What is science? What is art? Are they two separate worlds? Or two cultures in the same world? Do they divide up this world? Is there anything outside of these two comprehensive realms? To get a grasp on these big issues, we will read and write about four themes: Representing Nature in Art and Science, Ethics in Art and Science, Bodies in Art and Science, and Legal Issues in Art and Science. Following each section a concise analytical paper will be due. By taking on specific case studies, including NASA images, 19th century glass models, design noir, and tactical media, this course will challenge the idea that objects and people can be easily sorted into the categories of art/artist or science/scientist. By focusing on liminal objects and people, things that appear to occupy spaces in both art and science or which seem to move between these two worlds over time, we will unpack the categories of art and science.
Tags: Aesthetics and Science, Art and science studies, Bioart, Science & Technology Studies, Technology and Society