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Art can be an extremely powerful resource to communicate about science. When art meets science, wonder happens.  Through this Scoop topic, I have carefully selected some of the best articles and examples I have found about the interaction between art and science: interesting quotes and interviews, exhibits worth attending, artists to follow, related calls for funding and/or proposals, science and arts centers leading the way, courses, films and photography, etc. If you are interested in art as a way to communicate science, as well as how these two exciting fields interact, welcome home!
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The science of poetry, the poetry of science

The science of poetry, the poetry of science | Art and Science | Scoop.it

Ruth Padel: Both depend on metaphor, which is as crucial to scientific discovery as it is to lyric


Maybe the relationship between poetry and science provokes passion because it is parental. Poetry was the first written way we addressed such questions as what is the world made of, and how did it come to be? In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, the pre-socratics reworked these questions, writing on physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, theology, metaphysics and epistemology; and often in verse. Science was born in poetry. Lucretius's epic on atoms, On the Nature of Things continued this tradition; so did the 18th-century doctor Erasmus Darwin, whose poem "The Temple of Nature" outlined a theory of evolution, following life-forms from micro-organisms to human society. ...


But poetry and science have more in common than revealing secrets. Both depend on metaphor, which is as crucial to scientific discovery as it is to lyric. A new metaphor is a new mapping of the world. Even maths uses metaphor; and this is where more condensed forms of poetry join in. John Donne, living through exciting new scientific discoveries, relished the door-opening powers of science. "A mathematical point is the most indivisible and unique thing which art can present," he said. His lyric uses science as image rather than exposition. But not as mere ornament. The legs of a compass as a metaphor for two lovers, the alembic as the distilling power of love, are not just surface glitter but organic to their poems: they take the thought and feeling forward.


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Quotable. Some thoughts on what science and poetry have in common, by Ruth Padel.
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A bit contrived but fun. Patel is quite a good poet and does take science seriously.
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Ocean Current Flows and Van Gogh

https://youtu.be/-hJmjoowwGU

EarthDirect: "NASA time lapse simulation showing sea surface currents around western Europe. The visualization covers 11 months, with each second in the video representing 2.75 days.
The different colours represent current depths - white flows are nearest the surface, and darker colours running deeper.

Credits:
Visuals: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Peace of Mind", Incompetech.com
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b..."

 
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There is certainly a lot of potential for collaboration between scientific visualization and art. And I think this is a clear example of it. 

 

EarthDirect published this stunning video in 2013. It caught my eye since the flows reminded me of some of Van Gogh's paintings. If you are interested in the science behind this video, check the original piece, which was created by the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio for UNESCO back in 2011. Perpetual Ocean - whole planet version - is also worth the détour.  

 

Also: In their own words, the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, a.k.a. SVS, "wants you to learn about NASA programs through visualization." For this purpose, they have created stunning videos and materials available free to download. Check! check! check!

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The entire known Universe in a single image

The entire known Universe in a single image | Art and Science | Scoop.it
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Artist. Musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi has created a stunning image of the known universe, based on logarithmic maps put together by Princeton University researchers, as well as images produced by NASA based on observations through their telescopes and roving spacecraft, as reported by Science Alert.

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Ancient Japanese art inspires solar cells design

Ancient Japanese art inspires solar cells design | Art and Science | Scoop.it

"By borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed solar cells that can track the sun. A flat plastic sheet backing the solar cells splits into wavy, connected ribbons when stretched. The tilt of the cells depends on the stretching, a simple mechanism for tracking the sun across the sky. Image credit: Aaron Lamoureux"

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Discovery. When art contributes to science! An ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, known as kirigami, has inspired the design of solar cells. With this new design, solar cells can track the sun, according to an article published on September 2015 by Nature. The University of Michigan summarizes the discovery in this post.

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Discovery. When art contributes to science! An ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, known as kirigami, has inspired the design of solar cells. With this new design, solar cells can track the sun, according to an article published on September 2015 by Nature. The University of Michigan summarizes the discovery in this post.

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A Biologist and a Poet, together for the Inner Beauty of Fishes

A Biologist and a Poet, together for the Inner Beauty of Fishes | Art and Science | Scoop.it
A biologist and a poet team up for a new exhibition at the Seattle Aquarium that features images of bleached and stained fish skeletons
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ExhibitAdam Summers, a biologist at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs and consultant on Finding Nemo, teamed up with Sierra Nelson, a poet based in Seattle, to create the exhibition “Cleared: the Art of Science,” which was premiered at the Seattle Aquarium two years ago, in 2014, according to Smithsonian Magazine. An interesting combination of beautiful science imagery and poetry, which was used to caption each image.


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Here Today...

Here Today... | Art and Science | Scoop.it
A major exhibition marking 50 years of The IUCN Red List
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Exhibit. This major art exhibition, which honours the 50 years anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species, was premired in London in 2015, and is now touring the world. The exhibit is separated into 8 different chapters exploring the challenges that face our precious environment. 

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When Artists Meet Science - BBC World News

When Artists Meet Science - BBC World News | Art and Science | Scoop.it
A look at a collective of artists, engineers, designers, biological and computer scientist
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TV show. A must see in our field! I actually never had the opportunity to watch it, but good sources strongly recommended it. Check it out in your art and science explorations free time.

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World Academy of Art and Science

World Academy of Art and Science | Art and Science | Scoop.it
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Art and Science Center. WAAS was funded in 1960, and is composed of 730 individual Fellows from diverse cultures, nationalities, and intellectual disciplines, chosen for eminence in art, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities. Its activities seek to address global issues related to the social consequences and policy implications of knowledge. A forum for reflective scientists, artists, and scholars to discuss the vital problems of humankind independent of political boundaries or limits, whether spiritual or physical. 

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Art Meets Science: Huffington post RSS

Art Meets Science: Huffington post RSS | Art and Science | Scoop.it
Big News on Art Meets Science. Includes blogs, news, and community conversations about Art Meets Science.
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Press. Huff Post's metling pot of news and articles about art and science. A fresh, nice place to look for stories. 

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Get a degree in Art and Life Sciences

Get a degree in Art and Life Sciences | Art and Science | Scoop.it
Courses at SymbioticA at UWA
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Training. SymbioticA, an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences within the University of Westeran Australia, offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses. In case you want to pursue a Master's degree in the field!

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Alejandro Guijarro

Alejandro Guijarro | Art and Science | Scoop.it
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Artist. Alejandro Guijarro photographed the blackboards of many scientists in different institutions: Cambridge university, CERN, Oxford, Stanford, Berkeley... The result? "Momentum", an intriguing exhibit of blackboard photographies that somehow poetically depict the work and thoughts of scientists. More about it available in this short interview with The Guardian.

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MIT's Journal of Design and Science

MIT's Journal of Design and Science | Art and Science | Scoop.it
PubPub is a platform for totally transparent publishing. Read, Write, Publish, Review.
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Publications. The new baby of the MIT Media Lab is called Journal of Design and Science. And it rocks. Check it out.

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Photographing Biodiversity, One Cubic Foot at a Time

Photographing Biodiversity, One Cubic Foot at a Time | Art and Science | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC — Much of science is observation, being attuned to what others overlook. With just a green frame box, measuring one-by-one-by-one foot, Smithsonian scientist and photographer David Liittschwager traveled the world to document microcosms of biodiversity. Life in One Cubic Foot at the Smithsonian

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Exhibit. An appealing way to present scientific data using art: Life in One Cubic Foot. A photographic exhibit by scientist & photograoher David Liittschwager. Each mural has photograohs of the biodiversity contained in one cubic foot, in each environment. Mesmerizing how much life a cubic foot can contain.

Special thanks to Enric Planas for this discovery.

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The world's greatest literature reveals multifractals and cascades of consciousness

The world's greatest literature reveals multifractals and cascades of consciousness | Art and Science | Scoop.it
James Joyce, Julio Cortazar, Marcel Proust, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Umberto Eco. Regardless of the language they were working in, some of the world's greatest writers appear to be, in some respects, constructing fractals. Statistical analysis carried out at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, however, revealed something even more intriguing. The composition of works from within a particular genre was characterized by the exceptional dynamics of a cascading (avalanche) narrative structure.
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Literature and science, there we go! This leads you to the original press release, however The Guardian published an article quite complete about it too.   

 

Thanks to Pablo Durán for making me learn this through his tweet. 

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What your drink looks like through a microscope

What your drink looks like through a microscope | Art and Science | Scoop.it

Colorful images of crystallized alcoholic beverages. Depicted above, a microscopical photograohy of tequila. Photo credit: Bevshots.

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Photography. Did you ever try to observe a crystallized alcoholic beverage under a microscope? This is what both Michael Davidson, a world-renowned microscopist, and Lester Hutt, Bachelors degree in biology and chemistry as well as a Masters in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, did. And the result is quite artistic, to the point that hey founded their own company, Bevshots, which sells these prints. More information available on this interesting article by the Smithsonian. 

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Jill Pelto, Artist of Climate Change

Jill Pelto, Artist of Climate Change | Art and Science | Scoop.it

"Scientific research and data fuel the content of my artwork. I create pieces to raise awareness about interesting and important environmental topics.

The key topic in my portfolio is Climate Change data: melting glaciers, rising sea level, threatened species. I hope to cover both positive and negative issues which depict the reality of our current ecosystem."

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Artist. Jill Pelto graduated from the University of Maine in December 2015 with a double major in Studio Art and Earth Science. She creates beautiful watercolor paintings using climate change data. 

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Particle Fever - A film about the Higgs Boson discovery, and beyond

Particle Fever - A film about the Higgs Boson discovery, and beyond | Art and Science | Scoop.it
Particle Fever follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the planet’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough.
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Cinematography. Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, Particle Fever, a documentary about the physicists who found the "God particle," suggests doing science isn’t that different from making art - according to the Smithsonian Magazine. And if a movie is introduced this way, it is worth being listed in this scoop.

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Introducing Trichoptera larva, the artist

Introducing Trichoptera larva, the artist | Art and Science | Scoop.it

Trichoptera (caddis larva) building case (studio view), 1980-2000. Material: Gold, pearls, turquoise. Length: 2.5 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist Hubert Duprat and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

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Artist. French artist Hubert Duprat is known for his excentric pieces. One of his most interesting artistic collaborations was with insects, namely Trichoptera larvae. As The Guardian described, "these insects grow underwater, cocooning their bodies in cases made of silk and woven with small objects from their natural habitat like grains of sand, twigs or shells." Except this time Duprat replaced these with precious stones such as gold, perals, turquoises, etc. "These unusual ways of making art explore evolutionary and organic processes, and questions where and how natural materials become art objects," The Guardian stated. 

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The Pale Blue Dot - THE SAGAN SERIES

The Sagan Series is a collection of tribute videos dedicated to the late, great Carl Sagan. Breath-taking cinematography and a mesmerising soundtrack lend a powerful scenery to Sagan's narration from his hit TV series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

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Video & Cinematography. In his own words,  Reid Gower uses media to promote science, beauty, and stimulating conversations. The Sagan Series is one of his masterpieces - and here is one of the most viewed videos. A few videos accompanied by the hipnoting voice of late Carl Sagan, one of the greatest science communicators of all times.

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The beauty of scientific pictures: CALTECH exhibits

The beauty of scientific pictures: CALTECH exhibits | Art and Science | Scoop.it

Is your research beautiful? Is your art scientific? Caltech's exhibition “Art of Science.”

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Exhibit. Every year, the California Institute of Technology - CALTECH, gathers amazing scientific pictures for their exhibit. Click on the thumbnails of their rich archives to discover what each picture hides: from a jellyfish to the behaviour of particles, science mesmerizes us through photographic art.

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Art Meets Science: Smithsonian Magazine RSS

Art Meets Science: Smithsonian Magazine RSS | Art and Science | Scoop.it
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Press. Smithsonian Magazine metling pot of news and articles about art and science. Great source of inspiring stories.

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My bright idea: Innovation is born when art meets science

My bright idea: Innovation is born when art meets science | Art and Science | Scoop.it
Technology and design guru John Maeda says scientists must embrace the art world in order for invention to occur
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Quotable. "Superior innovation comes from bringing divergents (the artists and designers) and convergents (science and engineering) together." In this inspiring interview, John Maeda gives his view about the intersection between art and science.

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SymbioticA : The University of Western Australia

SymbioticA : The University of Western Australia | Art and Science | Scoop.it

"SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences."

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Art and Science Center. Active center with exhibits and great calendar, SymbioticA even offers a Master's degree in Biological Arts!

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Arts@CERN

Arts@CERN | Art and Science | Scoop.it
Particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence, what it is to be human and our place in the universe. The two fields are natural creative partners for innovation, research and development.
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Art & Science Center. CERN's center for the arts. An absolute reference in the field, with great listed exhibits, guest and visiting artists, and awards such as COLLIDE and ACCELERATE.

 

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The World Science Festival, New York

The World Science Festival, New York | Art and Science | Scoop.it
The World Science Festival brings together great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that presents the wonders of science and the drama of scientific discovery to a broad general audience.
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Festival. Held in New York once a year (usually around May-June), this science festival was founded and created by Brian Greene (Chairman of the Festival), professor of mathematics & physics at Columbia University and author of several science books (including The Elegant Universe, and The Hidden Reality); and Tracy Day (CEO of the Festival), a four-time National News Emmy Award-winning journalist, who has produced live and documentary programming for the nation’s preeminent television news division. (Source: Wikipedia)

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