Movement // Community // Archive // Organism // Collective // Ecosystem
The Science New Wave
community includes artists,
filmmakers, journalists, researchers and hybrids of all types who have inspired us in their approaches to
scientific storytelling. They have all proposed singular new visions in both their art and science. They take
risks, cross boundaries and fuse genres, blending process and realism with subjectivity and commentary. They are
also the key players in the ongoing evolution of the Science New Wave and will play a decisive role in
highlighting the latest crop of bold science cinema.
The Science New Wave is characterized by its rejection of traditional scientific film conventions and
stereotypes in favor of experimentation and personal expression.
The Science New Wave was established on August 26, 2016 in Lairoux, a commune in the Vendée
department on the west coast of France.
During a town hall meeting, citizen scientists presented longitudinal data showing the devastating impact
of human activity on the local bat population. To the surprise of many, these avid amateurs ended their
talk with a short experimental film, revealing a new world from the perspective of an anguished bat and
merging scientific research with surrealism.
Many (but not all) agreed on the vital importance of fusing science, the imaginary and cinema. One
attendee decided to put pen to paper, drafting the early version of the manifesto.
The Science New Wave heavily draws inspiration from early cinema and the field of developmental
The SNW Central Dogma is built on 6 fundamental traits yet, as any other living organism, it will keep
trait #1: Culture is Science. Science is Culture
trait #2: Diversity feeds the ecosystem
trait #3: Experiments become Cinema
trait #4: Structure dictates function
trait #5: Science & Story never collide
trait #6: WE ARE ALL MESSENGERS
As a Science New Wave member, you will join a growing ecosystem and receive a myriad of benefits