> Has anyone made a taxonomy of different types of collaboration?
In my talks I have broken art-science collaborations into three broad categories:
1. Art appropriates science - an artist takes an scientific idea and bases an artwork on it. Although scientists may collaborate they do not directly benefit (perhaps some good PR) and, if the work is critical they may suffer (bad PR).
2. Science appropriate arts - for eg. artists doing scientific visualisation. This can be a useful money earner for an artist but they must attenuate their own creative needs to the intentions of the science.
3. True collaboration - all the participant have an equal ownership in a project and all contribute directly towards and benefit directly from it. These kind of collaborations may not be project focussed and may be ongoing. This is a true interdisciplinary collaboration and a good example is the number of scientific centres who have regular or ongoing artists-in-residence because they have recognised the value of a different perspective from their own.
There is good work to be seen in all of these areas though my preference as I have got older is for the latter.
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