Science, Art, Litt, Science based Art & Science Communication
These days Artists want to 'advance' science with art. I have seen several statements in this regard from artists and their work proposals and sometimes even results too. Now judge for yourself what route they are taking and how much they are able to succeed.
I want to give here one story.
An artist says:
"What I do, is in the meeting and colaboration with the scientist, lay down a painting on the table and ask questions to the scientist about his research project. In the painting he points a place which visualize this moment of research. My thing to do is using the balloon of art of finding the right place of information. This is the most difficult moment, because I have seen, that you need to know what art is, in the widest formula. It is difficult to find the right point in the big balloon and to connect with the science subject. This is the most important point to advance. It takes sometimes more sessions, sometimes the click is directly.
At this moment I am, for example, working on a big project with cardiology and genetics. In one way, art brings to this research new thinkings to the thesis, but art also visualises the development. By taking the research results out of the numbers and putting them in images, I give the scientist the change to look at his problem in a way he never thought about. In this case you create a more human science, a more out-of-the-box thinking. In the deep deep detail research of the recent science, scientists need a way of coming out of there science-hole. They need a visualisation of what they are doing. Western science forgot the human part for so many years.
As an artist I don't pretent that I have the knowlegde of a scientist, but a scientist is much more than knowlegde! It is passioned person, hard working talent! And this side of the scientist has been reduced to a very low point now. There is now money, no time enough to balance out between the knowlegde and passion.
What I do as an artist is to increase passion and out-of-the-box thinking. And yes, this seems not important, but it is a way to successful scientific practice.
At the end of the colaboration between artist and scientist, there is an exhibition, where both are showing the process, but more important there will be a visualisation of the synergy between art and science.
On my website www.zenderdna.nl and www.claudiavolders.nl you can read some more."
The aim of this work :
Well, good intentions. Now want to see this 'bringing scientists out of their science-holes' and see the world differently experiment, methods and results?
First watch this "result" video of the artist:
Now I asked some animal science (zoology) students here to read the aims and watch the video. And after watching the video, I asked them to express their opinions. Science students here get art training from class one. So there is no need to tell them how to go about 'understanding art'.
And to my surprise, the students told me - the three dimensional heart beat made by the technologies in the scientific field gives a better idea of how the heart works than the art work itself! According to them the abstract heart beat created by the artist is vague and doesn't communicate science properly leave alone looking at the heart beat in a new and different way. Not one student told me "Creating a new perception" with this art work did happen. And after repeated requests from me, the students tried again and again but with no change in the results. I am really disappointed.
Now, readers, you can come to your own conclusions! And if you find anything 'new', please let me know. I will inform the artist.