Special Topics: Visualizing Science Arts 490
Professor elin o’Hara slavick
TA Anna Delgado
GRC Gongting Wu
Behavioral research, an indispensable tool for social scientists, can be used to understand and comment on our lives. Controlled experiments allow us to measure and reflect on issues ranging from inequality to advertising, the taste of beer to medical conflicts of interest, and social networks. It is a fantastic way to test whether our intuitions about the world are true and figure out when, how, and why we are wrong. And although there are many differences between the worlds of Science and Art, both can provide useful social commentary. Interestingly, it is these very differences that invite a discussion between the two. We hope that, through this project, the scientific and artistic approaches can fertilize one another and open the lines of communication among two fields that have so much in common, but speak to one another so rarely.
- Dan Ariely / Artistically Irrational website: http://artisticallyirrational.ssri.duke.edu/
This class is an experiment. Inspired by Behavioral Economist and Duke Professor Dan Ariely, students will work collaboratively – with scientists and each other – to visually manifest scientific ideas, theories, data and discoveries. The course is designed for serious students who wish to engage in a close analysis and exploration of the intersections of art and science, formally and conceptually. The class is designed to help you simultaneously think scientifically and visually and to make art through a conceptual model or framework. The use of all technically possible and theoretically appropriate media is encouraged. We will have several group critiques, video/film presentations, guest speakers – both artists and scientists, and reading discussions about historical and contemporary intersections of art and science. We will aim to have a group exhibition in the Undergraduate Art Gallery (or elsewhere). Feel free to email me to discuss any problems, ideas for projects, or to set up a meeting outside of class. PLEASE BE SURE TO USE: firstname.lastname@example.org (even though my emails will come from my UNC account via Sakai). Generally, Mondays will be for reading discussions and looking at art and Wednesdays will be open lab/research time for you/students to meet/work with your scientists/collaborators.
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