Wednesday, May 25, 2022 6:00p -

MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames St
Cambridge, MA 02142

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Join Catalyst Conversations at MIT’s Bartos Theater for Art, Science, Activism: What Science Can Learn From Artists

In partnership with the List Visual Arts Center, Catalyst Conversations presents Art, Science, Activism: What Science Can Learn From Artists with Dan Borelli, Artist, Activist, Curator and Marco Kaltofen, Engineer, Nuclear Scientist, Activist. Gain insight on the synthesis of compelling narratives that enable the general public to access complex and elusive data. The conversation will be moderated by Alberta Chu, Cultural Producer, ASKlabs. 

Scientific data can be challenging for the public to comprehend. The artist and engineer duo Dan Borelli and Marco Kaltofen provide an alternate way “in”. Each speaker will share about their research and process and together they will discuss their collaboration, the citizen science project Unfriending the Atom. Together, Marco and Dan are Unfriending the Atom, a citizen science project designed to trace and map radioactivity around the world. Artists can contribute to science by inspiring communities to engage and take action for the betterment of society. 

Please join Catalyst Conversations for a stimulating in-person evening of art and science on May 25th. (Following the event, we hope all can join for a no-host reception at a local bar TBD to continue the conversation.)


Environmental artist and researcher Dan Borelli has a socially-engaged art practice. His process involves research and learning while engaging the public in his findings. He works to reconnect the human ecology to science through narrative. Dan’s hometown of Ashland, MA has an extraordinarily high rate of cancer. Ashland was the first of 1800 Superfund sites declared hazardous by the U.S. government and Dan’s project Ashland Nyanza explores and articulates many layers of his findings.

Civil engineer and nuclear physicist Marco Kaltofen investigates the world of the very small. His work extracts exotic data from mundane objects. He wields his protocols and GE chart of nucleotides like a detective. Through the investigation of mundane objects sourced from volunteers all over the world, he is able to interpret and generate data that forms a narrative. 

Video recording will be available at a later date. Follow us on social media and join our Catalyst Conversations email list to be notified when video is released! 

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