....as science and the arts increasingly rub shoulders – in no small part due to the creative possibilities afforded by digital technologies – Kirby is clear on the benefits of a closer, meaningful relationship between the two worlds.
"What would be exciting is a better understanding between practitioners in both areas about what it is people do – that's something that's not well understood," he says. "The less satisfying art/science crossover is when a scientist says, 'well, I've done this work and I'd like an artist to interpret it'. Or when an artist uses a scientist to implement some technical aspect of their work. It seems to me that where it's really exciting is that moment of realisation when you go, 'hang on a minute, we're actually interested in the exact same things – they're just different ways of engaging with questions that matter to us."