Overview participating exhibitions
Ben Feringa is considered to be one of the world’s most creative chemists. With his research on molecular nanomachines he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016, together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart. In collaboration with the University of Groningen, where Feringa works as a Professor of Organic Chemistry, Jos Jansen was asked to capture the essence of Feringa’s work. He spent several months following the research carried out by Feringa’s study group, where scientists and students perform their experiments on a daily basis. The nanomachines and switches are in fact special molecules composed by the researchers in a test tube. Under a special light they start to move and behave like a miniscule motor. Feringa feels that universities should be a ‘playground’ for scientists, where they can follow their curiosity without restriction. During Noorderlicht, a scientific symposium about this research will take place in the presence of the three Nobel Laureates.
When it comes to the development of innovative food crops, Darwin’s process of natural selection has long been replaced by high-tech plant breeding, as Jos Jansen shows in SEEDS. But what does ‘natural’ mean in this context? Jansen focuses on the consequences of resistant food crops as a way of feeding the rapidly increasing world population. In doing so, he raises the question of whether we need to return to the authenticity of small-scale agriculture and city farming. Or is it man’s duty to steer evolution to create sufficient food to feed the exploding world population?
Jos Jansen (Netherlands, 1950) studied Psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen and Documentary Photography and Film at the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost. Seeds – On the Origin of Food Crops was published in 2014, and was named one of the best photobooks of that year by de Volkskrant. His new book No One's Land came out in October. His series PLAYGROUND is exhibited at the main NUCLEUS location, the Der Aa-kerk in Groningen. His series SEEDS is exhibited at the NUCLEUS location KINK in Assen.