The Visual

Science of Art

Conference 2019

21-24 August 2019

Leuven - Belgium

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Connecting Art & Science

The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) was established in 2012 by Baingio Pinna in Alghero, Italy. Its main focus is to better connect the communities of visual scientists and artists in order to deepen our understanding of aesthetic phenomena. The VSAC is an ideal venue to debate and collaborate on all topics associated with the perception and evaluation of artworks.

The 7th edition of VSAC will be held in Leuven, Belgium, from August 21 to 24, 2019. Organized again as a satellite conference to the visual planet of the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), VSAC invites all people that connect visual perception and the arts (e.g., empirical, experimental, philosophical, phenomenological, computational approaches). This year, more than ever before, we aim to be inclusive to all relevant disciplines from the arts, the humanities, and the sciences. The program will include events specifically intended to facilitate interactions between people with different backgrounds, which is always a challenge in such cross-over events. In addition to the scientific program, an experienced curator team will organize a strong artistic program, with several exhibitions from established top artists as well as emerging younger artists, at several venues across the city. The Saturday will be exclusively devoted to the arts program, with guided tours, integrative symposia, and opportunities for interactions and discussions with the artists.

All of these events will take place in the center of Leuven, a vibrant university city in the heart of Europe, home to the oldest university of the Low Countries (1425), close to Brussels and a short train ride from Brussels Airport. High-speed train connections are available from Paris, London, Amsterdam and Cologne.

We are looking forward to receiving many excellent submissions!

Keynote lectures

Opposites attract: The marriage of art and science

Robert Pepperell (Cardiff Metropolitan University, U.K.), who is both a scientist and an artist, will talk about “Opposites attract: The marriage of art and science”, in which he will integrate recent work from his Fovolab.

Colour, Light and Time in Paintings

Anya Hurlbert (Newcastle University, U.K.), is a professor of Visual Neuroscience. She uses psychophysical, computational and neuroimaging techniques to investigate how people perceive colours. In her talk she will address how illumination is depicted within paintings, and how this can affect our interpretation of those paintings.

Invited artists

Conference highlights

VSAC 2019 offers a three day program with a broad range of activities that aim to foster a rich interaction between scientists and artists. This includes:

Art & Science Sessions

Motion, Space & Time
Color, Space & Time


Art & Science Dialogues

Venue highlights

We have been able to arrange various exclusive venues across the city of Leuven. Some of these venues have an important place in the history of the KU Leuven, while others are true symbols for the lively cultural and artistic scene that is present Leuven. Visit our venues section if you want to learn more!


Conference Organization

Scientific Committee

Barbara Baert
Philippe Bekaert
Geert Bouckaert
Marc De Mey
Koenraad Jonckheere

Katrien Kolenberg
Wendy Morris
Bence Nanay
Alexander Streitberger
Stéphane Symons

Veerle Van der Sluys
Carl Van Eyndhoven
Hilde Van Gelder
Jan Vanrie
Johan Wagemans

Local Organizing Committee

Stefanie De Winter
Kristien Jacobs
Wendy Morris
Brendan Ritchie
Christina Seyfried

Benjamin van Buren
Eline Van Geert
Nathalie Vissers
Johan Wagemans
Astrid Zeman

Art Program Team

Stefanie De Winter
Ana Schultze
Christina Seyfried
Leen Van Ende

With advice from

Geert Bouckaert
Wim Lambrecht
Stéphane Symons
Johan Wagemans