Exploring mixed realities and scientific visualisations in art/science collaborations

Adams, P 2010, 'Exploring mixed realities and scientific visualisations in art/science collaborations' in Anneke Smelik (ed.) The Scientific Imaginary in Visual Culture, V&R unipress, Goettingen, Germany, pp. 163-179.


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Title Exploring mixed realities and scientific visualisations in art/science collaborations
Author(s) Adams, P
Year 2010
Title of book The Scientific Imaginary in Visual Culture
Publisher V&R unipress
Place of publication Goettingen, Germany
Editor(s) Anneke Smelik
Start page 163
End page 179
Subjects Cultural Theory
Summary As an artist/researcher whose practice has been located af the art/science nexus since 1998, I have consistently interrogated the ways in which visual culture and science interface. This research has involved reinterpreting scientific image data from the perspective of a visual artist and recontextualising contemporary biomedical research in interactive art installations that probe constructs of 'humanness'. In this essay I outline my experimental art/science projects, machina carnis (www.wavewriter.net) and the mellifera initiative (www.mellifera.cc), since they exemplify innovative methodologies and groundbreaking interdisciplinary strategies. Both mixed reality projects speculate on the effects, comparatively speaking, that the convergent and divergent elements of art and science have on concepts of the natural and the artificial as well as objectivity and subjectivity. Hence, the works also critically address the limitations of an androcentric worldview, sentience, consciousness and self-creation (autopoiesis). This critique will explore the visual complexities and effects of developing technologies on both art and science, and the emergence of hybridisations and productive cross-disciplinary outcomes.
Copyright notice © Copyright 2010 by V&R unipress GmbH
Keyword(s) mixed realities
corporeality
art/science collaborations
scientific imaging
interactive installations
ISBN 9783899717563
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