Monday, August 10, 2015

WESTAF hosts art/science Blogathon

Barry's Blog, a service of the Western States Arts Federation, will be hosting a Blogathon this week on the art/science intersection. Barry's opening essay is incredibly informative and interesting
We are only beginning to explore and understand the relationships between art and science and the many levels on which those relationships operate... Indeed, I suspect that in the not too distant future, we won't describe the relationship between the arts and science as an intersection - two separate and diverse disciplines that occasionally cross at various points - but rather parallel lanes that share the same highway - working in tandem as the norm.
Panelists who will each be responding to 5 questions (1 per day) include:
  • Rieko Yajima - American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Young Moo Kim - Scientist / Musician and Director of Drexel's ExCITe Center
  • Julia Buntaine, editor in chief of "SciArt in America"
  • Kamal Sinclair - Co-Director of Sundance's "New Frontier"
  • Lucinda Pressely - the Innovation Collaborative
  • Gregory Mack - American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • Bill O'Brien - Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
The questions are:
  1. 8-9-15: What forces are driving emerging energy at art / science intersections? What are people hoping to achieve here? What do you see as being possible to achieve?
  2. 8-10-15: How we can scale up the intersections between the arts and sciences?
  3. 8-11-15: Where are the two communities already merging and working together and where could they work together more effectively in the future? What are the next steps?
  4. 8-12-15: What obstacles do these collaborations face and how can they be better supported? What kinds of research would help in soliciting that support?
  5. 8-13-15: How might potential advances in the intersections of the arts and sciences benefit both fields and society in general, both short and long term?
On Day 3, Bill O'Brien talks about the recent ArtSciConverge workshop in Reno, NV.

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