employ technology in their work—the technologies allow them new forms of expression. My work is exactly
the opposite—to begin with a work of art, and then surface all of the normally hidden foundations of
technology: mathematics, science & engineering. In 2000, I called this "aesthetic computing" but admittedly,
that term now seems broader than my singular mission.
I agree (mostly) with Frieder, but to clarify. Computer Science is not considered a science in the
empirical sense, although I argued last year that it should be: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2601391
Mathematics is the queen of the sciences (Gauss) and so the uber-science. Look around you and you will
see numbers, sets, functions, and relations everywhere (which is to say, set theory). Unfortunately, mathematics
curricula can be dry and disconnected from the real-world. However, I am happy to observe a fair rich set of
literature on math/art (consider Emmer's two books as exemplars).
My latest collaboration is with an art museum. My purpose is to show that STEM, and in particular systems
modeling, is deep within the museum and its objects. I love museums and the art therein, but think that this
enjoyment can be a way to introduce what I do as a scientist to museum-goers. See my blog for developments
in this area: creative-automata.com
So, I hope to introduce more people to what I do in systems modeling and computer science but in a new way situated
Paul Fishwick, PhD
Chair, ACM SIGSIM
Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Professor of Computer Science
Director, Creative Automata Laboratory
The University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Technology
800 West Campbell Road, AT10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Blog 1: creative-automata.com
Blog 2: modelingforeveryone.com
> On Oct 29, 2015, at 5:52 AM, Guillermo Muñoz <email@example.com> wrote:
> I´m Guillermo Muñoz and I really happy to co-moderate this discussion.
> Actually i´m post-doctoral researcher in the cross disciplinary area
> between quantum-optics, nanostructured semiconductors and fiber optics
> engineering. I´m interested in photon correlation experiments, for single
> photon emitters, entangled photons pairs and photon indistinguishability.
> This is a fascinating researh area that cover fundamental physics
> (Gendanken experiments, Bell inequallities, basic quantum mechanics
> principles) and applied physics (quantum computing, quantum cryptography,
> quantum teleportation). In this area we are trying to push semiconductor
> technology to obtain more efficient devices for these quantum technologies
> (building high efficient single photon and entangled photon diodes), and
> taking the advantage to include fiber optics engineering to develop new
> spectroscopy tools (Fiber Bragg Gratting filterings and interferomenters,
> multicore spectroscopic tools for entanglement swapping, ...). In my
> secondary school, i was not really interested in Physcis and Chemistry,
> because all of these subjects were terrible descontextualized to any human
> and social issues. We were studying rules, but anything about why arose
> these rules and not others. In fact, I decided to study Physics during my
> philosophy lectures, because there we have access to all the context (we
> used to visualize COSMOS and after we had a discussion about the chapter).
> So, I always needed science in a contextualized fashion (historial,
> humanistic, emotive, social, political). So, some (not all) of the ideas
> because I included art/sci in my research are:
> 1) To enrich my science work. In some way similar than Andrew Pelling wrote
> in past August Leonardo:
> *"Indeed, enormous emphasis is being placed on the importance of
> "interdisciplinary" in scientific inquiry. However, this notion is
> generally accepted to be limited to the interactions between specialized
> scientific disciplines alone. Interdisiciplinarity is also often praised as
> an approach to solve specific problems more effectively. However, this
> utilitarian valuation has little room for curiosity-driven research. (…)
> Collaborations with diverse scientific disciplines, artists and social
> scientists have facilitated the movement of an international contingent of
> people within and through our lab. This has fostered a culture in which
> open questions and experiments are developed, often falling outside the
> accepted norms of scientific practice. Equally important, broader
> discussions are also occurring in the lab about the environmental, ethical,
> societal and scientific implications of particular experiments or
> directions of inquiry"*
> 2) So, art/sci interaction help to me to include social aspects to my
> research, to include new perspectives and ideas, to develop better
> visualization/sonification techniques, and so on ... and afterwards i
> understood that, in this way may be i develop art. So, if i will be an
> artist, is because i will be a scientists. Even it is good to have
> separated disciplines, but communicated, networked. My intentions nowadays
> is to develop my own research group (i´m writing projects for ERC starting
> grant ans so on), and i want to include phylosophers, artists, poets as
> permanent researchers (just joined to the conventional physics
> researchers); to include students exchanges (i will send my students to
> art/sci residences, included in the more traditional exchange programs
> (science stayings, summer shools, congress, …), I will include social
> programs: citizen science and public engagement programs ..., but all of
> these contextualized to study Quantum Optics in Nanostructured
> Semiconductors. I know that this has risks, but not to do it has another
> kind of risks. It is very nice that we are having a good time for the
> art/sci perception, and may be is a good time to do it.
> 3) Finally, i understand science practice in someway as a political action.
> I like a lot this sentence from Royal Society of London (Nullius in
> Verba)), so kind of political standing in the world*.* In my point of view,
> the deepest implications for these kind of collaborations is to learn how
> to "open the eyes", more and more, or in other words, how to "enhance our
> ears", make us more sensible, doing collaborations to include more
> sophisticated inputs and, to brake rules*. *This is kind of disruptive
> I´m sure that art/sci collaborations helps a lot to enhance this disruptive
> thinking, to include social and political issues, to develop more
> sophisticated visualization/sonification techniques (the basic for
> experimental work), even, as we will discuss, this need a lot the concept
> of translation, as we don´t speak same "languajes". May be, nowadays we
> approached languajes (we use quite similar technologies), but still be
> different "dialects".
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