Science meets art at Accelerator
Magazine III, a private museum and foundation for contemporary art, is joining up with the Stockholm University to create Accelerator – an interdisciplinary artistic laboratory for studying the intersection of science, art and society.
Accelerator will open in the Nobel Laureate Manne Siegbahns* former physics laboratory located underground at the Stockholm University.
The premises of 1700 square meters will include a spectacular underground hall, a so-called black box for video, but also an auditorium, a cafe and a laboratory for the research-based activities. The new art laboratory will also host seminars and exhibitions open to the general public.
Magazine III will contribute with both know-how and funding and Stockholm University will be the operator.
- In addition to education and research we see this as a very important step to reach our third mission, to interact with society, says Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice Chancellor at Stockholm University
According to David, there is no equivalent to Accelerator in the world.
- Several Universities around the world have incorporated showrooms for art on campus, but the model for Accelerator is more radical and explorational, says David Neuman, director of the museum at Magasin III and one of the founders of Accelerator to Dagens Nyheter
The reconstruction of the 1 700 square meters has already begun. Accelerator is expected to open in 2017.
*Manne Siegbahn, born and raised in the Stockholm region, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1924 for ”his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy”.