Empowering art through science

17-19 November

‘Symbiartic’ is an ambitious initiative aiming to bridge conceptual art and fundamental science. The main focus of the project will be to develop a cross-disciplinary platform providing insight into the recently founded global SciArt movement, which proclaims that both Art and Science are rooted in ‘an unquenchable thirst for understanding the nature of our existence’. ‘Symbiartic' will be seeking to initiate a movement of its own kind, with the ultimate goal of empowering local artists and scientists to contribute to the cause with relevant artwork to raise public awareness of the underfunding of science and art projects in Bulgaria.

Image credit: Ansell Cizic, “Artist and Artisans from the East End… The Wick and Beyond”

Valeriya N-Georg

An internationally acclaimed artist inspired by Neuroscience, Psychology and Consciousness Studies, who works with a range of media: drawing, printmaking, sculpture, digital and mixed media. N-Georg's very special monotype layered gel images explore the relationship between the physical dimensions of the human body and the metaphysical boundaries of the human spirit.

Image credit: Angel Petkov

Angel Petkov

A Bulgarian sculptor, who is devoted to creating interactive sculptures, combining multisensitivity, quirkiness and kinetics. His futuristic works use technical thought as a main source of inspiration for movement in three-dimensional space.

Julia Buntaine

A neuroscience-based visual artist, director of SciArt Center, and editor in chief of SciArt Magazine. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows in Amherst, New York City, Baltimore, Seattle, Madison, Princeton, London, Toronto, Knokke, and others. She also teaches, consults, curates, and frequently writes about art, and is currently an adjunct professor/Innovator-in-Residence at Rutgers University. Her "Territories" artwork presents a series of brainscape maps that blur the line between the known - the map - and the unknown - the territory. This series is in part inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' short story "On Exactitude in Science" and The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq.


Kindra Crick

A multimedia artist who creates work that gives visual expression to the wonder and process of scientific inquiry and discovery. She has exhibited internationally with work included in the LMB permanent collection in Cambridge, England. Her artwork has been influenced by the inspired marriage of her grandparents, the scientist Francis Crick and the artist Odile Crick. Her ’Cerebral Wilderness’ series explores how our knowledge of ourselves and environment are inextricably linked as changing landscapes transformed by scientific discovery.

Image credit: Assoc. Prof. George Miloshev and Assoc. Prof. Milena Georgieva

Assoc. Prof. George Miloshev and Assoc. Prof. Milena Georgieva

Well-established Bulgarian scientists, with contribution to numerous national and international scientific projects. Their artwork will showcase their success in establishing a method for the detection of different types of genotoxic stress. Together with Nevena Ivanova, PhD, specialist in biomedia aesthetics and philosophy of technology, they are the driving force behind Symbiomatter: experimental arts laboratory, a non-profit organisation for the promotion of bioart, open biotech and citizen science in Bulgaria.


Greg Dunn

Greg Dunn is an artist who received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. While a graduate student, Dunn’s artistic experiments demonstrated that the qualities of neural forms fit seamlessly into the aesthetic principles of minimalist Asian art and sumi-e scroll and gold leaf painting. Dunn is now a full time artist out of Philadelphia where he works to incorporate his knowledge of neuroscience, physics, and biology into the artistic process through both imagery and technique. Together with Dr. Brian Edwards, a collaborating artist and electrical engineer at Penn, Greg invented a revolutionary technique called reflective microetching that allows dynamic control of imagery and color in reflective gold surfaces. This work has led to the awarding of a grant from the National Science Foundation to produce an enormous 8’ X 12’ microetching of the human brain, the most complex and detailed artistic piece on the brain that will exist in the world.

Alexander Tasev

The art of Tasev is dedicated to the magic of glass, whose personification is the light. His sculptures, the result of playing different techniques, are not accidental. They are inspired by natural phenomena, interpreting the unity of spirit and matter in the human being and its place on Earth.

Rayna Taseva

Rayna Taseva works with experimental focus and is interested in environmental issues, particularly environmental pollution caused by plastics. By using recycled beer bottles to create a majority of her sculptures, she hopes to send the message about replacing plastics with glass in sculpture welding. Her artwork is inspired by continuous forms reminiscent of the underwater life and namely the ocean reefs.
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Nikolay Bozhilov

An innovative Bulgarian fashion designer who explores the sculptural functionality and the conceptual balance between nature and technology. All garments are produced in Sofia, Bulgaria, where Nikolay works with a small team to create original, timeless and flawlessly sewn pieces. Named "Young Designer of the Year" twice in 2010 and 2013, his ethical work and collections have been featured in numerous magazines and as well as Sofia Design Week, Sofia Fashion Week and Berlin Fashion Week. The inspiration for the INSECTIC collection comes from a close look at nature, the world of insects and the science of their study - entomology. The Capsule Collection examines the shapes, textures and colors of some of the smallest representatives of the animal world and reduces them to contemporary clothing for women.

Ellen Hanauer

In her quest to understand the musculature of the human body, she became fascinated by its parts. For years she has depicted the body from the inside out, paying homage to the machine that creates it; honoring the skin, the bones, the fat, the muscle, the fascia, the veins, the blood, the cells. After deconstructing the body for many years, her path has led her to consider egalitarian relationships that are possible, where harmony and balance come to the forefront, and prejudice falls by the wayside. Her vocabulary as an artist was developed in the cadaver labs, and from this respectful environment, her voice speaks. Taking a scientific approach to art-making has allowed her to consider fresh to new ways to define the human experience in our most evolved forms.

Participation requirements

We welcome your contribution if you consider yourself an artist, sculptor, photographer, architect and if your work is inspired by scientific discovery or represents an artistic interpretation of scientific (natural) phenomena (biomimicry, astronomy etc.), or you are a scientist and you think your work can be presented in a visually attractive way. 

Contact us for more Information!


Rozaliya Tsikandelova
Sci-Art curator / Researcher at the Medical University of Sofia
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