TU Delft Students meet local artists and philosophers
On Wednesday 3 June, Top Delft and Beta-Balie hosted the official opening of the Impact! exhibition for ethical reflection through art in the ‘Prinsenkwartier’.
The event was the culmination of a series of workshops initiated by Shannon Spruit and Zoe Robaey of the Philosophy of Technology section of TPM. In these workshops, TU Delft students met local artists and philosophers with the aim of producing an object, a work of art, that reflects the ethical aspects of their future work and the role of technology in society. Visual communication advisor Annick Spoelstra coached the students and curated the exhibition.
A jury consisting of professor in Philosophy of Technology Ibo van de Poel, communication advisor Karlijn de Wit and medical doctor and artist Maryon Widdershoven, awarded prizes to three of the 14 objects in this exhibition. As well as presenting revealing the works and the award ceremony, Professor Van de Poel debated the role of art as a form of moral learning, with regard to the introduction of new technologies in society, as part of the Beta-Balie discussion platform.
The first prize went to Laura Zambelli’s ‘#IASKBEFOREIBUY; Make visible the invisible’. Zambelli, a Master’s student at IDE, provides in her work literally a peek into the production processes of electronics. The interaction with the audience was particularly valued: “You have no choice as an audience, suddenly you are part of it,” explained Maryon Widdershoven, the chairman of the jury. As well as addressing the ethical issue at hand, the jury appreciated the way Zambelli involves her audience in the issue by calling for action and taking responsibility.
Annetje Guedon, a PhD student in biomechanical engineering at 3ME, won the second prize for her work, ‘Safe or Unsafe’. The jury said that “her work forces the audience to look closely and dive into the ethical quest of visibility of patient safety in the operating room”. Guedon’s work surprises, communicates strongly and scored well on all the assessment criteria - ethical sensitivity, imagination and public engagement.