Movies & Science: Authenticity

Movies & Science

From leaders to recipes, we like it authentic. Authenticity means being sincere, original or credible. It has something to do with truth, value and that what is 'real'. But what makes something authentic? And why do we attach such importance to it? In this series we try to find answers by approaching the theme from three angles: art, nature and food.

This series is organised in collaboration with Centre for the Humanities and Cinema 't Hoogt. Tickets are free and are available one month in advance at


maandag 8 oktober 2018 - 19:00
What do the destruction and restoration of a world-famous painting tell us about the identity of an artwork? With art historian Dr Marjolijn Bol.
maandag 5 november 2018 - 19:00
How authentic is the depiction of Timothy Treadwell’s life among grizzly bears? Literary scholar Dr Kári Driscoll explores the power of framing in Grizzly Man.
maandag 10 december 2018 - 19:00
This film traces the origins of the most popular Chinese dish in the US. Why do we value food more if it’s ‘authentic’? With media scholar Prof Jeroen de Kloet.


dinsdag 6 november 2018
Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend were eaten by a bear. There's footage of it, there's a film about it, but we still don't know what the real story is.
woensdag 10 oktober 2018
Authenticity is important in art. But what makes an artwork authentic? If a painting is restored or altered, is it still the original?