Hi Roger, thanks.
So I should put my comment to Roger into context, which is for a piece
of proposed research I'm working on, to look at the motivations of
scientists who get involved in cross-disciplinary research (across
art/science/tech), and to learn from this how we might involve more
scientists in such collaborations. While, as Roger notes, my interest is
more in multidisciplinary group working than individual practices in
terms of this research, I do think it's worth noting that individuals
with 'hybrid' practices often have the skill sets to be strong
collaborators within teams too.
Our conversation emerged back in March from my observation that in
"art-science collaborations" it seemed to me that it was usually artists
who were most invested in these and who primarily benefited, in terms of
career and media interest (if not always financially!). Obviously, this
perspective is very much shaped by the fact that I run an arts
organization. And it probably also has to do with the career progression
structures of the different disciplines.
But I've always been keen to understand how scientists' benefit from
these projects, and to encourage more input from them both into the
projects and the public-facing outputs. So I want to do more thinking
more from the scientists' perspective:
What sort of activities/platforms might encourage and enable more
scientists/engineers to become involved in interdisciplinary art-science
projects and research?
What benefits can they imagine for their practice, research and careers?
What activities might help to develop those benefits?
Within art/science research projects, 'public engagement' outputs seem
to emerge naturally, such as the 9 Evenings performance that Roger
mentions (Arts Catalyst is doing a re-visit of the seminal 9 Evenings in
the UK too, btw!). Are scientists interested in becoming more directly
involved in public engagement activities? (this list may be the wrong
place to ask that, as I expect the membership is pretty much 'out there'
in the public realm already)
There seems to be a huge and growing interest in cross-disciplinary
research across academia, and in integrating artists into
transdisciplinary science/technology research groups. And therefore the
need to develop a new generation of scientists/hybrid researchers with
team-working skills, as well as public engagement skills.
Obviously there are some shiningly successful of examples of this both
in the US and the UK. However, it's hard to get an idea of the overall
success of this trend, and whether a small piece of action research over
the next few years could feed usefully into this.
Thanks for any input!
> *From:* roger malina <email@example.com>
> *Date:* 4 May 2016 23:11
> *To:* YASMIN DISCUSSIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> *Subject:* [Yasmin_discussions] mercado central: advice to young
> artscience hybrids
> Our YASMIN discussion has slowed - but i got a private email from
> colleague Nicola Triscott of ArtsCatalyst who made the following
> "It's been interesting reading the contributions to the Mercado
> discussion list. It has helped me to realise that I'm far less
> interested in individuals with "hybrid" practices than I am in
> multi/trans/inter-disciplinary research groups/projects,"
> I think this is an important because there is a huge variety of hybrid
> art science practices- ranging from the hybrid individuals, to two
> person teams
> to small groups
> In my case I am currently involved in a project working on an art
> science team that is developing new methods to represent complex data,
> in this case fMRI network mapping of the human brain- the
> collaboration involves both scientists ( a neuroscientist, I am a
> astrophysicist, a computer scientist)
> but also three artists ( and a small gaming company)- we are trying to
> develop techniques to help the scientist make new scientific
> ( using sonification as a technology of attention) but also we will be
> performing the data at the restaging of the famous EAT Nine Evenings
> being organised
> in Seattle this coming october. This has proved to be an exciting
> collaboration and clearly the art science practice is collaborative
> rather than individual.
> Perhaps YASMINERS who are involved in small art science teams would
> like to tell us of their experiences. ?
> I have commented elsewhere that there are some notable artscience
> teams that are 'couples' such as christa sommerer and laurent
> the vasulkas, the harrisons- sometimes both are hybrids, sometimes one
> is the art centered and the other member of the couple is the science
> or technology centered. Are there any of you on the YASMIN list that
> are examples of an art-science couple ?
> roger malina
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