Are art and science two completely different and unrelated fields of learning?
Some people may think so, but researchers, faculty, and students in the Science Technology Arts + Creativity (STAC) and WetLab programs at New York University’s groundbreaking Gallatin School of Independent Study know that art and science are intertwined. for centuries.
— an announcement of bruce museum
On Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7 p.m., via Zoom webinar, the Bruce Museum will present The Future of Art/Science: Teaching in the Living Laboratory, a look at how one of America’s leading universities is using the student creativity initiative and entrepreneurship as well as a creative space, workshops, and even the waterfront of Governor’s Island in New York Harbor to explore the latest concepts in immersive learning in the arts and sciences.
Speakers will include three NYU professors (Cyd Cipolla, Ph.D., Associate Director of Science, Technology, Arts, and Creativity and Executive Director of the Gallatin WetLab; Karen Holmberg, Ph.D., Scientific Director of Gallatin WetLab; Eugenia Kisin, Ph.D., Artistic Director of Gallatin WetLab).
Also on the list of speakers are three current students and/or alumni: (Troy Gibbs-Brown, Environmental Arts Theorist; Annick Saralegui, Regenerative Futures Specialist; and Blair Simmons, Adjunct Professor, Interactive Telecommunications and Arts Interactive Media, NYU Tisch School of the Arts).
Bruce Presents co-producer and NYU Gallatin alum Leonard Jacobs will host the event.
If you participate…
To participate in this live, online Zoom webinar, visit Bruce Museum website and click the Reservations button to register. Tickets are free for members of the Bruce Museum; $20 for non-members.
“It’s so exciting to meet a group of people in an academic setting who are exploring the latest concepts in immersive learning in the arts and sciences with such a gift for experimentation and discovery,” said Suzanne Lio, Head of Operations and Executive Director of the Bruce Museum.
“The STAC program at NYU is truly the definition of interdisciplinarity, sitting at the crossroads of science, technology, the arts, and creativity as it cultivates and shapes the next generation of innovative artists and scientists. “
Members of the discussion group
Cyd Cipolla is a specialist in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, with a focus on intersectional feminist theory and radically inclusive, accessible and queer technoscience.
Her writing has been published in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics and Women’s Studies, an interdisciplinary journal. She is co-editor of Queer Feminist Science Studies (UW Press, 2017). Cyd founded the Dismantle Series, a program promoting meditation on the material and philosophical meanings of disassembly that enters its third iteration this year with Dismantle/Co-Create.
She teaches courses and mentors student research on DIY art-science, feminist, queer, indigenous, and anti-racist science studies, and the ethics of artificial bodies and minds, as well as overseeing the entrepreneurial project funds of Gallatin. Cyd is always and forever interested in pedagogy at the intersection of science and the humanities, breaking down the boundaries between craft and engineering, and facilitating playful engagements between human and non-human machines.
Troy Gibbs Brown is an artist and researcher in ecology, who studies human relations to the environment. Troy’s work cuts across disciplines such as ecosystem forecasting, art theory and conservation studies, ethics and philosophy, and the maintenance of urban greenery.
His research aspirations lie in marine and arctic systems and their interactions with remote regions. He is particularly interested in amplifying the environmental knowledge of Indigenous and other marginalized populations in order to unify human perception of the natural world. In 2021, Troy conducted independent undergraduate research on the suitability of the Hudson River habitat, as well as a co-curated digital exhibit on experiences of climate crises.
Karen Holmberg is an archaeologist specializing in volcanic contexts to examine the long-term experiences humans have had with environments that change in unpredictable ways.
She is interested in how the past can help to understand the environmental challenges and crises of the 21st century, particularly in countries of the South. Holmberg earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, after which she taught at Brown and Stanford universities.
His doctoral work was funded by Fulbright, Mellon, and Wenner-Gren Fellowships. She is the recipient of awards, including the Creating Earth Futures award from the Geohumanities Center at Royal Holloway University and the Leverhulme Trust, the Make Our Planet Great Again award for her collaboration with the Laboratoire de Géographie Physique du Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, and the This is Not a Drill award through the NYU-Tisch Future Imagination Fund which uses public pedagogy to solve the intractable social problems of the climate emergency through technology, the arts, and critical thinking .
Some recent science outreach activities include an appearance as a volcano expert on a new Disney+ kids’ game show that teaches science and critical thinking, The Big Fib; an immersive art-science work, Double-Sided Immersion, at the ZKM gallery in Karlsruhe, Germany, as part of the exhibition “Critical Zones” (May 2020 to January 2022) curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel; and co-direction of the New York Virtual Volcano Observatory on Governors Island as part of earth science outreach.
Holmberg currently directs interdisciplinary field projects examining past environmental change and future volcanic hazards on the coasts of Patagonia (Chaitén, Chile) and near Naples, Italy (Campi Flegrei); closer to home, she studies the radical transformation of New York’s past and future coastlines.
Eugenie Kisin is an Assistant Professor of Art and Society whose research and teaching on contemporary Indigenous art brings to the forefront decolonization and environmental justice in the United States and Canada. Kisin’s forthcoming book, Aesthetics of Repair, examines the role of art in contexts of reparation and transitional justice.
A visual anthropologist by training, she is the editor of film reviews and exhibitions at the Visual Anthropology Review, and teaches interdisciplinary “slow looking” methods in art history and cultural anthropology. She is also co-director of A Museum for Future Fossils, a transnational field school for conservation and education on environmental issues in collaboration with community knowledge holders.
Blair Simmons is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, researcher, storyteller and technician. She is interested in logic, language, structures, patterns, maps, mathematics, arrows, analysis, arches, strangeness, bodies, organic matter and opposites. His research often materializes in objects and performances. She has taught at CultureHub’s CoLab, Harlem School of the Arts, Children’s Museum of the Arts, and currently teaches in NYU’s Interactive Media Arts program.
Annick Saralegui graduated from NYU Gallatin 2021 with a concentration in Regenerative Futures. Annick’s interests span art, biodesign, environmental anthropology and synthetic biology. She is passionate about using biology and technology to design solutions for sustainable product applications. She currently works in growth strategy and marketing at Ginkgo Bioworks, a bioengineering company.