Astrid Alben is the artistic director of PARS, the art and science initiative she co-founded in 2002. PARS brings together the visionary, mind-boggling, beautiful and never-thought-of-before questions and research of renowned and emerging scientists and artists. These get published in a publication series and curated at events that are a mixture of art, theatre and scientific experiment. Her aim is to celebrate curiosity through showcasing diverse voices from the world of art, research data, mathematical formulas, theoretical physics, photography, graphs & diagrams, pages torn from notebooks, architectural sketches, stills and music scores. From the universe bursting at the seams to deep-water shrimp glowing in the dark, every topic serves as a source of inspiration and a subject of research.
Previous roles have included curator at the Vedute Art Foundation and Head of Production, Saatchi & Saatchi.
Her poetry collection Ai! Ai! Pianissimo is published by Arc Publications. Her next collection, Plainspeak, will be published in September 2019.
She joined the Board of Poetry Translation Centre as a trustee in 2018.