• December 13, 2015

Last year, Creative Disturbance completed a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $21,000 in funds over the course of just one month. One of the exciting plans that we had announced were the awarding of international student grants – financial awards for students to produce additional podcasts, obtain exposure for their research and to connect with other researchers around the world.

We are very proud to announce that we have the first recipients of these grants!

Patricia Correia, Ana Rita Fonseca, and Samuel Viana are PhD students at Fundação Champalimaud in Portugal whose earlier project Creativity: The Playground of The Brain, an event that discussed the neurobiological basis of creativity with an artist and scientist, set the grounds for their larger, successful Raízes da Curiosidade project that gathered artists and scientists at the Centro Cultural de Belém.

The art-science project Raízes da Curiosidade – Tempo de Ciência e Arte – (a partnership between Centro Cultural de Belém and Fundação Champalimaud) challenged 5 pairs of artists and scientists to create an object that was simultaneously artistic and scientific. To explore this, a space and a time was created for the pairs to discover convergences and divergences in their motivations and methodologies, allowing them to be immersed in the creative world of the other in as symbiotic a manner as possible. Would it be possible to create a third space between art and science?

The outputs of this project have included a book titled Raízes da Curiosidade: Tempo de Ciência e Arte, performances by artist-scientist pairs, workshops for both adults and children, and a conference at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown that discussed transversality between Science and Art with national and international guests experienced in intertwining art and science within a range of contexts and roles. A documentary, by Cláudia Varejão, has also captured some of the processes and experiences of the artists and scientists throughout the project.

Creative Disturbance Fellows

Patricia Correia 

Patricia Correia
Patrícia Correia studied Biochemistry at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de
 Lisboa and is now doing a PhD at Systems Neuroscience laboratory studying the role 
of serotonin in the brain.

Ana Rita Fonseca 

Ana Rita Fonseca
Ana Rita Fonseca studied Physics Engineering at Universidade de Aveiro and 
is now doing a PhD at Systems Neuroscience laboratory studying decision-making.

Samuel Viana

Samuel Viana
Samuel Viana originally studied biology at the University of Galway, Ireland but then 
turned to physical theatre where, amongst other places, he studied at Ecole Lassaad in Belgium. 
He is now doing a practice-based PhD on Art, Movement and Cognition.

Podcasts with Patricia, Ana Rita, and Samuel:


We look forward to the stimulating discussions Patricia, Ana Rita, and Samuel will bring to Creative Disturbance!

If you know talented students that you would like to nominate for a Creative Disturbance fellowship, please reach out to us at feedback@creativedisturbance.org.