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Art & Science

Artists and scientists work together on a regular basis. The results of such collaborations are new products, new research, and art pieces that can be found in many places including the National Gallery of Canada. The creative process in both art and science is very similar. However, the goal of these interactions is not to turn artists in to scientists or scientists in to artists (though such things do happen occasionally) but, rather, growth of mutual respect and 'cross-pollination' that results in the enrichment of both science and art and the people involved, as individuals.

Understanding of this has resulted in initiatives such as the Artist in Residence program at Xerox Parc in Palo Alto California and a similar program at the National Research Council of Canada. Subtle Technologies is an annual Toronto conference that allows scientists and artists to meet in a unique environment that encourages diversity of ideas.

The Canada Council for the Arts is the major funding body for Artists in Canada through grants and other programs. Recently, some of these programs have started working in conjunction with NSERC, a funding body traditionally associated with science and engineering.

The growth of applied science is accelerating and technologies such as cell phones, ubiquitous computing and the internet have dramatically changed discourse between individuals, exchange of ideas and access to information. Now, these technologies are beginning to converge, bringing with them very broad social implications. Artists present a very unique perspective to these technologies and a great understanding of the social changes occurring. This understanding is reflected in the works that artists create. These works are often a criticism or a presentation of new technologies that force the viewer to reflect on these in ways that can often be uncomfortable or disconcerting, but enlightening. In the process of creating these pieces, many artists interact and work with people in a broad range of disciplines including, software, hardware, and mechanical engineering, to name a few. Often, valuable technologies and ideas are developed in the process of creating a piece which could have implications in other areas not related to art. However, often, due to lack of cross disciplinary interaction - these ideas and developments are under utilized.

The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration is growing quickly due to technological changes affecting all of us in our daily lives. I think it is more important then ever to grow and foster relations between artists and scientists. While I am new to this area, I have made some contact with artists who work with and understand a broad spectrum of diverse technologies. I have started on a few small projects with students at Carleton. If you are an artist interested in wireless or other technologies, an engineer interested in collaborating with an artist, or are generally curious about this topic- please feel free to contact me.