Date: JUL 29 – AUG 2, 2019
Venue: KAIST Daejeon Campus
The Art of Science: Expression
[ The Sower, Millet(left), van Gogh(right) ]
Vincent van Gogh is known for having redrawn Millet’s The Sower over 10 times throughout his short lifetime. Even though the same object was composed, he was able to convey a different emotion to the public at large by applying his own unique spin. Similar cases can be found in the field of science. Being expressed mainly through lab experiments and papers, science is usually considered difficult and distant. As van Gogh was able to recreate Millet’s work into something entirely different, depending on how it is expressed, science can be shown as much more approachable and entertaining. ICISTS 2019 aims to discuss the various ways of expressing science in a much more aesthetic and vibrant manner.
Those who are introduced to science only through complex textbooks are bound to feel some degree of reluctance. To visually represent an abstract image in one’s imagination, a blank canvas is needed. Likewise, a different medium is required to convey professional scientific knowledge to the public. Every author, lecturer, creator and all those who engage in the popularization of science can provide a solution to this matter. Using their own language, these communicators bring about new interest and curiosity from people and contribute to the spreading of science culture.
While science and art are both original fields built on creativity, they were seen as polar opposites. Nowadays, however, a fair number of scientists and artists are attempting at cooperation. Scientific phenomena captured by a microscope become artworks, and what used to be considered impossible structures can now be made thanks to technological advancements. Like colors on a palette mixing together to produce a new one, the amalgamation of science and art may give birth to something unique.
ICISTS 2019 seeks to paint a new image for science by meeting those who express science beyond labs and papers.
We are living in the age of technology - an era where overwhelming numbers of new scientific and technological advancements surround us. However, the majority are still having difficulties in freely using new technologies since they lack opportunities to learn or update scientific knowledge. These difficulties originate from the absence of communication between the public and the experts. In the status quo, science is increasingly becoming an academic field only for educated professionals. Those who call for a change, naming themselves “science communicators,” claim that science should be fair and equally approachable for everyone. FameLab, the three-minute-long speech contest for scientists, underscores the importance of science accessibility and seeks for the birth of ‘star scientists.’ An increasing number of science YouTube channels also raises the question: will a day come in which scientists get as much attention and enthusiasm as celebrities do? Now is the time to ponder over the nature and mechanism of science popularization.
The combination of art and science is not something new, but great creations continue to be born from this intersection. Architecture is a prime example of a field that links the two. Those who seek both beauty and safety in their structures constantly struggle between aesthetics and science. Not only that, various scientific phenomena can become artworks such as kinetic arts that appeal to our most fundamental emotions. In the case of media arts, technology can also completely change the form of art. Not only that, engineering and design can merge together to give birth to new fields such as industrial design. What more can be created from the combination of art and science? The possibilities may be endless.