Around the world, coral reefs are being devastated by pollution, global warming and ocean acidification. Scientists are racing to learn if these vital organisms can adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions while artists are responding with innovative visual and socially engaged strategies. This panel discusses whether science and art can work together to create a new ecological consciousness. The program is presented in conjunction with the NYUAD Institute’s exhibition of the Crochet Coral Reef by the LA-based Institute For Figuring.

Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided.


John Burt Associate Professor of BiologyNYUAD

Margaret Wertheim Co-creator, Crochet Coral Reef Project; DirectorThe Institute For Figuring

Lawrence Weschler Author, "Vermeer in Bosnia" and "Uncanny Valley"; Director Emeritus, New York Institute for the HumanitiesNYU

Moderated by
  • Alexis Gambis, Artistic Director and Founder, Imagine Science Films; Visiting Professor of Biology, Film, and New Media, NYUAD

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