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A Nobel Prize winner’s vision of beauty

Walter Gilbert Photo

In the mid-1970′s, Walter Gilbert developed with Allan Maxam (then a lab technician) a technique that, by chemically cutting DNA into segments of varying lengths, vastly simplified the reading of DNA messages. Meanwhile, as he puts it, “I do Art…I feel that the urge to do science is driven by an urge to discover new facts about the world. That search for novelty–in science a search for true new truths and in art a search for new images, beautiful new things–is the same underlying drive.”

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Art (& Science) Talk with Marguerite Perret

July 30, 2012 by Whitney Dail Marguerite Perret working at the Grant Museum, University College London. Photo courtesy of the artist. “At different times I am some combination of colleague, collaborator, educator, mentor, facilitator, archivist, witness, and activist. And all of those roles are part of my way of being an artist.” —Marguerite Perret Marguerite […]

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Art (& Science) Talk with Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero

July 23, 2012 by Whitney Dail Michael Hearst. Photo by Chris Smith/Photography, courtesy of Michael Hearst/One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp). “On a fundamental level, music is science… But for me, they really just happen to be two big interests of mine.” — Michael Hearst Michael Hearst has a taste for the unusual. […]

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Art (and Science) Talk with Greg Mort

June 20, 2012 Text by Paulette Beete with all images courtesy of Greg Mort “I think, ultimately, science and art ask the same question. They both seek a kind of beauty.” —Greg Mort For painter Greg Mort, his art is grounded in the stars. His watercolors and oils reflect not just a deep fascination with […]

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Report from Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, & Society on a Global Stage

June 6, 2012 By Whitney Dail Amanda McDonald Crowley (far left) moderates the panel discussion Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-Discplinary Case Study with Dr. Andrew Baden and Liz Lerman as they share the experience of collaborating on The Matter of Origins, a multimedia performance exploring the beginnings of the universe. Photo courtesy of the Embassy […]

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Moving ArtScience into the Mainstream

May 4, 2012 by Whitney Dail Shilpa Gupta’s Singing Cloud —the result of her collaboration with Harvard psychologist and neuroscientist Mahzarin Banaji—is an example of an ArtScience project that was exhibited at Le Laboratoire (in winter 2009). Programs with ArtScience themes—exploring universal ideas, discoveries, innovations, and current topics—can promote greater understanding of humanity and cultural […]

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New Art/Science Affinities

by Andrea Grover, Lead Author, New Art/Science Affinities, Curator, Intimate Science, Curator of Programs, Parrish Art Museum For four months in the fall of 2010, I worked at a cozy desk in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as a curatorial research fellow, hosted jointly by the Miller Gallery and the STUDIO. […]

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Art & Inquiry at the Exploratorium

by Marina McDougall, Director, Center for Art & Inquiry White Light © The Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu Physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer founded the Exploratorium in 1969 as a museum of art, science, and human perception. A hybrid between a laboratory and a public museum, the Exploratorium’s roots lie in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the world. […]

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Making Science Intimate: Translating and Integrating the Arts and Humanities with Biology and Medicine

by Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas and Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Aix Marseille Universite Making Science Intimate Earworm (node) by Deborah Aschheim, 2008, speakers, LED’s, plastic, copper tubing. This sound sculpture translates the musicians’ improvisation on the word “node,”(which brings up associations of […]

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The Imagine Engine! or Art and Science—a True Story

April 30, 2012 by Bill O’Brien, Senior Advisor for Program Innovation “Signals,” a collaboration between Casey Reas and Ben Fry, depicts an image where each graphical cluster represents signals between networked proteins in a cancer cell as they change over time. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental emotion which stands […]

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