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“Study the science of art and the art of science.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci: "Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses and especially, learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else" and "only through experimentation can we know anything."

Science is the king of art subjects. It is the art of inventions, discoveries, innovations and gaining more knowledge.

"Science is the new art".

Science-art:  selling art to  scientists and science to artists. 

Education is all about learning all those you want to learn and applying wherever possible.

Albert Einstein’s quote — “the greatest scientists are artists as well”.

Science has always relied on visual representation to convey key concepts.

  ‘If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it.’ - Albert Einstein

Math is undeniably artistic

An interdisciplinary researcher must  face the challenge of being proficient in two (or multiple) different research areas! Not only must s/he be familiar with key principles and methodology in each area, but also understand baseless "biases" and "dogmas" that are a result of inbreeding, and struggle to fight these, as new knowledge emerges from her/his research. An unenviable task indeed! The pointlessness of evaluating such researchers work with conventional metrics should be aptly emphasized.

“The best scientists, engineers and mathematicians are incredibly creative in their approaches to problem-solving and application development”.

"Science, like art, is not a copy of nature but a re-creation of her." – Jacob Bronowski

In scientia veritas, in arte honestas — in science truth, in art honor

E.W. Sinnot, the American biologist and philosopher: "Stored images in the mind are the basis for new creative ideas."

Science based art and literature : communicating complexity through simplicity - Krishna

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
--Physicist and Violinist Albert Einstein

Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything by Anonymous

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art - Will Durant 

Life itself is a beautiful interaction between art and science. You can't escape it! - Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa 


"The Science of Art is like putting a microphone to the whispers of creativity that echo through the halls of every research laboratory fused with the late night musings of the artists in their studios" - Sachi DeCou

“Every Science begins as Philosophy and ends as Art, it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement”- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

Scientists can be artists as well,  while they submit their academic papers, and theses they often draw their own illustrations!

Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.
-Eckhart Tolle

Science has enabled the kind of art we’ve never before seen.

Without the arts, science is hobbled. Without science, art is static.

John Maeda wrote of Leonardo da Vinci’s observations that art is the queen of science.

Science is as much cultural as art is cultural,”

Art is science made clear (what!).

"The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle.

Science is a search for answers, based on logic, rationality and verification. Its workplace is the laboratory.

In contrast, art is a search for questions, based on intuition, feeling and speculation. Its workplace is the studio.

DaVinci himself said, "Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. "
"Art is the heart's explosion on the world. Music. Dance. Poetry. Art on canvas, on walls, on our skins. There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. It is the consciousness of the world breaking away from the strangle grip of an archaic social order." - Luis J. Rodriguez.

For Dawkins, understanding the science behind natural phenomena (and sometimes being reminded of how much more we have yet to learn or discover) can still make our encounters with them sublime. From this point of view, science is the champion of artistic creativity, not its enemy.

"Scientists and artists are both trying to get a better understanding of the world around us, but they are doing it through different lenses,"

It takes many skills to achieve truly remarkable things. A diverse view to solving problems is best.

You need a deep understanding of science to actually manipulate concepts in novel ways and get creative in science - Krishna

"If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint ... and that voice will be silenced, but only by working."
-- Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Theo, 28 October 1883.

"The line between art and science is a thin one, and it waves back and forth”

"One of the most common misconceptions about science is that it isn't creative — that it is inflexible, prescribed or boring. Actually, creativity is a crucial part of how we do science"!

"All knowledge has its origins in perception." Da Vinci.

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it; and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful." Jules Henri Poincare

The beauty of art lies in the inimitable creativity of the artist and in the interpretation of the beholder.

"Artists see things one way and scientists another and the really interesting thing is in what's in between."

Einstein’s support of artistic endeavors is both well-known and well-documented.

“The greatest scientists are artists as well,” he once said.

Atul Dodiya (Indian Artist) : Life is beautiful as a painter. Changing colour, observing life and paying attention to every detail that we’re exposed to, and then giving our own vision to it… Nothing gives me more joy.

Art : You accomplish a task that is called art as there is no specific postulates or guidelines.

Science : You do the work with a set of guidelines.

"Change and risk-taking are normal aspects of the creative process. They are the lubricants that keep the wheels in motion. A creative act is not necessarily something that has never been done; it is something you have never done."
-- Nita Leland in The Creative Artis

 Pablo Picasso once said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." All creative artists build upon the work established by the masters before them. ( Not me!- Krishna)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.   Art is knowing which ones to keep – Scott Adams

‘Art makes science come alive for students’

Albert Einstein - “The greatest scientists are artists as well”.

“ Science art shows some of the incredible natural beauty that researchers in life sciences see every day in their work.”

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 23, 2011 at 5:47am

Art and Science Collaborations

  • Mode: 5 days
  • Date: 8-12 August 2011

  • Time: 10am-4pm 
  • Tutor: Anna Dumitriu
  • Venue: Grand Parade
  • Prerequisite: an interest in developing collaborative projects between artists/designers and scientists. You may have a background in art, science or critical theory. The course is not specific to any field of art or design. No prior experience is necessary.
  • You will need to bring: your own materials and equipment for your personal projects. You may bring examples (for use in the group tutorials) of art/science projects you wish to develop.
  • Cost: £350

About the course

How can a successful art and science collaboration be defined? On this course you will begin to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of art and science collaboration. In seminars and group tutorials, we will discuss the philosophy of science and how this might impact on artwork; consider some of the ethical implications of working with science; and look at art as a means of developing public understanding of science.

Considering various models for collaboration, we will explore the criteria for artistic and scientific success, and look at artists who work with science such as The Tissue in Art Project, Eduardo Kac, Adam Zaretsky, Stelarc, and Kira O'Reilly.
 You will work on your own art/science projects (in your chosen medium), developing the practical skills necessary to enable you to progress with your own collaborations, covering issues such as health and safety, and funding. 

Course aims

At the end of the course you will:

  • Understand how to evaluate the success of a collaborative process with regard to both artistic and scientific principles.
  • Understand the role of art in public understanding of science strategies.
  • Begin to develop the practical skills needed to participate successfully in art/science collaborations.
  • Understand ethical thinking with regard to combined art/science practice.


The week begins with an overview of art and science collaboration and the opportunity for you to discuss your own projects.

Throughout the week the seminars listed below will be delivered alongside time to develop your project and daily group tutorials. At the end of the week you will present your project to the group.

  • Models of collaboration: for example an artist working in a scientific institution; an artist working with an individual scientist in the scientist’s spare time; an artist taking inspiration from science without direct engagement; an artist working hands on with science.
  • An overview of contemporary art/science collaborative practice. A discussion on key practitioners.
  • Beginning collaboration: practical support and advice. Including a consideration of ethics, with a focus on science/medical research ethics for those hoping to collaborate with scientific institutions.
  • What is science? How do different disciplines differ?: problems of language.
  • What can art practice-based research offer science? 
  • Art as a means of increasing public understanding of science.
  • The practical issues: health and safety and how and where to apply for funding for art/science projects.


To apply please visit the site at

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 18, 2011 at 5:57am
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 17, 2011 at 12:23pm 

Leaf cutter ants - scientific and artistic views

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 16, 2011 at 9:01am
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An article on how to teach children to create art from science

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 16, 2011 at 8:10am

The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat 

A book by Martin Kemp

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 15, 2011 at 6:18am
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 15, 2011 at 5:59am
GV Art London


Art & Science

Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement


Group Show

Susan Aldworth, David Angheleddu, Andrew Carnie, Annie Cattrell, Oron Catts, Katharine Dowson, Helen Pynor, David Marron, Nina Sellars, Stelarc, Ken + Julia Yonetani and Ionat Zurr.

7 July to 24 September

For full details please visit the website at

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on May 27, 2011 at 6:50am

Science gallery that deals with art!

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on May 17, 2011 at 9:26am


Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology
School of Visual Arts, New York City, USA

Submissions due: 30 June 2011

La Maison Salvan
art science residency program in Labege, France
Submissions due: 15 July 2011

Design Ecologies: The Unprimed Canvas - Issue 1.2
Submissions due: 22 July 2011

VIDA 13.2 Art and Artificial Life International Awards
VIDA seeks artistic projects engaged with any dynamic living process that has been affected by simulation.
Submissions due: 27 July 2011

Calabi Portal Project: a laboratory for ideas and the imagination
This competition is open to designers, artists, architects, and scientists, and any collaborative combination. The challenge is to conceive of the possibilities of an architectural visualization of 10 dimensional space incorporating the six dimensional Calabi-Yau manifold.
No Deadline

Panel theme: Slowness: Responding to Acceleration through Electronic Arts
ISEA 2011, Istanbul
National Science Week Grants 2011

2.a Careers + Education

Summer Study at Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York
31 May – 23 June, 2011 & 5 July – 28 July, 2011
These in-depth, 4-week summer study courses at Sotheby's Institute of Art - London & New York allow students to develop professional expertise, critical thinking skills, and enhanced knowledge of art and the international art market. They offer interesting and compelling insights into the art world and include lectures, guest speaker interviews, and site visits led by Sotheby’s Institute of Art faculty, international experts, and leading practitioners in the field.

Director Position
List Visual Arts Center
The Director will provide the vision and administrative leadership for the List Visual Arts Center, building upon its international reputation for cutting-edge exhibitions and embracing opportunities for programming that takes advantage of MIT's role as the world's leading research institution in science, engineering, technology and new media.

3. Conferences, Talks, Workshops & Symposiums

19-20 May
Bilbao, Spain

Data Landscapes Symposium
20 May 2011, 1.30-6pm
Data Landscapes is a symposium and exhibition exploring the use of data and models of climate science within visual arts contexts.
The Arts Catalyst, London, UK

International scientific conference: "Towards the Third Culture. The Co-Existence of Art, Science and Technology"
Artus Court - Gdańsk Historical Museum, Poland
23 - 25 May 2011

FutureLabCamp Boston

27-29 May

Union Square, Somerville, USA

Cost: Free

FutureLabCamp Boston is a weekend hackathon. The event is designed to bring together an innovative group of biologists, artists, engineers and designers to explore "the future of biological prototyping" in an intense 48-hour sprint.

Bodies in Movement: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Arts,

28-29 May 2011

The University of Edinburgh, UK

Cycling for Libraries: Shifting Traditions – Librarians on the move Seminar

28 May - 7 June 2011

Cycling for libraries is a politically and economically independent unconference and a bicycle tour.  We are bicycling from Copenhagen, Denmark to Berlin, Germany via Gedser and Rostock.

The World Science Festival
1-5 June 2011
New York City, USA

Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks – 2nd Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci 2011
7 June 2011, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary

Achieving More whilst Using Less: towards a viable future

Institute of Advanced Studies Lecture series

Speaker: Professor Lyn Beazley, Chief Scientist of Western Australia

22 June 2011, 6pm
Location: The University of Western Australia

Kinetica Art Fair
9 - 12 February 2012
London, UK

5th Media Art Histories conference 2013
Riga, Latvia
Renew 2013 will address current tendencies in sustainability quests from
various perspectives.

4. Exhibitions & Theatre

Helen Pynor: Breath
5 May - 2 July 2011
GV Art, Londona href="" target="_blank">>
*Helen was a SymbioticA resident in 2010

Time/Bank at Portikus
7 May–26 June 2011
time/bank is a platform where groups and individuals can pool and trade time and skills, bypassing money as a measure of value.

Experimental Station: Research and Artistic Phenomena
14 May–9 October 2011
CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
Madrid, Spain

The End of Money
22 May–7 August 2011
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, The Netherlands

Boris Mikhailov: Case History
26 May – 5 September 2011
Museum of Modern Art, NYC, USA

God Only Knows Who the Audience Is: Performance, Video, and Television Through the Lens of La Mamelle / ART COM
21 April –2 July 2011
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco

Narcissus Reflected
: The myth of Narcissus in surrealist and contemporary art
22 April–26 June 2011

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

5. Resources (Read/Watch/Listen)

Is Art-Science Hogwash ?: A Rebuttal to Jean-Marc Levy Leblond

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