Nina Samuel

Interdisciplinary Laboratory
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Nina Samuel is an art historian and curator with a Ph.D. from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her thesis, entitled »The Shape of Chaos«, investigates visual epistemologies in the field of complex dynamics and fractal geometry and drawing as a mode of thinking. After various research positions, Nina spent the academic year 2011/12 as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in NYC where she curated »The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking«. Nina’s newest exhibition project »My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process« explores techniques of drawing in contemporary art and science and was on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, until March 2014. Nina has received scholarships and research grants from the Fulbright programme, the NCCR Iconic Criticism: The Power and Meaning of Images (eikones), Basel, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

Research Interests

Visual epistemologies of the sciences; drawing as an epistemic process; chaos and image theory; art & science; visual practices in biology; image practices in surgery, medicine and war. Materialization of thinking processes; Development of exhibition concepts at the intersection of art and science.