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I Discuss Science Art in a Science Discussion


Art has been a large part of science for hundreds of years; before imaging technologies, any scientific observations had to be drawn by hand in order to preserve the information for future research. This necessity spurned some of the most intricate and beautiful collections of naturalist art we have.

The tradition of Scientific Art (SciArt) persists today, however, with the advent of modern digital imaging techniques, it’s now more the work of artists interested in science than the other way around. This is interesting given the fact that it usually brings a level of interpretation with it, as most artists don’t have a PhD-level understanding of scientific principals and they are usually using science as part of a larger idea.

An exhibit called ‘Common Descent’, on display at Central Booking in NYC looks at the interpretation of science by artists; specifically evolution. In a recent panel discussion about the exhibit, I got the chance to sit down with another evolutionary biologist, Giacomo Mancini, as well as two artists featured in the exhibit, C Bangs and Lynn Sures. We discussed our work and the intersection of science and art and took questions from the audience concerning evolution in the modern age.

The panel moderator, Yasmin Tayag and myself wrote an article chronicling the event for the Scientific American guest blog. By all means, head over and check it out, and check out the exhibit if you get a chance; it’s on until June 8th.

Demented Art No Longer Just for the Refined Tastes of VIPs

morbidDo you live in the New York metropolitan area? Do you like disturbing art? Dumb question, right? Well, now you can satisfy your predilection for the queer and deranged without a reservation or appointment — and since most disturbing art is made with little reservation, I think it only makes sense.  The Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum, located in Brooklyn, New York is now open to the public every Saturday from 2-6pm.  Located near the Gowanus Canal (the same place a dolphin was spotted today), you basically double your chances for spotting some form of morbid anatomy — it’s a win-win.