Anna Salmane, Krišs Salmanis, Kristaps Pētersons, 2016
At a time when even decisions of national importance are based on religious arguments or prejudice, we wanted to hear the opinion of those, whose discoveries construct informed knowledge about our world.
In the process of making “Study” we interviewed 12 scientists about their research, its impact on their contemporaries and their own world view. We always concluded with the question “What is the meaning of life?”. The scientists often spoke about the value of collaboration and pluralism. Many emphasized the importance of an open mind and the ability to admit ones limitations.
The resulting sound work is not built from the verbal replies, but the thinking sounds (eeeh’s, umm’s, laughter, sighs etc.) instead.
“I will try to think about it a little bit more,” concludes Vincent C H Tong.
Sincere thanks to
Andris Ambainis, Ph.D., quantum computing (LV)
Justin Bray, Ph.D., astrophysics, astronomy (AU/GB)
Stefano Camera, Ph.D., physics, astrophysics (IT)
Katrīna Ērenpreisa, Dr. habil. med., biomedicine(LV)
Vjačeslavs Kaščejevs, Ph.D., quantum physics (LV)
Jānis Liepiņš, Dr. biol., microbiology (LV)
Sue Lillis, Ph.D., molecular biology, genetics (GB)
Ingrīda Puriņa, Ph.D., aquatic ecology (LV)
Bryce Sadtler, Ph.D., physical chemistry (US)
Tarmo Soomere, Ph.D., cybernetics (EE)
Vincent C H Tong, Ph.D., geophysics (HK/GB)
Christian S. Wirkner, Ph.D., evolutionary biology (DE)
Full interviews can be downloaded from salmanis.com