The Digi-Cult

A New Religion for a Digital Age

Art and Science Collide

Posted by Matt Harbottle on November 12, 2008


dna_strandThere has always been a connection between art and science, artists and scientists, and alike.  It’s not always easy to find an artist-scientist, but they’ve always been around.  They have been evident throughout the centuries and one that comes to mind would be Leonardo di Vinci.  He was considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, at the same time being a noted scientist.

Today, people are really starting to tap into this idea of combining art and science.  To push cutting-edge art into the limelight, artists, engineers, etc, are using  the combination of the two fields to produce amazing pieces of work.  In one of my earlier blogs, “Welcome to the New Age of Interactive Art,” I briefly discuss how interactive art is pushing the limits of what is “art” this day in age.  Without the use of physics, mathematics, robotics, engineering, along with an artistic idea, those examples I had shown would never had been created.

With artists becoming aware of sciences and scientists becoming aware of the artistic potential of their abilities, they are defining what people consider, post-modern or contemporary art.  Shannon O’Grady posted a blog titled “Coming Soon to an Orchestra Pit Near You,” which shows a robot named WF-4RIV, who was created and programmed at Waseda University in Japan, to play Flight of the Bumblebees on the flute.  This is a great example of great engineering and a great artistic piece of work. 

With so many exhibitions showcasing work that revolves around the idea of art and science combined, I’m curious to see how artists/scientists will keep trying to raise the bar on this re-defined art form.



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