A series of panel discussions with artists and researchers March 2010
CP Snow’s ‘two cultures’ divide, in which the arts and sciences occupy segregated arenas of research, is arguably, an outdated concept. Arts and sciences are no longer mutually exclusive disciplines of research. Were they ever? Since the 14th century artists have been illustrating anatomical models and working with biochemical processes for paint production. Now, the application of laboratory techniques and biotechnologies using cells and tissue towards artistic ends is becoming more widely accepted. Likewise, scientists borrow from artistic practice and research towards scientific ends. Despite this interchange between art and, specifically, fine arts and the life sciences, speaking across such fields is no easy task. Interdisciplinary encounters demand patience to translate discipline-specific language, and varying cultures of research production.
This presentation series paired internationally renowned bio-artists working with scientific processes and living organisms, in conversation with invited Concordia professors sharing common research interests. An interdisciplinary encounter is fore-grounded, highlighting research concerns raised by artists who utilize scientific processes to critique and engage with technoscience.
This event is sponsored by Fluxmedia with the support of Studio XX and funded through a Concordia Aid to Research Related Events grant.