Intellectual and Creative Responses to Scientific and Technological Innovation
MEDICAL HUMANITIES at NYU: <http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/ >includes the
    "A website for interdisciplinary research in the humanities. The site allows for the organization of interdisciplinary conferences."
ART to SCIENCE: the ambitions of "Dr. Albert Levis, a psychiatrist and educator, also the innkeeper of the Wilburton Inn, in Manchester Village, VT, and the curator of the Museum of the Creative Process"

    "sciart enables collaborations between scientists and artists. An experimental initiative, it funds projects that combine insights and excitement from science and art, focusing them on a wide range of topics and ideas. It further encourages project outcomes to be shared with diverse audiences." http://www.sciart.org/site/
    FELICE FRANKEL: Artist-in-residence at MIT: "The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge is the last place you'd expect to find an artist-in-residence. Felice Frankel has held the position since 1994. She says it has more to do with science than art. Frankel uses photography to help researchers display their results. She claims that her images are more than aesthetic --they form part of the data. But not all the researchers are convinced. Eugenie Samuel asks her about her work, whether art and science can ever be married, and why she thinks science is streets ahead of modern art as a way of communicating the truth about the world" --New Scientist (Sept 22, 2001:42) more more
    "The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which is being developed as a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings. . . . This Web site is produced and maintained by the Hippocrates Project, the multi-disciplinary development laboratory for application of information technologies to medical education at New York University School of Medicine. http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/lit-med-db/
    ArtSci2001 is a co-production of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI) and the Continuing Education & Public Programs and Science Research and Special Projects departments of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and was made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation and AT&T, as well as our media sponsors: ArtByte magazine, Leonardo Journal and Nature magazine --- http://asci.org/ArtSci2001
    -- ArtSci2002 is in preparation! prospectus at http://www.asci.org/artsci2002/call_prospectus.html
    "In our minds we all have private museums for the changing fragility of memory and imagination. They are the real living museums without walls. The purpose of 'Museums of the Mind' is to preserve, present and extend telematic experiences as in an inner cache of our minds."
    The Prostheses that technology provides to extend our senses brings seemingly endless new forms and designs to inspire and enthuse the discerning eye. These newly accessible stimuli do more than solve formal problems in natural science. Visit the National Academy of Sciences "Arts in the Academy Exhibitions." Exemplary is the work of Felice Frankel, being shown Spring, 2001. Former Exhibits have included the work of Ruth Dryden Deshaies, Dr. Ronald Blom, Dr. Michael Mendillo, Suzanne Stryk, and Neelon Crawford.

    Subtle Technologies at the University of Toronto, Canada, May 13-14, 2001 -- "scientists and artists to come together and share each others language . . . blurs the boundaries between art and science."

    Creating Sparks London, September, 2000 -- A celebration of "creativity in the arts and sciences at the creating SPARKS festival in South Kensington . . . . There will be over 400 events . . . . a collaboration of the British Association, Imperial College, The Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Geographical Society, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Leading people in the sciences and arts are taking part and there are lots of interactive elements for visitors to take part in.

    NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts, is an important UK initiative whose vision includes "creativity as a cultural force . . . crossing old boundaries between science, technology and the arts." They will "work with individual artists, inventors and scientists --and people who combine all three. . . . Building bridges between creative people and society, including the encouragement of public debate." Exemplary projects from year 1 annual report.

    INSIDE THE SKULL HOUSE "As the human brain is a work of art, perhaps the most complex and elegant achievement of our universe, one would think that the chemistry of its circuits and the mystery of their projections could only be unraveled by something more intelligent and enlightened than itself. This adds humor to the science, and relief that my path is not pathology, but to map the brain's apparent modules as metaphor and mythology, and how we inhabit the aggregate of its systems, imagined and living, inside and out. . . . " (Joel Weishaus)
    Stanford's Digital Michelangelo Project. http://graphics.stanford.EDU/projects/mich/
    "Recent improvements in laser rangefinder technology, together with algorithms developed at Stanford for combining multiple range and color images, allow us to reliably and accurately digitize the external shape and surface characteristics of many physical objects. . . .
    ART WITH BRAIN IN MIND is an unmoderated discussion forum based at Boston University. Its goal "is to explore the relationship between art and the mind/brain. It has a multidisciplinary focus and is open to as wide a range of relevant issues as necessary. Topics will range from the implications of the neural correlates of consciousness to the artistic and physiological roles of emotion to the possibilities of neurologically inherent aesthetic universals. " The site has an extensive, if unmoderated collection of interdisciplinary links.
personal favorites
“The world's first museum dedicated exclusively to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature from any period, any culture and in any media. . . . http://www.nature_in_art.org.uk/home.htm ,the Nature In Art Museum and Art Gallery; Wallsworth Hall; Main A38, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA. UK.
HMS Beagle, an internet magazine for biologists has accumulated a fine archive of selections by biologists and/or about biological topis Art Gallery and Poetry
  • Society for Literature and Science consists of members who "share an interest in problems of science and representation and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine."
  • BIOLOGY and POETRY A collection of original contributions and sites of poetry and biology by biologists and poets. Resources relating language to aspects of biology such as therapeutics are included.
  • responses of academe and business to complexity, chaos, and principles of self-organization at The Complexity & Artificial Life Research Concept for Self-Organizing Systems site (connections arranged in 18 categories: art, biology & neurobiology, chemistry, conflict & war, ecology & evolution, economics,business & management, education, gaming, genetics, literature, mathematics, medicine, music, physics, psychology & cognition, sociology, technology & design).

  • Cybernetics and Human Knowledge is a quarterly "international multi- and interdisciplinary journal on second order cybernetics, autopoeisis and cybersemiotics." The journal builds on "new understandings of self-organizing processes of information in human knowing . . . and focuses "on the need for change in the basic concepts of ourselves, our cultures, world views, values and views of what "genuine" knowledge is, and on the call for a new exchange between theoreticians and practitioners. A basic feature of this work is the attempt to integrate scientific thinking with ethical and aesthetic perspectives in both theory and practice, in an attempt to bridge what C.P. Snow called "The Two Cultures".
    "Science is not the only aspect of human creativity that seeks to be experimental and prescient. This ought to be an enduring aspiration of art, too. And opera — notwithstanding Dr Johnson's denigration of it as "an exotic and irrational entertainment" — has that capacity in full measure. Mostly, though, opera has neglected science and trivialized medicine. But there is one chilling exception, that twentieth-century masterpiece, Alban Berg's Wozzeck. It was based on Georg Büchner's prophetic play of 1835–37, a work that was the more telling because it was loosely based on real events."
    WOZZECK -essay by John Carmody in NATURE, Nov 1999
Artists in touch with technology
  • Exemplary of a comprehensive approach is the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Artsat the University of Wales College, Newport and their collaborative relationship with STAR, the Centre for Science, Technology, and Art Research, in the School of Computing at the University of Plymouth. CAiiA+STAR provide "a powerful base for research in the new field of practice, theory, and application which is emerging from the creative convergence of art, science, technology, and consciousness."

  • The Game of LIFE and self reproducing Cellular automata and Mirek's Cellebration
  • pioneer, Nam Jun Paik and Electronic Zen
  • Biologist/photographer Carol Selter's chromogenic reductions -- her metaphors for "the limitations of reductionist biology." Chick.
  • "Joseph Nechvatal has recently worked as artist in-resident at the Louis Pasteur studio and the Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France from 1991 - 1993 on 'The Computer Virus Project', an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem" (from Nechvatal's biography) (SANDDOVE, illustrated)
  • PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA: "With the Prix Ars Electronica, the ORF in Upper Austria continues its commitment and initiatives for promoting artistic, creative and scientific uses of digital media in the third millennium. . . . To date, over 10,000 artists have taken part in the Prix Ars Electronica with 15,000 works. . . " (http://prixars.orf.at/) (http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/04/cyber/artsatlarge/27artsatlarge.html)
  • The purpose of Art & Science Collaborations,Inc. (ASCI) is to raise public awareness about artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaborations between these fields.
  • A Series of Exhibitions About Information and Transformation, n01se, that made the circuit of galleries and museums in and around Cambridge through mid-May, 2000 (curated by/catalog by Adam Lowe and Simon Schaffer) was reviewed in SCIENCE (4/21/2000) by Trevor W. Robbins: ART and INFORMATION
  • Consciousness Reframed 3 The Center for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA*) conference at the University of Wales College near Newport hosted presentations on consciousness and how it can be explored and interpreted. Members of UT's Colloquy on Psychoanalysis and the Humanities were there presenting a panel on a boundary condition -- women who murder. For that presentation and an unsystematic collation of a few others that got our attention, click UTatCAiiA*.
  • Lair of the Marrow Monkey "Finest interactive art site I've seen to date . . ."
    LEONARDO Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology provides a channel of communication for artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The websites embraced by Leonardo/ISAST "each have their own editorial focus and projects; however, they all have a common goal: the presentation of information about artists who use science and developing technologies in the creation of their artworks; the sites also present useful information and resources for visitors and reader. . . "
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