My abstract has been selected for presentation at the largest European Geosciences event at the General Assembly Vienna, 2019

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https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/picos/31742

‘It is becoming increasingly evident that both the scientific and the artist communities have a shared interest and responsibility in raising awareness of the limits to our planetary boundaries and the fragile stability and resilience of our Earth-System. In the past, this issue has been addressed mostly through traditional educational methods. However, there is mounting evidence that science-art collaborations can play a pivotal and vital role in this context by co-creating new ways of research and by stimulating the discussion by providing emotional and human context through the arts. This session, already in its fifth edition, has presented since interesting and progressive science-art collaborations across a number of disciplines, focused on presenting Earth sciences content. We have witnessed that climate change, natural hazards, meteorology, palaeontology, earthquakes, volcanoes and geology have been successfully presented through music, visual art, photography, theatre, literature, digital art, where the artists explored new practices and methods in their work with scientists but also where scientists have been inspired by artists in their research, and finally truly trans-disciplinary co-creation of Sci-Art work have emerged.’

 

The Winter Tree: Neuroscience and Art in the UK

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/cpwsa/news/2019/03/winter-tree.page

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Symposium, Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 10.30 – 17.45 The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art (West Side), University of Southampton, Park Ave, Winchester, SO23 8DL

In association with Room 2: Art Beyond Science, the Critical Practices Research Group at Winchester School of Art and the School of Art and Design, University of Portsmouth.

To accompany and inform Andrew Carnie’s work-in-progress exhibition, The Winter Tree at the Winchester Gallery Monday 25th – Saturday 30th March and Marius Kwint’s current fellowship with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in which he is researching the history of the relationship of art and neuroscience in the UK. Organized and chaired by Andrew Carnie (University of Southampton) and Marius Kwint (University of Portsmouth).

Timings may be subject to amendment. Please feel free to dip in and out of sessions.

10.30               Arrival (refreshments available at the WSA East Side café).
10.50               Welcome and introductions.

session 1
11.00               Andrew Carnie, Exhibition introduction: The Winter Tree.
11.20               Q&A
11.30               Richard Wingate (King’s College London), What has art ever done for neuroscience?
11.50               Q&A
12.00               Susan Aldworth (Central St. Martins, UAL) and Andrew Carnie,
The Optogenetics Project.
12.10               Q&A
12.20               Garry Kennard (Art and Mind), What has neuroscience ever done for artists?
12.40               Q&A
12.50               Lunch (provided subject to booking by 8th March; otherwise available nearby)

session 2
14.00               Marius Kwint: Why a history of art and neuroscience in the UK?
14.20               Round-table discussion (chaired by Marius Kwint)
Surveying the field in the UK: historical landmarks, patterns, sources, methods
and arguments

15.30               Break (refreshments available at the East Side café).

session 3
16.00               Susan Aldworth, The Dark Self.
16.20               Q&A
16.30               Matthew McKisack (University of Exeter), Internal Visibility: on Differential Imagery Experience
and Artistic Production
.
16.50               Q&A
17.00               Nicolas Strappini (PhD student, University of Portsmouth), Self-assembling phenomena
and the dendritic form.
17.20               Q&A
17.30               Concluding remarks and future funding possibilities.
17.45               Optional self-funded drinks and modest dinner out.

Free event and all welcome, but please book by email (by 12 pm Friday 8th March to reserve lunch, or by 22nd March at the latest) to Andrew Carnie: andrewcarnie@tram.ndo.co

Sci-Art

Chiaroscuro Zeitgeist

There was recently a beautiful exhibition on ‘SciArt’ (Art using, from and about Science) at my department (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge). On 20th March 2018, to be precise. It was a beautiful dialogue, of sorts, between the realms of science and arts. From fractals representing self-similarity to ‘God’s Toolbox’, it was an interesting mix of installations and art-pieces. It looked into ways of producing art with the various elements and concepts in different realms of Physics and science. In this post, I would like to look into a selected list of exhibits that caught my attention.

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‘Lissajous’by Nicolas Strappini (2017)

If you ever thought that old CRO machines are all that could make simple and yet beautiful Lissajous figures, have another thought about it! A steel horizontal mechanism makes Lissajous figures in sand, in this exhibit.

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Cambridge University – The First Cavendish Laboratory Art Exhibition

 

 

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SciArt in Cambridge’s first SciArt Exhibition at the prestigious Cavendish Laboratory took place from the 19th – 24th March 2018 as part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2018.

I presented a pendulum (pictured) and a photopolymer etching of static electricity.

Artists inspired and informed by Science, working in all media, submitted work with some relationship to Physics or its language – Mathematics – and therefore tie in with the theme of Cambridge Science Festival 2018 “Making Sense of the World”.

There was a diverse array of work on show: paintings, films, photography, sculpture, installation, kinetic and wearables. The show was held in various spaces in the Cavendish Laboratory and showcased artworks produced by members of the SciArt in Cambridge Community as well as internationally.

The the private view took place on Tuesday 20th March followed by an evening of artists’ talks in the Pippard Lecture Theatre.