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Our Mission +
ASP/SPA/PAS is a project publication focused on contemporary issues in art, science and philosophy. Our mission is to present current discourse within these ecologies in new and insightful ways. We hope to provide a substrate for local thinkers and to further cultivate our creative community.
Call for Participation * Extended timeline*
Tristan Telander, Nolan Lem, and Kip Haaheim created this amazing project inspired by research from the CReSIS foundation at the University of Kansas. Based on volumes of research from CReSIS on glacial movement in Greenland, this team of designers and audio engineers put together a fascinating interpretation of this data – creating visuals and a sound installation. I just completed an interview with Tristan and Nolan and we will be posting more information on this project soon.
For now check out their beautiful and simple website for this project:
One argument for art/sci collaboration is that by working in close proximity, the art will strengthen the quality and depth of the science and vice-versa. It sounds good. Can you imagine how this model would ever justifiably displace the current paradigm in which these fields are largely separate?
On the other hand, great achievements in science and in art have been made with little or no formal input from the other field. One can make the case that the greatest strengths of science (rigor) and art (free form), will continue to inspire the greatest achievements in each respective field. SEE DIAGRAM.
The idea implied by the diagram is that the art/sci overlap is peripheral while the pinnacles arise in relation to the center axis. WHAT DO YOU THINK?? Post a comment or a link to your own diagram!
Indomitable personality of Physics Richard Feynman, in this clip, outlines what it is. For those who might have forgotten, “it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is.. if it disagrees with experiment — it’s wrong.”
See also: The Vega Science Trust – Richard Feynman Video – The Douglas Robb Memorial Lectures – Part 1. ..lengthy but fun and exciting:)
We set up our roundtable, complete with snacks and bevs, in Shea’s studio upstairs from the gallery. The key Participants in this discussion were Margaret Brommelsiek, Shea Gordon, Christina McPhee, and James Woodfill.
The ASP/SPA/PAS Team came prepared with questions with which to direct the conversation, but a structured approach was quickly abandoned once these four highly intelligent persons (with big personalities) let loose. The session quickly erupted into a rich exchange. The wonderful thing was– many of the key topics we had hoped to touch on as moderators were fleshed out by the participants. The whole thing was recorded on audio and we’ll soon have the best parts transcribed.. for you. Some juicy ideas!
Perhaps a sort of yin/yang dichotomy here between these friends? Shea Gordon’s work is shamanic, informed by coincidence and synchronicity; whereas Christina McPhee, in her latest body of work, focuses on resonance between the human and the geologic, but remains “agnostic” about ultimate significance in this connection.
Christina McPhee is back home in Cali as this blog is published, but we’re grateful we caught her before she left Kansas City and that she joined us to talk. Her solo show Teorema Drawings is on view at Cara and Cabezas Contemporay through May 7, 2011. From the press release: “Teorema (the Italian word for theorem), means both ‘spectacle,’ and ‘intuition,’ suggesting that to theorize one considers both reason and gut feeling.” The works are beautifully executed and installed, and are suggestive of some kind of fundamental shared practice between the scientist and the artist. To find similarity between the methodology of these fields is a difficult thing to not be wrong about.. but here it seems kind of right.. GO SEE FOR YOURSELF.
Carmen goes to Saint Louis and helps design a cool tree house with these kids: Nomad Nest
Jim Woodfill is an exceptional artist and thinker. We had the good fortune to meet with him at his studio about our project. We talked about the differences of art and science, about how it has to do with ‘context’. Looked at in one light, the disciplines are rife with similarities, but of course, they have inherent differences. We look forward to speaking more with Jim at our next group discussion/dinner which will be recorded and transcribed for our publication.
Lee and new ASP team member, Carmen Moreno, met up with artist Nick Naughton to discuss his submission to ASP. For Nick, and many other artists, a reoccurring topic of conversation has been the complex power systems and ethical tangles connected to art and economics. Nick will follow the trail of funds used to create our publication backward, to the Charlotte Street Foundation, Warhol Foundation, and beyond. His findings will be printed in our publication as a flowchart and or essay.