Wednesday, June 2, 2010

[Yasmin_discussions] Doing and Studying International Collaboration in the Sciences, Arts and the Humanities

Reflecting on this thread, and agreeing with much of what has been
discussed, I thought about behaviors/personalities of artists and
scientists and others in the humanities. It is true that sometimes I
personally am not as rigorous as a scientist in scientific pursuits,
but not always. Having collaborated with scientists and philosophers
for a while now, I'll say that I simply do not have a problem. In
fact, I have found more emotional and logic-based gaps in working with
technologists. But putting that aside, I'd like to mention a smart
project called "Arts & Sciences" which brought together artists and
scientists for a week-long collaboration. It was a surprising and
enormously satisfying affair:

"Arts & Sciences: Telluride

In September 1979, I [Richard Lowenberg] organized a ten day "Arts &
Sciences" workshop/retreat in Telluride and Alta Lakes, Colorado. The
program was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts,
the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Zoline

The invited participants and presentations included Ed Bryant (science
fiction); Harold Cohen, UCSD (artificial intelligence and the arts;
Aaron drawing system); August Coppola, SFSU (thermographic film);
Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes (music/dance performance, "Gli
Insetti"); Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz (satellite arts
projects); John Lifton and Pamela Zoline (computer music and Mountain
Village planning); Stephen Gregory, MIT (Aspen interactive video
disc); Peter Crown, Hampshire College (physiological psychology and
video art); Will Walter, Polaroid Research Labs (large 'pleine aire'
holography); Elliott Levinthal, Stanford U. ("Mars in 3D", film
produced by the Viking Lander and JPL); Jim Wiseman (video synthesis),
William Fetter, Boeing Aerospace (digital human figure rendering and
motion studies); Natasha Vita-More (Art Concepts); Richard Lowenberg
(Bio-Arts projects); Grant Johnson (video documentation).

The programs presentations, set amid the colorful Fall splendor of
surrounding 13,000' peaks, group hikes, and hot spring soaks, were a
catalyst for wide ranging discussions, some arguments, and a number of
resulting arts, sciences and technology collaborations over the
following years."

Natasha Vita-More

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