Response from Eve Andree Laramee

Eve Laramee/ Regarding question 1:4 -“who is the intended audience,” Stephen Nowlin brings up an important challenge facing Sci-Art: the possibility of being both inspirational and subversive. To my mind, it is critical for us to ask if Sci-Art can activate change, and if so, within which demographics and cohorts? With the current political climate and an administration that is dismantling environmental protection laws, there is an urgency to resist the obfuscation of facts. How better to create that field of engagement than through science-art collaborations? I believe there a place for activism within a Sci-Art convergence.… Continue reading

Response to 1.1 from Suzanne Anker

Suzanne Anker/ To begin with, what’s wrong with a “drunken conversation”? While some drunken conversations perseverate and go on endlessly in the land of repetition, others invoke unconscious or otherwise non-linear concerns which can lead to innovative thoughts, processes and materials.  When examining the nature of research and dialogue I quote Jacques Monod in that evolution operates by chance and necessity.  If we liken language to a communication system, what is the relevance in which “drunken conversations” produce mutations of thought and its consequences? For Monod, ”mutations constitute the only possible source of modifications in a genetic text……chance alone is the source of every innovation.”

Hence a “drunken conversation” may, in fact, be a method of generating knowledge.  Additionally, a brief scan of Gregory Bateson’s metalogue can also unfold hidden aspects in dialogue. In Steps to An Ecology of Mind, Bateson introduces the concept of the metalogue: “A … Continue reading

Moderator’s Welcome

Taney Roniger/

As we open this forum to the public today, I’d like to welcome everyone to the online component of Strange Attractors: Art, Science, and the Question of Convergence. First, I want to extend my thanks to all our panelists for enthusiastically accepting our invitation to share their thoughts on art and science over the course of the next ten days. Thanks to this diverse group of accomplished artists, scientists, writers, and curators, the forthcoming dialogue promises to be dynamic and illuminating.

For those of you who missed our opening presentations at CUE last night, we’ll be posting links to both James Elkins’s lecture and the diagram our audience participated in creating with Matthew Ritchie. We hope you’ll take a look at those to get a sense of the ideas that sparked a lively and probing discussion at the end of the evening. (If it’s any indication of … Continue reading