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Science Without Man: the musical

“Does anyone ever sing in the hallways of this institute?” I remember asking Prof. Dr. Ben at the start of my 3 month artist residency at a nanoscience institute. Ben said “no, maybe you’ll hear someone whistling, but singing would be too disruptive.”

Ben and I talked about being a person of color in the white, rational, masculine space of science. He said he’d rather render questions of race unimportant, “it gets too uncomfortable,” he added. Weeks after my residency ended, he sent an email. He was thinking about quitting. “Questioning,” he wrote, “is contagious.” I’d like to think singing is too.



Simon(e) van Saarloos' AEROPONIC ACT Science Without Man: the musical will be live-streamed from Radio Kootwijk on August 26th at 10.40am

Afterwards Flavia Dzodan, Amit S. Rai, and Adam Szymczyk responded to the question How high can you go?