Special topics October 2018 issue:
What does science gain from interaction and engagement with the arts?
Science-art collaboration is a meaningful way in which the sciences and arts can interact, and is often cited as the path towards innovation in our 21st century. In collaboration, artists gain special and intimate access to science and its processes. This leads to new ideas and new works. But what do scientists gain from interacting and engaging with artists? While the artistic products of science-art collaborations are the stuff of public exhibitions, how art influences science mostly comes in the form of word-of-mouth stories.
By Susan Knight
AS IF resident
In March 2018 it was my honor to take a mini residency at Art + Science in the Field: AS IF Center which is nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. I had met Nancy Lowe, the Center’s founder and director, at an art and science conference organized by SciArt Center and The Helix Center in New York last December. She offered me her card and began to describe the new AS IF residency program. As a visual artist my hand cut paper work is informed by scientific investigations of water and the land around it. I knew that the location of AS IF made it the perfect place to incubate my developing project that incorporates aspects of geology, hydrology, and sociology with art.
The Morris Museum of art in Morristown, New Jersey, recently announced the new four-year exhibition series "A Cache of Kinetic Art." The first of the series - "Curious Characters" - opened in March and will be on view through June 20, 2018.
AS IF - Art & Science in the Field - is a new center and residency program located in North Carolina. As part of our partnership with AS.IF, we publish the words and work of AS IF residents.
By Sara Rich
AS IF resident December 2017
In December 2017, I had the great privilege of a preview weekend residency at Art + Science In the Field: AS IF Center in western North Carolina. The Center’s director, Nancy Lowe, had come to the Art Department at Appalachian State University to discuss the AS IF mission in relation to bridging the arts and sciences. Because my visual art simultaneously informs and draws from my scientific work as a nautical archaeologist, I was intrigued as to what a residency at AS IF would offer my practice. However, my mission for this residency was fiction: that is, instead of making visual art, I was to write two short stories, both of which also relate to my scientific work underwater.
SPACE - an arts organization based in London - was established in 1968 as a literal space which provides artists with creative workspaces along with exhibition opportunities, artist residencies, project support, classes, and more.
In their most recent Art & Technology residency period, nine artists were invited to create work that questions the "functional and socio-political experiences of new forms of virtual worlds, considering their potential to reconfigure the way we interact with reality as we know it."