Science, Art, Litt, Science based Art & Science Communication
An artist who says she deals with sci-art and is interested in highlighting ecological problems had invited us to see her work. According to her -
“Where have all of the fireflies gone?” is a commonly heard despair. The loss of fireflies in our communities is primarily based on the increased light pollution from urban structures. Therefore fireflies are a succinct metaphor for the fragility of our ecosystem. Today people mourn their loss making memories of fireflies more precious as the illumination of the cities and towns drown out their mating light show. So I want to create an artificial firefly magic using lights to highlight this ecological problem.
The natural bioluminescence of the fireflies had been mimicked and art works had been created by this artist using hundreds of lights and a sound system. They were really audio- visual feast and everybody - artists and journalists were praising her for her efforts.
But, wait a minute, I thought, before congratulating the artist, I feel I must tell people they are not able to see something very important here. Her efforts to highlight an ecological problem is really commendable. But she used hundreds of light bulbs and an audio system to create the art work. Does she understand how much power her art works are consuming? Isn't she contributing to another ecological problem while highlighting one?
Problems arise if you cannot see the whole picture. A person from the field of science can see the whole picture and therefore knows how to deal with it properly. I would have used solar or wind power had I created such art works to highlight ecological problems. Theo Jansen uses wind energy for his Kinetic sculptures as he is from the engineering field. The artist could see only a partial picture of science and therefore couldn't do full justice to her ecological concerns. Her works would have got applaud from us too had she studied ecology in its totality and understood the problem fully. Half knowledge is always dangerous. Instead of solving a problem, it creates more problems. I hope the artists try to grasp this point and don't repeat these mistakes again.