amstelpark, 8 March to 17 May 2015.