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Science according to Forges

Science according to Forges

An exhibition celebrating this cartoonist, which highlights his work related to research.

There was a time when practically every workplace had a Forges cartoon stuck on a wall. All kinds of professions were the subject of one of his jokes, including those connected to the world of science. Antonio Fraguas de Pablo (his full name) sadly departed us in 2018 and to celebrate him and highlight the presence of science and technology in his work, the Spanish National Research Council has organised the Science according to Forges exhibition from 11 February 1 March at Residencia de Investigadores.

Forges kept up to date with what was going on in contemporary science. His cartoons in the press painted an ironic portrait of the great scientific challenges of the time and their repercussions for society: human evolution, the discovery of the Higgs boson, climate change, rapid technological progress, the rise of the internet... But the humourist also set his science-themed jokes within the context of the situation in this country, criticising aspects such as the precariousness of a career in research and the lack of investment in the R&D system.

With humour that always exuded warmth and language filled with expressions of his own, Forges managed to convey to society the obstacles researchers face throughout their careers and showed the direction that science should advance in. One of the keys to the warm feelings conveyed by his cartoons was choosing such familiar characters as retired people, married couples and people on the street commenting on current news stories. Forges thus portrayed the interaction between science and technology and the public, society itself. He managed to express the value of science and its importance to social progress and criticise the research system's shortcomings. And he also educated the public about science.

The exhibition will not be on for long, so don't miss out!

See more information through this link.

 

Publication date: Thursday, 06 February 2020
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