March 4th, 2009 § § permalink
An Arts Catalyst / Tate Britain Conference
Eye of the Storm
An interdisciplinary conference on scientific controversy
19 / 20 June 2009
Tate Britain, there Millbank, vcialis 40mg London SW1, UK
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Arts Catalyst and Tate Britain announce an international call for artists, scientists, social scientists, theorists, policy-makers and other disciplines, to present in Eye of the Storm, a conference exploring scientific controversy from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Eye of the Storm aims to explore a range of controversies, from esoteric arguments between physicists over the structure of the universe, to disputes about the causes of species decline and climate change, and highly charged public controversies around the use of stem cells and the distribution of genetically modified organisms. When heated debates around the challenge of climate change have shown how abstruse uncertainties within a scientific community can be amplified and distorted to challenge the whole notion of human-caused greenhouse warming, Eye of the Storm sets out to examine the relationship between scientific uncertainty and public controversies around science.
via The Arts Catalyst.
March 3rd, 2009 § § permalink
Natalie Angier is one of my favorite writers. She knows how to write about science in an artistic and informative way that really works towards understanding at a deep level.
This is her web site which highlights her latest book, The Canon.
From her website -
“Of course you should know about science,” writes Angier, “for the same reason Dr. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: These things are fun and fun is good.”
THE CANON is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn what’s actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse reveals evolution at work, and how we’re all made of stardust. It’s Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas—a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.
March 3rd, 2009 § § permalink
Weaving Science into Sculpture with artist Nathalie Miebach
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Science, Boston
What do basket weaving, climate change, and sculpture have in common?
Artist Nathalie Miebach literally weaves scientific data related to
meteorology, climate change, and astronomy into brightly colored,
three-dimensional sculptures. Come hear how – and why – she creates these
singular pieces that expand the boundaries of how scientific information
can be represented and what art can mean.
One of Miebach’s sculptures “Temporal Warmth: Tango Between Air, Land, and
Sea” is on display in the Museum exhibit halls through April 12.
This program is part of the Museum’s ongoing “When Science Meets Art”
series. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. First
come, first served. Free seating tickets available to the general public
in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 pm the evening of the program. For
more information, visit mos.org/events.
About the Artist
Nathalie Miebach holds a Master of Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts
from Massachusetts College of Art. She is the recipient of the
International Sculpture 2006 Outstanding Student Award, an LEF grant, a
two-year fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, a Bemis Center for
Contemporary Arts Residency in Omaha, NE, and the Berwick Research
Institute Residency in Boston. She is currently the Artist in Residence at
Amherst College. Her work has been shown nationally and throughout New
England and has been reviewed in Art in America and Sculpture magazine.
She is represented by the Nielsen Gallery in Boston and the Reeves
Contemporary Gallery in New York City.
“My work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual
articulation of scientific observations or theories. Using methodologies
and processes of both disciplines, I translate scientific data related to
physics, astronomy, or climate change into three-dimensional structures.
My method of translation is principally that of weaving–in particular
basket weaving–as it provides me with a simple, yet highly effective grid
through which to interpret data into three-dimensional space.
“Central to this work is my desire to explore the role visual aesthetics
play in translation of science information. By utilizing artistic
processes and everyday materials, I am trying to both question and expand
the boundaries of traditional visual translations of science data (e.g.,
graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking the viewer and myself
to rethink expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to
be in the domain of ‘science’ or ‘art’.”
More about Nathalie’s presentation
More about Science Meets Art series at MOS
November 3rd, 2008 § § permalink
Nature is everything, seek everywhere, cure in the present.
Nature is all things known and unknown.
Science is a formal method by which we investigate nature.
The Scientific Method is society’s way of verifying itself.
Art is a process of modeling nature, of representing forms, structures
Art raises social and cultural awareness, makes the invisible visible,
connects the improbable, breaks down artifice and presumption.
Art acts as a continuous feedback loop, constantly monitoring, evaluating
and modifying cultural activity.
Art and science share the goal of identifying, and identifying with, nature,
including a predictable fascination with human emotion, thought and
Both science and art aspire to truth without compromise.
Both challenge the way we see the world as individuals and community.
(photo from musical score Fruit and Roses for Piano Solo by J. H.; for details on the score visit: Fruit and Roses)
September 17th, 2008 § § permalink
The Violin Player was originally created as a performance text, cheapest to be spoken aloud.
The substance of the text is concerned with the nature of performance, the history and language of music, acoustics, musicianship, the evolution of music, and sound perception.
The Violin Player was first presented in 1991 at Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University.
View the text: The Violin Player
photo credit: Christian Gaser
June 24th, 2007 § § permalink
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) in an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological sciences.
for example – check out the video documenting “Primary Neuronal Cultures from the Brains of Late Stage Drosophila Pupae” or “Flash freezing and cryosectioning E12.5 mouse brain”