I think this conversation, as it happened with light is my business, is
huge. I have some comments:
1) Paul, you said that "anything like this video (one form of
communication, one type of artistry: videography) has to be judged solely
with respect to its purpose, its function assuming that one exists (which
it does apparently for whomever created it)", which i agreed. However, i
think in all our works, it is space for something casual, not predicted.
Something which is not on the "screenplay", and in fact could be evaluated.
I think this space is in fact one of the very important spaces for art/sci
collaborations. In which way our work can be understood and "customized" by
a different researcher. kind of plasticity.
2) Following with this statement. Jose Carlos, i don´t like the word that
you used: prostitute it to science. Not because i´m kind of puritan,
neither because prostitute science is not real, which in fact it is plenty.
I don´t like because to do marketing to obtain money to do research is not
to prostitute nothing, it is just searching founds. The problem is not to
ask to money, is the way that you use. If you are interested to dramatize a
fild, why not to do it with artists. Was Kathryn who said "Actually
according to the NASA website the music is from a production house called
Killer Tracks founded in 1989". So, if you are interested in a kind of
art/sci work (light and sound video), may be is good to leave some of this
plasticity that i mention before. With this dramatized version, may be
there is not many space to develop an entire and deep art/sci
collaboration. Just peak Annick example: just pick Annick example
(Brilliant Noise http://semiconductorfilms.com/art/brilliant-noise/)
<http://semiconductorfilms.com/art/brilliant-noise/>. My opinion is that it
is just an idiological decision which one could enhance science
popularization, and for instance science. May be similar decision related
to the question of "as a scientist, do you think that artists could enhance
your work?" So, there are two principal points: first, art (here images and
sound) can enhance (make more visible, more dramatic) the video, and
second, work in a team fashion (to become real this plasticity of the
collaboration) creates a more disruptive/innovative ideas. So, may be
question could be: to communicate science, we need innovative ideas?
3) Finally, and connecting with this, Stephen, i understood (may be i
misunderstand you - language) that you said that science it is not felt, or
communicated, or understood, as an emotional discourse, even in reality it
is an emotional activity (i don´t know any not emotional human activity).
Personaly, i can not think on an activity more emotional than my work, as i
pass hundreds of hours in lab, feeling stressed, angry, happy, exultant,
depressed, ... depending on if in my screen appears an small blurry and
noisy dip which say to me that all of this emotions, pains, smiles, ...at
the end were for understand my work, or just trying on keeping (why we can
understand a rehearsal of a musician as a kind of emotional job, and lab
work as a rational one?, my brother is musician and his studio "passions"
are almost identical to mine !!). Science communication could help us to
change this myth. So, with another question, the NASA video is helping to
change this stereotype? May be in some degree, may be not. I think the
problem is not if science is emotional or not, which in fact we presumably
easily agreed that "of course". In my point of view science (and i guess
that may be is similar in all disciplines) has an strange self-dictatorship
relation where it is commonly understood that i do not need anything from
"outside" to develop my work (which, in my opinion, it is just a
contradiction, because science development needs interchanges,
collaborations, participation, discussions, ...). In any case, if it is
needed, is just a secondary thing. Happily this is changing.
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