the fluidity edition

What is fluidity? If we look at how it is defined by dictionaries, we find it’s the quality of being smooth and beautiful, or likely to change (Oxford Dictionary); it is the physical property of a substance that enables it to flow (Merriam Webster); the quality of being likely to change repeatedly and unexpectedly, or of being continuous (Cambridge Dictionary).

All these definitions are similar, reminiscent of a state of being that is momentary, characterized by movement and impermanence. Can the so-called hard sciences and the humanities come together around a single word, and investigate its multifaceted meaning? To what extent can fluidity as understood by a biologist be compared with that understood by a political scientist or an artist? Can this exchange enrich the interpretation that we all have of what’s fluidity and how we understand it in the society we inhabit?

Ohme brings together scientists, researchers, and artists to explore one single word and unfold the multiple meanings and repercussions it has on our knowledge and perceptions.


Prof. Dr. Karen Celis, research professor at the Department of Political Science and co-director Research of RHEA (VUB), 

Prof. Dr. Karine Van Doninck, Full Professor at the Department of Biology of the University of Namur,

Drs. Elisabeth Van Dam aka DOLLY BING BING aka STRIPPER ANGEL, artist, philosopher and Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Critical Philosophy.

Moderated by Camilla Colombo, curator (Ohme)


The panel will be followed by the first public presentation of Tales of Entropy, a new audiovisual performance by Ohme.

Tales of Entropy stages the irresistible beauty and the poetry of an organic compound changing its physical state in a thermal gradient, under polarized light. As the thermodynamic conditions evolve, the compound gradually evolves from crystal, to liquid-crystal, to liquid, before recrystallisation and reorientations, displaying striking colour patterns with a profound dramatic effect. This audiovisual performance matches live microscopic images from Guillaume Schweicher, FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères (ULB), with the deep and emotional ambient soundscapes of Brussels-based artist Juanita.


Friday 23 October 2020

18:00 > 20:00

PILAR House for Art & Science at VUB, Triomflaan, Entrance 6

Tickets: € 2,00