Women and creative process: what science can learn from arts

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by Reiko Yamada Postdoctoral Researcher, Quantum Optics Theory Group at ICFO and composer-in-residency at Phonos Foundation in Barcelona


The International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) and International Women’s Day (8th March) are two international events that have inspired ICFO to dedicate an entire month (Feb 11th – Mar 8th) to women in science with activities designed to celebrate women’s accomplishments as well as examine the current reality for women pursing scientific careers.

These events are directed to all ICFOnians as well as member of our extended community, and aim to support a diverse and inclusive environment in science.


INVITED TALK: “‘Women and creative process: what science can learn from arts ”

Dr. Reiko Yamada, Research Fellow, Quantum Optics Theory Group at ICFO and composer-in-residency at Phonos Foundation in Barcelona



Reiko Yamada is a composer and sound artist, originally from Hiroshima, Japan, and currently postdoctoral researcher at ICFO and composer-in-residency at Phonos Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. She composes concert works, creates sound art installations and works with interdisciplinary collaborators. Her work explores the aesthetic concept of imperfection in a variety of contexts.

Yamada holds a D.Mus in composition from McGill University, and is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowship. She was a 2015-16 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study of Harvard University, the 2016-17 artist-in-residence at IEM (Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik), the 2018 Innovator-in-Residence at Colorado College and a 2019-2020 STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) artist-in-residence. Her various projects have been commissioned and/or funded by New Music USA, the Canada Council for the Arts, IRCAM (the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music), CIRMMT (the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Armitage Gone! Dance, the Zentrum für Orgelforschung der Kunstuniversität Graz, St.A.i.R. (Styria-Artist-in-Residence des Landes Steiermark), Japan Society of New York and the European Commission among others. Her works have been presented in venues such as The Metropolitan Museum Breuer (New York), and Centre Pompidou (Paris).



In this lecture, Dr. Yamada will present a selection of women writers, composers, filmmakers and artists with a special emphasis on their perspective on the creative process in time-based media.

Attendees will be invited to discuss questions such as “Do female artists put a different emphasis on processes and outcomes, and if so, how?” “How have feminist perspectives influenced artists’ processes of creation?” and “Can we apply similar creative processes in scientific research?”

Dr. Yamada is currently a guest lecturer at Center for Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria. The seminar is open to all genders and researchers and non-researchers of all disciplines.


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