Con­nect­ing Art and Sci­ence

SSHRC awards in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary project led by CBU re­searcher

Cape Breton Post - - Arts / Entertainment - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A re­search project, Avatars of Hu­man Cre­ativ­ity: Ex­plor­ing the Art-Sci Con­nect, that fo­cuses on the con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween arts and sci­ence and how in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity can be ap­plied to sci­ence, has been awarded $24,992 from the So­cial Sci­ences and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil.

Led by Dr. Barb Glassey, De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy, Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, the project will ex­plore how con­nect­ing art and sci­ence can lead to a new way of learn­ing. The prin­ci­ple of two-eyed see­ing, a term coined by El­der Al­bert Mar­shall, will ex­plore how in­dige­nous art in­ter­sects with sci­ence. Twoeyed see­ing has been de­fined as a guid­ing prin­ci­ple in bring­ing to­gether in­dige­nous and west­ern per­spec­tives and un­der­stand­ing.

From a two-eyed see­ing con­text, the re­search team will also con­nect con­trib­u­tors of Abo­rig­i­nal iden­tity and her­itage with artists, re­searchers, ed­u­ca­tors and the pub­lic to ad­dress new ways of learn­ing through cross­cul­tural ex­change.

“I’m ex­cited at the op­por­tu­nity to work with lead­ers in an emerg­ing field, and to bring new ideas to ed­u­ca­tors, artists, and the com­mu­nity,” said Glassey. “Funding from SSHRC will bring ex­perts from across the coun­try to Cape Bre­ton and it will be used to trans­port art­work to pro­vide real-world ex­am­ples of the use of art in sci­ence and sci­ence in art.”

The SSHRC grant will be matched with dol­lars from CBU and in-kind sup­port from CBU and The Lu­miére Arts Fes­ti­val As­so­ci­a­tion to­talling an ad­di­tional $21,750. The team will ex­plore the art-sci­ence con­nec­tions via The Art-Sci Gallery Ex­hibit, Bioart Work­shops and the STEAM ed­u­ca­tion (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and math­e­mat­ics) con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence will fo­cus on two themes: Art and the Nat­u­ral World, where speak­ers will talk about sub­jects such as con­nect­ing artis­tic prac­tices, us­ing metal to cre­ate metal in­sects and cre­at­ing a Bio Art hy­brid lab­o­ra­tory, and STEM to STEAM: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Art-Sci – the ap­pli­ca­tion of art to sci­en­tific learn­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search.

The art ex­hibit will fea­ture the work of some of the con­fer­ence speak­ers whose works have in com­mon that they re­flect the nat­u­ral world and in­ter­sect with one of the sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics fields. El­iz­a­beth Goluch is a metal smith who in­cor­po­rates re­search on in­sects to gen­er­ate ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tions of anatomy, life­cy­cle, and ecol­ogy. She will be pre­sent­ing highly de­tailed metal in­sects that ref­er­ence el­e­ments of in­sect life, lore and en­vi­ron­ment. Jor­dan Ben­nett, a con­tem­po­rary In­dige­nous artist whose cul­tural iden­tity is a sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of his artis­tic prac­tice, will be pre­sent­ing new me­dia art­work that in­cor­po­rates com­puter tech­nol­ogy.

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