Art and Science often seem grounded at opposite ends of the spectrum. At least our traditional academic structures tell us so. Thinking back to high school, most of us remember science “geeks” and arts/theater counterparts who traveled in completely different orbits from each other — many of whom continued the pattern as grown-ups in the working world. Yes, there have always been those comfortable with both. Yet, people deeply rooted to one domain often chose vocabulary of the other to express essential truths. A sample:
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science … Albert Einstein.
Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are then refined and improved by experience … Garry Kasparov
Design is where science and art break even … Robin Mathews
You know, Dr. Edwin Land was a troublemaker. He dropped out of Harvard and founded Polaroid. Not only was he one of the great inventors of our time but, more important, he saw the intersection of art and science and business and built an organization to reflect that. Polaroid did that for some years, but eventually Dr. Land, one of those brilliant troublemakers, was asked to leave his own company – which is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of … Steve Jobs
Here’s the starter list for our January-February 2018 gathering:
- Book: Elegantly Simple – by Art Bardage (Frank is a friend of the author) – a fascinating journey into what art and science share at their core – note, the Kindle version is available for $3.99.
- Book: Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art – by Arthur I. Miller. Here are reviews of the book from the New York Times and Washington Post.
- Book: Can Art Save Us? – by Fred Mandell – Fred has had an amazing journey as corporate executive and artist, now integrating the two as CEO of the Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership.
- If you’re looking to explore more books on the topic, here’s The Smithsonian’s list of best “Art Meets Science” books of 2016.
- Article (and video): From selfies to virtual reality, how technology is changing the art world – CNN.
- Article: The Underappreciated Ties Between Art and Innovation – MIT Technology Review.
- Article: When art and technology pull each other to bits – New Scientist.
- Education: Boston Arts Academy – STEAM Lab – the first Boston public high school focused on the Arts. The STEAM lab is focused on integrating arts with technical curricula.
- Education: MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) – The program’s mission is “to promote leadership in critical artistic practice and deployment, developing art as a vital means of experimenting with new registers of knowledge and new modes of valuation and expression; and to continually question what an artistic research and learning environment can be and do.”