Daniel Hill/As has been touched on so eloquently elsewhere here, and as evidenced by the absence of Sci-Music or Sci-Poetry, the visual arts appear to be in a desperate position to retain some cultural authority. Whether the alienation of the general public; the toll paid for years of cold, exclusive postmodernist jargon; a blind capitalist system dictating aesthetics via market value; or poor overall art education, the art world seems to be a bit of a mess right now. It is no wonder that Sci-Art would emerge, but the moniker has become synonymous with an illustrative aesthetic which can lose sight of art’s fullest, most valuable potential. It is noteworthy that the “Sci” comes first in this name and emphasizes the concern that the art part gets lost. Art has the unique ability to pitch our perspectives outside of our little world enough so that we see the world through new eyes and touch upon the ineffable. This transformative catalyst is needed more now than ever in society. But making good art is not an easy road. It can be extremely difficult and requires years of dedication and sacrifice to find one’s personal vision and develop a unique visual lexicon. I fear Sci-Art could offer a tempting, easier route that relies too heavily on the science in place of doing the dirty work. If Sci-Art is to move forward, do we want the type of art that is mainly a scientific pedagogic tool or the catalyst of personal and societal transformation? Can we have both? And if we can, is the latter still called Sci-Art? Perhaps the latter needs no name. Great art does not depend on its description; it simply is just great art. Matthew Ritchie was basically making a form of science inspired art decades ago but it wasn’t called SciArt. Maybe this Other Sci-art should not be a movement as much as it should be a personal decision on the artists’ part. It is my experience as an artist and curator that being able to talk about art within a scientific context does increase an audience’s ability to appreciate the work. Maybe this is because it ties a complex visual language to that which is the most compelling concept- the truth, or its pursuit.