Imag(in)ing Science

Jeffrey Wolin / Andrew Lumsdaine, Plenoptic Still Life Honeycomb, 2013. Archival inkjet print, 24 x 35 inches.

Jeffrey Wolin / Andrew Lumsdaine, Plenoptic Still Life Honeycomb, 2013. Archival inkjet print, 24 x 35 inches.

The Grunwald Gallery of Art is pleased to present Imag(in)ing Science, an exhibit and series of events based on collaborative projects by artist and scientist teams from Indiana University. The exhibit will open to the public with a panel discussion on Friday, August 30, from 5 to 6pm in the Grunwald Gallery. The panel discussion will feature several of the artist/scientist teams and the discussion will center on the theme of collaboration and a general overall investigation into the creative nature of the visual arts and its similarities and differences to scientific exploration. This event will be followed by an opening reception from 6 to 8pm.

The exhibit will feature new creative work by several artist/scientist teams consisting of faculty from the School of Fine Arts and the departments of Biology, Geology, Medical Sciences, Psychology and Brain Sciences and Informatics at Indiana University. Each team will present a collaborative work that has its origins in scientific images, recordings or imaging techniques. These images are generated from a variety of sources including the Light Microscopy Imaging Center at Indiana University, seismographic recordings of the tsunami in Japan, and new images created by plenoptic cameras.

This exhibit and programs will explore the relationship between creative production in the arts and sciences and the interactivity of collaboration. The projects will utilize scientific images as a springboard to introduce creative concepts and non-traditional thinking into the production of visual materials that will highlight and illustrate ideas found in science. The visual arts and sciences have a shared history of creativity and parallel paths of experimentation, goal seeking, and trial and error. The interconnectedness of these thought and work processes will be highlighted, and the similarities and differences in the thought processes within these disciplines will be explored.

The theme of artist/scientist collaboration is pervasive in the contemporary art world, and has reflected a general overall interest in the creative nature of the visual arts and its similarities and differences in scientific exploration. The collaboration within these artist/scientist teams will produce projects that incorporate not only significantly different kinds of creative thinking, but may introduce new ways to illustrate scientific ideas and processes.

This exhibit and corresponding programs were made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute, The Center for Integrative Photographic Studies and The Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University. In addition, Imag(in)ing Science is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ semester-long initiative, “Themester 2013: Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World.”

Artist and Scientist Teams
Jeffrey Wolin (Photography) / Andrew Lumsdaine (informatics and Computing)
James Nakagawa (Photography) / Michael Hamburger (Geology)
Arthur Liou (Video/Media) / Jim Powers (Biology)/Alex Straiker (Psychology)
Margaret Dolinsky (Video/Media) / Roger Hangarter (Biology)
Rowland Ricketts (Textiles) / Roger Hangarter (Biology)/Jim Powers (Biology)
Caleb Weintraub (Painting/Installation) / Jim Powers (Biology)

August 30–October 11, 2013
Grunwald Gallery of Art
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
1201 E 7th St.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday noon-4pm, or by appointment
Admission is free
T +1 812 855-8490
grunwald@indiana.edu

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China Blue

China Blue is an award winning international artist whose current work focuses on the brain. Brainwaves of individuals, sensed through her customized EEG software, control the light and sound of an interactive sculpture and also dynamically create personal mind produced drawings. Over the past two decades she has created sound art works that focus on researching and developing data sonification. This has lead to discovering the hidden acoustics imbedded in the iron of the Eiffel Tower, submerged in Venice’s water or encased in NASA’s Vertical Gun chamber. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.
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China Blue is an award winning international artist whose current work focuses on the brain. Brainwaves of individuals, sensed through her customized EEG software, control the light and sound of an interactive sculpture and also dynamically create personal mind produced drawings. Over the past two decades she has created sound art works that focus on researching and developing data sonification. This has lead to discovering the hidden acoustics imbedded in the iron of the Eiffel Tower, submerged in Venice’s water or encased in NASA’s Vertical Gun chamber. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.
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