Letter from the Editor
Artists and scientists, investigators of the beautiful, strange, and mysterious universe we live in, share a common ground of fundamental inquiry: who are we? why are we here? where do we come from? where are we going? Every artist and scientist, in his or her own way, addresses these topics.
This June we have Straight Talk artists Tomás Saraceno and Mark Nystrom, who visualize our relationship with nature, including our air. They each harness air’s physicality in different ways, working with and against it, giving form to this invisible force that sustains life. And what does the future of life look like? Looking forward to the potentials of technological advance, artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discuss their collaborations (this time chosen for our front cover) which engage microbiology and artificial intel- ligence. This issue we also delve into the art of the five senses, experience the brain through a planetarium show, and see the wonders of the ocean in 19th century glass sculpture.
The answers to these big W questions are always multifaceted, often contextual, and may be limitless. If nothing else is certain, what is clear is that in considering these fundamental inquiries, more and more artists are finding their answers in the beautiful forms and ideas of science.