“The magic of life is everywhere, and can be expressed in a scientific lab just as well as in an art studio. Ten years working in neuroscientific research have taught me that science is less about answering questions than finding the relevant ones, and this is to me, where art and science can meet".
Florence Razoux is a researcher, creator and communicator. Their scientific work follows an interest in better understanding the neurobiological basis of emotions, and has investigated neurochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral changes in various animal models of neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and affective disorders.
In their artistic practice, Razoux explores the notion of identity, perception, and the dichotomy between the body and the mind. In a constant quest for innovation, beauty and meaning, Razoux uses emerging technology and experiments with scientific concepts to create multimedia performances, interactive installations and immersive experiences that invite the public to reconsider our current understanding of the world and question the elusiveness of the established systems.
Razoux started their career as a classical musician and holds a music degree in instrumental harp and music theory from the French Conservatoire. After pursuing scientific studies at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (FR), they discovered a strong interest for neuropsychopharmacology. Razoux eventually graduated with a PhD in biomedical engineering from the ETH Zurich (CH) and deepened their expertise in neuroimaging and brain physiology during a postdoctoral training at the UCSD (USA) and MDC Berlin (DE).
In parallel to their scientific career, Razoux started to explore an interdisciplinary creative landscape and has gradually become an active member of the Art & Science community. Their work was presented in London (Burnout, 2015), at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (Gray Matters, 2017), and most recently at MONOM Berlin Center for Spatial Sound (Sgr-A*, 2018). Razoux is the founder of Zweigeist Berlin, a platform that promotes open science and encourages the dialogue between scientists and the public on diverse neuroscientific topics. Razoux is also part of the team of art research center Art Laboratory Berlin, and a member of the interdisciplinary collective BeAnotherLab.