In the wake of major breakthroughs in science, we probe the limits, perils and possibilities of our evolving interventions on nature.


Brunch at The O.P.E.N.: Welcome, Fish have Fear
An intimate connection relating to the issues of the day.

Did you know that fish have long memories? Or that they have interesting emotional lives, such as the ability to experience panic and draw comfort from other fishes? This fascinating brunch talk by Assoc Prof Suresh Jesuthasan shows us how the study of fish can help to understand human emotions.

Assoc Prof. Jesuthasan obtained an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990. His interest in biology was spurred by two summers at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey. He obtained a D. Phil. in Zoology from Oxford University, and now runs a neuroscience lab in Biopolis.

Sat 28 June 2014
11am - 12.30pm
Venue: 72–13

Short Films by Jean Painlevé

Dir. Jean Painlevé
(1929 -1978) France
74 mins
Rating: G

Poetic pioneer of science films, Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) explored a twilight realm of seahorse, octopi, and liquid crystals. Painlevé's astonishing mesmerizing documentaries witness a genuine 'magic realism' that continues to enchant audiences around the world. The selection of films from the Painlevé anthology featured at The O.P.E.N. are:

Daphnia (La Daphnie)
1928, 35mm, b & w, silent, 13 min.
Live accompaniment by Louis Quek, Kim Eun Hyung and Nazaruddin Bin Mashruddin

Hyas and Stenorhynchus (Hyas et sténorinques)
1929, 35mm, b & w, sound with inter-titles, 13 min.

The Seahorse (L’Hippocampe)
1934, 35mm, b & w, sound, 15 min.

The Love Life of the Octopus (Les Amours de la pieuvre)
1965, 35mm, color, sound, 13 min.

Acera or the Witches’s Dance (Acéra ou Le Bal des sorcières)
1972, 35 mm, color, sound, 13 min.

Liquid Crystals (Cristaux liquides)
1978, 16mm, color, sound, 7 min

Sat 28 June 2014
1pm – 2.15pm
Venue: 72–13

INSIGHT: Biomedicine, Bioethics, and the Arts – Promises, Fears, and Fiction
Prof Paul Macneill, discusses the responses of bioethics and the arts as alternative approaches to biomedical ‘advances’. Director of the undergraduate programme in ethics at the National University of Singapore’s School of Medicine, Prof Paul Macneill is also of the author of various publications that discuss the relationship between bioethics and the arts. His latest book, Ethics and the Arts, is due to be released in 2014.

Sat 28 June 2014
3pm – 4.30pm
Venue: 72–13
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