Science and art– Talking about a new art movement

Last Friday I headed over to the GV Art Gallery in London to check out their new and ambitiously titled show Art & Science: Merging Art and Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement and hear a panel of bio-artists moderated by Arthur Miller discuss whether this is actually the case.

This evening proved to be a much-needed source of inspiration and challenge to what-I-thought was so. The art presented was an excellent overview of the different facets of the genere, ranging from Stelarc‘s performance art-cum-body modification to Oron Catts‘s famous pig wings (for sale!) to some gorgeous prints by Susan Aldworth. I highly recommend taking a look at this impressive little show to see work by some really talented and innovative artists working in scientists’ laboratories.

The main theme for the evening was a discussion of whether art and science were converging/hybridizing to form…

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On the World Around Us: A Sampling of Science Blogs

The Blog

We love writers who are constantly curious — asking questions, digging deeper, and always learning about the world around us. Here are some science bloggers to add to your reading list:

The Renaissance Mathematicus

The self-proclaimed “aging freak” at Renaissance Mathematicus writes about the history, philosophy, and mythology of science in the early modern period (roughly the fifteeth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries) — and focuses on the mythology of science in particular, exposing and exploding these myths. For a taste, consider the recentposts on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

Why? Because Science.

The blogchild of witty science writer Thea Beckman, Why — Because Science is a refreshing space for science writing. Thea, who has a background in atmospheric science, injects humor and personality in her posts — take a look at “The Sky Is Only Sometimes Blue,” in which she illustrates a discussion of light, energy and sound…

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Brian Griffiths Artist

Griffiths seeks to transform mundane objects. He asks the viewer to make the leap that transforms the cardboard box into the spaceship. He turns disused tube station into an obstacle course – including heaps of sand, ladders and petrol barrels.

With his sculptural installation called ‘Life is a Laugh’ (2007) that only passengers on passing trains could see, he sought to tap into the character of his fleeting audience.

He is conscious of the transitional nature of the site and its occupants.

A piece I recently created was concerned, too, with the transitional nature of the space. I proposed a site-specific piece in which a group outlined all the objects placed in a particular room with black electrical tape to lend the objects permanence. It seemed that the whole function of the room was to remain ‘functionless’… (it is an exhibition room).

The humour of his work also stems from his construction of magical looking conceptual architecture using cumbersome, earthbound objects.

To contrast this with my own work, I sought to construct a light bulb using household objects… his ramshackle constructions from cardboard are familiar to my masking tape secured pieces.


Videographic phenomena


Videographic phenomena

Before   (azure/turquoise hue)


After   (blackened hue)


Reflection of sodium bicarbonate captured in mirror positioned under oil.


The positioning of the mirror allowed for a greater impression of depth, and a greater ambiguity as to what the viewer would perceive.


An observation was made only after footage was reviewed.

The images captured by the microscope camera are subject to automatic contrast correction.

Before the very ‘white’ sodium bicarbonate was added to the image, the overall impression was azure/turquoise.

The contrast is supremely powerful.

I will explore this videographic phenomenon further.