IGN 5 - Art and Science Collaboration: Disciplinary Diversity As a Means of Exploring Ecological Systems and Value Structures

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Kim J. Landsbergen, Antioch College
Emily Bosanquet, Pacific Northwest College of Art; and Elizabeth Demaray, Rutgers University
Kim J. Landsbergen, Antioch College
Past ESA meetings have featured workshops and sessions dedicated to art and science collaboration. As this topic has increased in importance to both disciplines, this ESA Ignite proposal highlights new examples of Art:Science (Art:Sci) collaborations that have addressed biodiversity, ecosystem function and/or human impacted systems in their work. Through presentations and discussion this session will ask: Can an Art:Sci dialogue promote agency and action in response to multiple lines of evidence of ecological collapse on our planet? How do artists situate scientific information into the cultural sphere? Do scientists see their work in new ways when they work in collaboration with artists? With this session we focus on contemporary artistic practice, which has not previously been a focus of ESA Ignite sessions. Why is this needed? Arguably each set of Art:Sci professionals working at the active seam of their own disciplines are generally not aware of “what’s hot” in the others’ world. Just as cutting edge science is not publicly accessible in our peer-reviewed journals, most contemporary artistic practice is happening in art departments, galleries, on the streets, and on the Web. Examples in this session are the result of scientists and artists working together to make new works not possible without the other discipline.  Ignite talks will feature Art:Sci works of contemporary practices such as: dance, pop-up musicals, design studios, installation art, socially engaged practice, and ecological design for species and ecosystem recovery.
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Lissy Goralnik, Michigan State University; Mark Schulze, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest; Kari E. B. O'Connell, Oregon State University
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Linda Wysong, Pacific Northwest College of Art
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