Where art meets science: Two of Antwerp’s top artists have received honorary doctorates from the University of Antwerp | Antwerp

AntwerpParty at the University of Antwerp. Antwerp visual artists Paul van Hooydonk (97) and Anne-mee van Kerkhoven (70) were awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Merit on Tuesday evening. Both know – and do – connect their work to science in an exceptional way. Dr. proud koza† Selections from the Awards Ceremony at Frederic de Tacisal on the City Campus.

She saw a bird in an ordinary bough, it is a future in the universe. Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Paul Van Hoeydonck Two Antwerpers Bohr who have been promoted to honorary doctorate degrees tonight by the University of Antwerp sang, including a rather heavy medallion. Both agree: Art confronts us with the essence of man. But humor also has a place among all academic seriousness. The Honorary Doctors laughed – albeit to a limited extent – publicly on several occasions. Well-ventilated dynamics. feet on the ground. Draw a little in the clouds.

fallen astronaut

He is almost percent, but he shone in his feed. Van Hooijdonk was the first to hear – “with tears in his eyes” – the praise of the President of the University of Antwerp Hermann van Gottheem: “Proud Doctor Koza, for his technically exceptional achievements and the scope with which he is connected literally from Earth to space.” Referring to his statue of “Fallen Cosmonaut” , which is a work of art that was placed on the surface of the moon on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 and is the only one to date.

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Paul van Hooydonk with a replica of “Fallen Astronaut,” a work of art placed on the moon during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. © Classes de Scherder

“We are gradually getting to know space better and preparing the planet for the universe. Anyway, I hope to be able to explore this tomorrow,” replies respected Van Hooydonk. “It is so wonderful to be here in Antwerp, the city that I take with me everywhere in my heart and head.” His wife, Marilyn Myers, was also honored. For Van Hooydonk, it is his second honorary doctorate. The University of Liege also awarded him this honor. Honorable Doctor.

Then again Johann Bass, Director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Nothing but praise for van Kerkhoven: “What does a doctorate mean to an artist? Is the Academy not an attempt to domesticate an artist or to narrow down art? But No worry† The threats identified are an illusion. You deserve this honorary doctorate. For the new course on conceptual art in the 1960s, your critical voice in the debate about women in the art world and your focus on science and technology.”

Anne-mee van Kerkhoven.
Anne-mee van Kerkhoven. © Eli Verheen

The writer and multimedia artist, who has just completed her exhibition at the famous Zeno X gallery in Borgerhout, speaks modestly: “After twelve years of living among academics, I feel comfortable here. In the eighties I approached the development of artificial intelligence with Luc Steels (Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Brussels, ed.). Follow. It has also gained new insights from science and technology. But to any positive progress comes negativity and art has a way to deal with that.”

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Her husband, Danny de Vos, with whom she founded the artist platform Club Moral, was also thanked. “For next to every strong woman stands a strong man. Or woman.” Dr. Proud Koza.

The University of Antwerp awards an honorary doctorate of general merit to Paul van Hooydonk and Anne-mee van Kerkhoven.
The University of Antwerp awards an honorary doctorate of general merit to Paul van Hooydonk and Anne-mee van Kerkhoven. © Eli Verheen

Other prizes

Honorary doctorate ceremonies will also be held on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March. Professor Dr. Dr. Helmut Richberger received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences in recognition of his expertise in integrating information theory. Professor Dr. Patricia C. Williams receives an honorary doctorate from the Law School in recognition of her expertise in the fields of race, gender, literature, and law.

The University of Antwerp awards an honorary doctorate of general merit to Paul van Hooydonk and Anne-mee van Kerkhoven.
The University of Antwerp awards an honorary doctorate of general merit to Paul van Hooydonk and Anne-mee van Kerkhoven. © Eli Verheen

Professor Dr. Dr. Ugur Şahin and Prof. Dr. Özlem Torici were awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in recognition of their pioneering work in the development and application of mRNA technology in immunotherapy and vaccines and in the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which has protected the health and lives of millions of people.

Professor Dr. Dr. Michelle Lamont received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences in recognition of her expertise in the field of sociology, more specifically social issues related to culture and social inequality. Celebrations will continue in a limited circle.

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