Yesterday i found this article:
"Art on the Nanoscale and Beyond", whch you can download from their
What have made me an impression is not the content itself, which
although it seems very interesting and with high detail, it seems that
it contextualize the art/sci practice in science like some tools for
science communication. However, it includes the more interesting
citizen science proposals, and the social issues related to science
practice, which in my opinion is a hot topic.
Perhaps, the most intriguing surprise for me was the journal where it
was published the paper. I have seen this kind of articles in journals
like Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, ..., which are
rally great, but sometimes appear as a "visual" esteticism of this
kind of journals (maybe i´m totally wrong). But Advances Materials is
a core scientific journal. For me this was similar if Physical Review
Letters published an article about Art/Sci relations in physics.
In my point of view, all of the work that Leonardo and Art/Sci
movement are doing all around the word is helping to more and more
scientist to express all of our inquietudes, which are kind of
transdisciplinar. I´m really enjoying this "happenings". I was very
excited when i saw the first art/sci article publish in Nature and so
on, and i´m really happy to see this article published in Advanced
Materials. Although art/sci collaboration is much more than a science
May be one day we will see a paper published in Physical Review
Letters with some art/sci project that will advance physics in some
extent. May be we are not very far from this situation. As I said in
last e-mail, this Science at Home platform example from Aarhus
University is fascinating (including citizien science, science
research in quantum physics, gamming, ...).
These kind of platforms are really an open window for all of us hybrid
In the other hand, i must say that sometimes the delay between the
acceptance of these methodologies is fustrating. Next 28th may i´m
tring to push to include an art/sci exhibition in the open days of the
research institute, with a collaboration with visual art and science
students. But science communication still be majoritary focused to
funny experiments for childs. The answer of our proposal was kidn of:
ok you are a freak and the childs are going to be boured with this
exhibition. At least, we have included three art/sci piezes from art
and science student collaborations. You can take a look at:
The difficulty comes from the acceptance of these practices inside our
science job. This is the reason why i get happy when i found the
Advanced Materials paper, because i can use it to show to my
colleagues to say: Have you seen this paper?, m i a freak right now?
(maybe we will need some extra advanced materials papers to trully
convince them ;-) )
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