Communicating through Method:
An Art and Science Discussion
Earlier in 2018, Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration hosted its inaugural conference of experts in art, science, sustainability and collaboration - in part to begin a dialogue about how art and science might better, or more meaningfully, collaborate on aspects of climate change. The developing “Broto Collaboration Blueprint” is, in itself a work in partnership, with an array of stakeholders weighing in on how to execute “substantive, real-time, credible and mutual” collaboration between art and science.
How might Broto help art and science blend method, so that the innovation that comes from the collaboration is built on a shared intention? Should we worry less about outcomes and more about blue-sky process that allows both art and science to explore without worrying about the result? These are some of the questions Broto seeks to address through creative work, actual fieldwork, and active collaboration.
Early in our development, Provincetown-based landscape painter Joerg Dressler and Mark Borrelli, Ph.D., Coastal Geologist, Director, Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown agreed to explore a partnership of art and science. In the first meetings it became clear that language – jargon, tech-speak, acronyms - were an initial challenge.
It turns out that, for these two collaborators, they had a lot in common with how they work, why they do the work, and how they evaluate their work. And while some artists are “anti-method” and some scientists will debate the rigor of the scientific method, suddenly these two collaborators had something to discuss and put toward understanding each other in ways that shed light on mutuality and shared intention work.
While we put no expectations on outcomes, there were a series of “fine art info graphics” generated that spoke to the combined work - itself a platform for debate. Are they art? Are they science communication? Are they graphic illustration? Are they none of the above?
So, for discussion, Broto wanted to share with you a snap shot of the shared narrative between Dressler and Borrelli, as one example of how art and science might communicate about a shared challenge.
- Ian Edwards, Broto Founder
Reflections on a Scientific Method & a Proposed Artistic Method
By Joerg Dressler and Mark Borrelli