AIAS Book launch reception

The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation: More Than Pretty Pictures

2017.09.26 | AIAS

Date Mon 30 Oct
Time 15:00 17:00
Location The AIAS Hall, Building 1630, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? What prompts physicists to blur their images before showing them to biologists? Considering that the astronomer’s data consists solely of invisible, electric impulses, what is the difference between representing outer space as images, graphs, or sound? How does a work of contemporary art differ from a scientific image if we cannot visually distinguish between the two? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa?

Join this AIAS book launch reception and hear about these important questions that the new book The Aesthetics of data representation: More than Pretty Pictures (Routledge 2017) asks about scientific data representation.

The editors of the book AIAS Former Fellows Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard (Biologist) and Lotte Philipsen (Art historian) will talk about the book and its production process at the reception. The 18 contributing authors are either current AIAS Fellows, Former AIAS Fellows, Aarhus University researchers or international researchers whom in the book set forth to investigating scientific data representation through the joint optics of the humanities and natural sciences. The book is a product of the conference More Than Pretty Pictures: The Aesthetics of Scientific Data Representation that was held at AIAS in 2015.

The book is dedicated "To all cross-disciplinary researchers who dare to step outside the confinements of their core discipline".   

At the book launch, you can buy the book at the special price of DKK 650,- .


The book reception is open to all, and prior registration is not necessary.


The Aesthetics of data representation: More than Pretty Pictures edited by Lotte Philipsen and Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard. Routledge, 2017 (150 pages, 42 illus.) ISBN: 978-1-138-67937-5 (hardback), 978-1-315-56341-1 (e-book).


Morten Kyndrup, AIAS Executive director and Professor,
Lena Bering, Communications Officer,

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AIAS 
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B 
DK-8000 Aarhus C