Bridging the Cultures: Ali Hossaini on Science, Art, and the History of the Universe

Thursday, December 8th 2011 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 8th 2011 at 9:00 pm
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, 14 Jay Street, between Greenwich and Hudson Streets.

Some people consider science and art entirely different, if not conflicting, ways of exploring and learning about the world. Science, they say, is an objective activity that demands empirical evidence and consistent verification, while art lacks any agreed upon rigorous standard of production, and depends on humans’ subjective experience.

Yet to many others, including Ali Hossaini, this picture is not accurate. In Hossaini’s view, art can – and should – effectively incorporate and even complement science as a tool to inform humans about how the world operates. It can help people experience subjectively that which is objectively true. Hossaini’s proof: “Ouroboros: The History of the Universe,” his 3-D visual collage of 30,000 images – people, microbes, galaxies, animals, corporate logos, DNA, and more – that aims to connect your consciousness to the cosmos through an immersive holographic experience. "Ouroboros," according to Hossaini, rejoins art to science.

Join the Center for Inquiry in New York City on Dec. 8 at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts as we explore these issues with a one-hour viewing of Ouroboros, and post-viewing discussion with creator Ali Hossaini, hosted by CFI’s Michael De Dora. Wine and light fare will be served. The viewing will begin at 6 p.m. and last for one hour, giving way to a discussion between Hossaini and De Dora on science, art, and how the two disciplines can cooperate for social good.

Ali Hossaini is a former biochemist turned philosopher turned artist who now produces groundbreaking, science-influenced and informed shows. His next project, “Neurodiversity,” will be a multisensory installation that will help ordinary people understand the experience of autism. You can read more about Hossaini and his work on his website,

This is the first event in the Center for Inquiry in New York City’s new event series "Bridging the Cultures," which explores the relationship between science, rationality, and the arts.