Saturday, August 10, 2013


I have been reading some of the posts on the contribution of artists to
science and if it helps I can share my experience as an artist working with
electrical engineering staff and students at the University of Canterbury,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where I was working in
collaboration with Dr Wade Enright.
I was invited to join Wade's group almost by accident because I was needing
expertise to develop a project for a fellow arts undergraduate. I asked Dr
Enright if it would be possible to do a range of things and this project
was completed. Dr Enright expressed interest in continuing to work with me
as an artist, and I worked with the High Voltage Research group for three
under graduate years and culminated in a further one year study. Therefore
this collaboration resulted in a 1st Class Honours in Fine Arts.

In retrospect I believe my involvement helped in what was an additive
research process because my work at times triggered scientific discussions
that resulted in requests for me from the group to trial different
applications and methodologies due to observations from previous work or
ideas expressed. For example I asked the electrical engineers to build me a
exploding wire coil in the landscape and this developed into a group
project to create as portable high voltage lab. Unfortunately my request
for a coil in the land scape was declined due to time available but further
scientific research about the coil was forthcoming. This resulted in a
project which resulted in this paper.

I used some of the research initiatives from the focus of this research in
my art work.I believe that the exploding wire technique used in many of my
art works and digital films etc is an example of "pushing the boundaries"
in the art world due mainly to the novel medium used. See this image which
shows the seed wire exploding into millions of particles

[image: Inline image 1]
In conclusion I offer my experiences outlined above as a "potted" case
history as a
example of how art and science contribute to each other. I hope that it
contributes to this disccussion and I welcome comment.

For those keen to explore where this research is leading the scientists
here is
another link

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On Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 5:22 AM, roger malina <> wrote:

> Richard Wong • Hopefully this link works. Title of the article is
> "Partnership Offers Art Imaging and Conservation Research
> Opportunities with New Laser System".
> from linked in
> Rose-Lynn Fisher • It's a fantastic pairing, and we can never know
> every direct consequence of art/sci collaboration - what stimulates
> what, and how an idea or inspiration can unfold and leave its own
> trail years later; I can attest to that - today's feature on TIME's
> blog, LightBox, includes my artwork of SEM images of bees, as part of
> a broader conversation written by Bryan Walsh regarding the plight of
> honey bees - so there's science, art, and so many other fields that
> come together.
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