Letter from the Editor:
Perception, with its capacity, limits, and behaviors, has been an important topic throughout art history. Those in science-based art take the exploration of the senses to a deeper level, revealing the biology and mechanisms behind what makes human life so rich. What does the smell of Parmesan cheese look like? What happens when sound waves encounter light waves? Is there more to whiskey than meets the eye? The answers to these questions, and more, are delightfully beautiful when answered by artists.
The organ of perception, the brain, is the topic of our lead article this issue. Exploring how contemporary artists have interpreted the most fundamental to the most cutting-edge in neuroscience, the brain is an increasingly hot topic in the art world, and the media art large. From film, to installation, to sculpture and painting, neuroscience-based art has much to look forward to in this scientific age of the brain.
Our featured artists this issue are Kate MacDowell, a sculptor of animals and ecologically inspired creatures, and Phil Hastings, a filmmaker inspired by biological patterns and genetic modification. And of course, where would artists like these be without the places that foster and showcase science-artwork? We have two Spaces & Places this issue, featuring the science-art scene in Boston, and Fermilab in Illinois.
Click here, or the above cover image, to read. Enjoy!