"Because any time that science develops a tendency for its methods to become too authoritarian,become too dogmatic, science turns to art and to the methodology of art,which is a plurality of methods. The methods of science are characterized by doctrines, by enforced methodology. Art lives on the tolerance of methods, on the diversity of methods.
Cajal is an example of the mutual influences of art and science of a higher order.
In his book from 1984 Science as Art, Paul Feyerabend tried to show the mechanisms of the social construction of science which are comparable to the mechanisms of the social construction of art.
He (Bruno Latour) claims that in reality there is an exchange between society and nature and art and natural sciences, which has created hybrids.”
Weibel P, The Unreasonable Effectiveness of the Methodological Convergence of Art and Science. Art @ Science, 1998. Vienna/New York. Christa Sommerer/Laurent Mignonneau.
During the year of 2012-2013 I followed a series of workshops on contemporary art, entitled “O Ollo da Arte”- “The Art’s Eye”, by Antía Otero, at NORMAL. As a result of the projects developed, a final collective exhibition was set.
As a scientist I enrolled in these workshops as I intended to explore the intersection between science and art not only as a vehicle for science communication but also as a personal journey of my professional experience through an “external eye”.
Project: I publish therefore I am
Inspired by the concept “I think therefore I am” from René Descartes, the purpose of my project “I publish therefore I am” was to give life to scientific thoughts. In the same way as art is founded on life, and both art and science are direct products of human thinking, I played with scientific thoughts that I’ve used as matter (scientific papers) giving them different forms, among them, life itself (in the shape of an organ). At the same time it was my intention to bring to notice the current scientific publishing and rating system.
Hereby you can find the work presented:
Photography: I publish therefore I am
No longer can one be defined by what one thinks, it has to be peer-reviewed and published.
Installation #1: The heart has its authors
The heart has its authors of which 1st Author does not know of. We find this in a thousand instances. It is the heart which feels Science, and not the authorship powers. This, then, is the perfect circuit: Science felt in the heart. – adapted from Blaise Pascal
Installation #2: Impact Faktor
Where does the true heart of science rely on? How many scientists are needed to artificially build a heart? How can we define the exact social and moral impact that science plays in society?
These collages were assembled images from different scientific magazines.
Interview: Estíbaliz Espinosa
During O Ollo da Arte workshop at NORMAL, Antía Otero suggested that I contacted Estíbaliz Espinosa, a female writer from Galicia, whose work is driven by one of the great motors of both scientific and philosophical thoughts, curiosity. This interview (available soon) focused on the intersection of science & art, science & literature. It took place at Casa das Ciências and Parque de Santa Margarita, in the middle of a windy afternoon at A Coruña, Spain.
[in vivo]: by Estíbaliz Espinosa
Furthermore, Estíbaliz came to visit the facilities of the Institute where I’m currently working – INIBIC, and she had her first contact with human cells, biomaterials, microscopes, cell culture lab, that she gently called cells’ nursery. These inspired her for a beautiful contribution in the exhibition that she compiled in her own blog and by which I’m greatly honoured and thankful.
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
Einstein A, The World as I see it. Living Philosophies, 1931. New York, USA. Simon & Schuster.
About Roman Ondak, Measuring the universe, at Tate, UK. “In the end everything will be gone…”—
"Art and Science at their most fundamental are expeditions into the unknown, in which artists and scientists seek aesthetic representations of worlds beyond appearances."
Miller AI, Insights of Genius. Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art, 2000. Cambridge, MA, USA, The MIT Press.