“…an alliance is overdue, and can be achieved through the medium of interpretation. Neither science nor the arts can be complete without combining their separate strengths. Science needs the intuition and metaphorical power of the arts, and the arts need the fresh blood of science.”—E. O. Wilson, from “The Arts and their Interpretation” in Consilience.
I’m writing my master’s thesis on cultural institutions that foster the art, science, and technology nexus. The goal is to examine how institutional growth within this field has taken place in the United States compared to Europe as well as around the globe, and make recommendations for expansion in the US.
My research involves two survey elements:
1. If you work at an organization (arts- or science-based) that supports this field, please take this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R3BPVCV — there are 22 questions (10 multiple choice and 10 written response).
2. If you are an artist, scientist, or engineer that collaborates and creates work at this intersection, please take this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8XGC6GS — there are only 10 questions (one of which requires a typed answer).
All information will remain anonymous and used only for academic purposes.
It would be a HUGE help if you participated in the survey or forwarded it to a colleague. Thank you for your help! Let me know if you have any questions.
MA Candidate, Arts Administration
Savannah College of Art and Design
The experience has been a dream come true! For one, I’ve had the pleasure of working directly with curator Mark Sloan and meeting many wonderful people such as scientists from the College of Charleston and South Carolina Space Grant Consortium like lunar expert Dr. Cass Runyon. This week, I’ve been working with Mark to create displays of rare, antique lunar maps, books, and illustrations at the Addlestone Library in the archives department.
Fun fact: Jules Verne predicted that we would travel to the moon from Florida.
I’ve learned a LOT in the process including the history of mankind’s fascination with mapping the Moon since Galileo and the various ways that artist-scientists have studied it. Each day I’ve been blown away by the the ways that people observed and illustrated the moon. Additionally, lunar visualizations have different styles depending on the observer. Some were drawn to look like microscopic organisms and others were modeled such as James Nasmyth’s below.
I can’t wait for the opening reception! Did I mention there’s a moon rock on view from where Apollo 15 landed at Hadley Rille of the Apennine Mountains? Apollo 15’s storyline is followed throughout the exhibit. There’s also a spacesuit glove, meteorites, and more. The exhibit is both artistic and scientific. In the gallery is a small theater room with a film collaboration by artist John Reynolds and composer Lee Donaldson. If you’re in Charleston, it’s a must-see.