Monday, April 25, 2016

[Yasmin_discussions] Lessons learned and advice for hybrid science-art careers

dear yasminers,

here is my modest contribution to your discussion:

1- what is your background as a scientist? In the arts, design or
humanities ?

computer science: 1st half of carreer Natural Language Processing, 2nd
in computer graphics (augmented reality)

2- when and how did you become involved in a hybrid art/science

in 2003 when I shifted research topic, I thought that I could combine my
interests for the visual arts with my scientific research through

I also took a 1-year education in 3D computer graphics for the arts at
ENSAD (a French national school in applied arts). It is througn
with artists at this school that I started my first art-science

3- what have been the major obstacles to overcome?

My research lab did not show any interest for this field during the
6 years. Then it became better acknowledged and recognized as one of the
activities of the lab. But it however never got any human or financial

It has always been difficult for me to find funding for art-science

4- what have been the greatest opportunities/breakthroughs?

some of my collaborations with artists have opened the scope
of my interests and my research far beyond the mere limits of
my scientific fields.

unfortunately there is not recipie for these encounters, and
they are more risky than traditional science/science collaborations.
however, when they succeed they can be a source of expansion and
exploration in unexpected research areas in arts and science...

5- what would you do differently, knowing then what you know now?

start art-science much earlier in my career and be more voluntary
about it from the beginning.

6- any advices to someone who may want to walk in your footstep?

start art/science as early as you can, no later than for your PhD

dare contacting possible PhD thesis supervisors with such a project
in mind. dare mentionning your art/science interest when applying for
a position even if it nos explicitely mentioned in the job profile.

dare organizing events (workshops, conferences, seminars...) on
such topics, you will expand your network. Because of the high
diversity in arts and science here is rarely an identified
art science community corresponding to your field, contrary to
arts or science taken separately. For this reason, it is really
useful to create events, publications, blogs, social network groups...
that can help you to find other scholars or artists interested
in similar topics.

7. Add other questions and your responses you think are relevant

my question is: if you have your own artistic activity as a scientist,
what is best:

- make it visible with the risk of blurring your image

- keep your scientific and artistic activities with the risk of missing
opportunities to valorize them jointly

sorry I do not have "the" reply to this question...

whatever you choose for your own way - enjoy, it is fun !

thank you to all the moderators who open and support discussions
on this list


Christian Jacquemin
CNRS-LIMSI & Univ. Paris-Sud, bat 508, rue John von Neumann, 91400
Orsay, France
tel +33 (0)1 69 85 81 01 / fax -- 80 88

Service Arts et Culture, Maison des Etudes, bat 330/EVE, 91405 Orsay

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