The Art of Science, the Science of Art

The Art of Science and the Science of Art: two weeks of activities in celebration of the opening of the new Center for the Sciences

l to r: Artwork by John O'Connor and Daniel Kariko

March 24 – April 7 2016

We’ve all seen movies about scientists and artists and the drama of inspiration – doesn’t really matter which since what they share is genius, intensity, commitment, and the ability to see things in a way that no one else has done.  Yet, we still live in a world that separates art and science, believes that science is useful but not very easy to understand, and that art is useless but everyone gets it. This week, we want to challenge those stereotypes by asking two big questions:


When the science of anatomy was invented, artists and scientists worked together in dissecting labs and in artists’ studios. Today it is not uncommon to find artists embedded in science labs, enhancing the collaborative potentials of both disciplines. This art and science symposium is dedicated to a future of making such collaborations work and fostering an environment where the differences between art and science may be little more than a matter of materials. Join us for the celebration of this new way of thinking in the newly opened Center for the Sciences.

The schedule includes a presentation from a photographer who works with an electron microscope, a digital painter, a presentation on the use of digital techniques to restore art works without touching them, displays of anatomical drawings and the books used to teach anatomy, displays of brain wave patterns produced by thinking about art and thinking about science, and the role of robotics in movies, literature, and sculptural arts. 

Schedule of events:

March 24, 7:30 pm: Daniel Kariko: “Suburban symbiosis: Insectum domesticus” (SEM photography) - Center for the Sciences Room M73

Learn more about Daniel's work here.

March 29, 6 pm: Roann Barris: Digital magic and the restoration of non-digital art - How can digital technologies restore monuments and great works of art that have been ruined by light, by warfare, by the ravages of time, even when this was unintentional? We will travel (digitally, of course) from the Arch of Titus in ancient Rome to the “famously damaged” mural project made by Mark Rothko for a Harvard University penthouse dining room to assess the value and wonders of digital restoration. - Center for the Sciences Room M73

March 31, 7 pm: John O’Connor: Science Influenced Art - Center for the Sciences Room M73

April 5,  1 - 3pm: Andrew Ross: Cyanotypes - Making Photographic Prints from Sunlight and Water  - Come see how a rather simple iron solution applied to paper can yield a photographic print, just from exposure to sunlight followed by a wash in water.  The cyanotype is a 19th-century photographic process invented by the astronomer Sir John Herschel that produces beautiful, deep blue prints.  You’ll get to make your own cyanotype.  We can take a portrait of you, you can bring a digital image, or let your creativity flow with some objects from your pockets or backpack.  No photographic experience necessary, and it’s free!  - Porterfield Sculpture Garden 

(rain date – Thursday, 7 April, 1 - 3 pm)

April 5, 7pm: Richard Bay: DOMO ARI GATO - Make your own Roboto -  A review of robots in film and tv plus an opportunity to make your own robot out of paper and other materials - Covington Hall 173

April 7, 7pm: Jason Davis: Your brain on art - exploring the neuroscience of inspiration - Why do we like art? Why is artistic inspiration one of the fundamental features of being human, and how did it come to be that way? An interactive discussion of the way that the human brain has evolved both to make and to appreciate art. -   Center for the Sciences Room M73



Sponsors for this symposium series:
College of Science and Technology
Department of Art
GASA - Graduate Art Student Association
CPC Club Programming Committee
Honors Program
Shark Tank Award