What is Art? What is science?
I think Amy Franceschini put it best in her lecture when she said something to the effect of, “Art and science are similar in the sense that they involve research and theories. However, science has the extra burden of needing to match research with reality.”
I believe this highlights an important distinction between art and science, but one that is being gradually blurred. Art in many ways is interested in representing reality in different ways or giving a new perspective, whereas science is often interested in searching for an objective truth or discovering reality. However, both are similar in their creative processes or in the experimental nature of any artistic or scientific experiment.
Due to this similarity in the thirst for knowledge, and as stated in the article “Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between”, art and science can work together in important ways. For example, Amy Franceschini described a project in her lecture that was both artistic and scientific in nature. She made a vehicle and placed a plant on it, and she hoped the vehicle would move just due to photosynthesis that occurred in the plant. The science was in the process in the plant, and the art was using this creatively to find a new way to propel an object. She also talked about her projects involving a seed library, garden vehicles with toolboxes, a hydrogen-algae bioreactor, and trying to power a game boy with lemons.
I think science is the process of discovery and accurately describing reality, and art is using discoveries in interesting and creative ways. Both naturally then work together, as evidenced by many of Amy Franceschini’s projects, which use discoveries to create something unique or offer a new perspective to an existing discovery. Still a barrier exists, as talked about in the reading, in that the artistic community and scientific community need to make more efforts to understand each other and collaborate without letting preconceived biases affect their interactions.