Art-science is a relatively new and complex term and you’ll find a variety of definitions and iterations depending on where you look and/or who you ask.
Put simply it is an exploration and/or expression of what happens when art and science collide, overlap, converse and listen to one another. Art-science also goes under the term “sci-art” and is often used as an engagement tool and means of identifying and/or unpacking complex and esoteric scientific issues and concepts in an attempt to articulate the unknown, the confusing or the inaccessible to wider, non-expert audiences.
In the context of Hydropoetic “art-science” means any collaborative relationship between artist and non-artist in an attempt to understand artistic and scientific processes and outputs better. In Lisa’s current research the non-artists will be professionals working in marine environments and related fields.
Lisa Matthews has a ten-year track record of project innovation, management, curation and consultation and she has worked with Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham and Edinburgh Universities on a variety of initiatives and fellowships. With specialisms in Medical Humanities and the use of creative writing discipline and technique in art-science and engagement contexts, Lisa has a nuanced understanding and experience of collaborative art-science practices, having worked with many scientific researchers, practitioners and clinicians.
Art-science can help audiences and readers access and explore complex scientific issues.
Art-science is a methodology used by practitioners from many disciplines and fields to help them view their own work from fresh new perspectives.
Art-science is not a replacement for or criticism of art and/or science, rather it is a way of working that takes the known and immerses it in unknown terrain.
Art-science can be a provocation, a confirmation and/or affirmation of scientific concepts. Many artists and writers occupy the liminal space of the art-science boundary to witness and respond to the tension between disciplines. In this context tension is healthy, it is positive and opens new avenues of inquiry, reflection and practice.
Art-science respects and celebrates specialisms and expertise.
Effective art-science never wants to make scientists into artists, or artists into scientists, rather good art-science identifies the artistry and rigour in both disciplines in an attempt to ask or answer questions.
Art-science makes new art and contextualises science in new and exciting ways.
Art-science can encourage and facilitate an intellectual and emotional response. And while hydrokinetic engineering is complex its applications are wholly relevant to the wider, non-expert audiences and publics.
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did,
they will remember how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Art-science makes us think about issues beyond our understanding or experience, but more than this, it often allows us an in-road to how we feel about something.