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During the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci brought a new understanding to fields ranging from optics to medicine by mastering both science and art. Half a millennium later, in many European countries, schools teaching art are separated from those teaching science, and the public views the fields as fundamentally incompatible. The dualism persists, in spite of the fact that art-and-science collaborations have never been valued more highly by those in the know. Some of the most prestigious scientific organizations, from CERN to the SETI Institute, now host artist residencies, and some of the most acclaimed artists, from James Turrell to Maya Lin, deploy the latest scientific research in their work. Because artists and scientists both strive to understand the world, but each has different tools for doing so, the two cultures can together achieve what neither one can accomplish on its own. This course provides young scholars with a working knowledge of ways in which art and science can be effectively combined. Building on case histories in art-and-science collaboration – where trouble-makers and problem-solvers intermingle – the course provides a basic toolkit of transdisciplinary skills for scholars to work with artists toward a common goal. In addition, a rudimentary artistic background is provided for scholars, in order to build the capacity to view their work from a different perspective. With this stereo vision, young scholars will be prepared to become their best selves.
The course includes a series of lectures by acclaimed experts and practitioners in the all areas of art-and-science collaboration, followed by a close reading of exemplary work combining the two fields. Students will give presentations based on what they learn in the lecture series, prompting guided group discussion about what makes a collaboration successful.
While these collaborations are getting more and more popular, the definitions and methods are still quite vague. Together we will look at examples of good and bad practices to extract methods to foster future art-and-science collaborations.
|Target participants||Junior researchers of all disciplines|
Public talks (online)
13 September 2022 18:00 - 19:00
William L. Fox, Nevada Museum of Art
20 September 2022 18:00 - 19:00
Gerfried Stocker, Managing and Artistic Director of Ars Electronica
27 September 2022 18:00 - 19:00
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist
Workshop (in-person / online)
29 September 2022 10:00 - 13:00
29 September 2022 RAA-E-30
|Contact person||Eric Alms, Graduate Campus|
|Registration fee||CHF 150.-|