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When: March 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg., University of Toronto,
1 Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8
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Art Meets Science: Panel Discussion
When: March 9, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: JJR MacLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg., University of Toronto
Location: 1 Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8
When Art Meets Science: Broadening Horizons through Interdisciplinary Practice – A Discussion
*Robin Kingsburgh, PhD, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies OCAD University; Natural Science, York University
*Stephen Morris, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Lisa Carrie Goldberg, Multidisciplinary Artist, and founder of Action Potential Lab, dedicated to merging science and art.
Scott Menary, PhD, Department of Physics, York University
Ian Clarke, BSc, PhD, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University
Science and art often have a perceived divide in contemporary culture, yet historically their roots stem from similar manifestations of creativity and aesthetics, in exploring, responding to and explaining Nature. This panel presentation brings together scientists, artists and those with a foot in each of the ‘two cultures’ to discuss their interdisciplinary practices, and encourage novel ways to understand the world around us.
Robin Kingsburgh will discuss the teaching of science to art and design students, and the value of incorporating art making into the teaching of science. Creatively rendering a scientific idea facilitates understanding, and provides an alternate way for an artist to learn about science. This science/art making practice deepens students’ understanding of the topic at hand, as the choice of how to render an idea visually greatly clarifies thought, and encourages abstract and metaphorical thinking. Art created can be displayed to the community, and provide a bridge into scientific concepts for the general public. Robin will show recent work from her students at OCAD University.
Stephen Morris works in experimental non-linear physics, and will discuss self-organized, emergent patterns and textures. These shapes emerge spontaneously from a dynamic process of growing, folding, cracking, wrinkling, branching, flowing and other kinds of morphological development. His work is informed by the scientific aesthetic of nonlinear physics. Stephen’s stunning visual images draw upon both laboratory physics experiments and Nature; his work celebrates the subtle interplay of order and complexity in emergent patterns.
Lisa Carrie Goldberg is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Her artwork often takes the form of full-sensory installations that examine the realm of art and science, including topics in sleep science, tissue culture, physiology and molecular biology. Lisa will discuss her recent work as Director of Action Potential Lab, Toronto’s first laboratory dedicated to merging science and art. Based on a collaborative learning-teaching model, Action Potential Lab provides opportunities for children and adults to experience true interdisciplinarity, engaging in creative projects designed to merge art and science, and encourage novel ways of understanding the world around us.
Ian Clarke will guide the panellists through a moderated discussion, which touches upon issues of commonality and difference in art and science, including: the creative process; the role of aesthetics; the importance of interdisciplinarity; and the role or visualization in art and science.
*Robin Kingsburgh and Stephen Morris are curatorial team members for “Occam’s Razor: Art, Science & Aesthetics”, a juried exhibition of works of art inspired by science, examining similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists, at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (April 2-20, 2014), and the !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre (May 3- June 1, 2014).
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Poster: Occam’s Razor: Art, Science & Aesthetics
Juried Call for Works of Art Inspired by Science
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Credit: robinkingsburgh.com: upcoming: Curatorial team member for Occam's Razor: Art, Science & Aesthetics