Connecting Art and Science
SSHRC awards interdisciplinary project led by CBU researcher
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.