Thoughts on the Future of Art and Science

Jeanne Brasile/ I think art and science both have much to offer one another.  One example that resonated with me recently was how scientists and engineers at MIT are using origami to overcome the difficulties of space travel – specifically using designs for solar arrays based on intricate folds to maximize energy use.   Similarly, physicist Robert J. Lang is also an origami master who similarly employs the use of folding to solve complex engineering problems at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory.  I see that the future is not necessarily about a convergence of art and science, but how art and science can be used cooperatively to overcome challenges in both fields.  It is in the area of innovation – the ability to think, see and tap into knowledge outside your area of expertise – that will enable us to make gains beyond that which can be approached by working within the … Continue reading

Jeanne Brasile – Session III

Jeanne Brasile/The angles of Sci-art to which I am drawn stem from a fascination with science and popular culture.  My generation came of age during the Space Race and the development of shuttles, space stations and space probes.  Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and a legion of movies about space brought astronomy and physics to the forefront of our consciousness.  Medicine and Biology were also very salient areas of discovery and popular culture for those coming of age in the 1970s through the 1990s.  Though there was a multitude of approaches and themes to explore in Sci-art, what interests me the most are artists that don’t necessarily want to get to truths, but who are using science as a beginning to a conversation that doesn’t need to be factual or even have an answer.   Sci-art, when it simply ponders larger questions, holds the most sway with me.  I look to … Continue reading

Session 1

Jeanne Brasile/In thinking about the idea of a ‘convergence’ between art and science, I see this not so much as a union of two disciplines, but rather, a meeting of the minds.  Sci-art is a trend, a catchy name to describe something that artists have been doing quietly for some time without an official title.  If you think back, Sci-art has pretty much always been ‘a thing.’  Georges Seurat was studied in the science of optics.  Robert Smithson was interested in the geometric properties of molecules and crystalline structures.  Kenneth Snelson worked with the forces of physics and was inspired by atomic structures.

We like to name and organize things, it’s a human tendency built of our desire to make meaning and understand.  Sci-art is another way of compartmentalizing an array of artistic and scientific approaches that are innate, and needed no name until rather recently – when marketing … Continue reading