Art-Scientific: A student collective. Are you interested?
Art-Scientific is a cross-discipline collective recently set up by a group of OCA students interested in exploring scientific themes within their art practice. The aims of the collective are to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas, encourage and promote group collaborations and to provide friendly informal support and inspiration amongst its members. The group is open to any student with an interest in exploring links and connections between art and science: you do not need to have a scientific background to join, just a desire to connect with, or understand further, aspects of science useful to your own art practice.
We currently have members of the group exploring concepts surrounding diverse scientific areas such as neurology, emergent computer technologies, psychology, medical imaging and animal and plant physiology. Others are exploring more material aspects, such as fluidity, light transmission, and energy transfer. Kym Walker, a level 2 painting student, initiated the collective when she realised her studies using fluid materials produced outcomes steeped in biological ideas. Kym, whose background is completely non-science based, has since begun exploring using the pigment chlorophyll in her work (Figure 1).
“My initial experiments using juiced greens weren’t successful – the vibrant colour rapidly turned brown, solids separated from liquid. Then one of our artist-biologists explained a method of chlorophyll extraction using Isopropyl alcohol whilst further discussions on preserving chlorophyll sparked ideas for developing my work: direct proof of the benefits of sharing and learning, that the collective really works!”
If you are interested in making connections between art and science, then the group welcomes any student of any discipline and at any level to join the collective. Follow the link below to the Art-Scientific Padlet and add your name and email address in the pinned post. This will ensure the meeting link is sent to you. There are no deadlines, no pressures, just relaxed, informal meetings that you can drop in on when convenient. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month. The next meeting is Saturday 1 May at 10.30am (UK time – other times can be arranged if there is demand, please contact the group).
Art-Scientific Padlet: https://oca.padlet.org/kym515595/c5mx7v8fho6vnd2b