John Wolf Brennan
“Celtic Roots and Swiss Watchmaker Precision” (The Wire, London)
Born in Dublin/Ireland. Composer, performer, improvisor, pianist and organist. His latest albums and projects include the installation Inner and Outer Spaces (Kunstmuseum Luzern, with Susanne Hofer) The Speed of Dark (solopiano), TwinKeys (Piano-Duo with Esther Flückiger), FAKE FOLK (Pago Libre), platzDADA! (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis 2009), Whirligigs (Triangulation w/Christy Doran, Patrice Héral & Bruno Amstad), MOMENTUM (w/Thomas K.J.Mejer & Gerry Hemingway), and Melos Montis (w/yodel singer Franziska Wigger & Hanspeter Wigger). For his innovative work as composer he was awarded several prices. His continued interest in the relationship between art and science and has made him a dedicated Cortona tutor from the very beginning. Teaches at HSLU Lucerne and Gymnasium Immensee. Lives in Weggis, Lake Lucerne.
Within the last years we can observe a new interest in the debate and the dialogue between science and art, which could be the beginning of a new kind of interdisciplinarity. For this reason and because the Cortona Week has been oriented to interdisciplinarity from its very beginning, there will take place a series of four “dialogues & disputes” between scientists and artists under the title "Science versus / or / and / against Art?".
The “dialogues & disputes” cover some of the most interesting problems, connections and differences between science and art.
The first of four sessions has the titel
'Art is not Science – Science is not Art – isn't it?
Reflecting the nature of dis/similar twins'
The artist John Wolf Brennan will challenge the scientist Reinhard Nesper with questions - and with answers.
The following three debates will continue, disrupt, enlarge, renew the topic under the chair of Giaco Schiesser, ZHdK
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