By Aimee Lusty
A list of upcoming classes, films, lectures and performances in New York City combining art with science and technology. Events range from film screenings about the reproductive lives of sea creatures to collaborative projects by leading contemporary artists and technologists.
EXHIBITION TEXT: The past several years have witnessed extremely heated and polarized international public debate on vaccines, ranging from questions related to their safety to their unacceptably high price in many of the worldâs poorest countries. <Immune Nations>, an evidence-based art exhibition about the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines, brings attention to these debates and the often complex emotional states that surround them.
By Jasmine Kuylenstierna
This slightly claustrophobic gallery space at the Friedman Brain Institute of Mount Sinai sets the tone for an intimate experience. And it is really something humanly intimate that's portrayed here: our seat of intelligence, interpreter of senses, initiator of body movement and controller of behavior – our brain – is the focus, and what a vulnerable focus it is. Depictions of tumors and aneurysms are just as beautiful and mind bogglingly complex as prints of healthy tissue, even though the former also tell stories of immense sadness and deception caused by an organ that we are all at the complete mercy of.
By Jasmine Kuylenstierna
In an introduction to this series of digital prints, Cynthia Pannucci writes that the artist, Suzanne Anker, is ’”culturing science’ [by employing] the circular Petri dish as a framing mechanism for her contemplation of life, death and transition.” As a beholder, each one of these photographs represents a self-contained microcosm as well as a macrocosm to me, because they ’talk’ about the small details in the bigger picture.
By David Ricci
After a brief career as a biomedical engineer my life took an odd turn into the world of fine art photography. Although I left engineering for art, my interest in science and mathematics never waned. Several years ago I read M. Mitchell Waldrop’s book Complexity, which describes and explains the field of complexity science. This discipline investigates what occurs when large quantities of individual elements are assembled into increasingly complicated systems. Waldrop explains that at some high level of organization termed the 'edge of chaos', a new structure can emerge - something that is not just complicated, but rather an entirely new entity that is both greater than the sum of its parts and essentially different from the components that produced it.