Art, Science, and Cultural Understanding

Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins and Stuart Sim (eds)

Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Art and science are often seen in contemporary Western society as almost entirely separate and polarised fields of human enterprise. In contrast, a growing number of practitioners are realising that art and science are both intimately concerned with how we conceive of the world around us; not just as individuals, but also as societies. Art and science share a common embodied imagination, cognitive creativity, and independent spirit of inquiry at their heart, and both can summon up the visionary power of revolution for our senses.

The editors and contributors to this book clearly highlight the many underlying themes that have always connected art and science throughout our history and show, through a range of essay styles and voices, how a hybrid art-science movement is now emerging. This new movement offers a broader transdisciplinary perspective to avoid relying on narrow specialisms and short-term fixes when addressing growing global problems such as climate change, economic instability, and provision of food, water, and healthcare for a rapidly expanding world population. Practitioners, researchers, and students in the arts, sciences, and humanities will all find much in this volume to stimulate and inform new ways of thinking about their own disciplinary approaches.

Chapter 1: Science and Sensibility
Brett Wilson

Chapter 2: Critical Theory and Postmodern Science: Incompatible "Phrase Regimens" or Interactive Discourses?
Stuart Sim

Chapter 3: Beyond Aestheticism and Scientism: Notes towards An "Ecosophical" Praxis
Iain Biggs

Chapter 4: Transdisciplinary Futures and Institutional Challenges
Barbara Hawkins and Brett Wilson

Chapter 5: Wrestling Proteus: The Role of Science in Modern Art and Architecture’s New Images of Nature
John G. Hatch

Chapter 6: The Art and Science of Colour Perception and Reproduction
Carinna Parraman

Chapter 7: Engagement and Embodiment: A Body of Art in Healthcare
Bronwyn Platten and Iain Biggs

Chapter 8: Voices Off
Brett Wilson, Stuart Sim, Barbara Hawkins, and Iain Biggs

Chapter 9: Conversations with ArtScience Practitioners
Barbara Hawkins talks to Luke Jerram and Shelley James

Chapter 10: Between: Intersections in Art and Science in the Practice of Two Contemporary Artists
Susan Aldworth and Karen Ingham

Chapter 11: On the Emergent Properties of Death: When Words Fall Apart
Helen Pynor

Chapter 12: Brainstorming: Fostering Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Art and Science
Robert Devčić

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.211MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Brett Wilson

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Art and Design,, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol, Somerset, UK

Brett Wilson is a recently-retired professor of electronics and communications who then took on the role of senior visiting research fellow and ‘scientist in residence’ in the Department of Art and Design at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, where he taught research methods to graduate arts practitioners undertaking MA and PhD studies. He is co-founder of Project Dialogue which brings together research participants from across the academic spectrum under the banner of ‘ArtScience’ to enquire into the underlying commonalities across the arts, sciences and humanities. His recent research interests and publications grew out of philosophy of science to enquire into how our conceptual models and theories of knowledge can encompass the traditional sensibilities of both art and science.

Barbara Hawkins

Postgraduate Degrees Coordinator, Deptartment of Art & Design, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol, Somerset, UK

Barbara Hawkins is a retired arts educator, formerly head of the Graduate School in the Department of Art and Design at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and where she undertook various senior teaching-focused roles across course validation events, research governance and curriculum development. Her interest in transdisciplinary modes of teaching and research grew out of her ‘hands-on’ approach to group and individual research supervision and governance in the developing area of practice-led arts-research. She co-founded Project Dialogue and continues to work with postgraduate research communities at UWE through her role as visiting research fellow.

Prof. Stuart Sim

Professor of Critical Theory, Northumbria University, UK

Stuart Sim is retired professor of critical theory at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He has published widely in the fields of critical theory, philosophy, and literary studies, with special interests in postmodernism, poststructuralism, scepticism, and eighteenth-century literature. A particular concern of his work in recent years has been the application of critical theory to debates in current affairs. Publications include: Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The New Scepticism (2000), Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma (2004), The Eighteenth Century Novel and Contemporary Social Issues (2008), and The End of Modernity: What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us (2010). His most recent book is 50 Key Postmodern Thinkers (2013).

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